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We Have Two Reviews of What is Now the Fastest-Selling Nonfiction Book of All Time

Prince Harry's memoir is full of insight, revelation, self-examination and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.

Bret Easton Ellis Pens a Novel of Sensational Literary and Psychological Suspense

The book tracks a group of privileged high school friends in a vibrantly fictionalized 1980s Los Angeles as a serial killer strikes across the city.

Grady Hendrix Takes on the Haunted House in His Highly Anticipated New Novel

HOW TO SELL A HAUNTED HOUSE explores the ways in which your past --- and your family --- can haunt you like nothing else.

Stephen Hunter is Back with the Long-Awaited Origin Story of Earl Swagger

In THE BULLET GARDEN, the legendary Marine and father of Bob Lee Swagger embarks on a top-secret and deadly mission.

Jeff Hobbs Crafts a Gorgeous, Captivating and Transcendent Work of Journalism

CHILDREN OF THE STATE is a timely, insightful and groundbreaking look at the school-to-prison pipeline and life in the juvenile “justice” system.

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

Our latest prize book is EXILES by Jane Harper. The deadline for your entries is Wednesday, February 1st at noon ET.

Latest Features and Contests


Bookreporter.com's Winter Reading Contests and Feature

At Bookreporter.com, we are kicking off 2023 with our eighth annual Winter Reading Contests and Feature. On select days in January and February, we are hosting a series of 24-hour contests spotlighting a book releasing this winter and giving five lucky readers the chance to win it. 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 EXILES by Jane Harper, which is now available and will be a Bookreporter.com Bets On pick. The deadline for your entries is Wednesday, February 1st at noon ET.

 

» Click here to enter the contest and learn more about our featured titles.


Bookreporter.com Bets On: THE MITFORD AFFAIR by Marie Benedict

I am a huge fan of Marie Benedict’s writing. Her books are about women in history whose stories have been overlooked, often because they stood in the shadows of the men in their lives. THE MITFORD AFFAIR is a variation on this theme and focuses on three of the Mitford sisters. One is the writer, Nancy, and the other two --- Diana and Unity --- become known for their political leanings. The book opens in 1932. Diana, who is billed as the most beautiful of the three, is hosting a party at the home she shares with her husband Bryan, the Guinness heir. Being celebrated is her younger sister, Unity. The scene is stunning as the society of London is on hand. But at this party, Diana’s eyes are not on her husband, but rather on Sir Oswald Mosley, founder of the British Union of Fascists. In the coming months, she leaves Bryan for Mosley, completely taking up the mantle of his agenda. And soon Unity also embraces the concepts of fascism and heightens her involvement to move to Germany.

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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 a wonderful time chatting with Deborah Goodrich Royce about her latest psychological thriller, REEF ROAD, which is a Bets On pick. Deborah offers insight into why she writes short chapters and the two voices in the book: those of The Writer and The Wife. She has experience on the screen as an actress and as a script editor, which influences her writing. She also has restored a number of historic places, namely Ocean House in Rhode Island, and discusses how this skill finds its way into her novels. Deborah references a number of books and films that she has read and watched --- and details how they inspire her as a writer. Watch the video or listen to the podcast.

Allegra Goodman's new novel, SAM, is January's "Read with Jenna" Today Show Book Club pick. The book offers subtle yet powerful reflections on class, parenthood, addiction, lust and the irrepressible power of dreams. Allegra talks about the character development of Sam and the challenge of writing her with the right voice as she ages. She explores Sam’s worldview during her coming of age and how it changes through the years as risk comes more to the forefront. She also explains why she included climbing in the book and who inspired Sam as a young climber. And Carol and Allegra share their love of adventure films, namely one called Free Solo. Watch the video or listen to the podcast.

Carol talks to Dani Shapiro about her latest novel, SIGNAL FIRES, a Bets On selection that was named a best book of 2022 by Time magazine, the Washington Post and Amazon. Dani shares that she started the book 15 years ago, but she shelved it to turn to other projects and came back to it in 2020. She narrated the audio edition of SIGNAL FIRES, as well as some of her other work, and explains why she enjoys this experience. She also discusses her current project working on the screenplay for the book, as well as her podcast, “Family Secrets.” Watch the video or listen to the podcast.

