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BookTrib Q&A: Andrea Dunlop ‘Regrets Nothing’ about Her Love of The Big Apple

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In 2017, books with a strong female protagonists were super popular: Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and Liv Constantine’s The Last Mrs. Parrish are just two of the books that had everyone in love with a strong female lead last year. This year, we are about to see another wave of bold women in literature and one of those will come from Andrea Dunlop, author of Losing the Light: A Novel, and the novella Broken Bay. She Regrets Nothing: A Novel, is Dunlop’s latest work that combines complex characters, intrigue and the lights and sounds of the Big Apple. Leila Lawrence from the quiet town of Grosse Point, Michigan, becomes an orphan at the age of 23. At her mother’s funeral, three of her wealthy, albeit estranged cousins from New…

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Early Bird Books: 8 Notable Books That Inspired Memorable Movies

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Books and movies have a relationship that’s as old as Hollywood itself. Together, writers and filmmakers have given us everything from great adaptations to huge disappointments, and some truly weird interpretations in between. But that comes with the territory of turning our favorite words into live action pieces of cinema. If you’re a fan of both books and movies, check out these eight books that inspired adaptations. The Color Purple, Alice Walker The Color Purple won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983 and went on to inspire the classic 1985 Steven Spielberg film of the same name. With apologies to Spielberg, Walker’s novel remains the definitive version of the story. Walker’s book uses a technique that film just can’t accommodate. The…

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‘How to Get Away With Murder’: Books That Keep You Guessing Who’s Next

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Soapy and twisty, one of our favorites, How to Get Away With Murder, is everything you could want out of a Shonda Rhimes-helmed show. Complicated defense attorney Annalise Keating is the glue that holds it all together as she kicks ass in the courtroom, deals with her crazy and meddling students, and tries not to crack under the pressure of all those murders. Played by Davis, Annalise is the type of character we don’t quite fully like (or hate), but who we’re still rooting for anyway. Season 4 airs tonight on ABC and we’re already taking bets on just who might end up murdered this year. Davis was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for this year’s 69th Emmy…

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How to Get Away With Murder: 5 Reads on Annalise Keating’s Fictional Bookshelf

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It’s time for another fictional bookshelf, where we imagine the books our favorite characters might have lining their shelves. Since it’s also Emmy week here at Booktrib, we wanted to pick an Emmy-nominated performance we’re most definitely rooting for. The choice was easy – Viola Davis’s Annalise Keating from ABC’s smash hit, How to Get Away with Murder. Soapy and twisty, HTGAWM is everything you could want out of a Shonda Rhimes-helmed show. Complicated defense attorney Annalise Keating is the glue that holds it all together as she kicks ass in the courtroom, deals with her crazy and meddling students, and tries not to crack under the pressure of all those murders. Played by Davis, Annalise is the type of…

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More, Please! Books that Need Sequels Immediately

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There’s nothing like reading a wonderful book that keeps you up all night, fills you with warm fuzzies, or even makes you shed a tear or two. But when the story is finally over, you’re left with an empty feeling that just won’t go away. If you’re lucky, the author will write a sequel and you’ll get to hang out with your favorite characters for a little while longer. But more often than not, one book is all we get, leaving us to imagine, speculate and pray for that sequel that will probably never come. There’s not much I wouldn’t do to get a sequel to my favorite novels. These are the stories that consume my thoughts, that I read again…

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Horrifying Reads to Get You Ready for American Horror Story Season 6

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It’s no secret around the office that I’m a huge fan of FX’s American Horror Story (AHS). I even had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of walking around the set of “Coven: Season 3”, meeting the writers and watching the actors film for six hours. Anyways, enough about me. As we all know, fall means Halloween time fun, which correlates to loving everything that is scary, especially a new season of AHS. From a depressing group of ghosts to an insane clown and most recently a group of hungry vampire children, writer Ryan Murphy is certainly not afraid to push the boundaries of television. But this year the AHS marketing team seems to be taking a different route. First of all, season 6 is starting a month earlier…

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Book Cravings: Read the Next ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Girl on the Train’!

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I’m not the first and I won’t be the last to say this: The Trap by debut thriller author, Melanie Raabe, is the next book to follow the likes of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and Paula Hawkins’ Girl on the Train. This anxious novel brings you into the dark world of Linda Conrads, a bestselling author who has locked herself inside her house (and mind) for the past 11 years. Accident or fate, Conrads catches a glimpse of the grey eyes of the man, who has both killed her sister and left her riddled with anxiety, while watching TV. This sets her down a path leading to a whirlwind of detective work, all while writing her next novel, not a romance this time but a…

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#Thrillerfest16 is Happening Now! Thrillers that Get Our Pulse Racing

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It’s that time of year again: Thrillerfest ’16 is here and in full swing! Let’s be honest, if there’s one thing keeping most of us up at night it’s a scary movie or book. There’s just something about that thrill that really gets our heart racing. So, of course, it only seems fitting that not only do we fall for a great thriller book, but in turn, we fall for the author of that book, too. Most of readers have a preference when it comes to any author in general. There are some people who read more of one author than another, some authors you may just be discovering, and some that you’re just so completely obsessed with, you’re on the edge of your seat until…

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The Girl on the Train: Is Paula Hawkins’ debut the new Gone Girl?

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“With great power comes great responsibility.” Wait, that’s life advice for Peter Parker (and Spider-Man). For authors, particularly debut authors like Paula Hawkins in The Girl on the Train, it’s more like “with weighty comparisons to bestselling novels come often insurmountable expectations.” Even if you’re not a crime fiction fan—and this is surely part of the book’s enduring appeal almost two years after its release—you’ve probably read (or at the very least know) the basic gist of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. Girl meets boy in New York. Girl and boy get married. Girl and boy live seemingly happy life for a few years. Girl and boy move to Missouri. Girl and boy are about to celebrate five-year anniversary but girl…

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A man walks into a bar but the Girl is Gone

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It’s no surprise that Gillian Flynn’s 2012 novel Gone Girl will be reborn as a movie, due out in October of 2014. The source material is so morbidly cinematic, director David Fincher (who recently adapted Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) could hardly decline. However, readers are now learning of an alternate ending, conceived of and written by Flynn herself. Should it come as any surprise, given the disparity between literature and film? All stories follow the same dramatic arc, whether the narrative takes the form of a book, a movie, or even a joke. For example: a man walks into a restaurant (Situation) with a duck on his head (Conflict). The waiter brings him a menu and…

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