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Billie Jean King

A perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquility.

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Billie Jean King, about tennis

Robert Louis Stevenson

In every part and corner of our life, to lose oneself is to be the gainer; to forget oneself is to be happy.

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Robert Louis Stevenson

Simone Weil

Imagination and fiction make up more than three-quarters of our real life.

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Simone Weil

August 2015

I saw a leaf in the pool the other day and realized that the days of summer are waning. We at FaithfulReader.com are taking the time to fully appreciate the end of summer. The days are still warm, and there is still time to indulge in all things summer, even if a night chill means maybe a bonfire should be on the agenda as well! With that in mind...some reading suggestions! 

August 28, 2015

Thanks to all who wrote congratulatory notes about the 19th anniversary of Bookreporter! I still am catching up on my replies, as this has been a really busy week. Next week, we take our traditional summer hiatus with no production or updates, giving me and the staff a chance to wind down for a week and recharge. But that means this week has a whole lot crammed into it! It’s going to be a staycation for me again this year; Cory starts classes on Tuesday, and Greg is holding down the fort at the office. With the pool at the house looking spectacular and the flowers bursting with color, it seems a tad crazy to head out of town.

Editorial Content for Secondhand Souls

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Sarah Rachel Egelman

What is so funny about death? Quite a lot of things, actually, when death is one of the stars in a Christopher Moore novel. Moore first introduced readers to his version of death in A DIRTY JOB wherein “beta male” Charlie Asher's wife, Rachel, dies giving birth to their daughter, Sophie. Charlie sees, when Rachel is dying, a man in a mint-green suit and thus begins his association with the figures who collect the souls of the dead. Death, we learn, is not only a dirty job but also a strange, messy and even hilarious one. Read More

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Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone --- or something --- is stealing them, and no one knows where they are going, or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge. Death Merchant Charlie Asher is just as flummoxed as everyone else. He’s trapped in the body of a 14-inch-tall “meat puppet” waiting for his Buddhist nun girlfriend, Audrey, to find him a suitable new body to play host. To get to the bottom of this abomination, a motley crew of heroes will band together.

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Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone --- or something --- is stealing them, and no one knows where they are going, or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge. Death Merchant Charlie Asher is just as flummoxed as everyone else. He’s trapped in the body of a 14-inch-tall “meat puppet” waiting for his Buddhist nun girlfriend, Audrey, to find him a suitable new body to play host. To get to the bottom of this abomination, a motley crew of heroes will band together.

About the Book

In San Francisco, the souls of the dead are mysteriously disappearing --- and you know that can’t be good --- in New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore’s delightfully funny sequel to A DIRTY JOB.

Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone --- or something --- is stealing them and no one knows where they are going, or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge. Death Merchant Charlie Asher is just as flummoxed as everyone else. He’s trapped in the body of a 14-inch-tall “meat puppet” waiting for his Buddhist nun girlfriend, Audrey, to find him a suitable new body to play host.

To get to the bottom of this abomination, a motley crew of heroes will band together: the seven-foot-tall death merchant Minty Fresh; retired policeman turned bookseller Alphonse Rivera; the Emperor of San Francisco and his dogs, Bummer and Lazarus; and Lily, the former Goth girl. Now if only they can get little Sophie to stop babbling about the coming battle for the very soul of humankind.

Editorial Content for The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion

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Megan Elliott

In some ways, a biography of Joan Didion seems beside the point. After all, this is a writer who once famously confessed that she and her husband, author John Gregory Dunne, were vacationing in Hawaii “in lieu of filing for divorce.” Her bestselling book, 2005’s THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING, is an intimate account of her grief following Dunne’s death. Read More

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Joan Didion lived a life in the public and private eye with her late husband, writer John Gregory Dunne. They became wildly successful writing partners and co-wrote screenplays and adaptations together. Didion is well-known for her literary journalistic style in both fiction and nonfiction. Tracy Daugherty takes readers on a journey back through time, following a young Didion in Sacramento, through to her adult life as a writer interviewing those who know and knew her personally, while maintaining a respectful distance from the reclusive literary great.

