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Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss

Libro.fm is running a sale on several titles this month. No membership required for most sale prices, including this one. The ebook is not on sale. From Booklist: Anna is not happy about spending senior year at a Paris boarding school, away from her Atlanta home, best friend Bridgette, and crush Toph. Adapting isn't easy, but she soon finds friends and starts enjoying French life, especially its many cinemas; she is an aspiring film critic. Complications arise, though, when she develops feelings for cute—and taken—classmate Etienne, even though she remains interested in Toph. Her return home for the holidays brings both surprises, betrayals, unexpected support, and a new perspective on what matters in life—and love. Perkins' debut, narrated in Anna's likable, introspective voice, is an absorbing and enjoyable read that highlights how home can refer to someone, not just somewhere." More info →
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The Invisible Library

The Invisible Library

If you love a good literary mystery, this one's for you. I recommended this to Mel Joulwan on WSIRN episode 60. This is the first in a series that follows the adventures of a librarian spy. Twinges of fantasy meet a page-turner. Irene is no ordinary librarian, and her employer is no ordinary library—she works for The Library. This library doesn't exist just in one world, it exists across space. Her job is to chase down unique works of fiction across alternate realities to keep these books safe. Her latest mission is to venture into a kind of steampunk London to recover a copy of a very dangerous and powerful book by the German brothers Grimm. When she gets to the place and time, the book is gone and other dangerous spies are hotly pursuing it. It reminds me of Neil Gaiman or Jasper Fforde. This is not high literature, but it's a really fun book. These would make a great binge read. More info →
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Charleston

Charleston

Libro.fm is running a sale on several titles this month. They're my go-to for audiobooks these days; read more about Libro.fm here. No membership required for most sale prices, including this one. The ebook is ALSO on sale. From the publisher: "When Eliza Poinsett left the elegant world of Charleston for college, she never expected it would take her ten years to return. Now almost a decade later, she is an art historian in London with a charming Etonian boyfriend who adores her. Eliza's carefully guarded equilibrium is shattered when she meets Henry, her childhood love, again in Charleston. Set against a backdrop of stately homes, the seductive Lowcountry landscape, and the entangled lives of families who trace their ancestors back for generations, Eliza has to decide if she is willing to risk everything for which she has worked so hard to be with the only man she has ever truly loved. Emotionally resonant, beguiling in its atmosphere, it illuminates the elusive notion of home, and explores whether we can we truly ever go back to the place—and the people—that indelibly shaped us." More info →
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Waiting for Tom Hanks

Waiting for Tom Hanks

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Annie Cassidy is a Nora Ephron-obsessed writer who dreams of both writing a rom com and finding a Tom Hanks of her own to love. Those dreams begin to come true when a Hollywood film crew invades her Columbus neighborhood to shoot a new romantic comedy featuring the handsome Drew Danforth … who Annie believes to be an overgrown manchild who cares more about on-set pranks than acting the part of a serious film star. But as Annie gets to know the people on set better, her life starts to take on an eerie resemblance to some of her favorite movies. This familiar story feels fresh and fun in Winfrey's hands, and absolutely oozes charm. (In this closed-door romance, the sexy stuff is present, but happens offscreen.) Bonus: you'll come away with a long list of rom coms to watch. More info →
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Passing

Passing

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One of my favorite books of 2020. I read this for the first time last year, and it was not at all what I expected. Written in 1929, set during the Jazz Age in Harlem, this is the story of two childhood friends who reconnect after choosing very different paths. Both women are Black and light-skinned. Clare has chosen to pass for white, and is even married to a white man who knows nothing of her heritage or history. Irene is married to a successful African-American physician. As the women spend more time together, Irene's life starts looking better and better to Clare ... and what unfolds is a battle of wits in a story akin to a psychological thriller. The story feels so fresh and unexpected, I couldn't believe it was written nearly a hundred years ago. What a page-turner! More info →
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The Ex Talk

The Ex Talk

How could this podcaster resist a novel about podcasting, set in the world of public radio? In this enemies-to-lovers romance, Solomon takes the familiar fake dating trope and gives it a fun twist: in order to advance their respective careers, Shay and Dominic say “yes” to their boss’s not-quite- legit plan to co-host a tell-all podcast, where they’ll pretend to be exes and deconstruct what went wrong in their relationship. But to convince their listeners it’s real, they need to get to know each other—and that’s when it gets complicated. I loved the Seattle studio setting and sense of humor in this breezy read. Heads up for an open door scene or two. More info →
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Burn Baby Burn

