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This Month’s Pick: Jesmyn Ward’s “Sing, Unburied, Sing”

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For the month of September, all chapters of the Girly Book Club are reading Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Buried, Sing (Scribner). Here’s the review that BookTrib filed shortly after the title was published late last year: Sing, Unburied, Sing is a beautifully written, character-driven, heartfelt novel that takes place in the steamy Mississippi Gulf Coast. The story is about a young black girl, Leonie, who has two children: Jojo 13, and Kayla, a toddler. The children’s father, Michael, is white and in prison. Michael’s family is hopelessly racist and rejects Leonie and the children, so they live with Leonie’s parents. Leonie is a drug addict and she is rarely around, so Mam and Pop have stepped in to raise the kids.…

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#ReadingBlackout: 28 Books by Black Women for Black History Month

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. This February, in honor of Black History Month, readers are participating in #readingblackout, a movement started by BookTuber Denise D. Cooper that encourages readers to exclusively pick up books by black authors. The Bookish team couldn’t resist joining in, and since we can’t get enough of books written by talented women, we put together a recommendation list featuring 28 books (one for each day of February) written by black women. You’re sure to find a few familiar covers on this list, but we hope you also find some new reads for your TBR pile. We’d love to hear about the books you’re reading for #readingblackout. Tell us about them in the comments! We were so taken with Here…

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Early Bird Books: 13 Books Our Favorite Celebrities Love

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Stars—they read like us! We’ll be the first to admit that we love a bit of celebrity gossip—especially when it involves what’s on people’s shelves. Lately, stars like Reese Witherspoon and Emma Watson have been hopping on the book club train, selecting titles each month and leading thoughtful reading discussions with their fans. It’s been a great way to highlight the latest debut authors, or bring old, forgotten gems back into the limelight. We’re all about using fame to the benefit of a good book. Below, you’ll find recommendations that come straight from the mouths of our favorite celebrities. From childhood classics to later-in-life discoveries, these are the reads that have made lasting impressions on Academy Award winners, singers, and more. Tom Hanks Blood on…

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Just the Right Book: Chloe Benjamin on ‘The Immortalists’

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If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? This is the premise of Chloe Benjamin’s second novel The Immortalists, which was hailed “2018’s First Must-Read” by Entertainment Weekly. Just the Right Book Podcast caught up with the self-proclaimed “midwest convert” right before her book tour and she dished on an array of topics including religion, ballet, magic and her latest novel which may be coming to the small screen. Benjamin even tells Roxanne whether she would choose to know the date of her death if she could. And stay tuned after the conversation with Chloe to hear the latest book recommendations from Lori Fazio, the COO of RJ Julia in Madison, CT. Books in…

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Just the Right Book Podcast: An Inside Look at The New York Times’ Best Book Picks

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Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and oversees books coverage at The New York Times. She is also a journalist, host of the Book Review Podcast and an author of an array of books on subjects ranging from pornography and starter marriages, to parenting. Her latest book, My Life With Bob, is about the life of an obsessive reader. In this week’s episode of Just the Right Book Podcast, Pamela gives us a rare look at the inner workings of The New York Times and her meteoric rise to becoming the editor of The New York Times Book Review. Paul also chats with Roxanne about the newspaper’s prestigious list, The 10 Best Books of…

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BookTrib Best of 2017: 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards: BookTrib’s Top Picks in Every Category

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Today we take a look at previous BookTrib posts that engaged hundreds to thousands of readers this past year. We’re taking a look back at some of your favorite posts before we kick off the new year! The Goodreads Choice Awards are here once again, and we’re already knee-deep in the semifinal rounds. The books have been narrowed down to 20 choices in each category, and the competition is tougher than ever. Semifinals last until November 12th, with the final round of voting open from the 14th to the 27th. Winners will be announced December 5th. In the spirit of friendly competition, two of us are comparing our choices and arguing for our faves— Siskel & Ebert style! Here, BookTrib’s…

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Writer’s Bone Podcast: The 35 Best Books of 2017

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2017 was a remarkable year for fiction and nonfiction. From fearless debut novelists to established literary veterans at the top of their games, authors provided the artistic tonic we needed to survive a turbulent time both politically and culturally. Narrowing down a reading list of 116 titles to just 35 was torture. The final grouping you’re about to read (and judge) could have easily been expanded to include 50 to 60 books. Please feel free to debate my choices and add your own in the comments section or tweet us @WritersBone. As always, keep reading everyone! Smothered, M.C. Hall Megan Cassidy Hall deserves a writing award for the faux-comments section alone. Her epistolary exploration of a sensational crime, and how…

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Nicole Krauss’ Forest Dark, Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere and Other Awesome Reads by Female Authors

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We fell in love with author Nicole Krauss as soon as we read her 2005 novel, The History of Love. Since then, she has only continued to impress us with her thoughtful, heartfelt stories that grapple with real life issues. Her latest book, Forest Dark, came out on September 12th with Harper, and we’ve been thinking about it ever since. Forest Dark tells the story of two lost individuals who both end up in Tel Aviv, Israel, seeking some larger understanding about their lives. One is Jules Epstein, a retired lawyer who travels across the world after both his parents die and his marriage ends. The other is a young, well known novelist who’s trying to find her muse, as well as…

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