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James Patterson and Maxine Paetro Have Penned their 20th Women's Murder Club Novel

Sergeant Lindsay Boxer tackles an ambitious case that spans three cities. The victims were no angels, but are the shooters villains…or heroes?

Anna Solomon's Latest Novel is This Month's "Good Morning America" Book Club Pick

THE BOOK OF V. intertwines three women's lives across three centuries as their stories of sex, power and desire converge in the present day.

The Author of THE LAST MRS. PARRISH Returns with a Chilling Psychological Thriller

Liv Constantine's THE WIFE STALKER is about a woman fighting to hold onto the only family she’s ever loved, and how far she’ll go to preserve it.

Lionel Shriver Has Written an Entertaining Send-up of Today’s Cult of Exercise

In THE MOTION OF THE BODY THROUGH SPACE, an aging husband’s sudden obsession with extreme sports makes him unbearable.

Enter to Win a Father's Day Prize Package for You or the Special Man in Your Life

Each package includes six fiction and nonfiction books to treat yourself or Dad. The deadline for entries is Monday, June 22nd at noon ET.

We're Giving Away a Different Book on Select Days Throughout the Summer

Our latest prize book is THE JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY by Natalie Jenner. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, May 27th at 11:59am ET.

Latest Features and Contests


Bookreporter.com's 16th Annual Summer Reading Contests and Feature

Summer will be here before you know it! At Bookreporter.com, this means it's time for us to share some great summer book picks with our Summer Reading Contests and Feature. We are hosting a series of 24-hour contests for these titles on select days through the end of August, so you will have to check the site each day to see the featured prize book and enter to win. We also are sending a special newsletter to announce the day's title, which you can sign up for here.

Our latest prize book is THE JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY by Natalie Jenner, which is now available. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, May 27th at 11:59am ET.


Bookreporter.com's 15th Annual Father's Day Contest

Father’s Day is a time to celebrate the men in our lives who have raised and loved us. Why not show him your appreciation by inspiring him with a great book? In our 15th annual "Best Books for Dad" contest, we have a selection of books that are perfect gift-giving suggestions for Dad, keeping him busy through the rest of the year. Five readers will be awarded a copy of each of our six featured titles. The deadline for entries is Monday, June 22nd at noon ET.


Paperback Spotlight: THE TURN OF THE KEY by Ruth Ware

When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss --- a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten --- by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family. What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare --- one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder. Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unraveling events that led to her incarceration.


Bookreporter.com Bets On: THE PARIS HOURS by Alex George

THE PARIS HOURS by Alex George is set over one day in 1927 in Paris. This is Paris at a time when the arts and culture scene is brilliant and dynamic --- and, yes, many well-known names like Ernest Hemingway, Marcel Proust and Josephine Baker, and their work, are swirling through the city and giving it so much energy. But Alex chose not to write about those personalities, but rather four ordinary people: three men and one woman. They go about their days toiling at their work, each with secrets and backstories that Alex gradually weaves together.


Bookreporter.com Bets On: THE HEIRLOOM GARDEN by Viola Shipman

I dare you to read THE HEIRLOOM GARDEN and not want to garden --- or at least visit a garden, or arrange some flowers. This book, the fifth in Viola Shipman’s Heirloom series, is the best one, which is saying something as I loved THE SUMMER COTTAGE last year. THE HEIRLOOM GARDEN has two female protagonists. One is a woman who lost her husband in World War II; the other’s husband came home from Iraq with PTSD and lots of hidden battle scars. Their friendship slowly forms; as it does, walls between them literally come down and beautiful gardens flourish.


Bookreporter.com Bets On: TINY IMPERFECTIONS by Alli Frank and Asha Youmans

I read TINY IMPERFECTIONS back in January after meeting the authors, Alli Frank and Asha Youmans, at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting. Their presentation was so good that I could not wait to read it. In fact, Asha handed me her personal copy, which her mother had wrapped in a fabulous plastic cover.


Some Call It Progress: Ron Kaplan Reviews Two Books That Look at Baseball Under a New Microscope

Old doesn’t mean better, and new isn’t necessarily something to be afraid of. Yet some baseball fans are in a quandary with the new generation of statistics and ways of doing things. Michael Lewis’ MONEYBALL gets credit (or blame) for turning things around. Since its publication in 2003, numerous books have studied the success of teams that adopted this new philosophy based on statistics rather than the gut feelings of the veteran scouts. Ron Kaplan, Bookreporter.com's baseball aficionado, takes a look at two recently released titles that examine the sport under a new microscope: SWING KINGS: The Inside Story of Baseball's Home Run Revolution by Jared Diamond and FUTURE VALUE: The Battle for Baseball's Soul and How Teams Will Find the Next Superstar by Eric Longenhagen and Kiley McDaniel.

Bookreporter Talks To...