Burn Baby Burn

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It's 1977 in New York City. The hot summer sun sizzles on the sidewalk, a major blackout affects most of the city, and a serial killer on the loose spreads fear among thousands of citizens. But seventeen-year-old Nora has her own problems to deal with. Her family struggles to pay rent, her teachers pester her to apply for college, and a cute guy wants to take her out for a date, despite the obvious dangers of being out at night. This atmospheric novel drops the reader directly into a sweltering NYC summer as the teenage protagonist wrestles with problems in her inner and outer world. Marisol Ramirez brings the story to life with her audiobook narration. More info →
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Belong to Me

Belong to Me

Libro.fm is running a sale on several titles this month. They're my go-to for audiobooks these days; read more about Libro.fm here. No membership required for most sale prices, including this one. The ebook is ALSO on sale. Well-written, intelligent, and thoroughly readable. This book was featured in my post about authors worth binge reading. More info →
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Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work

Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work

Libro.fm is running a sale on several titles this month. They're my go-to for audiobooks these days; read more about Libro.fm here. No membership required for most sale prices, including this one. The ebook is not on sale. I LOVE this book! I use the information I learned from this book nearly every day, which is why it's one of 7 books I wish I could download into my brain. The Heath brothers are whip-smart and really funny, making Decisive a million times better than your typical "business" book. This story-driven business book teaches you how to make better decisions, drawing on diverse case studies covering all aspects of life, such as how to know it's time to fire an employee or if you should undergo a risky bone marrow transplant. More info →
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Sleeping Giants

Sleeping Giants

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Recommended as Unputdownable. I never, and I mean never, would have picked this up on my own. I read this because it was a Book of the Month selection, and was surprised to love it. It's a sci fi novel whose premise is pretty out there and wow, was it fun. I loved it so much I dedicate an episode to it in season one of One Great Book. Wild premise, interesting structure, great narrative drive. Hot tip for those of you who like adding the Audible Whispersync: I hear the full cast audio recording is terrific. More info →
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Fates And Furies

Fates And Furies

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This story is not always easy to read (hello, eight-line edit) but the structure—telling the story of a marriage first from the husband's perspective, and later, his wife's—is brilliant, and serves Groff's story so well. If you like to geek out over symbolism, this novel has it by the bucket full (just one reason this would make an excellent book club pick). From the publisher: "Groff delivers a deeply satisfying novel about love, art, creativity, and power that is unlike anything that has come before it. Fates and Furies is a literary masterpiece that defies expectation." More info →
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Holding Up the Universe

Holding Up the Universe

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Libro.fm is running a sale on several titles this month. They're my go-to for audiobooks these days; read more about Libro.fm here. No membership required for most sale prices, including this one. The ebook is not on sale. Numerous fans of Niven's 2015 breakout book All the Bright Places {raises hand} were waiting with bated breath for this one. Niven is back with a story about two teens who forge an unlikely friendship: a handsome boy who's got swagger in spades, and a girl once dubbed "America's Fattest Teen." More info →
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It’s All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super-Busy Home Cook

It’s All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super-Busy Home Cook

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From the publisher: "Gwyneth Paltrow is back to share more than 125 of her favorite recipes that can be made in the time it would take to order takeout. All the dishes are surprisingly tasty, with little or no sugar, fat, or gluten. Yummy recipes include Chocolate Cinnamon Overnight Oats, Soft Polenta with Cherry Tomatoes, Chicken Enchiladas, Pita Bread Pizzas, Quick Sesame Noodles, and more! Plus, an innovative chapter for "on-the-go" meals (Moroccan Chicken Salad Wrap, Chopped Salad with Grilled Shrimp, and others) that you can take for lunch to work or school, to a picnic, or to eat while watching soccer practice!" More info →
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Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and The Dawn of the Modern Woman

Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and The Dawn of the Modern Woman

