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July 18, 2019

Summer book group meetings often take on a lighter tone. Some members are traveling, and others are tugged away by family obligations. My young moms book group met the other night, and we discussed MRS. EVERYTHING by Jennifer Weiner. We typically meet in a firehouse; this means that no one has to cook or clean, which is lovely. Last month, the air conditioning at the firehouse was broken (it’s since been repaired), and we decided to take our discussion to a member’s home for each of the summer months for a change of pace. Julia was a lovely hostess; she also is an amazing baker and always makes a wonderful creation inspired by the book or its setting. She went for something with cherries here as MRS. EVERYTHING opens in Detroit, and her research noted that Michigan is known for its cherries. Just fabulous!

Michael Barson

Michael Barson has worked in book publicity since 1984 at such houses as Doubleday, Pantheon, FSG, G.P. Putnam and (currently) Poisoned Pen Press/Sourcebooks. He is the author of more than a dozen books on popular culture, including RED SCARED!, TEENAGE CONFIDENTIAL (both with Steven Heller), TRUE WEST and LOST, LONELY, & VICIOUS. Barson has a Master’s degree in Popular Culture and a PhD in American Culture from BGSU in Ohio. He has worked with such authors as Kurt Vonnegut, Mickey Spillane, Tom Clancy, Lee Child, Clive Cussler, C.J. Box, Nick Hornby, Robert B.

Editorial Content for The Last Book Party

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Karen Dukess' debut novel is a propulsive tale of ambition and romance, set in the publishing world of 1980s New York and the timeless beaches of Cape Cod.

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Karen Dukess' debut novel is a propulsive tale of ambition and romance, set in the publishing world of 1980s New York and the timeless beaches of Cape Cod.

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A propulsive tale of ambition and romance, set in the publishing world of 1980s New York and the timeless beaches of Cape Cod.

In the summer of 1987, 25-year-old Eve Rosen is an aspiring writer languishing in a low-level assistant job, unable to shake the shadow of growing up with her brilliant brother. With her professional ambitions floundering, Eve jumps at the chance to attend an early summer gathering at the Cape Cod home of famed New Yorker writer Henry Grey and his poet wife, Tillie.

Dazzled by the guests and her burgeoning crush on the hosts’ artistic son, Eve lands a new job as Henry Grey’s research assistant and an invitation to Henry and Tillie’s exclusive and famed "Book Party" --- where attendees dress as literary characters. But by the night of the party, Eve discovers uncomfortable truths about her summer entanglements and understands that the literary world she so desperately wanted to be a part of is not at all what it seems.

A page-turning, coming-of-age story, written with a lyrical sense of place and a profound appreciation for the sustaining power of books, Karen Dukess' THE LAST BOOK PARTY shows what happens when youth and experience collide and what it takes to find your own voice.

Editorial Content for The Masterpiece

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In this captivating novel, national bestselling author Fiona Davis takes readers into the glamorous lost art school within Grand Central Terminal, where two very different women, 50 years apart, strive to make their mark on a world set against them.

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In this captivating novel, national bestselling author Fiona Davis takes readers into the glamorous lost art school within Grand Central Terminal, where two very different women, 50 years apart, strive to make their mark on a world set against them.

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In this captivating novel, national bestselling author Fiona Davis takes readers into the glamorous lost art school within Grand Central Terminal, where two very different women, 50 years apart, strive to make their mark on a world set against them.

For most New Yorkers, Grand Central Terminal is a crown jewel, a masterpiece of design. But for Clara Darden and Virginia Clay, it represents something quite different.

For Clara, the terminal is the stepping stone to her future. It is 1928, and Clara is teaching at the lauded Grand Central School of Art. Though not even the prestige of the school can override the public's disdain for a "woman artist," fiery Clara is single-minded in her quest to achieve every creative success --- even while juggling the affections of two very different men. But she and her bohemian friends have no idea that they'll soon be blindsided by the looming Great Depression...and that even poverty and hunger will do little to prepare Clara for the greater tragedy yet to come.

