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‘Red Sparrow’: Jennifer Lawrence’s New Film is in Theaters and the Final Book in the Trilogy is in Stores

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Red Sparrow (Scribner Books), the first book in Jason Matthews’ trilogy is a seductive tale of espionage and intrigue just ripe for Hollywood. Sparrow is a dark thriller about a Russian ballerina-turned-spy who infiltrates “Sparrow School,” a facility where students are taught to use sex as both a weapon and information-gathering technique. The book is a thrilling ride of suspense and emotion, it’s no wonder Hollywood actually did come knocking on Matthews’ door in 2013 with offers of turning his words into a cinematic masterpiece that book lovers and movie-goers, alike, will find engaging. Red Sparrow, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton, makes its theatrical debut today on the heels of some very mixed, but mostly favorable reviews across Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb and Washington…

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Last Minute Gift Ideas: Just the Right Book Podcast 2017 Gift Guide

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Just the Right Book! Podcast, hosted by Roxanne Coady of Connecticut’s acclaimed, award-winning, independent bookseller R.J. Julia, is now available on BookTrib.com, the premier website where readers meet writers. The podcast and BookTrib are both dedicated to helping readers find their next favorite read and this pairing will open up a world of great possibilities. Here at Just the Right Book Podcast, we believe that books are the perfect gift for any occasion! So, we enlisted the help of two of our esteemed experts. This year’s gift guide should help you find the perfect book for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Miriam Sontz, the CEO of the legendary Powell’s Books and Andrew Brennan, the head book buyer for RJ…

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Just the Right Book Podcast: Cheryl Strayed… Into the “Wild” & On to Advice Columns

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Just the Right Book! Podcast, hosted by Roxanne Coady of Connecticut’s acclaimed, award-winning, independent bookseller R.J. Julia, is now available on BookTrib.com, the premier website where readers meet writers. The podcast and BookTrib are both dedicated to helping readers find their next favorite read and this pairing will open up a world of great possibilities. You may know Cheryl Strayed from her #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Wild, which inspired the blockbuster film starring Reese Witherspoon or from one of her other bestsellers, Tiny Beautiful Things or Brave Enough. The Portland resident, who’s popular advice column Dear Sugar inspired the podcast Dear Sugars is also the co-author of The Sweet Spot advice column in the New York Times Thursday…

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These Emmy Award Nominees Exist Thanks to 6 Amazing Books!

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The 68th Emmy Awards are right around the corner! Television is pretty easy to love, but it’s even easier to love when it comes attached to a little reading material. Plus, you know that here at BookTrib, we are completely obligated to only root for shows that are based on books (sorry Mr. Robot). So, without further ado, here are our favorite shows up for an Emmy (and the books they’re based on)!   A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin (Bantam Reprint, 2011) This first one is no secret. In fact, the divergences between HBO’s hit show and Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series have caused alternating bouts of outrage and curiosity from fans of the…

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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 Cunning Lies of Spymaster Revealed in ‘John le Carré: The Biography’

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If James Bond films are the junk food of espionage fiction, then the stories and characters of John le Carré are the filet mignon. His meticulous, detailed and thrilling novels have enthralled readers and moviegoers since the 60s with their sense of dark authenticity, aided by the fact that le Carré worked for MI5 and MI6 in the Cold War. He is considered one of the most important literary voices of the Cold War era for his unflinching and brilliantly plotted spy novels. Yet, Le Carré has said this of himself: “I’m a liar. Born to lying, bred to it, trained to it by an industry that lies for a living, practiced in it as a novelist.” That statement sheds…

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