New Release: The Great Believers, by @RebeccaMakkai

Missed posting about this yesterday, on the actual release day. But it’s not too late to grab up this brand new novel from Rebecca Makkai.

Remember her from when I reviewed The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House? Makkai is back with a new novel, following her short story collection Music for Wartime. I’ve only read a chapter of this new book so far, but it’s grabbed me like Makkai’s writing always does.

And a fun fact…I’ll be seeing her at a reading at the Tattered Cover tonight. And I’ll be bringing all my books for her to sign (along with this new one that I ordered special for tonight). Maybe she’ll be in a city near you on her tour. You can find out here.

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A dazzling new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris, by the acclaimed and award-winning author Rebecca Makkai

In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend Nico’s funeral, he finds his partner is infected, and that he might even have the virus himself. The only person he has left is Fiona, Nico’s little sister.

Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter who disappeared into a cult. While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago epidemic, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways the AIDS crisis affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. Yale and Fiona’s stories unfold in incredibly moving and sometimes surprising ways, as both struggle to find goodness in the face of disaster.

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About the Author:

Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the short story collection Music for Wartime, which appeared in 2015, and of the novels The Hundred-Year House, winner of the Chicago Writers Association award, and The Borrower, a Booklist Top Ten Debut which has been translated into eight languages. Her short fiction won a 2017 Pushcart Prize, and was chosen for The Best American Short Stories for four consecutive years (2008-2011). The recipient of a 2014 NEA fellowship, Makkai is on the MFA faculty at Sierra Nevada college and has taught at the Iowa Writers Workshop, Tin House, and Northwestern University.

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New Release: Dirtier Girl, by @Chel_c_Cam

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Blakely Fox is still a hot damn mess. Sure, she’s reconciled with Quinn Riley after years of hating her, but everything goes to hell when she sees her ex-boyfriend at a bar while on a date with Quinn. Let’s just say Blake isn’t a fan of “let it go.” She gets out of the situation without being arrested, which is a miracle.

Now it’s time for her to focus on whatever is happening between her and Quinn. Blake is finally ready to take a huge step in their relationship, but will another unexpected encounter with her past derail their new relationship? Or will they move forward, together?

*This is the second book in a three-novella series*

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About the Author:

Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world’s worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

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New Poetry Release: Room 5608, by Haley Macleod

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Room 5608 is the debut poetry book of Haley MacLeod. A remedy for the soul. An anthem for survivors of mental illness, addictions, heartbreak, and grief. Divided into three chapters DEPARTURE, ARRIVAL and SHADOWS, you will find the pages enriched with soulful themes of melancholy, nostalgia, and recovery. MacLeod bares her soul in this collection of poetry + prose, exposing the light she found within the depths of her scars; healing herself while bringing the reader on a journey of healing too.

 

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About the Author:

Haley MacLeod is a Canadian writer. Born and raised in Calgary, she has spent a decade of her life with a pen in her hand. At a young age MacLeod knew her purpose was to heal souls through her gift of writing – colouring the world around her through the shades of writing and poetry. Art has always been a liberating outlet for MacLeod, having come from a background of dance, acting, singing, and songwriting. She has spent the past couple years building a name for herself mainly in the poetry community; from teaching poetry to students, to having her words tattooed on the skin of her fans, to even celebrities like Jessie J, reposting her work online. She is known for her resilient spirit and ability to bring solace to those around her throughout their darkest times. 
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New Release: Dirty Girl, by @Chel_C_Cam

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Blakely Fox is a hot damn mess after getting fired from her job. To make matters worse, she crashes right into the girl who ruined her life in high school by kissing Blake’s boyfriend. So what if she had no idea that she didn’t like guys back then? It still wrecked the end of her high school career, and that’s something she can never forgive.

Quinn Riley is the furthest from a mess you can get, and she’s ready to make things right with Blake. What starts out as an apology dinner turns into something… unexpected. Turns out Blake and Quinn are both into girls and very into each other. But can Blake let the past go and move forward with Quinn? Or will ghosts of previous mistakes always haunt them?