As part of our mission to expand The Book Report Network, we have been shooting video interviews with authors and posting them on our YouTube channel. We also have been making them available as podcasts. Carol loves interviewing authors, so this feels like a natural.

Carol had the pleasure of talking to Alex George about his latest novel, THE PARIS HOURS, an upcoming Bets On selection that follows four ordinary people over the course of a single day in the City of Light in 1927. Their vibrant conversation is filled with tidbits of bookstore humor, writing inspirations and stories of Alex's time in France. Watch the video and listen to the podcast.

Scott Turow's new legal thriller, THE LAST TRIAL, is the 11th book in his series set in fictional Kindle County, Illinois. Carol had a wonderful discussion with Scott about the extensive research into pharmaceutical drug testing that he conducted and how he incorporated it into the book, the intricacies of interpreting the law, and how the internet has changed one’s ability to research a case. Watch the video and listen to the podcast.

Carol had so much fun catching up with Jennifer Weiner, whose new novel, BIG SUMMER, is a Bets On pick. In their fast-paced conversation, they talked about the book's theme of female friendships and their often fraught natures, as well as the role that social media plays in our lives today. Watch the video and listen to the podcast.

Mary Kay Andrews took time out of her day to talk to Carol about her new beach read, HELLO, SUMMER, which is a Bets On pick. Among many other topics, MKA (as she is known around the Bookreporter office) explained her decision to incorporate a mystery into the book and what she misses about not being on book tour this year. Watch the video and listen to the podcast.

Carol enjoyed chatting with Emma Straub about her latest novel, ALL ADULTS HERE, which is May's Barnes & Noble Book Club selection, Jenna Bush Hager's "Read with Jenna" Today Show Book Club pick for this month, and a Bets On title. Watch the video and listen to the podcast.

GHOSTS OF HARVARD, a Bets On pick, is the much-talked-about debut novel of Francesca Serritella, who has written nine humorous essay collections with her mother, bestselling author Lisa Scottoline. Francesca talked to Carol about her own years at Harvard and the research she conducted into mental illness and its effect on families. Watch the video and listen to the podcast.

» Click here for a complete list of our "Bookreporter Talks To" videos and podcasts, along with upcoming interviews.

Latest Reviews

After serving the highest office of American government, five men --- Jimmy Carter, the late George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama --- became members of the world’s most exclusive fraternity. In TEAM OF FIVE, Kate Andersen Brower goes beyond the White House to uncover what, exactly, comes after the presidency, offering a glimpse into the complex relationships of these five former presidents, and how each of these men views his place in a nation that has been upended by the Oval Office’s current, norm-breaking occupant, President Donald Trump.

A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight - Psychological Thriller

Grueling hours are standard at elite law firms like Young & Crane, but they’d be easier to swallow if Lizzie Kitsakis was there voluntarily. Until recently, she’d been a happily underpaid federal prosecutor. With that job and her brilliant, devoted husband, Sam, she had everything she’d ever wanted. And then it all fell apart. The last thing Lizzie needs right now is a call from an inmate at Rikers asking for help --- even if Zach Grayson is an old friend. His wife, Amanda, has been found dead at the bottom of the stairs in their Brooklyn brownstone. And Zach is the primary suspect. As Lizzie is drawn into the dark heart of idyllic Park Slope, she learns that Zach and Amanda weren’t what they seemed --- and that their friends might be protecting troubling secrets of their own.

Lou Gehrig: The Lost Memoir by Lou Gehrig, with a biographical essay by Alan D. Gaff - Sports/Memoir

At the tender age of 24, Lou Gehrig decided to tell the remarkable story of his life and career. He was one of the most famous athletes in the country, in the midst of a record-breaking season with the legendary 1927 World Series-winning Yankees. In an effort to grow Lou’s star, pioneering sports agent Christy Walsh arranged for Lou’s tale of baseball greatness to syndicate in newspapers across the country. Until now, those columns were largely forgotten and lost to history. Lou comes alive in this inspiring memoir. It is a heartfelt rags-to-riches tale about a dirt poor kid from New York who became one of the most revered baseball players of all time.

While the town cheers on their high school football team, someone sets the school’s auditorium ablaze. Gray Marsden’s father, a firefighter, dies in the blaze. While many believe that a notoriously troubled local teen set the fire, Gray’s best friend, Ginny Beale, makes a shattering discovery that casts blame on the person she trusts most in the world --- but she tells no one. Over the next two decades, Ginny distances herself from the past and nearly everyone in it. But when her husband, Harris, becomes embroiled in a scandal, Ginny’s carefully controlled life crumbles. Just when she believes she is regaining her bearings, the secret she’s kept for 20 years emerges and threatens to destroy her hopes for the future.

