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Dog Days of Summer: Books for Those Who Love Man’s Best Friend

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They are happy creatures. They are your best friend. And they always want to play — even when you don’t. If you haven’t guessed which furry four-legged creature I’m talking about then you must not be a dog person! Whether you have a companion dog, you’re a doggy foster parent or you’re simply dog-sitting for the week, we all know that at the end of the day these little pups are what get us through some of the hard times. Besides wet kisses and muddy feet, man’s best friend also comes along with some health benefits. After all, having a pet has been known to be emotionally and physically beneficial for ourselves. So here’s the thing: take a trip down to your local adoption…

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Video: Missed it? Watch Interview with R.G. Belsky and Shooting for the Stars

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About Shooting for the Stars Following up his “engrossing journalistic thriller” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) The Kennedy Connection, R. G. Belsky brings back New York City newspaper reporter Gil Malloy in a gripping new mystery about the closed-case murder of a Hollywood actress. Some thirty years ago, movie star Laura Marlowe was shot to death by a crazed fan in New York City, who then killed himself. The police ruled it a murder-suicide, the case was closed, and the beloved starlet faded away into history. But when New York Daily News reporter Gil Malloy re-investigates Marlowe’s death, long-buried secrets emerge and he begins to uncover the trail of a new serial killer. And more people are dying. Now, before he…

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Ginormous Giveaways!

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A Small Indiscretion: A Novel At nineteen, Annie Black trades a bleak future in a washed-out California town for a London winter of drinking and abandon. Twenty years later, she is a San Francisco lighting designer and happily married mother of three who has put her reckless youth behind her. Then a photo from that distant winter in Europe arrives inexplicably in her mailbox, and an old obsession is awakened. Past and present collide, Annie’s marriage falters, and her son takes a car ride that ends with his life hanging in the balance. Now Annie must confront her own transgressions and fight for her family by untangling the mysteries of the turbulent winter that drew an invisible map of her…

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Lit for Webheads: Spotlight on Thanksgiving

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Bring out the green beans in cranberry Jell-O, Triffid ice cream, tea and eclairs! Webheads everywhere, from Valeton to Sanditon, are celebrating literary web series. Let’s raise a glass of chocolate banana cow juice and toast the talented, dedicated people who create them. Whether your Thanksgiving includes football, shopping or a food fight, there’s always time to watch your favorite web series. WHAT’S HAPPENING Did you catch the first-ever web series crossover when Anne Shirley (Green Gables Fables) and Cecily Cardew (In Earnest) became friends on social media and mentioned each other in videos? (Caroline Lee of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries appeared on Emma Approved, but they are in the same universe.) On Carmilla, Laura unsuccessfully tried to rally the…

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Video: Missed It? Live Interview with Amanda Filipacchi about her wickedly surreal novels

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ABOUT THE BOOKS VAPOR is the tale of Damon Wetly, a sexy scientist obsessed with creating clouds. After he is rescued from thugs by Anna Graham, an aspiring actress, Damon takes it upon himself to grant Anna her wish of becoming one of Hollywood’s finest. Wetly does the unthinkable and forces her to relearn everything – walking, talking, thinking, eating and even breathing – by denying her free will. Damon’s nefarious ways compel Anna to tap into her inner spirit transforming herself into an unbelievably talented actress. Just when it seems that her fairy tale ending is around the corner, a dramatic change of events could cause her entire world and happiness to vaporize. Filipacchi artfully intertwines two memorable characters…

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Susan Jane Gilman serves up ice cream with a side of fiction for National Ice Cream Month

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Here in the US, we are experiencing an ice cream renaissance. July, which is national ice cream month, is the perfect time to rediscover this childhood favorite. Thanks to the artisanal ice cream craze sweeping the country, lovers of the cold and delicious treat can choose from a range of eclectic flavors that go way beyond chocolate and vanilla. While you’ll have to decide for yourself which variety to order at your local ice cream shop, we at BookTrib can at least tell you what to read while you’re enjoying that favorite cone. In her debut novel, The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street (Grand Central Publishing, June), Susan Jane Gilman serves up our favorite dessert with a side of…

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