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End-of-the-Year Contest 2019

Congratulations to the winners of our 2019 End-of-the-Year Contest! One Grand Prize winner received all 52 of Carol Fitzgerald's Bets On picks from 2019, while 13 others won a selection of four of these titles. You can see all the winners below, along with 2019's Bets On books.

Fall Preview 2019

Fall is known as the biggest season of the year for books. The titles that release during this latter part of the year often become holiday gifts, and many are blockbusters. While our series of 24-hour contests have ended, we encourage you to take a look at our featured titles. These are just some of the outstanding books that we know people will be talking about over the next few months.

Week of June 22, 2020

Paperback releases for the week of June 22nd include LADY IN THE LAKE by Laura Lippman, a novel set in 1960s Baltimore that combines modern psychological insights with elements of classic noir, about a middle-aged housewife turned aspiring reporter who pursues the murder of a forgotten young woman; THE BEEKEEPER OF ALEPPO, an unforgettable novel from Christy Lefteri that puts human faces on the Syrian war with the immigrant story of a beekeeper, his wife and the triumph of spirit when the world becomes unrecognizable; Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul's THE TITANIC SECRET, a riveting thriller that finds legendary detective Isaac Bell attempting to decipher the forbidding deaths of nine men --- and encountering a secret so powerful it could dictate the fate of the world; and J. Ryan Stradal's THE LAGER QUEEN OF MINNESOTA, a novel of family, Midwestern values, hard work, fate and the secrets of making a world-class beer.

The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

September 2019

I read THE BEEKEEPER OF ALEPPO by Christy Lefteri back in May. I have not looked at bees or honey the same way since. I also have given a lot of thought to people who have no options, especially those trapped by circumstances not of their own doing.

The story revolves around Nuri, a beekeeper from Aleppo, Syria, and his wife, Afra, an artist. As the book opens, Nuri and his cousin, Mustafa, are cultivating a number of hives in the Syrian countryside. War quickly upends their safe world as their hives are burned, and they are forced to flee. Mustafa heads out one way, while Nuri heads first through Turkey and then into Greece, where they join fellow Syrians looking for a safe haven. The goal: to get to the UK, which is the dream of so many refugees. Mustafa already has made his way there; he has started a new apiary and awaits Nuri’s arrival. But there are so many challenges that lie between him and this destination.