5 from 35: Author Q & A with Sarah Cannon

Sarah Cannon, 43, publishes her first book, THE SHAME OF LOSING, a memoir, today with Red Hen Press. How long did it take you to write your first (published) book, start to finish?  … Continue reading

Book Review: Lands of Lost Borders

Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road by Kate Harris Dey Street Books, $24.99 Purchase from  Warning: serious fan-girling ahead. The coolest thing about Kate Harris isn’t that she was… Continue reading

5 from 35: Author Q & A with Sarahlyn Bruck

Sarahlyn Bruck, 46, is the author Designer You, her first book, which was published last month. How long did it take you to write your first (published) book, start to finish? Two years. I… Continue reading

Book Review: Designer You by Sarahlyn Bruck

DESIGNER YOU by Sarahlyn Bruck Crooked Cat Books, $12.99 I know I’m not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I couldn’t help myself with this one—it was delightful to open… Continue reading

5 from 35: Author Q & A with Katya Apekina

Katya Apekina, 35, debuts with her novel The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish, which releases today from Two Dollar Radio.  How long did it take you to write your first (published) book, start… Continue reading

5 from 35: Author Q & A with Rebecca Entel

Rebecca Entel, 40, published Fingerprints of Previous Owners in 2017. (Unnamed Press). If you live in New York, you can see her tonight at KGB Bar’s “Hidden Histories” reading with Dawn Raffel and Donna Baier Stein… Continue reading

5 from 35: Author Q & A with Melanie Hobson

Melanie Hobson, 50, publishes her debut, Summer Cannibals, today with Black Cat, an imprint of Grove Atlantic. You can read our review of Summer Cannibals here. How long did it take you to write your first… Continue reading

Book Review: Summer Cannibals by Melanie Hobson

Summer Cannibals By Melanie Hobson Black Cat, $16   Click on the icon to purchase this book from the author’s preferred bookseller, Midtown Reader.      Appetites. Repression. Frustration. Creativity. Worth. These are the… Continue reading

5 from 35: Authors Q & A with Wyomia Tyus & Elizabeth Terzakis

Wyomia Tyus is a four-time Olympic medalist and the holder of multiple world records. She was a supporter of the Olympic Project for Human Rights during the 1968 Olympics, doing her part to promote… Continue reading

5 from 35: Author Q&A with Jennifer Klepper

Jennifer Klepper, 47, is the author of Unbroken Threads, publishing today from Red Adept Publishing.  How long did it take you to write your first (published) book, start to finish? Some of this book was… Continue reading

5 from 35: Author Q&A with Caitlin Hamilton Summie

Caitlin Hamilton Summie published her first book, To Lay To Rest Our Ghosts (Fomite Press, 2017), at age 48. Her book recently won Silver in the Foreward INDIES Book of the Year Award… Continue reading

REVIEW: The Shortest Way Home by Miriam Parker

The Shortest Way Home By Miriam Parker Dutton Books, $26 This review’s author-designated bookseller is Astoria Bookshop! Click button to purchase! It’s love at first sight for Hannah when she enters the tasting… Continue reading

5 for 35: Author Q & A with Miriam Parker

Miriam Parker, 39, author of The Shortest Way Home, answers 5 from 35 this week. (Actually, she graciously answered more questions for us and they were so good we had to include them… Continue reading

The Velveteen Daughter by Laurel Davis Huber

The Velveteen Daughter reveals for the first time the true story of two remarkable women: Margery Williams Bianco, the author of one of the most beloved children’s books of all time,The Velveteen Rabbit, and… Continue reading

Spineless by Juli Berwald

Jellyfish have been swimming in our oceans for well over half a billion years, longer than any other animal that lives on the planet. They make a venom so toxic it can kill… Continue reading

The Skin Above My Knee by Marcia Butler

Music was everything for Marcia Butler. Growing up in an emotionally desolate home with an abusive father and a distant mother, she devoted herself to the discipline and rigor of the oboe, and… Continue reading

Sip by Brian Allen Carr

It started with a single child and quickly spread: you could get high by drinking your own shadow. At night, artificial lights were destroyed so that addicts could sip shadow in the pure… Continue reading

Florence in Ecstasy by Jessie Chaffee

A young American woman arrives in Florence from Boston, knowing no one and speaking little Italian. But Hannah is isolated in a more profound way, estranged from her own identity after a bout… Continue reading

All Over the Place: Adventure in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft by Geradline DeRuiter

Hilarious, irreverent, and heartfelt, All Over the Place chronicles the years Geraldine spent traveling the world after getting laid off from a job she loved. Those years taught her a great number of things, though… Continue reading

