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The Top 10 June Books We’re Packing in Our Suitcases

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The sun is shining, the lilac trees are in full bloom, and the smell of freshly cut grass lingers in the air. It’s June, which means barbecues and lazy pool days are finally upon us. It’s also time to start hoarding those beach reads and searching through new releases to find the perfect books for vacation. Luckily, we’ve got you covered here at BookTrib. Here are 10 new June books that we will definitely be stowing away in our suitcases this summer: Here’s to Us, Elin Hilderbrand (Little Brown, June 14) Hilderbrand is the queen of the beach read, with most of her covers featuring floppy hats, feet near water, or brightly colored towels laid out on the sand. Here’s to…

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This Week’s Featured Story From AuthorBuzz Author

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Dear Reader, See what this week’s authors have to say! In each AuthorBuzz note you’ll receive invitations to join contests, get free books, bookplates or bookmarks, read personal stories, and more. Dear Reader, A teenage girl staggers into a clinic, gives birth and flees. Forty years later that baby, Cheri, is all grown up and falling apart. Deeply ironic, she’s a cop turned academic obsessed with unraveling an ancient mystery while haunted by her personal and family secrets. Can we ever know our parents outside of their roles as our parents? Thrust into an odyssey of acceptance, Cheri discovers that sometimes it takes half a lifetime to come of age. I’m giving away five books. Write [email protected] to win! http://tracybarone.com/    

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Book Excerpt! Shirley Barrett’s ‘Rush Oh!’

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Australian film director and screenwriter Shirley Barrett has added an additional title to her resumé: author. Her debut novel, Rush Oh! (Little, Brown & Co., March 22), was just included on the longlist for the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. With a ton of praise already pouring in for the book, we just couldn’t wait to get our hands on a copy and it did NOT disappoint. Before it releases, we’re thrilled to be able to offer the excerpt below. Do yourself a favor: when you finish the excerpt, pre-order your very own copy! A Visitor Our house was situated up the hill from the try- works, which meant not only were we enveloped in the stench of boiling blubber for five months of…

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Could Vaccines and Antibiotics Prevent Mental Illness?

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Usually, mental illness grabs the public’s attention when it’s linked to a terrible tragedy, such as a mass shooting or a particularly heart-wrenching suicide. The public’s reaction usually is to mourn, and then to go about their lives. They dismiss the mentally ill by thinking, “These people are weak. They were brought up wrong. They’re crazy. They have something wrong with them.” Now, however, in her new book Infectious Madness: the Surprising Science of How We “Catch” Mental Illness (Little, Brown; October 6, 2015) award-winning investigative science writer Harriet A. Washington presents compelling evidence that mentally ill people weren’t merely “born that way.” She claims that many mental illnesses aren’t genetic. They’re caused by viruses, much the same way viruses…

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Are you there, Judy? It’s us, your fans

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As National Library Week draws to a close, BookTrib had the pleasure of talking to bestselling authors Laura Lippman and Megan Abbott about the importance of libraries and especially about the role this year’s Honorary Chair, Judy Blume, in their lives as writers and readers. Lippman’s current novel, After I’m Gone, is out now and Abbott’s next book, The Fever, will be out in June. When did you get your first library card? Do you still have it? Laura Lippman: My first library card was earned at the Garrison branch of the Baltimore City library system (aka the Enoch Pratt) after I learned to write my name, a la Rufus Moffat. I think you had to surrender the old one…

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Loved Jennifer Lawrence in WINTER’S BONE? You love Daniel Woodrell, too.

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Remember the teenage Jennifer Lawrence—pre-Katniss, pre-Hustle—who burst on to the scene in the grittier than gritty Winter’s Bone in 2010? That was thanks in large part to author Daniel Woodrell, who established himself as the voice of the hardscrabble South with the 2006 novel of the same name. Although it was not his first book, and Woodrell has long been admired in the crime fiction community, the public definitely took more notice of him after Lawrence’s portrayal of Ree Dolly earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. The film also earned nods for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor for John Hawkes. Woodrell has a superior ear for dialogue and rural argot, and his depiction of…

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