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Elizabeth Gilbert, author of City of Girls

In 1940, 19-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters. But when she makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand.

Week of April 6, 2020

Paperback releases for the week of April 6th include MRS. EVERYTHING by Jennifer Weiner, in which two sisters’ lives from the 1950s to the present are explored as they struggle to find their places --- and be true to themselves --- in a rapidly evolving world; Julia Phillips' DISAPPEARING EARTH, a debut novel that takes readers through a year in Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula, where the disappearance of two sisters (ages 8 and 11) have an enormous impact on a tightly woven community, with the fear and loss felt most deeply among its women; STONY THE ROAD, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s profound new rendering of the struggle by African-Americans for equality after the Civil War and the violent counter-revolution that resubjugated them; and Yara Zgheib's poignant first novel, THE GIRLS AT 17 SWANN STREET, a haunting portrait of a young woman’s struggle with anorexia on an intimate journey to reclaim her life.