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End-of-the-Year Contest 2020

Congratulations to the winners of our 2020 End-of-the-Year Contest! One Grand Prize winner received all 42 of Carol Fitzgerald's Bets On picks from 2020, while 14 others won a selection of three of these titles. You can see all the winners below, along with 2020's Bets On books.

Fiona Davis, author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue

Sadie Donovan struggles with the legacy of her grandmother, the famous essayist Laura Lyons, especially after she has wrangled her dream job as a curator at the New York Public Library. But the job quickly becomes a nightmare when rare manuscripts, notes and books for the exhibit Sadie has been running begin disappearing from the library's famous Berg Collection. Determined to save both the exhibit and her career, the typically risk-averse Sadie teams up with a private security expert to uncover the culprit. However, things unexpectedly become personal when the investigation leads Sadie to some unwelcome truths about her own family heritage --- truths that shed new light on the biggest tragedy in the library's history.

The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

August 2020

THE LIONS OF FIFTH AVENUE is the fifth Fiona Davis book that I have selected as a Bets On. It is set at the New York Public Library with two time frames, 1913 and 1993. The first revolves around a young family that lives in a seven-room apartment at the library. While I have spent many hours in the library, I confess to never knowing about this tidbit of history.

Week of May 24, 2021

Paperback releases for the week of May 24th include SEX AND VANITY, in which Kevin Kwan takes readers from Capri to New York City, where Lucie Tang Churchill finds herself torn between two men --- and two very different cultures; THE LIONS OF FIFTH AVENUE, Fiona Davis' page-turning historical novel about a series of book thefts that roils the iconic New York Public Library, leaving two generations of strong-willed women to pick up the pieces; Emily Giffin's THE LIES THAT BIND, a mesmerizing and emotionally resonant exploration of the never-ending search for love and truth, in which a young lady falls hard for an impossibly perfect man before he disappears without a trace; HOMELAND ELEGIES by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ayad Akhtar, a deeply personal work about identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams; and THE BOOK OF LOST NAMES, Kristin Harmel's engaging and evocative novel --- inspired by an astonishing true story from World War II --- about a young woman with a talent for forgery who helps hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis.