Stars for 4 3 2 1

Stars for 4 3 2 1

4 3 2 1 is Paul Auster’s first novel in seven years and it is huge—literally! This bildungsroman follows Archibald Isaac Ferguson, born March 3, 1947 in Newark, NJ as his life splits into four different simultaneous parallel lives. 4 3 2 1 is one of Kirkus Reviews‘s Most Anticipated Books of 2017 and has […]

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Thanks-Giveaway!

Thanks-Giveaway!

Because it’s Friday, and it’s almost Thanksgiving, we’re giving away signed copies of assorted books to FIVE lucky librarians to show how much we appreciate YOU! Up for grabs: A DOG’S PURPOSE by W. Bruce Cameron (2 copies available) NEVERNIGHT by Jay Kristoff THE SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS by Mark Frost (audiobook edition read […]

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Belated #BookBday (11/16/16 Edition)

Belated #BookBday (11/16/16 Edition)

We’re a day late to wish these new releases a happy #BookBday, but it’s only to keep the party going! OUR REVOLUTION: A Future to Believe In by Bernie Sanders Sanders fans can continue to “feel the Bern” in this personal account of his time on the presidential campaign trail. And for the millions looking […]

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James Herriot 100

James Herriot 100

This month was legendary veterinarian James Herriot’s centennial (he would have been 100 on October 3). His bestselling memoirs include ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL, ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL, ALL THINGS WISE AND WONDERFUL, THE LORD GOD MADE THEM ALL, and EVERY LIVING THING; and were adapted for TV—Christopher Timothy played James Herriot on the […]

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Friday Reads: THE SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS

Friday Reads: THE SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS

Happy Friday, friends! Our highly anticipated #FridayReads pick is THE SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS by Mark Frost. From the co-creator of the landmark television series Twin Peaks comes a novel fans have been waiting to get their hands on for 25 years that deepens the mysteries of that iconic town in ways that not […]

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Happy #BookBday (3/31/15 Edition)

Happy #BookBday (3/31/15 Edition)

Today we wish Happy #BookBday to two new books destined for the bestseller list: THE PATRIOT THREAT by Steve Berry Minotaur’s first novel from renowned New York Times bestseller Berry continues the riveting, history-based Cotton Malone series with a dangerous question: What if the federal income tax is illegal? The Associated Press calls THE PATRIOT […]

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Happy #BookBday  (2/3/14 Edition)

Happy #BookBday (2/3/14 Edition)

It’s a big day for #BookBdays! THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah You’ve heard us buzzing about the February Indie Next pick for a while now, and at last it’s here! “Hannah’s latest is a page-turner that will no doubt have readers reaching for tissues. This moving, emotional tribute to the brave women who fought behind […]

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#BookBday Bonus: WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE

#BookBday Bonus: WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE

It gives us great pride to wish a Happy #BookBday to Flatiron Books’s very first publication: WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE by Oprah Winfrey! After film critic Gene Siskel asked her, “What do you know for sure?” Oprah Winfrey began writing the “What I Know For Sure” monthly column in O, The Oprah Magazine. Now, […]

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Our 2013 Audie Award Winners!

Our 2013 Audie Award Winners!

Congratulations to all of the excellent authors and angel-voiced narrators who were awarded at the 2013 Audie Awards!

Macmillan Audio winners were:

Best Literary Fiction Audiobook:

BRING UP THE BODIES
By Hilary Mantel
Narrated by Simon Vance

Best Mystery Audiobook:

THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY
By Louise Penny
Narrated by Ralph Cosham

Best Inspirational Fiction Audiobook:

THE GOOD DREAM
By Donna VanLiere
Narrated by the author

Best Business and Educational Audiobook:

SPY THE LIE
By Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero, and Don Tennant
Narrated by Fred Berman

And a special shout out to Margo Goody who won the Audie Award for Best Package Design for ON THE NIGHT YOU WERE BORN (Book & CD Set) by Nancy Tillman and narrated by Orlagh Cassidy!

See the full list of Audie winners and finalists here.  [...]

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Barbara Taylor Bradford on Secrets from the Past and Audiobooks

Barbara Taylor Bradford on Secrets from the Past and Audiobooks

SFTP audiobook#1 New York Times bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford has written everything from contemporary suspense to historical intrigue covering class, friendship, and forbidden love.

In her latest and in many ways most intimate novel, SECRETS FROM THE PAST, thirty-year-old American photojournalist Serena Stone is working on a biography of her celebrated father when she discovers that a former lover is in trouble overseas. Her travels take her back into her own past and into the past of her mother where she'll uncover family secrets long buried. 

Barbara was kind enough to answer a few of my questions about SECRETS FROM THE PAST (the book that is, not her personal secrets from the past... I'm not publishing an exposé here!).

BTBAli: You’ve been publishing with us for about 10 years and you’ve written almost 30 novels, what makes SECRETS FROM THE PAST special for you and your readers?

Barbara: What makes SECRETS special for me and my readers is that I've used the first person narrative. But this is only the third time in my writing career that I have done so. However, I believe writing in Serena Stone's voice gives great intimacy to the book, and therefore to the reader. I always give my female protagonist a job and I've never written about a war photographer before. So this is something else that's new. I am told by my earliest readers that the book has an enormous amount of immediacy and is very NOW.

Ali: Speaking of "now"... when a library patron returns SECRETS FROM THE PAST to his or her local branch and inevitably says, "I loved it! What do I read now?" Which books, audiobooks, and films would you want Readers' Advisory librarians to recommend?

Barbara: Of course I would always recommend A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE as a book, an audiobook, and a movie. The movie stars Liam Neeson, Jenny Seagrove, Deborah Kerr and a cast of other great actors. It is available now on DVD from Acorn Video. The miniseries runs for 6 hours. Also available are the two sequels, HOLD THE DREAM and TO BE THE BEST. Other books I would recommend of mine are HER OWN RULES, REMEMBER, THE WOMEN IN HIS LIFE and LETTER FROM A STRANGER.

Ali: Fantastic. That sounds like a formidable stack of excellent stories. You mentioned audiobooks so let's talk briefly about the audiobook for SECRETS FROM THE PAST. The narrator Stina Nielsen has narrated everything from Chuck Palahniuk's RANT to Sarah Dessen's KEEPING THE MOON to Shannon Hale's MIDNIGHT IN AUSTENLAND. She did a particularly wonderful job with SECRETS FROM THE PAST (listen to a clip from chapter one here!). Tell us a little bit about your relationship with audiobooks. What's your ideal situation for listening to books read aloud?

Barbara: I always enjoy listening to the audiobooks. It's a wonderful way to relax, just sitting on a sofa and imagining all of the characters enacting the story.

Ideal, indeed! Thank you so much for your time, Barbara!  [...]

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