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Joan Didion lived a life in the public and private eye with her late husband, writer John Gregory Dunne. They became wildly successful writing partners and co-wrote screenplays and adaptations together. Didion is well-known for her literary journalistic style in both fiction and nonfiction. Tracy Daugherty takes readers on a journey back through time, following a young Didion in Sacramento, through to her adult life as a writer interviewing those who know and knew her personally, while maintaining a respectful distance from the reclusive literary great.

About the Book

In THE LAST LOVE SONG, Tracy Daugherty, the critically acclaimed author of HIDING MAN (a New Yorker and New York Times Notable book) and JUST ONE CATCH, delves deep into the life of distinguished American author and journalist Joan Didion in this, the first printed biography published about her life.

Joan Didion lived a life in the public and private eye with her late husband, writer John Gregory Dunne, whom she met while the two were working in New York City when Didion was at Vogue and Dunne was writing for Time. They became wildly successful writing partners when they moved to Los Angeles and co-wrote screenplays and adaptations together. Didion is well-known for her literary journalistic style in both fiction and nonfiction. Some of her most notable work includes SLOUCHING TOWARDS BETHLEHEM, RUN RIVER, and THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING, a National Book Award winner and shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize, it dealt with the grief surrounding Didion after the loss of her husband and daughter. Daugherty takes readers on a journey back through time, following a young Didion in Sacramento, through to her adult life as a writer interviewing those who know and knew her personally, while maintaining a respectful distance from the reclusive literary great.

THE LAST LOVE SONG reads like fiction; lifelong fans and readers learning about Didion for the first time will be enthralled with this impressive tribute.

Editorial Content for Married Sex: A Love Story

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Joe Hartlaub

Those who are 1) married and 2) middle-aged and older should read MARRIED SEX by Jesse Kornbluth. It’s an unvarnished, literary and entertaining look at why men do the foolish things they do. Blaise Pascal famously said that “(a)ll of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” To put it another way, there are men who, when walking down a one-way, four-lane street devoid of traffic, will deliberately head toward the solitary open manhole and attempt to jump in. Read More

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As a divorce lawyer for Manhattan’s elite, David Greenfield is privy to the intimate, dirty details of failed marriages. He knows he’s lucky to be married to Blair, who he loves more today than he did when they tied the knot. Then seductive photographer Jean Coin asks David to be her lover for six weeks, until she leaves for Timbuktu. Tempted, David reasons that “it’s not cheating if your wife’s there.” A one-night threesome would relieve the pressure of monogamy without wrecking their marriage. What harm could come of fulfilling his longtime sexual fantasy?

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As a divorce lawyer for Manhattan’s elite, David Greenfield is privy to the intimate, dirty details of failed marriages. He knows he’s lucky to be married to Blair, who he loves more today than he did when they tied the knot. Then seductive photographer Jean Coin asks David to be her lover for six weeks, until she leaves for Timbuktu. Tempted, David reasons that “it’s not cheating if your wife’s there.” A one-night threesome would relieve the pressure of monogamy without wrecking their marriage. What harm could come of fulfilling his longtime sexual fantasy?

About the Book

When a husband convinces his wife to join him in a tryst with another woman, there are unintended consequences in this sharply observed erotic tale about the challenges of modern marriage.

As a divorce lawyer for Manhattan’s elite, David Greenfield is privy to the intimate, dirty details of failed marriages. He knows he’s lucky to be married to Blair --- a Barnard dean and the mother of their college-age daughter, she is a woman he loves more today than he did when they tied the knot.

Then seductive photographer Jean Coin asks David to be her lover for six weeks, until she leaves for Timbuktu. Tempted, David reasons that “it’s not cheating if your wife’s there.” A one-night threesome would relieve the pressure of monogamy without wrecking their marriage. What harm could come of fulfilling his longtime sexual fantasy?

