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Start Reading Nefertiti by Michelle Moran

How historically accurate should historical fiction be? Is it okay if the author fills in the blanks with her imagination?

Michelle Moran is known for her meticulously researched, richly detailed historical fiction. In Nefertiti, Moran tells the story of Nefertiti and her younger sister, Mutnodjmet, who have been raised in a powerful family that has provided wives to the rulers of Egypt for centuries.

Ambitious, charismatic, and beautiful, Nefertiti is destined to marry Amunhotep, an unstable young pharaoh. It is hoped that her strong personality will temper the young ruler’s heretical desire to forsake Egypt’s ancient gods.

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What Early Readers Are Saying about
O, Africa!

Do you pay attention to author blurbs and early reviews when you’re deciding whether or not to read a book?

Here’s what early readers are saying about Andrew Lewis Conn’s O, Africa!: “It’s one of the funniest and saddest books I’ve read in years,” says Paul La Farge, author of Luminous Airplanes. Gary Shteyngart – author of Super Sad True Love Story – says, “Andrew Lewis Conn has written a strange, cool, hilarious and oddly moving masterpiece.”

Kirkus gives it a starred review and says O, Africa! is “A wildly ambitious and entertaining novel that manages to be both slapstick and deeply tragic.”

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The Author Writes Her Own Reader’s Guide for Bittersweet

Most reader’s guides are written by a staffer at the publisher or by a freelancer writer. It’s a rare treat to get discussion questions that come from the author herself.

Miranda Beverly-Whittmore has come up with 15 provocative questions that will enrich your reading experience of Bittersweet and enliven your book group discussion.

Many early readers of Bittersweet have compared it to Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn’s blockbuster bestseller. So if you’re a fan of psychological suspense and you’re looking for a page-turning, twisty-turny summer read – add Bittersweet to your TBR list!

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Fans of Foodie Memoirs! Start Reading Sous Chef

In the morning … you get a cool, peaceful moment in the shadowy office to take stock. This moment is a rare encounter with tranquillity that must be relished.

You chomp on a hunk of the morning’s freshly baked bread and click through your email. You fire up a few eggs over medium, trade morning text messages with your girlfriend. You duck out and smoke some cigarettes on the loading dock, step over to the corner store for a seltzer and a paper.

You do as little as possible for as long as you can. For now, for just this very moment, the kitchen is yours.

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The Real Origin of Zombies

He was writhing like an animal; a gag muffled his growls. They warned me not to touch him, that he was “cursed.”

I shrugged them off and reached for my mask and gloves. The boy’s skin was as cold and gray as the cement on which he lay. I could find neither his heartbeat nor his pulse. His eyes were wild, wide and sunken back in their sockets. They remained locked on me like a predatory beast. Throughout the examination he was inexplicably hostile, reaching for me with his bound hands and snapping at me through his gag. His movements were so violent I had to call for two of the largest villagers to help me hold him down.

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My Phobia of Joining Book Clubs

My name is Rachel Goldberg, and I’m afraid of commitment.

Through my total and utter scouring of all Googleable NYC book clubs and literary associations and public readings, I’ve determined that there are too many awesome readerly things going on in every neighborhood and at all times.

Which is horrible. I simply can’t participate in all of them. And I wonder: What else is out there for me? How can I possibly commit to just one when there are so many thrilling, exciting, heartbreaking adventures to read up on just outside the boundaries of my current book club?

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Reader Spotlight: A Life Apart
by L.Y. Marlow

“My favorite character was Beatrice,” says RIFer Barbara M. “She is a compassionate and forgiving woman who led a difficult life, and in spite of the anger, bitterness and disappointment she sometimes felt, she never purposely allowed those feelings to influence her twin daughters.”

At once a family epic and a historical drama that brings the streets and neighborhoods of Boston vividly to life from World War II through the civil rights era to the present day, A Life Apart takes readers along for the emotional journey as Morris and Beatrice’s relationship is tested by time, family loyalties, unending guilt, racial tensions, death, and the profound effects of war.

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Start Reading My Gentle Barn

The force that drove me to be with animals defied all reason. I was compelled to have them near me no matter what.

“I began feeling little whispers deep inside – not in words, just in knowing,” writes Ellie Laks, author of My Gentle Barn.

“Go to the stream. Cross the bridge. Now turn right. I would follow this invisible force right to a bird who had fallen from her nest or to a turtle in the woods who had cracked his shell, and I would nurse those animals back to health the best I could, sneaking them into my room and making a nest out of straw and mud or setting up a box with a bowl of water and lettuce pilfered from the fridge.”