*This is the first book in a three-novella series*

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About the Author:

Chelsea M Cameron

Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world’s worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

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New Release: The Game Can’t Love You Back, by @KACozzo

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Eve is used to being the odd woman out. As the only girl on her school’s baseball team, she knows exactly how to put sweaty, macho baseball players in their place, and she’s learned to focus on one thing and one thing only—being the best pitcher she can be.

But when a freak accident forces her school to be absorbed by the neighboring town, Eve has to contend with a new group of guys who aren’t used to having a woman on their team. And the new team’s star pitcher, Jamie, has no interest in being ousted from his throne. He can’t afford to give up his starting slot to a new pitcher—especially to a girl.

As the competition between Jamie and Eve starts to heat up, so does their attraction to each other. Can they keep their heads in the game, or will they end up getting played?

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About the Author:

Karole lives outside of Philadephia, PA with her loving husband, eternally exuberant little girl, and perpetually pleasant little boy.  Hobbies include running, nursing a persistent Starbucks addition, eating way too much candy, emptying her wallet at Target, spending time with her family, decorating her home, co-leading her daughter’s Daisy troop, and completing any other crafty project she can think of.  Karole has degrees in School Psychology, women’s studies, and biology but has never taken a formal creative writing course, although she’d really like to one day.  She’s still a School Psychologist by day, romance novelist by night.

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New Release: The Thorn Necklace, by @FrancescaBlock

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For devotees of Bird by Bird and The Artist’s Way, a memoir-driven guide to healing through the craft of writing

A cinematic exploration of the writing life by Francesca Lia Block, the bestselling author of the Weetzie Bat series of magical-realism novels, The Thorn Necklace offers visceral insights and healing exercises for the writer who creates as a way to process pain and adversity. Gently guiding the reader down the write-to-heal path, Block offers guideposts of awareness for writers, such as how to find a muse, channeling agony into art, putting chaos into order, ignoring the inner critic, personal perseverance, and thriving as an artist in a troubled world. The author also addresses the intrinsic value of channeling our experiences into the written word, and provides compassionate support to the reader for his or her own write-to-heal process.

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About the Author:

Francesca Lia Block was born in Los Angeles to a poet and a painter, their creativity an obvious influence on her writing. Another influence was her childhood love of Greek mythology and fairy tales.
She has lived in the city all her life, and still resides there with her daughter, Jasmine Angelina (about whom she wrote her book Guarding the Moon), her son Samuel Alexander, and her two dogs: a springer spaniel named Vincent Van Go Go Boots and a beagle mix named Thumper.

She left only to attend the University of California, Berkeley. She has often professed her love of Los Angeles, calling it a “Jasmine-scented, jacaranda-purple, neon sparked city,” which she has nicknamed in her books “Shangri-LA.”

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#PoetryMonth New Release: The Body Remembers, by @thebookishpoet

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In light of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, the short poetry collection will address sexual assault, drawing on the author’s own experience by examining what happens to bodies and minds after being assaulted.

The Body Remembers will discuss the following: anxiety, blood, childhood abuse, depression, dissociation, post-traumatic stress disorder, rape, sexual assault, stalking, suicidal ideations. This is a graphic poetry collection. Please practice self-care during and after reading this collection.

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About the Poet:

Melissa Jennings lives with their super cute cat Dora in the sometimes sunny but always vibrant city of Glasgow, in Scotland. Melissa is a bookworm, currently studying towards an MA in English Literature at the University of Glasgow. Please use they/them/theirs in reference to the author in a review and/or comment.

They have published two poetry collections: Afterlife and Dear Judas. The author is also currently and chaotically working on their next poetry collections, The Body Remembers, Underworld, and Ethereal.

In their spare time, Melissa enjoys painting, hanging out with their little kitten Dora, crying over poetry, and attempting to lessen their TBR list on their bookshelves.

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