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Elizabeth Strout, author of Oh William!

Lucy Barton is a writer, but her ex-husband, William, remains a hard man to read. William, she confesses, has always been a mystery to me. Another mystery is why the two have remained connected after all these years. They just are. So Lucy is both surprised and not surprised when William asks her to join him on a trip to investigate a recently uncovered family secret --- one of those secrets that rearrange everything we think we know about the people closest to us.

Week of April 25, 2022

Paperback releases for the week of April 25th include BETTER OFF DEAD, a page-turning thriller from Lee Child and Andrew Child that finds Jack Reacher facing the riskiest job of his life when an army veteran turned FBI agent asks him to locate her twin brother, who might be mixed up with some very dangerous people; OH WILLIAM!, in which Elizabeth Strout explores the mysteries of marriage and the secrets we keep, as a former couple reckons with where they’ve come from --- and what they’ve left behind; HELL AND OTHER DESTINATIONS, a revealing, funny and inspiring memoir from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who reflects on the challenge of continuing one’s career far beyond the normal age of retirement; COME FLY THE WORLD, Julia Cooke's fascinating account of the lives of the jet-age stewardesses of Pan Am between 1966 and 1975; and THREE DREAMERS, Lorenzo Carcaterra's heartfelt homage to the women who taught him courage, kindness and the power of storytelling: his mother, his grandmother and his late wife.

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.