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Strength of a Man: Author Steve Berry Talks about the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Today, we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Later this year, we will be marking the 50th anniversary of his assassination.  Bestselling author Steve Berry has a forthcoming book, The Bishop’s Pawn, a historical novel that looks at the assassination of Martin Luther King in a whole new light and begs the question of why the civil rights icon was assassinated.  To commemorate King Day and learn a little more about what Berry has in store for us in his new novel, we spoke with the author whose insight and understanding pointed to the one thing that is important to remember on this day: the strength and endurance of a man. BookTrib: Your novel focuses…

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‘Growing Up Fisher:’ Joely Fisher Reflects on Family, Fame and Life in New Memoir

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Joely Fisher has had a long career in Hollywood as an actress and singer. The daughter of Eddie Fisher and Connie Stevens, she grew up in the spotlight as part of a Hollywood dynasty, alongside her half-sister Carrie Fisher. With her mother and younger sister Tricia Leigh Fisher, Joely toured the world, attending different schools and being educated by tutors. While all three Fisher girls are actress, where Carrie went and starred in Star Wars, Joely starred in Ellen, alongside Ellen Degeneres, as Paige Clark, Ellen’s somewhat vain best friend, a role she played until the series’ end in 1998. Among her many other roles, she’s also well known for her part in Desperate Housewives, and later this year, she’ll be in The Tribes of Palos Verdes,…

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ICYMI: ‘A Place of Hope’: Eric L. Motley on His Life in the Historic Madison Park Community

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The Madison Park community in Montgomery, Alabama, has one of the most interesting and important histories in the country. Founded in 1880 by fourteen former slaves, they established a school, a church, and ultimately, a philosophy of community that has lasted for generations. One such person to be raised there was Eric L. Motley, the youngest appointee in the White House under the Bush Administration, where, immediately after obtaining his Ph.D from the University of St. Andrews, he became of the Deputy Associate Director, Office of Presidential Personnel, at the age of 27. Since that first appointment, Motley has held positions such as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush; Director of the Office of International Visitors in the Bureau of Educational and…

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True Blood’s Sookie Stackhouse Returns in Collection of Short Stories

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If you thought that the Sookie Stackhouse series was done and over, think again! Charlaine Harris, author of The Southern Vampire Mysteries Series aka The Sookie Stackhouse Series aka The True Blood Novels, has released several short stories that take place in the True Blood universe; now, for the first time, she’s releasing the complete collection of short stories. Because the short stories are often extensions of scenes in the original books, she’s not only giving fans an opportunity to revisit their favorite characters, but also their favorite moments. The Southern Vampire Mysteries takes place in Bon Temps, Louisiana. Vampires have just recently “come out of the coffin,” and are able to live off of (though not particularly enjoy) the synthetic blood ‘True…

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*New Releases*: New York Magazine Turns 50, Joan Didion Gets a Second Look and ‘Girl Logic’ Rules!

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In addition to a host of political books released on election day,  we’re celebrating the release of a new book on the 50th anniversary of the New York Magazine with one of the most culturally-relevant coffee tables books, as well as comedian Iliza Shlesinger’s first book, Girl Logic (watch out for giveaways starting this Thursday!). Of course, we would be remiss to not mention the re-publication of Joan Didion’s non-fiction essays, a stunning collection full of everything we love about her writing. From non-fiction essays, some classic suspense novels, a famous vlogger taking on mental health with brutal honesty, and comedians taking on “a man’s world” with intelligence, grace, and hilarity, here are eight of the best new releases for the week. Highbrow, Lowbrow,…

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‘Manhattan Beach’: The Newest Release from Jennifer Egan

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Best known for her two novels The Keep, and A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan is back with another book, Manhattan Beach: A Novel. The Keep, published in 2007, was a national bestseller, and her last book A Visit from the Goon Squad won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Egan is fairly unclassifiable when it comes to genres, her knowledge of her own writing, skill, and material, meaning that she can develop her novels in a variety of genres, equally comfortable in each one. Seven years after the release of A Visit from the Goon Squad, comes Manhattan Beach, Egan’s first dip into historical fiction, which she takes on with her usual grace and style. Set during WWII, Manhattan…

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The Cold War Returns in the Man from U.N.C.L.E.

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Ever find yourself pining for the simpler time of the Cold War? Ah, those were the days. There were only two sides: Them vs. Us. Good vs. Evil. Spy vs. Spy. So there’s good news for those of you who liked your war cold: This week (which happens to mark the 54th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall), The Man From U.N.C.L.E hits the big screen. And while the movie—a remake of the popular 1960s TV show—may not be an accurate representation of the world of professional espionage, it does represent a throwback to an era when spies were cool; their martinis were shaken, not stirred; and they all came equipped with awesome gadgets to help them foil…

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