Read It Forward

“This book lulled me into its dark depths,” writes RIFer Cathy R. in her review of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. “Flynn is masterful at twisting and turning the plot without relying on standard ploys. You will be surprised again and again, and then once more. Gone Girl starts with a bang and the momentum never lets up. You just can’t stop turning the pages because you have to satisfy the hunger to know the ending.”

RIFers, bestselling author and RIF Guest Editor Gillian Flynn has another great question for you. So let Gillian know what you think, get curious, get creative, and add a question to today’s RIF poll! We’re thrilled to have Gillian Flynn, bestselling author of the forthcoming thriller Gone Girl as our RIF Guest Editor. Check back often for polls, essays, and more from Gillian in the coming weeks. And don’t miss our live video chat with Gillian Flynn on Thursday, May 31 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

RIFers! We’re thrilled that Gillian Flynn joined us for a live video chat via Spreecast on Thursday, May 31 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Thank you to everyone who tuned in and asked such great questions! Here’s the cool thing: even if you missed the live chat, you can still enjoy Gillian Flynn’s answers to some really great questions, including: What writers influence you? Where do your evil female characters come from? And what did your husband think reading Gone Girl? Lots more – don’t miss it! Just click the play button and enjoy a candid, intimate video interview one of the most talked-about thriller authors out there!

“I seriously couldn’t put this book down,” writes RIFer Kay O. in her review of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. “Gillian Flynn takes you on such a roller coaster ride! The momentum of the story was always high, never letting up. Very easy reading, but such complex matters. One of my top picks of the year so far.”

Marco Pasanella is one of the most talked-about new voices in wine. Martha Stewart sings his praises. Rocco DiSpirito says, “If you’ve ever thought about changing course and taking a big leap to follow your passion, then Uncorked is a must-read.” As Kitchen Confidential and Waiter Rant explored the front and back of the house at restaurants, Uncorked offers a peek behind the curtain of the wine world. A treat for you RIFers: a list of some of the strangest words in wine, a Read It First giveaway, and info on a special series of Sip ‘n’ Sail wine tastings.

“Beirut is one of the world’s most complex, beautiful, messed-up, endlessly dramatic cities,” says Salma Abdelnour, author of Jasmine and Fire. “It combines a stunning setting along the Mediterranean with a thumping nightlife, a diverse and sophisticated population, ancient historical sites dating all the way back to ancient Rome – and a tendency to always be on the verge of total chaos. Lebanon seems to be in the news all the time, for one reason or another, so Beirut stays top of mind – and for every person who thinks ‘It’s too dangerous there! I can’t go!’ there must be at least three people who think ‘What a fascinating place. I must visit!’”