These Women by Ivy Pochoda - Literary Thriller

Five very different women whose lives are steeped in danger and anguish are connected by one man and his deadly obsession, though not all of them know that yet. There’s Dorian, still adrift after her daughter’s murder remains unsolved; Julianna, a young dancer who lives hard and fast, resisting anyone trying to slow her down; Essie, a brilliant vice cop who sees a crime pattern emerging where no one else does; Marella, a daring performance artist whose work has long pushed boundaries but now puts her in peril; and Anneke, a quiet woman who has turned a willfully blind eye to those around her for far too long. The careful existence they have built for themselves starts to crumble when two murders rock their neighborhood.

Brooke is a divorced single mom who holds tight to the one thing that matters most: her two-year-old daughter, Etta. Then, in a matter of seconds, Brooke’s life is shattered when she’s carjacked. Helpless and terrified, all she can do is watch as Etta, still strapped in her seat, disappears into the Los Angeles night. Miles away, Etta is found by Molly, a homeless teen who is all too used to darkness. As unpredictable as her life is, she’s stunned to find Etta, abandoned and alone. Shielding the little girl from more than the elements, Molly must put herself in harm’s way to protect a child as lost as she is. Out of one terrible moment, Brooke’s and Molly’s desperate paths converge, and an unlikely friendship across generations and circumstances is formed.

Old Lovegood Girls by Gail Godwin - Historical Fiction

In 1958, Feron Hood and Merry Jellicoe are roommates at Lovegood Junior College for Girls. Feron, who has narrowly escaped from a dark past, instantly takes to Merry and her composed personality. Surrounded by the traditions and four-story Doric columns of Lovegood, the girls --- and their friendship --- begin to thrive. But underneath their fierce friendship is a stronger, stranger bond, one comprised of secrets, rivalry and influence --- with neither of them able to predict that Merry is about to lose everything she grew up taking for granted, and that their time together will be cut short. Ten years later, Feron and Merry haven't spoken since college. Life has led them into vastly different worlds. But, as Feron says, once someone is inside your “reference aura,” she stays there forever.

HERE WE ARE is Benjamin Taylor’s unvarnished portrait of his best friend and one of America's greatest writers. Needless to say, Philip Roth's place in the canon is secure, but what is less clear is what the man himself was like. Here, we see him as a mortal man, experiencing the joys and sorrows of aging, reflecting on his own writing, and doing something we all love to do: passing the time in the company of his closest friend. Taylor’s memoir is an ode to friendship and its wondrous ability to brighten our lives in unexpected ways.

In the summer of 1901, J.P. Morgan was assembling his next mega-deal: Northern Securities, an enterprise that would affirm his dominance in America's most important industry --- the railroads. Then a bullet from an anarchist's gun put an end to the business-friendly presidency of William McKinley. A new chief executive bounded into office: Theodore Roosevelt. By March 1902, battle lines were drawn: the government sued Northern Securities for antitrust violations. But as the case ramped up, the coal miners' union went on strike, and the anthracite pits that fueled Morgan's trains and heated the homes of Roosevelt's citizens went silent. With millions of dollars on the line and revolution in the air, it was a crisis that neither man alone could solve.

In the age of Trump and Brexit, every crisis is instantly overridden by the next. The turbulent political weather of the 21st century generates anxiety and makes it difficult to know how to react. Olivia Laing makes a brilliant, inspiring case for why art matters more than ever, as a force of both resistance and repair. Art, she argues, changes how we see the world. It gives us X-ray vision. It reveals inequalities and offers fertile new ways of living. FUNNY WEATHER brings together a career’s worth of Laing’s writing about art and culture, and their role in our political and emotional lives.

Bridget Jones penned a diary; Roxy writes letters. Specifically, she writes letters to her hapless, rent-avoidant ex-boyfriend --- and current roommate --- Everett. This charming and funny twenty-something is under-employed (and under-romanced), and she’s decidedly fed up with the indignities she endures as a deli maid at Whole Foods (the original), and the dismaying speed at which her beloved Austin is becoming corporatized. When a new Lululemon pops up at the intersection of Sixth and Lamar where the old Waterloo Video used to be, Roxy can stay silent no longer. As her letters to Everett become less about overdue rent and more about the state of her life, Roxy realizes she’s ready to be the heroine of her own story.

First loves are never forgotten. Ever. Certainly not for Tommy “Pancake” Jeffers. His first-kiss, sixth-grade love, Emily, who he has not seen since grammar school, is sliding toward divorce in the artsy Gulf Coast town of Fairhope, Alabama. Longly Investigations has been charged with looking into the finances involved. When Emily doesn’t appear for their nervously anticipated meeting, Pancake’s radar goes on high alert. Her body, along with that of Jason --- one of two guys she has been dating --- is found murdered, execution-style. Who would have done this? Could it be the soon-to-be ex, who has an ironclad alibi; the other guy Emily was seeing --- jealousy being a motive for harm; or do the drugs found in Jason’s pocket indicate a drug-related hit?