New York Times bestselling author, acclaimed biographer, and film historian Marc Eliot captures the complexity of Hollywood screen legend Steve McQueen. Chronicling McQueen’s tumultuous life both on and off the screen, from his hardscrabble childhood to his rise to Hollywood superstar status, to his struggles with alcohol and drugs and his fervor for racing fast cars and motorcycles, Eliot discloses intimate details of McQueen’s three marriages, including his tumultuous relationships with Neile Adams and Ali MacGraw, as well as his numerous affairs.

Light from a Distant Star is a gripping coming-of-age story with a brutal murder at its heart and a heroine as unforgettable as Harper Lee’s “Scout.” When violence erupts in the lovely Peck house, the prime suspect seems obvious. Nellie knows who the real murderer is, but is soon silenced by fear and the threat of scandal. The truth, as she sees it, is shocking and unthinkable, and with everyone’s eyes riveted on her in the courtroom, Nellie finds herself seized with doubt.

Claudia of Luxury Reading calls The Countess “a MUST-read for anyone interested in the Bathory story. From the very first page to the last, The Countess captivates, dominates and subjugates its readers with a twisted tale of love, murder, history and familial legacies not easily put from the mind after reading. Brilliantly horrible.”

In this gripping first-person account of adventure and survival, author Scott Wallace chronicles an expedition into the Amazon’s uncharted depths, discovering the rainforest’s secrets while moving ever closer to a possible encounter with one such tribe – the mysterious flecheiros, or “People of the Arrow,” seldom-glimpsed warriors known to repulse all intruders with showers of deadly arrows. Writers Francisco Goldman, Sebastian Junger, Peter Matthiessen, and David Grann (author of The Lost City of Z) are all fans.

In The Splendid Table’s How to Eat Weekends, Lynne and Sally take you on escapades for a deeply pleasurable experience. They want you to head to different neighborhoods and markets, gather up ingredients, and embrace new cooking techniques and flavors that will carry over into your everyday meals. Check out the free recipes we’ve posted – they will spice up your book group discussion of Moni Mohsin’s novel Duty Free. Tell us about your favorite book group book / food combo for the chance to win a copy of The Splendid Table’s How to Eat Weekends!

To celebrate the paperback release of Rebecca Johns’ novel The Countess, Read It Forward contacted the author to see if she had anything new to share with RIFers. Did she ever! A fantastic scene that ended up being cut from the second draft of the novel. “The scene was the first in a series regarding a friendship that developed between Countess Báthory and a Catholic priest from Romania who was trying to turn her back to the Roman church during this most turbulent period of the Counter-Reformation,” explains Rebecca Johns. “I always liked the banter between the two characters, though – the dejected Countess turning her wit on the poor priest, and yet he isn’t put off by her. In fact, I think he’s enjoying himself.”