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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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SUMMER READS 2014: Literary classics in the making

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What is it about summer that makes us want to lose ourselves in the pages of the newest novel? Fans of literary fiction looking for the books that will transport them to other lands, or introduce them to intricate characters and complex relationships, should look no further than this list of new books hitting stores—and the beach—this summer.   Wonderland by Stacey D’Erasmo (Houghton Mifflin Harcout, May 6) D’Erasmo’s newest novel is narrated by musician Anna Brundage, who at 44 is launching a comeback, returning to her music and her life on tour one more time to try to salvage the career she struggled so hard to achieve. During her European tour, Anna revisits scenes from her bohemian childhood, in…

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Why the geometry of the love triangle pulls us in

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Contained within the simple geometry of a love triangle are all the ingredients for an engrossing plot. There are characters (desired and desiring, therefore compelling); conflict (fights and lies and changes of heart); and resolution (someone will win, someone will lose, the triangle will be broken apart). Is it any wonder, then, that we return to these stories again and again? In his newest novel, I Loved You More (Hawthorne Books, April) Tom Spanbauer manages to give readers a fresh look at this well-worn story. Spanbauer, whose works explore issues of sexual identity, race, and family, is the author of four previous novels and the founder of Dangerous Writing. Ben, the narrator of I Loved You More, explains the appeal of…

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