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April's Author of the Month: RUTH REICHL

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 at 5:22pm

Ruth Reichl is an American chef, food writer, co-producer of PBS's Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie, culinary editor for the Modern Library, host of PBS's Gourmet's Adventures With Ruth, and the last editor-in-chief of the now shuttered Gourmet magazine.

Reichl began writing about food in 1972, when she published Mmmmm: A Feastiary. Since then, she has authored the critically acclaimed, best-selling memoirs Tender at the BoneComfort Me with ApplesGarlic and Sapphires, and For You Mom, Finally, which have been translated into 18 languages. In 2014 she published her first novel: Delicious!

She is known for her ability to "make or break" a restaurant. For Reichl, her mission has been to "demystify the world of fine cuisine." She has won acclaim with both readers and writers alike for her honesty about many aspects of haute cuisine. Through an outsider's perspective, she harshly criticized the sexism prevalent toward women in dine-out experiences, as well as the pretentious nature of the ritziest New York restaurants.

Ruth Reichl spearheaded a revolution in the way we think about food. Here in Save Me the Plums, for the first time, she chronicles the personal and professional risks she took during her tenure as the editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine in this insightful, inspiring and very readable new memoir. But this is not just the tale of a magazine; it is also a story about taking a professional leap of faith, following your passion and holding onto your dreams — even when nothing works out the way you’d expected. (Hardcover. $32.00. RRC Price $28.80. Random House. April)

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March's Author of the Month: DON WINSLOW

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 at 5:12pm

Bestselling author Don Winslow has written twenty novels, including the highly acclaimed epics The Power of the DogThe Cartel, and The Force.

The son of a sailor and a librarian, Winslow grew up with a love of books and storytelling. At age seventeen, he left home to study journalism at the University of Nebraska.

Winslow’s travels have taken him around the world and into various jobs including movie theatre manager, tour guide, and private investigator. While travelling, Winslow wrote his first novel, A Cool Breeze On The Underground, which was nominated for an Edgar Award. With a wife and young son to support, Winslow went back to investigative work, mostly in California, where he and his family lived in hotels for almost three years as he worked cases and became a trial consultant.

In Winslow's latest novel, The Border, Art Keller has been on the front lines of America’s longest conflict: The War on Drugs, for over forty years. His obsession to defeat the godfather of the Sinaloa Cartel, Adán Barrera, has left him scarred and cost him the people he loves. Now Keller is elevated to the highest ranks of the DEA, only to find that in destroying one monster he has created thirty more that are wreaking even more chaos and suffering in his beloved Mexico. But not just there. Barrera’s final legacy is the heroin epidemic scourging America. Art Keller is at war with not only the cartels, but with his own government. And the long fight has taught him more than he ever imagined. Now, he learns the final lesson — there are no borders. (Softcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. William Morrow. March)

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February's Author of the Month: MATT HAIG

Friday, Feb 01, 2019 at 4:30pm

Matt Haig is a British novelist and journalist. He suffered a breakdown in his early twenties, and after battling depression for many years he turned to writing, and he now believes that reading and writing books saved his life. He has written both fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. His memoir Reasons to Stay Alive was a number one bestseller, staying in the British top ten for 46 weeks. His children’s book A Boy Called Christmas was a runaway hit and has been translated into over 25 languages. It is being made into a film by Studio Canal and The Guardian called it an ‘instant classic’. His novels for adults include the award-winning The Radleys, The Humans, and How to Stop Time. All of his novels for adults have been optioned for film.

Matt Haig's newest book, Notes on a Nervous Planet, posits that the societies we are part of are increasingly making our minds ill. It very often feels that the way we live is almost engineered to make us unhappy. Whether it is our attitudes toward sleep, the marketing messages that inundate us daily, the constant and hysterical news cycle, social media or even the way we educate our children, we are programming ourselves to put our bodies and minds at odds and setting ourselves up with expectations for our lives that prevent our happiness.

When Matt became ill with panic disorder, anxiety and depression, it took him a long time to work out the ways the external world could impact his mental health in positive and negative ways. Notes on a Nervous Planet shares his journey back to happiness and all of the lessons that Matt learned along the way. (Softcover. $19.99. RRC Price $17.99. HarperCollins. February)

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January's Author of the Month: LISA JEWELL

Friday, Dec 21, 2018 at 2:16pm

Lisa Jewell had always planned to write her first book when she was fifty. In fact she wrote it when she was twenty-seven and had just been made redundant from her job as a secretary. Jewell accepted a challenge from her friend to write three chapters of a novel in exchange for dinner at her favourite restaurant. She wrote the first three chapters of what was to become her first novel, Ralph’s Party, which went on to become the bestselling UK debut novel of 1998. Fifteen bestselling novels later, she lives in London with her husband and their two daughters. Lisa writes every day in a local café where she can drink coffee, people-watch and, without access to the internet, actually get some work done.

In Watching You, Melville Heights is home to doctors and lawyers and old-money academics. It’s not the sort of place where people are brutally murdered in their own kitchens. But it is the sort of place where everyone has a secret. And everyone is watching you.

As the headmaster credited with turning around the local school, Tom Fitzwilliam is beloved by one and all — including Joey Mullen, his new neighbour, who quickly develops an intense infatuation with him.

One of Tom’s students, Jenna Tripp, also lives on the same street, and Jenna’s mother — whose mental health has admittedly been deteriorating in recent years — is convinced that Mr. Fitzwilliam is stalking her.

Meanwhile, twenty years earlier, a schoolgirl writes in her diary, charting her doomed obsession with a handsome young English teacher named Mr. Fitzwilliam… (Softcover. $24.99. RRC Price $22.49. Atria. January)

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November's Author of the Month: LIANE MORIARTY

Friday, Nov 02, 2018 at 1:21pm

LIANE MORIARTY is the best-selling Australian author of Big Little Lies, which was turned into a popular TV series starring and produced by Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. She has written eight novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist’s Love Story, The Husband’s Secret, Big Little Lies, Truly Madly Guilty, and Nine Perfect Strangers, as well as the Nicola Berry series for children. She developed a lasting love of reading and writing as a child. As an adult, she continued writing but didn’t believe that real people had novels published. Then one day she found out that they did, when her younger sister Jaclyn Moriarty sold her first novel. Liane then enrolled in a Masters program at Macquarie University in Sydney and as part of that degree, she wrote her first novel, Three Wishes. Since then she has sold over 14 million copies of her books worldwide.

In Nine Perfect Strangers, nine people gather at a remote health resort. Amidst all of the luxury and pampering they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be. Frances Welty, a romance novelist, arrives at Tranquillum House nursing a bad back, a broken heart, and an exquisitely painful paper cut. She’s immediately intrigued by her fellow guests, but the person that intrigues her most is the strange and charismatic owner/director of Tranquillum House. Could this person really have the answers Frances didn’t even know she was seeking? Should Frances put aside her doubts and immerse herself in everything Tranquillum House has to offer — or should she run while she still can? It’s not long before every guest at Tranquillum House is asking exactly the same question.

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