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Technology and Terror Fill Shah’s Dystopian Society

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In Bina Shah’s Before She Sleeps (Delphinium), the ratio of men to women in a South West Asia capital has become increasingly and critically low. In order to fix the problem, the government has taken on using modern technology, combined with terror, to ensure that women take on multiple husbands, to have as many children as fast as possible. But, there are those who resist: women who live underground, refusing to participate in this society, and are protected by the most elite members of society. Coming out secretly at night, these women provide the elite with the only commodity they can’t buy: intimacy and closeness without sex. But time moves on, and there’s nothing to say that those in power will…

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BookTrib Exclusive with Matt Ginsberg Creator of Dr. Fill and Author of ‘Factor Man’

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This past weekend was the 41st Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in Stamford, CT. Directed by New York Times Crossword Puzzle Editor Will Shortz, this is the nation’s oldest and largest crossword competition. Solvers tackled eight original crosswords created and edited specially for this event. Scoring was based on accuracy and speed. Prizes were awarded in more than 20 categories, including a $5,000 grand prize. Evening games, guest speakers, and a wine and cheese reception allowed solvers to meet each other in a relaxed and entertaining atmosphere. Author Matt Ginsberg, who wrote a software program called “Dr. Fill” that fills in the vertical and horizontal boxes of a crossword puzzle, was among those competing. BookTrib had a virtual conversation with Ginsberg about…

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Just the Right Book Podcast: An Inside Look at The New York Times’ Best Book Picks

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Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and oversees books coverage at The New York Times. She is also a journalist, host of the Book Review Podcast and an author of an array of books on subjects ranging from pornography and starter marriages, to parenting. Her latest book, My Life With Bob, is about the life of an obsessive reader. In this week’s episode of Just the Right Book Podcast, Pamela gives us a rare look at the inner workings of The New York Times and her meteoric rise to becoming the editor of The New York Times Book Review. Paul also chats with Roxanne about the newspaper’s prestigious list, The 10 Best Books of…

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Just the Right Book: Revisiting One of Our Favorite Holiday Episodes!

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Jacques Pepin is a world-renowned chef, a former columnist for the New York Times and the author of more than two dozen cookbooks. For this week’s episode of Just the Right Book Podcast, we revisit one of our favorite episodes with the internationally recognized French chef and author just in time for the holidays! Last December the world’s most famous cooking teacher stopped by RJ Julia to share HIS best holiday cooking tips and you’ll never believe what he tells Roxanne about his own cooking mistakes! Check out Jacques NEW book, A Grandfather’s Lessons: In the Kitchen with Shorey.     More books by Jacques Pepin: Jacques Pepin: Heart & Soul in the Kitchen The Apprentice: My Life in the…

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20 of the Best New York Times Notable Books

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Every December, the New York Times releases their annual “Notable Books” list, which celebrates the year’s greatest literary achievements. Studded with big names and remarkable first-time authors, it represents the cream-of-the-crop in literary talent, and serves as a touchstone for what—or whom—belongs in everyone’s TBR piles. Earlier this month, the Times announced their 2017 honorees. Among the 100 chosen were Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Book of Joan and Naomi Alderman’s The Power—both of which echo the year’s biggest pop culture talking point, The Handmaid’s Tale. Recent award-winners also made the list: Lincoln in the Bardo (Man Booker Prize), Sing, Unburied, Sing (National Book Award, Fiction), and The Future is History (National Book Award, Nonfifction) all earned spots. At the same time,…

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Writer’s Bone Podcast: James Rollins, Friend of Writer’s Bone, Focuses on ‘The Demon Crown’

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Good friend of the podcast James Rollins, author of the Sigma Force Series, talks to Sean Tuohy about his new novel The Demon Crown. James Rollins is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers, translated into more than forty languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the “top crowd pleasers” (New York Times) and one of the “hottest summer reads” (People Magazine). In each novel, acclaimed for its originality, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets–and he does it all at breakneck speed and with stunning insight. His newest novel, The Demon Crown, takes place off the coast of Brazil where scientists discover a horror-stricken sight: an island where all life has been…

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Gloria Steinem Biopic Will Bring the Icon’s Memoir to Life

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Julianne Moore is set to star as Steinem, with director Julie Taymor at the helm. As acclaimed masters in their fields, both women bring as much to the table as the feminist icon herself. Moore had an Oscar-winning turn in Still Alice, the film of Lisa Genova’s novel about early-onset Alzheimer’s. Likewise, Taylor is the brains behind a Tony Award-winning production of The Lion King—though biopics are also familiar territory. In 2002 she directed Frida, in which Salma Hayek played the artist Frida Kahlo. “When I read the book, it demanded that it be a film,” Taymor said of Steinem’s memoir. “It’s so vividly cinematic.” My Life on the Road, Gloria Steinem My Life on the Road is Steinem’s coming-of-age…

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Now Trending: Could New J.D. Salinger Books Be on the Horizon?

