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Karen Joy Fowler, author of Booth

In 1822, a secret family moves into a secret cabin some 30 miles northeast of Baltimore and bears 10 children over the course of the next 16 years. Junius Booth is at once a mesmerizing talent and a man of terrifying instability. One by one the children arrive, as year by year the country draws frighteningly closer to the boiling point of secession and civil war. As the tenor of the world shifts, the Booths emerge from their hidden lives to cement their place as one of the country’s leading theatrical families. But multiple scandals, family triumphs and criminal disasters begin to take their toll, and the solemn siblings of John Wilkes Booth are left to reckon with the truth behind the destructively specious promise of an early prophecy.

The 2022 Booker Prize

The 2022 Booker Prize has been awarded to Shehan Karunatilaka for his second novel, THE SEVEN MOONS OF MAALI ALMEIDA. The book tells the story of a war photographer who has woken up dead in what seems to be a celestial visa office. He has "seven moons" to try and solve the mystery of his death and to help unveil a cache of photos that will rock war-torn Sri Lanka. It is worth noting that Karunatilka is the second Sri Lankan author to win the Booker Prize, following Michael Ondaatje, who won in 1992 for THE ENGLISH PATIENT. Click here to read more about Karunatilaka and his searing satire.

Week of February 6, 2023

Paperback releases for the week of February 6th include THE MATCH, a gripping thriller from Harlan Coben in which a shocking genetic match exposes a family's darkest secret; Tina Brown's THE PALACE PAPERS, the inside story of the British royal family’s battle to overcome the dramas of the Diana years, only to confront new, 21st-century crises; THE HOTEL NANTUCKET by Elin Hilderbrand, an immensely satisfying page-turner about a summer of scandal at a storied Nantucket hotel; Allison Pataki's THE MAGNIFICENT LIVES OF MARJORIE POST, a powerful story of one woman falling in love with her own voice and embracing her own power while shaping history in the process; and the paperback original CODE NAME SAPPHIRE by Pam Jenoff, a riveting tale of bravery and resistance about a woman who must rescue her cousin's family from a train bound for Auschwitz.