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Sophie Kinsella, author of Christmas Shopaholic

’Tis the season for change, and Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) is embracing it, returning from the States to live in the charming village of Letherby and working with her best friend, Suze, in the gift shop of Suze’s stately home. Life is good, especially now that Becky takes time every day for mindfulness…which actually means listening to a meditation tape while hunting down online bargains. But Becky still adores the traditions of Christmas. Things are looking cheerier than ever, until Becky’s parents announce they’re moving to ultra-trendy Shoreditch --- unable to resist the draw of craft beer and smashed avocados --- and ask Becky if she’ll host this year. What could possibly go wrong?

Week of September 28, 2020

Paperback releases for the week of September 28th include KISS THE GIRLS AND MAKE THEM CRY, a thriller from Mary Higgins Clark that revolves around allegations of sexual misconduct at a high-profile television news network --- and the ensuing deaths of two of the accusers; FURIOUS HOURS, in which Casey Cep masterfully brings together the tales of a serial killer in 1970s Alabama and of Harper Lee, the beloved author of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, who tried to write his story; Preston & Child's CROOKED RIVER, which finds Agent Pendergast facing the most inexplicable challenge of his career as he races to uncover the mystery of several severed feet found floating in the Gulf of Mexico; and THE TOPEKA SCHOOL by Ben Lerner, a tender and expansive family drama set in the American Midwest at the turn of the century --- a tale of adolescence, transgression and the conditions that have given rise to the trolls and tyrants of the New Right.