Read It Forward

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“In 2008, I traveled nine thousand miles to northern India near the border of Pakistan, to have a child,” writes author Adrienne Arieff. “I went to India under the direction of a fertility specialist to whom I only spoken over the phone, to undergo IVF treatment, with the help of an Indian surrogate I had never met. The Sacred Thread offers my perspective and a look at the landscape and culture of India through the lens of an American couple searching for family, an Indian family searching for a future, and a doctor offering a chance for both to find what they seek.”

“The writing in Madame Tussaud is so good that I felt like I was in Paris, experiencing the events firsthand for myself,” writes SuperRIFer Mary Jo. “The second half of the book flew by, and each night I couldn’t wait to jump into bed and open the book to read a few more chapters before sleep. I think it’s the mark of a true writer when, after reading one of her books, a reader looks up more by the same author. That is exactly what I did. I am a new Moran fan and recommend this book to everyone!”

The Source of All Things is the story of how, in 2007, I hiked my stepfather into Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains to confront him about sexual abuse that began there years earlier. I carried the secret for 25 years, until I found the courage to hike him back to the place it began and get a full confession. The book that encapsulates my journey came out last March to great reviews from O Magazine, Elle, More, and others. People called it “an extraordinary journey of anguish and redemption.” Nightline came to my house to report on how my family and I were dealing. And my dad and I flew to Los Angeles to appear – painfully and awkwardly – on the Dr. Drew show. All that, and yet book sales never escalated past so-so. Which leads me to the reason I’m writing.

“In writing historical novels, I’ve come to feel that I’ve jumped the fence, so to speak, taking on the role of literary tomb raider,” writes Kieran Shields, author of The Truth of All Things. “Less gruesome than actual grave robbing, sure, but the same idea. Sneaking across hallowed ground, rummaging about for earthly remains and lost treasures – even if here those amount to no more than bits and pieces of what made these vanished lives real. It’s finding those bits and shining a long absent light on them that’s such an enjoyable challenge for me as a writer. That feeling, of standing crowbar in hand at the tomb door while the intrepid reader peers over one shoulder, lamp held high against the night, came to life for me in writing The Truth of All Things.”

Emmy-nominated actor, producer and television icon John Stamos (“Glee,” “ER”) returns to the small screen in the Lifetime Original Movie, Secrets of Eden, co-starring Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad,” “The Practice”). Based on Chris Bohjalian’s New York Times bestselling novel, Secrets of Eden unveils the shocking secrets and facades of happiness that reside within a small, close-knit town after a gruesome tragedy occurs. RIFers in book groups! Here’s a cool idea for a very special discussion: read Chris Bohjalian’s bestselling novel Secrets of Eden and watch the Lifetime Original Movie Secrets of Eden and discuss them together. Sure to be a lively conversation!