Read It Forward

Fans of The Art of Racing in the Rain, get ready for a memoir that Garth Stein calls “stunning . . . an incredible journey, both inward and outward.” Read It Forward favorite Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted and Cowboys Are My Weakness, says Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild “is a big, brave, break-your-heart-and-put-it-back-together-again kind of book. Cheryl Strayed is a courageous, gritty, and deceptively elegant writer. She walked the Pacific Crest Trail to find forgiveness, came back with generosity – and now she shares her reward with us. I snorted with laughter, I wept uncontrollably; I don’t even want to know the person who isn’t going to love Wild. This is a beautifully made, utterly realized book.”

“We need to have head shots but, being writers, we don’t want to pay for them,” says Stephen Gallagher, author of The Bedlam Detective. “Sometimes your publisher will commission some publicity stills but that doesn’t always work out – Hodder & Stoughton once sent me to a man who specialized in photographing fruit for Marks & Spencer. Maybe they chose him because of the “&”. I don’t know what fruit he had in mind when he studied me – maybe Zombie Cucumber. We took the shots in his attic, with me lurking behind a wormy pillar or looking out around a peeling chimney wall. The result: I looked like a ghoul in the fourth stage of something terminal.”

Chris Pavone’s debut spy thriller The Expats has been compared to the early works of Ken Follett, Frederick Forsyth, Robert Ludlum, and John le Carre. Some of the biggest names in thrillers are rallying behind Pavone’s remarkable first novel. Patricia Cornwell thinks you won’t soon forget the “powerful female protagonist.” John Grisham says The Expats is “smart, clever suspense, skillfully plotted.” John Connolly believes it’s “one of the most accomplished debuts of recent years.”

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey tells the story behind Highclere Castle, the real-life inspiration and setting for Julian Fellowes’s Emmy Award-winning PBS show Downton Abbey, and the life of one of its most famous inhabitants, Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon. Drawing on a rich store of materials from the archives of Highclere Castle, including diaries, letters, and photographs, the current Lady Carnarvon has written a transporting story of this fabled home on the brink of war.

“‘Why is the movie never as good as the book?’ Readers are asking the wrong question,” suggests Donna Woolfolk Cross, author of Pope Joan. “The question should be: ‘Why is the movie always different from the book?’ Here’s what matters: The movie needs to capture the soul of the book – the part that made readers love it. I’m so lucky this happened with Pope Joan. The theme of my novel is female empowerment through learning. That theme has survived intact – and very movingly – in the film. This is why I’m so excited about the upcoming television mini-series based on my novel. It has TWO nights to tell the story of Pope Joan. It will air on ReelzChannel TV on December 18/19.”

“A beautiful, heart-breaking gem of a novel written just the way I like them,” says Tatiana de Rosnay, international bestselling author of Sarah’s Key and A Secret Kept, “with the past coming back to haunt the present, endearing heroines and a sunny, hopeful ending. You’ll wolf it up in one delicious gulp.” Fans of historical fiction, romance, and page-turning novels will love Sarah McCoy’s The Baker’s Daughter.