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Off the Grid: Morocco Beyond Marrakech, an Essay from Lawrence Osborne

The drive across this plateau is remarkable, since it is roadless, off the grid, and bare.

“Although well traveled by tourists, Morocco remains a country where secret places abound,” writes Lawrence Osborne, author of The Forgiven. “The desert is vast, as are the Atlas and Anti-Atlas Mountains, and here, far from the cities and cultural centers, one can find places removed from the camera-wielding crowds. Admittedly, many Berber desert towns are popular with tourists; they’re reached via the modern-day equivalent to the camel: the air-conditioned bus. But travelers equipped with their own four-wheel drive can move beyond the more traversed watering holes. The deep desert beckons.”

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Winners Announced: Blue Plate Special

Congrats to Andrea S., Beth A., Betty S., Diana S., Daniel V., and 20 other members of the Read It Forward community!

Their entries were selected at random to win an Advance Reader’s Copy of Kate Christensen’s culinary memoir Blue Plate Special.

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Author Essay Good for Book Clubs

Video Author Chat with Nichole Bernier, Jenna Blum, J. Courtney Sullivan

On June 4, 2013, Read It Forward enjoyed a live video chat with bestselling authors Nichole Bernier, Jenna Blum, and J. Courtney Sullivan and we’re delighted to share it with you!

Perfect for book club members – and all voracious readers of fiction – who want to connect with bestselling authors. Think of it as a big virtual book signing. Thank you to everyone who joined us and contributed to a great conversation.

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Winners Announced:
Dear Girls Above Me

Congrats to Carol Z., Adam D., Adriana P., Amy S., Doris H., and 195 other members of the Read It Forward community!

Their entries were selected at random to win an Advance Reader’s Copy of Charlie McDowell’s hilarious memoir Dear Girls Above Me.

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Ben Masters Shares His Narrator’s Reading List

Eliot Lamb, the grad-school narrator of Ben Masters’ debut novel Noughties, reads constantly. Here, Ben Masters shares Eliot’s reading list.

Eliot’s own reading plays a key part in the novel, and I deliberately planted references to a range of coming-of-age novels and a couple of other books that offer either analogies or ironic commentaries to his own experiences.

They aren’t particularly surprising examples as they are meant to reflect what he has been reading at university, but they are still novels that I am very fond of myself.

Author Essay Good for Book Clubs

Charlie McDowell on His Twitter Phenom-Turned Book
Dear Girls Above Me

Based on the wildly popular Twitter feed Dear Girls Above Me, a roman à clef about how thinking like a couple of girls turned one single guy into a better man.

“Relationships end every day. People find each other, they lose each other. The levels of devastation may vary, but it’s a right of passage for all of us. This book isn’t about that. It’s about what happens after,” says Charlie McDowell of his memoir Dear Girls Above Me.

“When my girlfriend abruptly ended our relationship over a casual lunch as carefree as she ordered her kale salad, I thought my life was over . . . . The girls above me were helping me more than anyone else I had in my life. Only they didn’t know it.”

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Winners Announced: The Execution of Noa P. Singleton

Congrats to Susan B., Sherie S., Carolyn R., Antoinette R., Abbey H., and 195 other members of the Read It Forward community!

Their entries were selected at random to win an Advance Reader’s Copy of Elizabeth L. Silver’s searing debut thriller The Execution of Noa P. Singleton.

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