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Going Inside “Button Man:” One Man Takes On Murder Inc.

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Historical thriller author Andrew Gross takes us on a harrowing journey to a part of our past rarely explored in great detail, the Jewish mob’s rise to power in 1930s New York. Although the Italian mob is usually the image we conjure when we think of the racketeering and murder that drenched this time period, the Jewish mob actually played a huge role in taking over the garment industry and enforcing staggering control over the workers, business owners and law enforcement. The courage of the few standing up to unparalleled power and manipulation presented in Button Man (Minotaur) reads as sensational, but the story is actually based on truth from one remarkable man. As Gross describes in a recent BookTrib interview,…

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Clinton, Patterson and June’s Seven Can’t-Miss Thrillers

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All the hype withstanding, The President is Missing (Little, Brown, Available Now), from the unlikely pairing of James Patterson and former president Bill Clinton, is an outstanding political thriller. The hero of the title, Jonathan Lincoln Duncan is the kind of president we only wished we had. Patterson and Clinton present a proactive leader willing to take matters into his own hands for the good of the nation, even if that means disappearing for a time. At the heart of his quest lies a computer virus that could take us back to the Stone Age the protagonist Duncan must disable, even as the world’s top assassin closes in on his trail. Politics aside, this is superb reading entertainment, an extraordinary…

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Kushner Goes Inside Women’s Prison in “The Mars Room”

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Two-time National Book Award finalist Rachel Kushner’s new book, “The Mars Room” tells the story of Romy Hall who was serving two consecutive life sentences plus six years at the Stanville Women’s Correction Facility in California’s Central Valley. Roxanne says that the book “informs our understanding of prison life in a woman’s correctional facility in thrilling and ironic detail” and “helps us ponder a society that gives rise to these inevitabilities, disappointments, and injustices.” Also in this episode, we welcome back Lissa Muscatine, the owner of Politics & Prose in Washington DC for our segment “What’s on The Front Table.” Books in this episode: The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky To purchase any of the books recommended by…

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Andrew Gross on Why Writing Women Heroes Is A Sexy Business

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In addition to bringing you the latest pop culture news and book reviews and author Q&A’s, we also like sharing some of the best BookTrib articles you may have missed or want to read again. Today, we feature this piece from April 25th, 2014 about why it’s sexy to write women as heroes.  What would you do, if, on the day your whole life was crashing down around you, fate threw you a chance to turn it all around—would you take it? Would you take that chance, even if it were illegal, immoral, and dangerous? Hilary Cantor, the desperate single mom in Andrew Gross’s new book, Everything to Lose (William Morrow, April 22), has only seconds to decide when she finds half a million dollars in a wrecked…

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Celebrity Author Boom: 15 New Books by the Famous and the Infamous

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It’s not enough to be talented at acting or singing or dancing. These days, celebrities  adding a new skill to their repertoire: writing. Celebriity books offer another way into the lives of the famous and the infamous, giving us a better understanding of where they came from and how fame affects them, personally. This year, there are some awesome new celebrity reads on the horizon, including tell-all memoirs, creative guides, novels and more. Whether it’s memoir, novel or humor, we love when our favorite stars spill the tea and put out a new book. Here are 15 new releases by celebrity authors we can’t wait to get our hands on: Brave, Rose McGowan The outspoken actress has never been afraid…

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New Year, New Books: Start Your 2018 Reading Journey with These 27 New Reads

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These books have two things in common: they are new and they will change your life! It’s 2018, and we’re all looking for something to read that’s going to start the year off with a bang. If you want to get your 365 days of books off to a great start, here’s the ultimate list of the first new releases of the new year: Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan For Achieving Your Most Important Goals, Michael Hyatt Murder, Interrupted: True-Crime Thrillers, James Patterson No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Stories, Lee Child Judgement Detox: Release the Beliefs that Hold You Back from Living a Better Life, Gabrielle Bernstein The Woman in the Window: A Novel, A.J. Finn The 21-Day Sugar…

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Add A Little Glam: 30 New Books to Give as Gifts This Season

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The year is now officially winding down to a close and while we’re all looking forward to 2018 and the new books it will bring, that doesn’t mean that 2017 doesn’t have anything more to offer! This week some of the most interesting new releases have come out, and we couldn’t be more excited about them. Some of the best include Pino Corrias’s new novel We’ll Sleep When We’re Old that promises glamour in Rome with a kick of dark humor; and Gary Disher’s Signal Loss is all but guaranteed to be one of the most suspenseful reads of the year. But if the baked goods that inevitably come with the winter season is more up your alley, there is also…

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TGIT Recaps – What to Expect From Your Fave Shonda Shows

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Warning: Major spoilers for the latest episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder ahead! Last Thursday was the ABC winter finales of all of our favorite Shonda Rhimes shows – otherwise known as TGIT. Thank goodness it was Thursday, indeed. The winter finale event kicked off with Grey’s Anatomy at 8PM, Scandal at 9PM, and How to Get Away with Murder at 10PM. Each show promised to deliver on the drama and reveals, leaving us waiting with baited breath for new episodes to return January 26th. And we weren’t disappointed. From characters getting shot to blood-soaked helicopters, last night was a real rollercoaster – and exactly what you would expect from a Shondaland production. If…

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Sizzling Summer Reads: Book Trib’s Top 10 for August

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Summer is in high gear, which means that the sun is bright and the days are sweltering. We’re mostly hiding in the air conditioning lately, devouring book after book and clamoring for some great new reads. We’re in luck as August is packed with new releases that we can’t wait to get our hands on, from long awaited sequels to new reads from our favorite powerhouse authors. Here are the top ten books of August that are helping us beat the heat: Y is for Yesterday, Sue Grafton (Marian Wood Books/Putnam, August 22, 2017) Grafton is almost at the end of her coveted alphabet-themed series about private investigator Kinsey Millhone. In her latest adventure, Kinsey is dealing with a 10-year-old…

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Is Shattered Glass The New Profile of A Woman For Trendy Book Covers?

