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I Take You Is “Dark, Audacious Chick Lit”

Most chick lit novels don’t open with a woman, days before her wedding, having sex with someone who is not her fiancé.

Most chick lit novels don’t depict that same woman as madly in love with her brilliant, handsome, geeky fiancé while nonetheless unable to resist the charms of every other man (and a few women) she runs across.

But that’s what makes Eliza Kennedy’s dark, audacious, and wonderful debut novel I Take You stand out. Lily Wilder, attorney and not-so-blushing bride, has been compared to Bridget Jones for her chutzpah and take-no-prisoners attitude. But where Bridget is rather self-aware, Lily falls a bit short.

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Be the First to Read an Epic Contemporary Fantasy

The Library at Mount Char is at once horrifying and hilarious, mind-blowingly alien and heartbreakingly human, sweepingly visionary and nail-bitingly thrilling—and signals the arrival of a major new voice in fantasy.

Carolyn’s not so different from the other people around her. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. Clothes are a bit tricky, but everyone says nice things about her outfit with the Christmas sweater over the gold bicycle shorts.

After all, she was a normal American herself once. That was a long time ago, of course. Before her parents died. Before she and the others were taken in by the man they called Father.

Author Essay Good for Book Clubs

When a Book Becomes a Calling

Forty years after the Fall of Saigon, and fifty years since our nation’s involvement in a conflict that became a long and bloody war in Vietnam, I began to reflect on the journey that has led me to tell the stories of those who serve.

“I ultimately located the parents of Jefferson Donald Davis in Tennessee and Daniel H. Petithory in Massachusetts,” writes bestselling author Eric Blehm. “They invited me to their homes. I spent a weekend sleeping in the bedroom where Dan had grown up, surrounded by the sad but proud memorabilia that honored his death in the line of duty, including the Silver Star and Purple Heart that had been presented posthumously. We sat at the kitchen table for hours. There were tears throughout days that began with coffee, shifted to beer, and ended with good whiskey.”

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Enter to Win The Life and Death of Sophie Stark

“I read The Life and Death of Sophie Stark with my heart in my mouth. Not only a dissection of genius and the havoc it can wreak, but also a thunderously good story.” –Emma Donoghue, author of Room

Gripping and provocative, The Life and Death of Sophie Stark is a haunting story of fame, love, and legacy told through the propulsive rise of an iconoclastic artist. Sophie Stark begins her filmmaking career by creating a documentary about her obsession, Daniel, a college basketball star.

Told in a chorus of voices belonging to those who knew Sophie best, The Life and Death of Sophie Stark is an intimate portrait of an elusive woman whose monumental talent and relentless pursuit of truth reveal the cost of producing great art.

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Our Dream Collection of Literary Shirts

Wearing a cool shirt? That’s nice. Wearing a cool shirt that celebrates a love of reading? That’s awesome.

We scoured the Web for our favorite literary shirts of all time and found fifteen tops that fit the bill. Tank tops, sweatshirts, and more will help you express your love of books in a shout-it-from-the-rooftops kind of way.

If we had a walk-in closet, it would be filled to the brim with these funny, witty, and charming shirts. Warning: Your wallet is about to start calling your name…

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Enter to Win Kent Haruf’s Final Book Our Souls at Night

A spare yet eloquent, bittersweet yet inspiring story of a man and a woman who, in advanced age, come together to wrestle with the events of their lives and their hopes for the imminent future.

In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, home to all of Kent Haruf’s inimitable fiction, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. Addie and Louis have long been living alone in houses now empty of family, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with.

Their brave adventures—their pleasures and their difficulties—are hugely involving and truly resonant, making Our Souls at Night the perfect final installment to this beloved writer’s enduring contribution to American literature.

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Meet the Unforgettable Heroine in Freedom’s Child

Written with a ferocious wit and a breakneck pace, Freedom’s Child is a thrilling, emotional portrait of a woman who risks everything. to make amends for a past that haunts her still.

Freedom Oliver has plenty of secrets. Her few friends and neighbors know she works at the local biker bar; they know she gets arrested for public drunkenness almost every night; they know she’s brash, funny, and fearless.

What they don’t know is that Freedom Oliver is a fake name. They don’t know that she was arrested for killing her husband, a cop, twenty years ago. They don’t know she put her two kids up for adoption. They don’t know that she’s now in witness protection, regretting ever making a deal with the Feds, and missing her children with a heartache so strong it makes her ill.

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Reading Against the Tide

How much do others’ opinions subconsciously sway whether we’ll like a book or not?

“I thought back to when Eat, Pray, Love was published and how every single woman I knew in New York City and beyond was a believer,” remembers Nicole Sprinkle.

“I’d lapped it up and loved it too. Then, ironically, a few years later there was a major backlash. Suddenly, people seemed to be coming out of the woodwork to say they didn’t like the book, that it was unrealistic, the narrator unlikeable. So what happened? Did the book become uncool because of its mainstream popularity, made into a movie with Julia Roberts as the lead? Or had readers been swept into thinking they loved it in the first place?”