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Latest Reviews

Everyone in my family has killed someone. Some of us, the high achievers, have killed more than once. I’m not trying to be dramatic, but it is the truth. Some of us are good, others are bad, and some just unfortunate. I’m Ernest Cunningham. Call me Ern or Ernie. I wish I’d killed whoever decided our family reunion should be at a ski resort, but it’s a little more complicated than that. Have I killed someone? Yes. I have. Who was it?

It’s Halloween night, 1984, in Coventry, Massachusetts, and two families are unraveling. Up and down the street, secrets are being revealed. And all the while, mixed in with the trick-or-treaters of all ages, four children who do not belong are walking door to door, merging with the kids of Parmenter Road. Children in vintage costumes with faded, eerie makeup. They seem terrified and beg the neighborhood kids to hide them away, to keep them safe from The Cunning Man. These odd children claim that The Cunning Man is coming for them...and they want the local kids to protect them. But with families falling apart and the neighborhood splintered by bitterness, who will save the children of Parmenter Road?

After Sappho by Selby Wynn Schwartz - Historical Fiction

“The first thing we did was change our names. We were going to be Sappho.” So begins Selby Wynn Schwartz’s debut novel, centuries after the Greek poet penned her lyric verse. Ignited by the same muse, a myriad of women break from their small, predetermined lives for seemingly disparate paths. In 1892, Rina Faccio trades her needlepoint for a pen; in 1902, Romaine Brooks sails for Capri with nothing but her clotted paintbrushes; and in 1923, Virginia Woolf writes, “I want to make life fuller and fuller.” Writing in cascading vignettes, Schwartz spins an invigorating tale of women whose narratives converge and splinter as they forge queer identities and claim the right to their own lives.

Abby, a young feminist economist, is anxious that she is grossly underprepared for a talk she is presenting the next day on optimism and John Maynard Keynes. So she has resolved to practice by using an ancient rhetorical method of assigning parts of her speech to different rooms in her house and has brought along a comforting, albeit imaginary, companion to keep her on track --- Keynes himself. Yet, as she wanders with increasing alarm through the rooms of her own consciousness, Abby finds herself straying from her prepared remarks. Instead she undertakes a quest through her memories to ideas hidden in the corners of her mind as she asks what a better world would look like if we told our stories with more honest and hopeful imaginations.

Forty years ago, Steven “Smithy” Smith found a copy of a famous children’s book by disgraced author Edith Twyford, its margins full of strange markings and annotations. When he showed it to his remedial English teacher, Miss Iles, she believed that it was part of a secret code that ran through all of Twyford’s novels. And when she disappeared on a class field trip, Smithy became convinced that she had been right. Now, out of prison after a long stretch, Smithy decides to investigate the mystery that has haunted him for decades. But it soon becomes clear that Edith Twyford wasn’t just a writer of forgotten children’s stories. The Twyford Code holds a great secret, and Smithy may just have the key.

Mr. Breakfast by Jonathan Carroll - Fiction/Magical Realism

Graham Patterson’s life has hit a dead end. His career as a comedian is failing. The love of his life recently broke up with him, and he literally has no idea what to do next. With nothing to lose, he buys a new car and hits the road, planning to drive across the country and hopefully figure out his next moves before reaching California. But along the way, Patterson does something his old self would never have even considered: he gets tattooed by a brilliant tattoo artist in North Carolina. The decision sets off a series of extraordinary events that changes his life forever. Among other things, Patterson is gifted with the ability to see in real time three different lives that are available to him. The choice is his: The life he is leading right now, or two very different ones.

The Black Power movement, often associated with its iconic spokesmen, derived much of its energy from the work of people whose stories have never been told. STAYED ON FREEDOM brings into focus two unheralded Black Power activists who dedicated their lives to the fight for freedom. Zoharah Simmons and Michael Simmons fell in love while organizing tenants and workers in the South. Their commitment to each other and to social change took them on a decades-long journey that traversed first the country and then the world. In centering their lives, historian Dan Berger shows how Black Power united the local and the global across organizations and generations.

Behind the events you know are the killers you don’t. When diplomacy fails, we're the ones who gear up. Officially we don’t exist, but every government in the world uses our services. We’ve been saving the world for 100 years. Sixteen people have done this job before me. I am Seventeen. The most feared assassin in the world. But to be the best, you must beat the best. My next target is Sixteen, just as one day Eighteen will hunt me down. It’s a dog-eat-dog world, and it gets lonely at the top. Nobody gets to stay for long. But while we're here, all that matters is that we win.