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Book Title: The Takeaway Men by Meryl Ain
Category: Adult fiction 18 yrs +, 264 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release date: August 4, 2020
Format available for review: print, ebook (NetGalley dowload), pdf
Will send print books out: USA and Canada
Tour dates: July 14 to Aug 10, 2020
Content Rating: PG-13 + M because there are references to extra-marital affairs. There is no explicit sex in the book.
With the cloud of the Holocaust still looming over them, twin sisters Bronka and Johanna Lubinski and their parents arrive in the US from a Displaced Persons Camp. In the years after World War II, they experience the difficulties of adjusting to American culture as well as the burgeoning fear of the Cold War. Years later, the discovery of a former Nazi hiding in their community brings the Holocaust out of the shadows. As the girls get older, they start to wonder about their parents’ pasts, and they begin to demand answers. But it soon becomes clear that those memories will be more difficult and painful to uncover than they could have anticipated. Poignant and haunting, The Takeaway Men explores the impact of immigration, identity, prejudice, secrets, and lies on parents and children in mid-twentieth-century America.
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Release date: August 4, 2020
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Meet the Author:
Meryl Ain’s articles and essays have appeared in Huffington Post, The New York Jewish Week, The New York Times, Newsday and other publications. The Takeaway Men is her debut novel. In 2014, she co-authored the award-winning book, The Living Memories Project: Legacies That Last, and in 2016, wrote a companion workbook, My Living Memories Project Journal. She is a sought-after speaker and has been interviewed on television, radio, and podcasts. She is a career educator and is proud to be both a teacher and student of history. She has also worked as a school administrator. The Takeaway Men is the result of her life-long quest to learn more about the Holocaust, a thirst that was first triggered by reading The Diary of Anne Frank in the sixth grade. While teaching high school history, she introduced her students to the study of the Holocaust. At the same time, she also developed an enduring fascination with teaching about and researching the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg case. An interview with Robert Meeropol, the younger son of the Rosenbergs, is featured in her book, The Living Memories Project. The book also includes an interview with Holocaust survivor, Boris Chartan, the founder of the Holocaust Museum and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, New York. Meryl holds a BA from Queens College, an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an Ed.D. from Hofstra University. She lives in New York with her husband, Stewart. They have three married sons and six grandchildren.
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July 14 –Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 14 - Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
Jul 14 - Book World Reviews - book review
July 15 – 100 Pages A Day – book review / giveaway
July 16 – RebeccaReviewedIt – book review / author interview
July 17 – T's Stuff – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 18 - Just One More Chapter – book review
July 20 – Pick a good book – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 21 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
July 22 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
July 23 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview
July 23 – Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway
July 24 – THE WORLD AS I SEE IT – book review
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July 28 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 28 - Leels Loves Books - book review / giveaway
July 29 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
July 30 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
July 31 – Reading is My Passion – book review / giveaway
July 31 - The Eclectic Review – book review
Aug 3 – I'm All About Books – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 3 - Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Aug 4 - Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Aug 4 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
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Aug 10 – My Fictional Oasis – book review
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Book Title: Stefan's Promise by Sam Rennick
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 546 pages
Genre: Literary Fiction
Publisher: Hugo House Publishers
Release date: September 3, 2019
Format available for review: print, ebook (mobi file (for Kindle), ePub, PDF)
Will send print books out: USA
Tour dates: Jan 27 to Feb 7, 2020
Content Rating: PG: Some adult themes but no bad language.
“We were at war in Vietnam and my fiancé was drafted the day after he proposed to me. I hadn’t thought of that September day for so long, and then I began "Stefan’s Promise." Soon I was recalling that day and others, events and circumstances shared by those of us who lived through the “tumultuous year of 1968” and the following 35 years. In the Preface, Sam Rennick states his intention to deliver a completely absorbing tale. He does!”
The author brings great sensitivity to one powerful scene after another. There is Mike Huxtable, victim of an unprovoked blow, aimlessly wandering the aisles of a drug store, day after day. There is Stefan Kopinski, half-pondering his friend’s illness, half-observing the Midwestern city in which he finds himself. These scenes but two among many in this compelling novel.”
—Silvia Lorente-Murphy, PhD Professor Emerita Purdue University
The Vietnam War Changed America. Two Best Friends Weren't Spared. Only One Was Drafted.
It’s 1968. America is rocked by assassinations, war protests and political upheaval. Alan Young, 21, is brooding over having been dumped by his girlfriend. This won’t last long. His draft notice is in the mail. Stefan Kopinski isn’t about to let the war get in his way. He spends his days at the mercy of his reckless ambition. When fate steps in, will he finally understand what has been right in front of him for 30 years? "Stefan’s Promise" is the story of Alan and Stefan. Circumstances part them and sharply diverging temperaments further erode their bond. Yet, Alan and Stefan are wrong in supposing their friendship has ended. It’s just getting started.
Meet the Author:
Sam Rennick began writing Stefan’s Promise forty years ago, but it wasn’t until fairly recently, when he retired from his law practice that he was able to take his manuscript from its drawer and finish it. He admits he wishes he could say he planned this all along, since the two books comprising the novel, though written many years apart, combine perfectly into a compelling narrative.