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They say to never judge a book by its cover, but most of us are guilty of picking up a shiny novel just because of the awesome book cover image. It’s hard not to be enticed by a particularly cool graphic or just the right picture to whet your appetite. Book covers are works of art in and of themselves, pulling in the audience and setting the stage for the reading experience to come.  But if you’ve browsed enough bookstores, you start to notice that some of the covers look alike. Maybe it’s a bold print, or a similar type of photo, but soon you’re recognizing the same images in book after book. It makes sense: just like with fashion,…

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Jonesin’ For a Fix: Books for TV Addicts Who Love Prison Break

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When Fox’s Prison Break was cancelled back in 2009, I almost threw something at the TV. I was a huge fan from the start, and only fell harder during the show’s four seasons. I may have initially been enticed to watch by Wentworth Miller’s very sexy tattooed back, but I stayed for the mystery, the romance and the thrilling roller coaster that Prison Break took me on each week. Thankfully, the show has been rebooted (YAY!!), with season 5 starting Tuesday, April 4 on Fox. Check out this trailer to get you excited: It looks sooo good! (Also, has Wentworth Miller actually stopped aging? Because O.M.G.) The premise of the show was relatively simple at first: Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) is framed…

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The Top 10 November Books To Snuggle Up with on a Cold Night

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November always feels like a month of anticipation: anticipation for that first snow, for the holiday season to officially arrive and for that pumpkin pie to finally be done baking. This is the month where we want to cuddle up in a cozy sweater with a warm cup of hot chocolate and our favorite new books. But while we have to wait for winter and snow and roast turkey, we don’t have to wait for some awesome books to devour. November is filled with great new releases, from young adult novels to sexy vampires to romances that are bound to heat you up on a cold day. Here are the top 10 November books that we can’t wait to dive…

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The Top 10 September Books to Read as You Wait for Fall to Arrive

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Are you watching the leaves start to change colors? Are you suddenly craving pumpkin spice lattes? Do you feel that slight chill in the air? Yeah, me neither. But despite the 80 degree heat and the lingering lethargy of summer, it’s officially September. Which means back-to-school season, country fair time, and the slow start of fall. While we all wait for those crisp autumn days to show up, here are the 10 books we can’t wait to get our hands on in September: Crooked Kingdom, Leigh Bardugo (Henry Holt and Co., September 27, 2016) Bardugo follows up last year’s young adult fantasy heist novel, Six of Crows, with this action-packed sequel. What will become of Kaz, the gang, and the…

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The Books We’re Crazy about on National Book Lovers Day!

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It’s National Book Lovers Day and as you would expect, we’re pretty flipping happy here at BookTrib! It’s basically our holiday. So while you’re sitting at your desk, up to your ears in work, we’ve decided to take the day and just — read. Curious about what we’re reading? We’ve compiled a list just for you! Here are the books we’re currently obsessing over that we just had to share with our fellow books lovers on National Book Lovers Day: Sacred and Stolen: Confessions of a Museum Director, Gary Vikan (SelectBooks, September 20, 2016) JeriAnn: I always thought that the Indiana Jones movies were a ridiculous exaggeration—surely no one in archeology or art would treat a historic relic so brutally. Where were…

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The Bear Necessities: What to Read if You’re Obsessed with The Jungle Book

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In 1894, English author Rudyard Kipling created a novel that conveyed moral lessons within it’s story using wild animals and a feral orphan child. It wasn’t until Kipling’s tales grabbed the attention of Walt Disney himself in 1967 that the story catapulted to fame. The Jungle Book animation was the last film produced by Walt Disney and one, it’s safe to say, we all hold dear. While the original movie holds a special place in my heart, I’ve been awaiting Disney’s live-action The Jungle Book film since the moment I first heard it’s creation was a possibility. And now that it’s actually a reality, I’m beside myself with anticipation. Looks amazing, riiiight?! Listen, I love animals. I mean, who doesn’t?…

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James Patterson Writing Class Offers Once-in-a-Lifetime Co-Author Opportunity

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I dare you to walk through a bookstore of your choice and not locate a James Patterson novel. OK, that challenge isn’t exactly fair because that would be like asking you to show proof that unicorns exist! Because let’s be honest, Patterson is one of the most prolific writers of all time, releasing book after book at almost a mechanical rate. Now, not only is Patterson writing books, but he’s also started his own online writing class instructing young novelists on how to construct a good story and make it sellable. “There are a lot of people who have the talent,” Patterson says. “But haven’t been shown the door to walk through.” Sounds awesome, right? Well, Patterson is taking it one step further and he’s looking to give…

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