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David Roberts on Finding Everett Ruess

“It may be that the mystery of Everett’s disappearance will never be solved,” writes David Roberts, author of Finding Everett Ruess. “But thanks to the controversy that swirled around Comb Ridge, we have more hints and clues about the wanderer’s fate – and about his character – than we have ever had before. In that sense, Finding Everett Ruess may form the appropriate rubric for a collective quest to solve a riddle that has no parallel in the history of the American West.”

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Alethea Black on Writing I Knew You’d Be Lovely

“Sometimes the difficult thing is knowing where I end and where the page begins,” reveals Alethea Black, author of I Knew You’d Be Lovely. “When I had finished a book’s worth of stories, I also had a book’s worth of Notes. I didn’t know at first if we should publish them – they would have been valuable to me just as a personal memory aid – but in the end, I’m glad we did. When a reader chooses your book, she’s effectively inviting you into her home and head. I figure if someone’s going to invite me in, the least I can do is introduce myself.”

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Sandra Beasley on Embracing Life with Allergies

“In my new memoir, Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life,” says Sandra Beasley, “I delve into the nitty-gritty of how food allergies affect us, all the way from childhood into our teenage and adult years. I don’t just mean how allergies impact our physical selves (though that can be comically mortifying) but how they shape our social selves, our romantic selves, our role in a family, and our sense of mortality. Your worldview changes when something as simple as a bite of cake or a first-date kiss can send you to the hospital.”

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John Milliken Thompson on His Novel The Reservoir

“My novel The Reservoir began forming in my mind shortly after I read a paragraph in a book on Richmond history,” explains John Milliken Thompson. “The paragraph mentioned a criminal court case that took place in 1885 after the body of a young woman was found floating in the old city reservoir. I started doing some research, investigating the case and the period like a historian and journalist. I also began writing.”

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Karleen Koen’s Historical Novel Before Versailles

Louis XIV is one of the best-known monarchs ever to grace the French throne. But what was he like as a young man – the man before Versailles? After the death of his prime minister, Cardinal Mazarin, twenty-two-year-old Louis steps into governing France. He’s still a young man, but one who, as king, willfully takes everything he can get – including his brother’s wife. As the love affair between Louis and Princess Henriette burns, it sets the kingdom on the road toward unmistakable scandal and conflict with the Vatican. Every woman wants him. He must face what he is willing to sacrifice for love.

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Book Groups! Win Copies of Lisa Unger’s New Thriller

Fans of thrillers and smart women’s fiction: we have an amazing offer for you! In her new novel Darkness My Old Friend, Lisa Unger – The New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Lies and Fragile – returns to The Hollows, delivering a thriller that explores matters of faith, memory, and sacrifice. We want to share the read with you and invite Lisa to join your book group discussion!

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Men’s Book Group Enjoys Skype Chat with Steven Pressfield

The Profession is thought-provoking, creative yet very realistic, and smile-evoking when the reader isn’t focused on maniacally trying to figure out what could possibly happen next,” says Mark, a member of an Avon, CT men’s book group that recently enjoyed a Skype chat with author Steven Pressfield. “Steven’s cautionary tale was written for today’s current events. The one question we did not have time to ask Steven: ‘Tunisia, Egypt, Libya—what’s next?’”

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Hamilton Cain on Growing Up Baptist

“Linguists tell us that narratives are innate in an infant,” writes Hamilton Cain, “coiled inside a secret chamber of the mind, ripening in the dark until the moment someone or something calls them forth. The stories I first heard as a toddler came from my parents as they tucked me into a lower bunk: the baby in the manger, those lions and zebras and chimpanzees parading onto Noah’s ark, two by two. I still recall the hushed cadence of my father’s voice as it stirred an embryonic feeling inside me, one that Bible Drill would shape into an emotion more intricate and transformative, a love wide and deep.”