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J.D. Salinger has been in the spotlight in recent weeks – something the famously reclusive author would probably have hated. But between the September biopic, Rebel in the Rye, and a recent New York Times article about possible new books from the author, he’s getting more attention than ever. It begs the question: how would Salinger feel about all of this renewed interest in his life and art? About a week ago, The New York Times ran an article titled, “So Where Are the New J.D. Salinger Books We Were Promised?” In it, they wonder at the presence of new work by the author, who, according to several sources, kept writing long after his final authorized publication in 1965. A…

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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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Write What You Love: A Look Into the Writing of Steve Berry

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Steve Berry calls himself the poster boy for persistence. He refused to give up—although he thought about it a few times. But his persistence resulted in worldwide fame and an annual trip to The New York Times bestseller list. He has written stand-alone thrillers as well as his famous “Cotton Malone” series. Steve Berry was a successful small town lawyer in the 1980s, dealing with the typical array of cases for a litigator—everything from murder and rape to evictions and personal injury—not to mention the everyday stuff like drafting wills and real estate closings. For at least a decade he had a nagging feeling he couldn’t shake. A voice in his head kept telling him he needed to write. This…

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Just the Right Book! Podcast: Episode 38: Dean Koontz

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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. Dean Koontz joins Roxanne Coady in this special episode of Just the Right Book! to discuss a variety of subjects in the novel world, such as his writing process, what his wife thinks of his books, and his relationship with his alcoholic father. Dean Koontz has had a wonderful career that spans almost five decades, with fourteen novels that reached the number one spot on…

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BOOK NEWS ROUNDUP: Bob Dylan Shocks with Nobel Win; Elena Ferrante’s Secret Identity is Revealed; Reese Witherspoon’s Lifestyle Book; Dumbledore and Fantastic Beasts

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The past few weeks have been pretty exciting in the world of books, filled with shock, awe and secret identities. Here are those stories and more in this week’s book news roundup: Bob Dylan Wins the Nobel Prize in Literature Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright, indeed. Much to everyone’s surprise, Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday, October 13. The choice has sparked a hot debate among literary circles. After all, Dylan is a songwriter, and many don’t believe that lyrics should count as poetry. Others are throwing their support behind Dylan, pointing out that his lyrics are poetry, and that he more than deserves the award. Dylan also beat out hopefuls and literary giants Don DeLillo and…

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Review: The Weird Greatness of Nathan Hill’s “The Nix”

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A lot of people have called Nathan Hill’s debut novel, The Nix (Knopf, August 30, 2016), one of the best of the year. They’re absolutely right. This willfully sprawling, imperfectly ambitious novel contains so many shades of other books that I love that, upon reflection, it’s startling to consider the unique sort of excellence Hill has been able to achieve. To inadequately sum up a massive, 620 page novel, the story follows the relationship between an aloof son and his estranged mother. Samuel Andresen-Anderson, a 30-something college English professor obsessed with “World of Elfscape,” starts researching the life of his mother, Faye, after she gets caught on camera throwing rocks at a horrible politician. She had abandoned him without warning…

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BOOK NEWS ROUNDUP: A Jumanji First-Look; Ghost Rider on Agents of SHIELD; Bruce Springsteen’s New Memoir

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Time for a mid-week book news roundup! Each week BookTrib is bringing you quick commentary regarding news from across the web, from TV to comics to books galore, if it has a literary twist– it’s on our radar. Take a look at this week’s book-related picks: Jumanji is happening folks, deal with it. Chris Van Allsburg’s 1981 children’s picture book sure has had an exciting run, and it’s still inspiring new works 36 years later. The 1995 film starring the late Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt and a young Kirsten Dunst, became an instant classic; one I wish they never touched—but still, a continuation is underway. The newest film will star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and everyone’s (OK, my)…

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Check Out This Week’s Featured Stories

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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, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is about an unlikely long-distance friendship between two women whose plan to meet in person after months of writing letters goes terribly awry, leaving one of them marooned in a small Iowa farm town so broken it’s almost beyond repair. It’s a heartwarming reminder of how books find us, change us, and connect us. A New York Times bestseller! Send an email to [email protected] to win one of five copies. Katarina Bivald http://katarinabivald.se/ Dear Reader, Paris: 1942: Three lives intertwined in Nazi-occupied Paris:…

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Video: Missed It? Watch Interview with Lisa Unger and Ink and Bone

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An instant page-turner (Lisa Gardner) that straddles the line between thriller and horror…sure to appeal to a wide range of readers, including Stephen King fans. (Booklist, starred) A young woman’s mysterious gift forces her into the middle of a dangerous investigation of a little girl’s disappearance.  Twenty-year-old Finley Montgomery is rarely alone.  Visited by people whom others can’t see and haunted by prophetic dreams, she has never been able to control or understand the things that happen to her. When Finley’s abilities start to become too strong for her to handle – and even the roar of her motorcycle or another dazzling tattoo can’t drown out the voices – she turns to the only person she knows who can help her:…

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