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Libro.fm is running a sale on several titles this month. They're my go-to for audiobooks these days; read more about Libro.fm here. No membership required for most sale prices, including this one. The ebook is ALSO on sale. People magazine said this one was "So smart and entertaining it should come with its own popcorn." Publishers Weekly said this "Reads like carefully crafted fiction... Capote would have been entranced." From the publisher: "The first ever complete account of the making of Breakfast at Tiffany's. With a cast of characters including Truman Capote, Edith Head, director Blake Edwards, and, of course, Hepburn herself, Wasson immerses us in the America of the late fifties, when a girl by the name of Holly Golightly raised eyebrows across the nation, changing fashion, film, and sex, for good." More info →
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Windfall

Windfall

Libro.fm is running a sale on several titles this month. They're my go-to for audiobooks these days; read more about Libro.fm here. No membership required for most sale prices, including this one. The ebook is not on sale. Alice doesn't believe in luck, at least not the good kind. But when she buys her friend Teddy a lottery ticket for his 18th birthday, she picks the good ones: 31 (Teddy's birthday). 9 (the number of years they've been friends). And for the Powerball number: 13 (the date both her parents died, 13 months apart, making her an orphan). That unlucky number wins him 140 million dollars. Teddy promises her the money won't change anything, but of course it does. A novel of love, family, fate, and Chicago, and one that you could read in the course of one happy afternoon. More info →
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The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture

The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture

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I adore Berry. From the publisher: "Wendell Berry argues that good farming is a cultural development and spiritual discipline. Today’s agribusiness, however, takes farming out of its cultural context and away from families. As a result, we as a nation are more estranged from the land—from the intimate knowledge, love, and care of it. Sadly, his arguments and observations are more relevant than ever. Although 'this book has not had the happy fate of being proved wrong,' Berry writes, there are good people working 'to make something comely and enduring of our life on this earth.'" More info →
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A Complicated Kindness

A Complicated Kindness

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From Publishers Weekly: "A 16-year-old rebels against the conventions of her strict Mennonite community (which she observes are "the most embarrassing sub-sect of people to belong to if you're a teenager"). Her gentle, uncommunicative father, Ray, isn't much of a sounding board as Nomi grapples with teenage life. Once a "curious, hopeful child" Nomi now relies on biting humor as her life spins out of control—she stops attending school, shaves her head and wanders around in a haze—while Ray sells off most of their furniture, escapes on all-night drives and increasingly withdraws into himself. Bold, tender and intelligent, this is a clear-eyed exploration of belief and belonging, and the irresistible urge to escape both." More info →
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Lie to Me

Lie to Me

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Ellison sets the tone with her first line: "You aren't going to like me very much." But who is this narrator, and why does she say that? Sutton and Ethan Montclair seem to have the perfect marriage—two successful writers who not only love each other, but understand and support each other. Or that's what people think, until Sutton disappears, leaving a note telling Ethan not to look for her. As the hours tick by, Ethan begins to look more and more suspicious, and as a local investigator starts quizzing friends and family, it quickly becomes apparent that their perfect relationship was anything but. And THAT is when things get really creepy. This twisty thriller weaves in extra fun for book-lovers: it's full of the kinds of details about the writing life that makes avid readers' hearts go pitter-patter. I also loved the unusual Franklin TN setting. Domestic noir is hot these days; this new release is best of class. Saskia Maarleveld's narration adds to the suspense of this domestic noir; the minutes spent listening will fly by. More info →
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Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process

Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process

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I've been meaning to read this essay collection since it came out, and picked up my own copy at Politics and Prose. It's a keeper. McPhee is a masterful narrative nonfiction writer. He's been working for decades; I first encountered his work in the 2013 New Yorker piece Structure, which appears in this collection. As a reader and a writer, I found these behind-the-scenes glimpses of how he researches, assembles, and edits his work absolutely fascinating. More info →
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The Huntress

The Huntress

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Libro.fm is running a sale on several titles this month. No membership required for most sale prices, including this one. The ebook is not on sale. The Alice Network author Quinn takes on WWII's aftermath in her latest historical release. Inspired by a true story she stumbled upon in the historical archives (which would totally spoil the big reveal—you're going to have to read the Author's Note to learn all!), Quinn weaves together three perspectives to tell a gripping story. There's no weak link in the story; each thread is fascinating, and distinct on the audio—and when they began to come together I couldn't listen fast enough. A mesmerizing tale of war crimes, coming of age, love and fidelity, and the pursuit of justice, with stirring implications for today. A 2019 Summer Reading Guide selection, narrated by Saskia Maarleveld. More info →
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The Things We Cannot Say

