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Week of January 27, 2014

Releases for the week of January 27th include THE SON by Philipp Meyer, an epic of the American West and a multigenerational saga of power, blood, land and oil that follows the rise of one unforgettable Texas family; UNSEEN, the ninth thriller in Karin Slaughter's Georgia Bureau of Investigation series featuring Will Trent; and AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF US, Aria Beth Sloss's debut novel about a confession of what passed between two women who met as girls in 1960s Pasadena, California.

Autobiography of Us by Aria Beth Sloss

Coming of age in the patrician neighborhood of Pasadena, California during the 1960s, Rebecca Madden and her beautiful, reckless friend Alex dream of lives beyond their mothers' narrow expectations. Their struggle to define themselves against the backdrop of an American cultural revolution unites them early on, until one sweltering evening the summer before their last year of college, when a single act of betrayal changes everything. Decades later, Rebecca’s haunting meditation on the past reveals the truth about that night, the years that followed, and the friendship that shaped her.

Autobiography of Us by Aria Beth Sloss

February 2013

As it opens in Pasadena, California in the early ’60s, AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF US by Aria Beth Sloss starts as many stories do --- with two friends. One is quiet; the other is the new girl in town. Right from the beginning, Alex, the new girl, tells Becky that she has chosen her as her friend, seeing beyond the pretty popular girls to this shy one. From there, a bond is formed that will be tested and pushed, and stretched from one coast to the other, but will tie Alex and Becky, the very unlikely friends, together for decades. These girls do not want to become their mothers, who they see as trapped in their lives, but they are not sure how to break free to not become them.

End-of-the-Year Contest 2013

Congratulations to the winners of our 2013 End-of-the-Year Contest! One Grand Prize winner received all 36 of Carol Fitzgerald's Bookreporter.com Bets On picks from 2013, while 36 others won a copy of one of these titles. You can see all the winners below, along with 2013's Bets On selections.