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Nancy Pearl is an American librarian, best-selling author, literary critic and the former Executive Director of the Washington Center for the Book at Seattle Public Library.
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Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow
A novel
Gabrielle Zevin - 2022-07-05
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Follow the creative journey of two childhood friends turned video game design partners as they navigate the highs and lows of fame, fortune and heartbreak. From their first blockbuster hit to thirty years of success and betrayal, this novel explores the complexities of identity, disability, and the redemptive power of play. Ultimately, it's a love story unlike any other, filled with heartfelt twists and turns that will leave you captivated until the very end.
Nancy Pearl
@AliceStevo Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin and Emma Straub’s This Time Tomorrow (and her other books) are excellent.      source
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This Time Tomorrow
A Novel
Emma Straub - 2022-05-17
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Discover a new twist on time travel and a heartwarming love story with this celebrated New York Times bestseller. As Alice approaches her 40th birthday, she finds herself transported back to her 16th birthday, reunited with her dad in his prime. With a newfound perspective on the past, Alice must decide if there's anything she would change if given the chance. Emma Straub's humor and insight make "This Time Tomorrow" a must-read.
Nancy Pearl
@AliceStevo Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin and Emma Straub’s This Time Tomorrow (and her other books) are excellent.      source
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Susan J. Fowler
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Robin McKinley - 2004-11-30 (first published in 2003)
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A woman named Sunshine seeks solace by a lake, only to be captured by vampires and imprisoned with a vampire named Constantine. She must tap into her inner strength to survive, but soon realizes Constantine needs her help too. Originally an adult novel, Sunshine is now available in YA, and is a captivating vampire story that will ensnare fans of paranormal books.
Nancy Pearl
@DaemonAAc @hhharlow @robinmckinley Loved this book      source
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Catherynne M. Valente
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The English Understand Wool
Helen DeWitt - 2022-08-16
Nancy Pearl
@DrMaryBurke It's a great title, a great cover, and a wonderful book -      source
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Bethanne Patrick
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The Sun Walks Down
A Novel
Fiona McFarlane - 2023-02-14
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A missing child in a 19th century Australian town unearths the complex relationships of its diverse residents as they search the rugged terrain. The colonial setting is both multicultural and haunted, steeped in unsettling history and diverse perspectives. The search for the child becomes a reflection of the town's struggles with fate, identity, and the eerie power of the sun.
Nancy Pearl
I was mesmerized by Fiona McFarlane's lyrical novel The Sun Walks Down: in 1883 in Fairly, South Australia, a 6-yr-old disappears during a dust storm; we hear from the friends & neighbors who search for him. The cover's stunning & the book will blow you away. Pubs 2/14      source
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What's the Rush?
Yiting Lee - 2022-10-18
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Follow the adventures of Bunny and Turtle in this delightful new picture-book that reimagines Aesop's fable, "The Tortoise and the Hare." Through colorful illustrations, children will learn about the importance of friendship, tolerance, and patience. As Bunny rushes, and Turtle plans, they both learn to accept and appreciate their differences. This heartwarming tale is perfect for parents to read aloud to their little ones and make them understand the value of patience.
Nancy Pearl
I love this picture book—@PAPress is publishing some terrific books for young kids (in addition to their 1000-piecers for jigsaw puzzle fans like me)      source
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The Golden Notebook
A Novel
Doris Lessing - 1999-02-03 (first published in 1962)
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A writer named Anna keeps four notebooks with different covers, each representing a different aspect of her life: her African experiences, political disillusionment, a novel, and a personal diary. As she falls in love with an American writer and faces a mental breakdown, Anna resolves to bring all four notebooks together in a golden notebook. The Golden Notebook is Doris Lessing's most important work, which revolutionized the ideas and feelings of a whole generation of women.
Nancy Pearl
Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook is only $1.99 for ebooks today. Check out this amazing & important novel about love, friendship, history, feminism, and creativity- this was such an important book for me when I read it in 1962.      source
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Mary Astor's Purple Diary
The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936
Edward Sorel - 2016-10-04
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Experience the scandal and intrigue of Hollywood's Golden Age in this hilarious and captivating tale featuring over sixty original illustrations. Cartoonist Edward Sorel's lifelong obsession with Mary Astor's infamous diary, uncovering her extramarital affairs and dramatic custody battle, is brought to life in his signature style. Sorel also delves into Astor's tumultuous life in the limelight as a child star and her teenage love affair with legendary actor John Barrymore. Mary Astor's Purple Diary is a compassionate and witty character study that transcends Hollywood Babylon to become a masterpiece of storytelling.
Nancy Pearl
Fans of illustrator, cartoonist, & caricaturist Edward Sorel’s work, fans of books about Hollywood’s history, & anyone looking for a light, entertaining & minimally juicy bio that will make you want to watch or rewatch a lot of films from the 40s, this book’s for you      source
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Lives of the Saints
A Novel (Voices of the South)
Nancy Lemann - 1986-09-01 (first published in 1985)
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A tale of Violent Love, Breakdowns, Moods, and Felonious Drunkenness that floats from one lush, green, sweltering New Orleans evening to another. This novel follows Louise Brown as she returns home after four years of college in New England and finds herself reimmersed in New Orleans society's "wastrel-youth contingent." At the center of it all is Claude, rumpled, accident prone, and desperate; the only man who can break Louise's heart "into a million pieces on the floor." Lives of the Saints elegiacally and eccentrically inscribes the South's hallmarks of defeat and refuge in a group of people as intense and adrift as one could encounter, marking Nancy Lemann a rising literary star with her debut novel.
Nancy Pearl
@parisreview @krithikavaragur Oh my gosh, I love this novel and have never met anyone who’s read it. Way back in 2003 in Book Lust I called it an “elegiac novel of family dysfunction.”      source
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The Palace Papers
Inside the House of Windsor--the Truth and the Turmoil
Tina Brown - 2022-04-26
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"The Palace Papers" delves deep into the inner workings of the British royal family as they navigated the aftermath of Princess Diana's death and faced new 21st century crises. Tina Brown's sweeping account takes readers on a journey full of powerful revelations, scandals, power plays, love affairs, and betrayals. With remarkable access to royal insiders, Brown explores the tensions between family members, the rise of Kate Middleton, the downfall of Prince Andrew, and Harry and Meghan's decision to step back from their senior royal roles. "The Palace Papers" is an erudite and eye-opening read that will permanently alter how readers view the British monarchy.
Nancy Pearl
I don’t believe that some books are guilty pleasures and others are non-guilty ones, but if there ever was a guilty pleasure, this is it. And reader, I loved it      source
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The Hero of This Book
Elizabeth McCracken - 2022-10-04
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