The Storm Before The Storm by Mike Duncan

The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. Beginning as a small city-state in central Italy, Rome gradually expanded into a wider world filled with petty… Continue reading

Lifesaving for Beginners by Anne Edelstein

When Anne Edelstein was forty-two, her mother, a capable swimmer in good health, drowned while snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef. Caring for two small children of her own, Anne suddenly found herself… Continue reading

Fingerprints of Previous Owners by Rebecca Entel

At a Caribbean resort built atop a former slave plantation, Myrna works as a maid by day; by night she trespasses on the resort’s overgrown inland property, secretly excavating the plantation ruins the… Continue reading

A Hope More Powerful Than The Sea by Melissa Fleming

Adrift in a frigid sea, no land in sight―just debris from the ship’s wreckage and floating corpses all around―nineteen-year-old Doaa Al Zamel floats with a small inflatable water ring around her waist and… Continue reading

Restless in L.A. by Robin Finn

It was an innocent online flirtation. Until it wasn’t… Alexandra Hoffman thinks she has it all together. She lives with her work-obsessed husband Jason and their three challenging children in upscale Los Angeles.… Continue reading

Locking Up Our Own by James Forman Jr.

In recent years, America’s criminal justice system has become the subject of an increasingly urgent debate. Critics have assailed the rise of mass incarceration, emphasizing its disproportionate impact on people of color. As… Continue reading

History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

Teenage Linda lives with her parents in the austere woods of northern Minnesota, where their nearly abandoned commune stands as a last vestige of a lost counter-culture world. Isolated at home and an… Continue reading

Letters to a Young Muslim by Omar Saif Ghobash

From the Ambassador of the UAE to Russia comes Letters to a Young Muslim, a bold and intimate exploration of what it means to be a Muslim in the twenty-first century. In a series of… Continue reading

The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper

Elise Hooper’s debut novel conjures the fascinating, untold story of May Alcott—Louisa’s youngest sister and an artist in her own right. Stylish, outgoing, creative, May Alcott grows up longing to experience the wide… Continue reading

Impossible Views of the World by Lucy Ives

Stella Krakus, a curator at Manhattan’s renowned Central Museum of Art, is having the roughest week in approximately ever. Her soon-to-be ex-husband (the perfectly awful Whit Ghiscolmbe) is stalking her, a workplace romance… Continue reading

August Snow by Stephen Mack Jones

Tough, smart, and struggling to stay alive, August Snow is the embodiment of Detroit. The son of an African-American father and a Mexican-American mother, August grew up in the city’s Mexicantown and joined… Continue reading

The Leavers by Lisa Ko

 One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes to her job at a nail salon—and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her. With his mother gone, eleven-year-old… Continue reading

All That’s Left To Tell by Daniel Lowe

Every night, Marc Laurent, an American taken hostage in Pakistan, is bound and blindfolded. And every night, a woman he knows only as Josephine visits his cell. At first, her questions are mercenary:… Continue reading

The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathews

June 1939. Francis Dempsey and his shell-shocked brother, Michael, are on an ocean liner from Ireland bound for their brother Martin’s home in New York City, having stolen a small fortune from the… Continue reading

A Good Byline by Jill Orr

Meet Riley Ellison, a smart, quirky, young library assistant who’s become known in her hometown of Tuttle Corner, Virginia, as Riley Bless-Her-Heart. Ever since her beloved granddaddy died and her longtime boyfriend broke… Continue reading

Next Year For Sure by Zoey Leigh Peterson

In this moving and enormously entertaining debut novel, longtime romantic partners Kathryn and Chris experiment with an open relationship and reconsider everything they thought they knew about love. After nine years together, Kathryn… Continue reading

Girl, World by Alex Poppe

Girl, World is a collection of stories of female survival: the discovery of untapped strength and the metamorphosis into becoming whole. Mixing lyricism, stark realism, emotional depth and vivacious language, Alex Poppe has crafted unforgettable characters navigating… Continue reading

Gravity Changes by Zach Powers

Gravity Changes is a collection of fantastical, off-beat stories that view the quotidian world through the lens of the absurd. Set in a surreal, fictional world that is populated by strange, fascinating characters—children who… Continue reading

The Evolution of Beauty by Richard O. Prum

In the great halls of science, dogma holds that Darwin’s theory of natural selection explains every branch on the tree of life: which species thrive, which wither away to extinction, and what features… Continue reading

The Spoils by Casey Pycior

Deep in the landlocked heart of the Midwest, the characters in The Spoils are drowning under the weight of masculinity, paralyzed in the grip of things left unsaid. These men are broken and breaking, struggling… Continue reading