While many authors have influenced him, he singles out Somerset Maugham as his muse, observing that Maugham always starts with a good story, but often finds a way to insert that “something extra” separating merely a nice tale from literature. Sam’s interest in books is only exceeded by his love for baseball, which began when he was nine years old.
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Jan 30 - T's stuff - book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 30 – Leels Loves Books – book review
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Feb 10 - On My Bookshelf - book review / guest post / giveaway
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Book Title: The Birth Mother by Seymour Ubell
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 338 pages
Genre: Literary Fiction
Release date: Sep 17, 2019
Format available for review: print, mobi file (for Kindle), ePub, PDF
Will send print books out: USA
Tour dates: Dec 30, 2019 to Jan 10, 2020
Content Rating: PG-13 + M: There is a rape scene that does not go into graphic detail, but the after affects are talked about and it may be a trigger for some. Deals with birth and babies. Mild language.
On a business trip, a high-powered fifty-six-year-old American entrepreneur visits his partners in China. After their meeting, his Asian mentor invites him to an orphanage, a trip that will change the course of his family's life forever. Without hesitation, he and his wife fall in love with Anglo/Asian twin girls and become their adoptive parents. The children grow up in a world of twists and turns with multiple coincidences and synchronicity. Their journey takes them from China to Europe to America and back to China where their unusual birth mother enters their lives. This powerful story is filled with drama at every turn as the daughters face internal and external challenges. The Birth Mother is a story filled with love, pathos, tragedy, and triumph. Read, laugh, cry, and learn. It's a tale you will never forget.
Meet the Author:
Seymour Ubell has spent most of his career in the print and advertising business. His clients are, and have been, the largest apparel, footwear, pharmaceutical, retail and consumer products companies in the world. He is a published author (A Life of Risks Taken, 2014 and The Birth Mother, 2019), lecturer, and raises funds for Parkinson’s research when he’s not at the theater with his wife, Marsha.
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Dec 30 – Over Coffee Conversations – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 31 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book spotlight/ giveaway
Dec 31 - The World As I See It – book review / giveaway
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Book Title: The Tender Birds by Carole Giangrande
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 305 pages
Genre: Literary Fiction
Publisher: Inanna Publications
Release date: October 2019
Format available for review: print, digital pdf, ebook (mobi/epub)
Will send print books out: USA & Canada
Tour dates: Nov 11 to Nov 22, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 + M
(References to mature themes. The f-word and s**t are used about six times each. There are two non-explicit sex scenes (one is a reverie) and there is no physical violence.)
Matthew Reilly is a busy academic, a lonely priest haunted by secrets. Young Alison is the shy and devoted keeper of Daisy, a falcon which suffered an accident and can no longer fly. The three of them meet in a Boston parish, but Matt has forgotten a momentary but disturbing meetup with Alison, homeless eight years earlier in Toronto. Close to exhaustion, he's forced to reflect on what's become of his life, including the loss of a son that no one knew he'd fathered. Alison and Matt had a fateful encounter during her homeless period, but Matt doesn't connect that frail teenager with the healthy young woman she'd become. It's left to Alison to uncover Matt's past and for Matt to come to terms with it.
Praise for Carole Giangrande's novels:
“…prose that absolutely shimmers. What’s more, her recapitulation of what is was like to watch 9/11 unfold on television is engrossing in its verisimilitude. DeLillo, Amis and Foer could learn a thing or two from her.” — Quill and Quire
“This is a softly unsettling book, effective in showcasing the confusion that follows such a personal yet public crisis.” — Publishers’ Weekly
“…a deftly crafted meditation on what happens in the aftermath of tragedies both public and private, calling into question the idea that time heals all wounds.” — Room Magazine
“Giangrande has written a thought-provoking story that will have your heart racing, bursting, and breaking. The story is thoughtful, slow-going, and emotional. The prose is beautiful. The characters are interesting, flawed, and realistic. And the ways in which this book explores life and death through the pain of waiting and not knowing is superb. I just loved this book so hard. It was terrific!” — A Bookish Way of Life
“The wording is both elegant and poetic… the author, accomplished painting vivid images within my mind’s eye that will never be forgotten. Overall this book is unique, being unlike anything I have read before. Go get a copy! You will not be disappointed.” —Readaholic Zone
About the Author:
Carole Giangrande is the award-winning author of ten books, including the novella A Gardener on the Moon (winner of the 2010 Ken Klonsky Award) and the novel All That Is Solid Melts Into Air (2018 Independent Publishers Gold Medal for Literary Fiction). The Tender Birds is her fourth novel. She’s worked as a broadcast journalist for CBC Radio (Canada's public broadcaster), and her fiction, poetry, articles and reviews have appeared in literary journals and in Canada’s major newspapers. In her spare time, she loves exploring nature with her partner Brian, photographing birds and studying French.
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Nov 12 – Working Mommy Journal – book review
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Nov 18 - Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 18 – fayed – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 19 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Nov 20 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Nov 22 - Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway
Nov 22 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 23 – Svetlana's Reads and Views – book review
Nov 27 - To Thine Own Shelf – book review
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