The Things We Cannot Say

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Libro.fm is running a sale on several titles this month. They're my go-to for audiobooks these days; read more about Libro.fm here. No membership required for most sale prices, including this one. The ebook is not on sale. This Instagram darling is recommended for fans of The Nightingale and Lilac Girls. From the publisher: "Slipping between Nazi-occupied Poland and the frenetic pace of modern life, Kelly Rimmer creates an emotional and finely wrought narrative that weaves together two women's stories into a tapestry of perseverance, loyalty, love, and honor. The Things We Cannot Say is an unshakable reminder of the devastation when truth is silenced...and how it can take a lifetime to find our voice before we learn to trust it." More info →
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Remedial Rocket Science

Remedial Rocket Science

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Over the course of the past year I've been reading scads of romance novels, including this entire series, each of which features a female protagonist who works in STEM. When this first book opens, Melody is having a terrible night. First her date stands her up, then the creepy guy at the bar won't leave her alone. When a handsome stranger offers her an escape, it leads to one fabulous night—and that's all it can be, because the next day Jeremy has to fly home to L.A. But then three years later, Melody graduates and lands her dream job at an aerospace company—in L.A., where she reconnects with Jeremy and discovers not only is he as charming as ever, he's the CEO's son. And a billionaire. (This series is closed door, but that's not true for all of Nix's work.) More info →
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Let Us Dream

Let Us Dream

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Alyssa Cole might be well-known in romance circles for her contemporary Reluctant Royals series, but she's also an incredible historical romance writer—and her novellas pack a lot of story (and steam) into a one-sitting read. Set in Harlem 1917, this novella follows star-crossed lovers Bertha and Amir as they navigate women's rights, immigration, and prejudice in New York City. Cole paints a vivid picture of the time and crafts such incredible characters in just a few pages. Pick this one up for a quick dose of historical detail and a swoony love story, and heads up for a few open door scenes. More info →
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Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking

Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking

This award-winning cookbook is at the top of my wishlist. It has everything: history, heritage, culture, and food. Stunning photos accompany stories and recipes that showcase the depth of African American cuisine. I want to read it like a novel, and then cook the sweet potato biscuits and seafood gumbo. More info →
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The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters

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Unlike so much of my reading, I read this book with a specific purpose in mind (and brace yourself, it's probably going to sound like a boring one): when I asked a handful of friends to share tips for running better meetings, an uncanny number recommended this book. Parker doesn't take her subject lightly: she believes that it is the way a group gathers that determines what happens there and how successful it will be, and that the little design choices the organizer makes can make or break it. As someone who tends to be interested in the behind the scenes of any endeavor, I was fascinated by her insights into why some gatherings work—and others don't. With chapter titles like "Don't Be a Chill Host" and "Never Start a Funeral with Logistics," Parker pushes her readers to think differently about why and how they gather. Helpful and thought-provoking. More info →
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A Pocket Full of Rye: A Miss Marple Mystery

A Pocket Full of Rye: A Miss Marple Mystery

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Who is Maud Dixon?: A Novel

Who is Maud Dixon?: A Novel

From the publisher: "Florence Darrow is a low-level publishing employee who believes that she's destined to be a famous writer. When she stumbles into a job the assistant to the brilliant, enigmatic novelist known as Maud Dixon — whose true identity is a secret — it appears that the universe is finally providing Florence’s big chance. The arrangement seems perfect. Maud Dixon (whose real name, Florence discovers, is Helen Wilcox) can be prickly, but she is full of pointed wisdom -- not only on how to write, but also on how to live. Florence quickly falls under Helen’s spell and eagerly accompanies her to Morocco, where Helen’s new novel is set. Amidst the colorful streets of Marrakesh and the wind-swept beaches of the coast, Florence’s life at last feels interesting enough to inspire a novel of her own. But when Florence wakes up in the hospital after a terrible car accident, with no memory of the previous night — and no sign of Helen — she’s tempted to take a shortcut. Instead of hiding in Helen’s shadow, why not upgrade into Helen's life? Not to mention her bestselling pseudonym . . ." More info →
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