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Reader’s Guide for What You Left Behind by Samantha Hayes

What You Left Behind is a psychological thriller packed with twists and turns that will keep you hooked until the very end.

“Hayes pulls readers in and keeps them captivated with plenty of red herrings, truly creepy characters, and a wickedly surprising ending that will stump even the most experienced thriller fan. Delightfully disturbing psychological suspense that fans of John Connolly, Lisa Gardner, and Sophie Hannah won’t be able to put down.” —Library Journal (starred review)

The reader’s guide features questions that will enrich your private reading experience and create a lively discussion with your book club. The ending will keep you talking for hours!

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10 Beautiful First Lines that Capture the Essence of the Whole Book

A good first line can be beautiful, provocative, strange. The best ones capture our attention.

But in addition, first sentences often serve an alternate, less obvious function: they act as a microcosm of the book itself.

Here we look at examples in which the whole of a novel is summed up in its first few words. From contemporary novels: “Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered she had turned into the wrong person” (Back When We Were Grownups, Anne Tyler), to classics: “No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy, would have supposed her born to be a heroine” (Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen), we’ve collected some of the best first lines that hint at the entirety the book in just one sentence.

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Celebrate National Poetry Month with Haiku about Reading

It’s National Poetry Month, everybody! Let’s celebrate with haiku about reading.

Here’s how to write haiku: begin with a poignant moment. Include a reference to nature. Create a shift. A traditional Japanese haiku is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Often focusing on images from nature, haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression. Here’s one about reading – share your own!

Letters on the page
Worlds created in my mind
I live many lives.

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Gorgeous Paintings Inspired by Books

We’ve created a mini-museum of our favorite paintings inspired by books. Did we miss a good one? Tell us about it in the comments!

We love it when artists look to books for their inspiration.

It’s a poignant experience – looking at paintings inspired by books, seeing how an artist pulls the images off the page and places them on the canvas. We’ve gathered work by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Sir John Everett Millais, and more!

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

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Win a Copy of Giuliana Rancic’s Hilarious Memoir Going Off Script

A witty, warm, and inspiring memoir from the E News! host, Fashion Police panelist, red-carpet correspondent, author, and reality show star Giuliana Rancic.

From a young age she dreamed of being a TV anchorwoman but, because of her inclination toward mischief and away from schoolwork, her path to her dream job was far from straight. After a fateful (and mortifying) encounter with the late Senator Ted Kennedy, she learned that Hollywood news was where she belonged.

Thankfully for readers, this epiphany led her to a bounty of LA misadventures (featuring notables such as Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Russell Crowe) and an entertaining behind-the-scenes perspective on what our favorite celebrities are really like.

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Enter for a Chance to Win The Other Side of Midnight

“No one mixes romance, mystery, and that faint, spine-tingling sense of the supernatural – that curtain lifting in a breeze that isn’t there, the hair prickling on the back of your neck – like Simone St. James.” —Lauren Willig, author of the Pink Carnation series

London, 1925. Glamorous medium Gloria Sutter made her fortune helping the bereaved contact loved ones killed during the Great War. Now she’s been murdered at one of her own séances, after leaving a message requesting the help of her former friend and sole rival, Ellie Winter.

Ellie doesn’t contact the dead — at least, not anymore. She specializes in miraculously finding lost items. Still, she can’t refuse the final request of the only other true psychic she has known. Now Ellie must delve into Gloria’s secrets and plunge back into the world of hucksters, lowlifes, and fakes.

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Captivating Tale of the Daughter of Egypt’s Most Famous Queen

Dive in to the first chapter of Cleopatra’s Daughter and get hooked on Michelle Moran’s thrilling historical novel.

Alexandria. August 12, 30 BC.

While we waited for the news to arrive, we played dice. I felt the small ivory cubes stick in my palms as I rolled a pair of ones.

“Snake eyes,” I said, fanning myself with my hand. Even the stir of a sea breeze through the marble halls of our palace did little to relieve the searing heat that had settled across the city.

“It’s your turn,” Alexander said. When our mother didn’t respond, he repeated, “Mother, it’s your turn.” But she wasn’t listening.

Author Q&A Good for Book Clubs

Reading Confessions From the Co-Authors of The Knockoff

Writing always seemed like a solitary sport to me—like swimming or long-distance running.

“In thirteen years of editing fiction, I had never worked with co-authors before,” admits Jenny Jackson, Senior Editor at Doubleday.

“So when I acquired Lucy Sykes’s and Jo Piazza’s The Knockoff, I had a lot of questions: How on earth did they work together? Was it fifty-fifty? And with a book as funny as The Knockoff, which one of them was actually the hilarious one?”

Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza reveal the books they’ve said they read (but they lied), the characters they love to hate, and their author crushes. And the music they listen to while writing. For Jo, it’s a mixture of sixties French pop with eighties American hair bands … no joke.