Editorial Content for The Fall of Princes

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Norah Piehl

When I watched Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated film The Wolf of Wall Street two years ago, I was most struck by the filmmakers’ ability to elicit my sympathy for a character who, on the surface of things, is completely despicable --- addicted to money, abusing drugs, being cruel to women, all fueled by the insatiable greed of Wall Street. Now Robert Goolrick has managed to do much the same thing in a literary vein, in his latest novel, THE FALL OF PRINCES, set amid the riotous ambiance of excess that was New York’s financial sector in the 1980s. Read More

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In THE FALL OF PRINCES, Robert Goolrick brings to vivid life a world of excess and self-indulgence, where limousines waited for hours outside Manhattan’s newest trendy club or the latest dining hot spot. Where drugs were bountiful and not refused. Where no price was too high and flesh was always on offer. Where a quick trip to Europe or a weekend on the coast or a fabulous Hamptons beach house were just part of what was expected. When the money just kept coming and coming and coming...until it didn’t.

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In THE FALL OF PRINCES, Robert Goolrick brings to vivid life a world of excess and self-indulgence, where limousines waited for hours outside Manhattan’s newest trendy club or the latest dining hot spot. Where drugs were bountiful and not refused. Where no price was too high and flesh was always on offer. Where a quick trip to Europe or a weekend on the coast or a fabulous Hamptons beach house were just part of what was expected. When the money just kept coming and coming and coming...until it didn’t.

About the Book

New York City. The 1980s. Young men, princes all. Too much money. Too much freedom. They thought it would never end.

In THE FALL OF PRINCES, bestselling author Robert Goolrick brings to vivid life a world of excess and self-indulgence, where limousines waited for hours outside Manhattan’s newest trendy club or the latest dining hot spot. Where drugs were bountiful and not refused. Where no price was too high and flesh was always on offer. Where a quick trip to Europe or a weekend on the coast or a fabulous Hamptons beach house were just part of what was expected. When the money just kept coming, and coming, and coming...until it didn’t.

Looking back on a Wall Street career that began with great success and ended with a precipitous crash, Rooney tells the story of how he and a group of other young turks made it to the top in the financial world and then, one by one, took a fall. For some, it was tragic; for others, it was the simple but bruising act of yielding to a life of mediocrity. For Rooney, however, it became a lifelong struggle to maintain a sense of dignity and to cling to the illusion of the life he once led.

Stunning in its acute observations about great wealth and its absence, and deeply moving in its depiction of the ways in which these young men learn to cope with both extremes, THE FALL OF PRINCES takes readers on a journey that is both starkly revealing and dazzlingly entertaining, a true tour de force.

Editorial Content for Black Chalk

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Joe Hartlaub

BLACK CHALK is a disturbing piece that bounces back and forth across time and place. Debut author Christopher J. Yates takes nearly the initial third of the book to set up his game pieces and explain the rules, but sinks the hook into readers within the first few pages before embarking on a trip that, as with the best thriller novels, does not hint as to precisely where it is going, or why, until journey’s end. Read More

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It was only ever meant to be a game played by six best friends in their first year at Oxford University --- a game of consequences, silly forfeits and childish dares. But then the game changed: The stakes grew higher and the dares more personal and humiliating, finally evolving into a vicious struggle with unpredictable and tragic results. Now, 14 years later, the remaining players must meet again for the final round. Who knows better than your best friends what would break you?

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It was only ever meant to be a game played by six best friends in their first year at Oxford University --- a game of consequences, silly forfeits and childish dares. But then the game changed: The stakes grew higher and the dares more personal and humiliating, finally evolving into a vicious struggle with unpredictable and tragic results. Now, 14 years later, the remaining players must meet again for the final round. Who knows better than your best friends what would break you?

About the Book

A compulsively readable psychological thriller set in New York and at Oxford University in which a group of six students play an elaborate game of dares and consequences with tragic result.

It was only ever meant to be a game played by six best friends in their first year at Oxford University; a game of consequences, silly forfeits and childish dares. But then the game changed: The stakes grew higher and the dares more personal and more humiliating, finally evolving into a vicious struggle with unpredictable and tragic results. Now, 14 years later, the remaining players must meet again for the final round. Who knows better than your best friends what would break you?

A gripping psychological thriller partly inspired by the author's own time at Oxford University, BLACK CHALK is perfect for fans of the high tension and expert pacing of THE SECRET HISTORY and THE BELLWETHER REVIVALS. Christopher J. Yates' background in puzzle writing and setting can clearly be seen in the plotting of this clever, tricky book that will keep you guessing to the very end.