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Enter to Win We Never Asked for Wings from the Bestselling Author of The Language of Flowers

From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Language of Flowers comes her much-anticipated new novel about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds.

For fourteen years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now fifteen, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life.

Navigating this new terrain is challenging for Letty, especially as Luna desperately misses her grandparents and Alex, who is falling in love with a classmate, is unwilling to give his mother a chance. Letty comes up with a plan to help the family escape the dangerous neighborhood and heartbreaking injustice that have marked their lives, but one wrong move could jeopardize everything she’s worked for and her family’s fragile hopes for the future.

Vanessa Diffenbaugh blends gorgeous prose with compelling themes of motherhood, undocumented immigration, and the American Dream in a powerful and prescient story about family.

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Finding Your Fiction Alter Ego

We all want to be the Lizzie Bennets and the Katniss Everdeens–the stars of their stories, archetypes in their own right.

But as much as we like to self-flatter, really we’re more likely one of the other, less spunky Bennet sisters, or hapless Peeta Mellark. So, how do you accurately assess your literary alter ego while being realistic about your strengths and shortcomings?

There’s the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the psychological Sorting Hat before J.K. Rowling created the four houses of Hogwarts. In fact, the first fictional character I found myself matched to was James Potter, the ENTJ (Extroverted Intuitive Thinking Judging) or “Maverick” of the Harry Potter Myers-Briggs spectrum. My type (the Rational) has also been called the “Field Marshall” and the “Executive”–not exactly titles I would claim in daily life. But the MBTI pegged me in all four categories.

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The Cake Therapist

A fiction debut that will leave you wanting seconds, from an award-winning cookbook author.

“A delicious treat for readers… Like a master chef, Judith Fertig takes the tale of a gifted baker starting all over in her old Midwestern hometown and layers it together with an intriguing mystery buried deep in the community’s Depression-era past.”—New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams

Claire “Neely” O’Neil is a pastry chef of extraordinary talent. Every great chef can taste shimmering, elusive flavors that most of us miss, but Neely can “taste” feelings—cinnamon makes you remember; plum is pleased with itself; orange is a wake-up call. When flavor and feeling give Neely a glimpse of someone’s inner self, she can customize her creations to help that person celebrate love, overcome fear, even mourn a devastating loss.

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Reader’s Guide for The Life and Death of Sophie Stark

“A fierce, page-turning, exposé of a would-be/could-be bright star. –Marie Claire

Told in a chorus of voices belonging to those who knew Sophie best, The Life and Death of Sophie Stark is an intimate portrait of an elusive woman whose monumental talent and relentless pursuit of truth reveal the cost of producing great art. It is “not only a dissection of genius and the havoc it can wreak, but also a thunderously good story” (Emma Donoghue, author of Room).

It’s a perfect book for book groups, and we’ve gathered some questions that will inspire a lively conversation. We’ve also asked the author to answer some of the questions we had after reading this wonderful novel.

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Win the New Novel by the Author of The Windup Girl

“This is a spectacular thriller, wonderfully imagined and written, and racing through it will make you think—and make you thirsty.” —Lee Child, author of Personal

The American Southwest has been decimated by drought. Nevada and Arizona skirmish over dwindling shares of the Colorado River, while California watches, deciding if it should just take the whole river all for itself. Into the fray steps Las Vegas water knife Angel Velasquez. Detective, assassin, and spy, Angel “cuts” water for the Southern Nevada Water Authority and its boss, Catherine Case, ensuring that her lush, luxurious arcology developments can bloom in the desert and that anyone who challenges her is left in the gutted-suburban dust.

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Books You Love That No One Else Has Read

We all have them – books that we love that we’re surprised no one else has read.

Kirsty Logan, author of The Gracekeepers, shares five books she loves that no one else has read, including Boy Heaven by Laura Kasischke.

“As a fan of folktales, fairytales and mythology, I also love their modern equivalent: the urban legend. Here’s Kasischke takes a classic urban legend and places it in the setting of a girls’ summer camp. Her prose is gorgeous, creating a tone both ethereal and uncomfortable. I’m a big fan of books about ‘teen-girl realness’, and Boy Heaven is dead-on with the feelings, sights, and smells of girlhood.”

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I Take You Is “Dark, Audacious Chick Lit”

Most chick lit novels don’t open with a woman, days before her wedding, having sex with someone who is not her fiancé.

Most chick lit novels don’t depict that same woman as madly in love with her brilliant, handsome, geeky fiancé while nonetheless unable to resist the charms of every other man (and a few women) she runs across.

But that’s what makes Eliza Kennedy’s dark, audacious, and wonderful debut novel I Take You stand out. Lily Wilder, attorney and not-so-blushing bride, has been compared to Bridget Jones for her chutzpah and take-no-prisoners attitude. But where Bridget is rather self-aware, Lily falls a bit short.