By 1974, the terminal has declined almost as sharply as Virginia Clay's life. Dilapidated and dangerous, Grand Central is at the center of a fierce lawsuit: Is the once-grand building a landmark to be preserved, or a cancer to be demolished? For Virginia, it is simply her last resort. Recently divorced, she has just accepted a job in the information booth in order to support herself and her college-age daughter, Ruby. But when Virginia stumbles upon an abandoned art school within the terminal and discovers a striking watercolor, her eyes are opened to the elegance beneath the decay. She embarks on a quest to find the artist of the unsigned masterpiece --- an impassioned chase that draws Virginia not only into the battle to save Grand Central but deep into the mystery of Clara Darden, the famed 1920s illustrator who disappeared from history in 1931.

Editorial Content for Someone Knows

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Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Scottoline reaches new heights with this riveting novel about how a single decision can undo a family, how our past can derail our present, and how not guilty doesn't always mean innocent.

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Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Scottoline reaches new heights with this riveting novel about how a single decision can undo a family, how our past can derail our present, and how not guilty doesn't always mean innocent.

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Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Scottoline reaches new heights with this riveting novel about how a single decision can undo a family, how our past can derail our present, and how not guilty doesn't always mean innocent.

Allie Garvey is heading home to the funeral of a childhood friend. Allie is not only grief-stricken, she's full of dread. Because going home means seeing the other two people with whom she shares an unbearable secret.

Twenty years prior, a horrific incident shattered the lives of five teenagers, including Allie. Drinking and partying in the woods, they played a dangerous prank that went tragically wrong, turning deadly. The teenagers kept what happened a secret, believing that getting caught would be the worst thing that could happen. But time has taught Allie otherwise. Not getting caught was far worse.

Allie has been haunted for two decades by what she and the others did, and by the fact that she never told a soul. The dark secret has eaten away at her, distancing her from everyone she loves, including her husband. Because she wasn't punished by the law, Allie has punished herself, and it's a life sentence.

Now, Allie stands on the precipice of losing everything. She's ready for a reckoning, determined to learn how the prank went so horribly wrong. She digs to unearth the truth, but she reaches a shocking conclusion that she never saw coming --- and neither will the reader.

A deeply emotional examination of family, marriage and the true nature of justice, SOMEONE KNOWS is Lisa Scottoline's most powerful novel to date. Startling, page-turning, and with an ending that's impossible to forget, this is a tour de force by a beloved author at the top of her game.

Editorial Content for The Stationery Shop

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From the award-winning author of TOGETHER TEA --- a debut novel hailed as “compassionate, funny, and wise” by Jill Davis, bestselling author of GIRLS' POKER NIGHT --- comes a powerful love story exploring loss, reconciliation and the quirks of fate.

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From the award-winning author of TOGETHER TEA --- a debut novel hailed as “compassionate, funny, and wise” by Jill Davis, bestselling author of GIRLS' POKER NIGHT --- comes a powerful love story exploring loss, reconciliation and the quirks of fate.

About the Book

From the award-winning author of TOGETHER TEA --- a debut novel hailed as “compassionate, funny, and wise” by Jill Davis, bestselling author of GIRLS' POKER NIGHT --- comes a powerful love story exploring loss, reconciliation and the quirks of fate.

Roya is a dreamy, idealistic teenager living in 1953 Tehran who, amidst the political upheaval of the time, finds a literary oasis in kindly Mr. Fakhri’s neighborhood book and stationery shop. She always feels safe in his dusty store, overflowing with fountain pens, shiny ink bottles and thick pads of soft writing paper.

When Mr. Fakhri, with a keen instinct for a budding romance, introduces Roya to his other favorite customer --- handsome Bahman, who has a burning passion for justice and a love for Rumi’s poetry --- she loses her heart at once. And, as their romance blossoms, the modest little stationery shop remains their favorite place in all of Tehran.

A few short months later, on the eve of their marriage, Roya agrees to meet Bahman at the town square, but suddenly, violence erupts --- a result of the coup d’etat that forever changes their country’s future. In the chaos, Bahman never shows. For weeks, Roya tries desperately to contact him, but her efforts are fruitless. With a sorrowful heart, she resigns herself to never seeing him again.

