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How do you kill someone underwater? And how do you make the best whoopee pie? If these questions even vaguely pique your interest, then William Morrow’s Book Club Girl “Night Out” event, which took place on Wednesday, June 19th at the HarperCollins offices in New York City, would have made your night, as it did for me, a longtime reader of Bookreporter.com. The evening featured authors Joshilyn Jackson and Meg Mitchell Moore being interviewed by Carol Fitzgerald, the president and co-founder of The Book Report Network.

Michael Stanley

Michael Stanley is the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip.

Both are retired professors who have worked in academia and business. Sears is a mathematician, specializing in geological remote sensing. Trollip is an educational psychologist, specializing in the application of computers to teaching and learning, and a pilot. They were both born in South Africa.

June 13, 2019

It has been an action-packed couple of weeks, and there is much more to come. I have so been looking forward to sharing the latest news with you!

First up, our 8th Annual Book Group Speed Dating event at Book Expo was a huge success. 240+(!) readers heard from 23 publishers about upcoming titles that are perfect for book groups. You can see a couple of photos from the event above. As we know many of you could not join us, we have added PDFs of the slide presentation to the site, as well as an Excel sheet that lists the books both by publisher and by title. We hope you take the opportunity to peruse these lists.

Jean Kwok, author of Searching for Sylvie Lee

Sylvie, the beautiful, brilliant, successful older daughter of the Lee family, flies to the Netherlands for one final visit with her dying grandmother --- and then vanishes. Amy, the sheltered baby of the Lee family, is too young to remember a time when her parents were newly immigrated and too poor to keep Sylvie. Seven years older, Sylvie was raised by a distant relative in a faraway, foreign place, and didn’t rejoin her family in America until age nine.

Jennifer Weiner, author of Mrs. Everything

Growing up in 1950s Detroit, Jo and Bethie Kaufman live in a perfect “Dick and Jane” house, where their roles in the family are clearly defined. But the truth ends up looking different from what the girls imagined. As their lives unfold against the background of free love and Vietnam, Woodstock and women’s lib, Bethie becomes an adventure-loving wild child who dives headlong into the counterculture and is up for anything (except settling down). Meanwhile, Jo becomes a proper young mother in Connecticut, a witness to the changing world instead of a participant.

Nancy Sharko, one of our longtime readers, attended the Third Annual Maplewood-South Orange Book Festival in South Orange, NJ on Saturday, June 8th and was kind enough to share her experiences with us. According to their website, the festival “brings together readers and authors in celebration of the joy and diversity of the written word. Our informative author panels highlight the major artistic, social and political issues of the day, while our vibrant and fun-filled children’s area allow our youngest readers to discover the importance and delight of books --- and meet many of their favorite authors!”

Editorial Content for The Friends We Keep

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THE FRIENDS WE KEEP is about how, despite disappointments we’ve had or mistakes we’ve made, it’s never too late to find a place to call home.

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THE FRIENDS WE KEEP is about how, despite disappointments we’ve had or mistakes we’ve made, it’s never too late to find a place to call home.

About the Book

THE FRIENDS WE KEEP is the heartwarming and unforgettable new novel from Jane Green, the New York Times bestselling author of THE SUNSHINE SISTERS and THE BEACH HOUSE. 

Evvie, Maggie and Topher have known one another since college. Their friendship was something they swore would last forever. Now years have passed, the friends have drifted apart, and they never found the lives they wanted --- the lives they dreamed of when they were young and everything seemed possible.

Evvie starved herself to become a supermodel but derailed her career by sleeping with a married man. 

Maggie married Ben, the boy she fell in love with in college, never imagining the heartbreak his drinking would cause. 

Topher became a successful actor, but the shame of a childhood secret shut him off from real intimacy. 

By their 30th reunion, these old friends have lost touch with one another and with the people they dreamed of becoming. Together again, they have a second chance at happiness...until a dark secret is revealed that changes everything. 

THE FRIENDS WE KEEP is about how, despite disappointments we’ve had or mistakes we’ve made, it’s never too late to find a place to call home.

Editorial Content for The Great Believers

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A finalist for the 2018 National Book Award, THE GREAT BELIEVERS is a dazzling novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss, set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris, by acclaimed author Rebecca Makkai.

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A finalist for the 2018 National Book Award, THE GREAT BELIEVERS is a dazzling novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss, set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris, by acclaimed author Rebecca Makkai.

About the Book

FINALIST FOR THE PULITZER PRIZE IN FICTION
WINNER OF THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL
WINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR FICTION
WINNER OF THE STONEWALL BOOK AWARD
SHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

Soon to Be a Major Television Event, optioned by Amy Poehler

“A page turner... An absorbing and emotionally riveting story about what it’s like to live during times of crisis.” —The New York Times Book Review

A dazzling novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris.

In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet, as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying, and after his friend Nico's funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico's little sister.

Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter who disappeared into a cult. While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago crisis, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways AIDS affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. The two intertwining stories take us through the heartbreak of the ‘80s and the chaos of the modern world, as both Yale and Fiona struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster.

THE GREAT BELIEVERS has become a critically acclaimed, indelible piece of literature; it was selected as one of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year, a Washington Post Notable Book, a BuzzFeed Book of the Year, a Skimm Reads pick, and a pick for the New York Public Library’s Best Books of the year.