Until, more than 60 years later, an accident of fate leads her back to Bahman and offers her a chance to ask him the questions that have haunted her for more than half a century: Why did he leave? Where did he go? How was he able to forget her?

THE STATIONERY SHOP is a beautiful and timely exploration of devastating loss, unbreakable family bonds and the overwhelming power of love.

Editorial Content for There's a Word for That

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A wildly dysfunctional family comes together in this “hilarious and touching” (New York Magazine) new novel by Sloane Tanen.

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A wildly dysfunctional family comes together in this “hilarious and touching” (New York Magazine) new novel by Sloane Tanen.

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A hilarious and moving chronicle of a wildly flawed family that comes together --- in rehab, of all places --- even as each member is on the verge of falling apart

Introducing the Kesslers: Marty, a retired LA film producer whose self-worth has been eroded by age and a late-in-life passion for opioids; his daughter Janine, a former child star suffering the aftereffects of a life in the public eye; and granddaughter Hailey, the "less-than" twin sister, whose inferiority complex takes a most unexpected turn. Nearly 6,000 miles away, in London, celebrated author Bunny Small, Marty's long-forgotten first wife, has her own problems: a "preposterous" case of writer's block, a monstrous drinking habit, and a son who has fled halfway around the world to escape her.

When Marty's pill-popping gets out of hand and Bunny's boozing reaches crisis proportions, a perfect storm of dysfunction brings them all together at Directions, Malibu's most exclusive and absurd rehab center.

But for all their failings, the members of this estranged --- and strange --- family love each other. Rich with warmth, humor and deep insight, THERE'S A WORD FOR THAT is a comic ode to surviving the people closest to us, navigating the perils of success, and taking one last look in the rearview mirror before mapping out the road ahead.

Editorial Content for Whisper Network

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A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club pick, WHISPER NETWORK is, according to Reese, "a workplace murder mystery that happens in today’s #MeToo era. It’s honest, timely and completely thrilling --- I was so surprised to find out who the murderer was!"

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A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club pick, WHISPER NETWORK is, according to Reese, "a workplace murder mystery that happens in today’s #MeToo era. It’s honest, timely and completely thrilling --- I was so surprised to find out who the murderer was!"

About the Book

“If only you’d listened to us, none of this would have happened.”

Sloane, Ardie, Grace and Rosalita have worked at Truviv, Inc. for years. The sudden death of Truviv’s CEO means their boss, Ames, will likely take over the entire company. Each of the women has a different relationship with Ames, who has always been surrounded by whispers about how he treats women. Those whispers have been ignored, swept under the rug, hidden away by those in charge.

But the world has changed, and the women are watching this promotion differently. This time, when they find out Ames is making an inappropriate move on a colleague, they aren’t willing to let it go. This time, they’ve decided enough is enough.

Sloane and her colleagues’ decision to take a stand sets in motion a catastrophic shift in the office. Lies will be uncovered. Secrets will be exposed. And not everyone will survive. All of their lives --- as women, colleagues, mothers, wives, friends, even adversaries --- will change dramatically as a result.

Chandler Baker, author of Whisper Network

Sloane, Ardie, Grace and Rosalita have worked at Truviv, Inc. for years. The sudden death of Truviv’s CEO means that their boss, Ames, will likely take over the entire company. Each of the women has a different relationship with Ames, who has always been surrounded by whispers about how he treats women. Those whispers have been ignored, but the world has changed, and the women are watching this promotion differently. This time, when they find out that Ames is making an inappropriate move on a colleague, they aren’t willing to let it go. Sloane and her colleagues’ decision to take a stand sets in motion a catastrophic shift in the office. Lies will be uncovered. Secrets will be exposed. And not everyone will survive.

Carter Wilson

USA Today and #1 Denver Post bestselling author Carter Wilson has written five critically acclaimed, stand-alone psychological thrillers, as well as numerous short stories. He is an ITW Thriller Award finalist, a two-time winner of the Colorado Book Award, and his novels have received multiple starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist and Library Journal. His sixth and latest novel is THE DEAD GIRL IN 2A.