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The Book Cellar Book Club reads "The Farm" by Tom Rob Smith
Sarah Pekkanen celebrates her new novel Things You Won't Say
About Things You Won't Say
In this timely and provocative novel, internationally bestselling author Sarah Pekkanen takes us inside a family in crisis and a marriage on the brink after a tragic shooting. How far would you go to save your family?
Every morning, as her husband Mike straps on his SIG Sauer and pulls on his heavy Magnum boots, Jamie Anderson tenses up. Then comes the call she has always dreaded: There's been a shooting at police headquarters. Mike isn't hurt, but his long-time partner is grievously injured. As weeks pass and her husband's insomnia and disconnectedness mount, Jamie realizes he is an invisible casualty of the attack. Then the phone rings again. Another shooting but this time Mike has pulled the trigger. But the shooting does more than just alter Jamie's world. It's about to change everything for two other women. Christie Simmons, Mike's flamboyant ex, sees the tragedy as an opportunity for a second chance with Mike. And Jamie's younger sister, Lou, must face her own losses to help the big sister who raised her. As the press descends and public cries of police brutality swell, Jamie tries desperately to hold together her family, no matter what it takes. In her characteristic exploration of true-to-life relationships, Sarah Pekkanen has written a complex, compelling, and openhearted novel her best yet.
About Sarah Pekkanen
Sarah Pekkanen was born in New York City, and raised in Bethesda, Maryland, where she cowrote her first book“Miscellaneous Tales and Poems.” After college and a solo backpacking trip around Europe, Sarah began working as a journalist covering Capitol Hill. Sarah has also worked briefly as an on-air correspondent for e! Entertainment Network, with Gannett New Service/USAToday, and the Baltimore Sun. When she left her journalism job to chase around after her three active sons, Sarah began writing a column for Bethesda Magazine and started work on a novel. Soon after, she debuted her book, The Opposite of Me. Sarah’s subsequent novels Skipping a Beat, These Girls, The Best of Us and Catching Air have been published by Atria internationally in China, Australia, Germany, Italy, Holland, Poland, Canada, Russia and Spain.
She will be accompanied by authors Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, The Status of All Things
About The Status of All Things:
The Status of All Things is a heartwarming and hilarious novel that follows a woman who discovers she can change her life through online status updates.
Kate is a thirty-five-year-old woman who is obsessed with social media. So when her fiancé, Max, breaks things off at their rehearsal dinner—to be with Kate’s close friend and coworker, no less—she goes straight to Facebook to share it with the world. But something’s changed. Suddenly, Kate’s real life starts to mirror whatever she writes in her Facebook status. With all the power at her fingertips, and heartbroken and confused over why Max left her, Kate goes back in time to rewrite their history.
About Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke:
Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke have been best friends for 25 years and survived high school and college together. Liz lives in San Diego, CA with her husband and two children. Lisa, a former talk show producer, now lives in Chicago, IL with her husband, daughter and two bonus children. You can read more about them on their website.
Come join us at the 2015 Printer's Row Lit Fest- The Midwest's largest outdoor book festival!
There are several exciting events happening throughout the festival, but celebrate with the Book Cellar as we host:
12:30 PM - Tavis Smiley, My Journey with Maya, in conversation with Dawn Turner Trice, An Eigth of August and Only Twice I've Wished for Heaven
(Ticket information will be available shortly!)
1:00 PM - Heather Cooks and Jessica Morgan, a.k.a "The Fug Girls" share their books The Royal We, Spoiled, and Messy
Afterwords Book Group reads "Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy" by Karen Abbott
Children's author Matthew Cordell joins our storybook reader, Nili, to share his newest book, Wish
As an elephant couple embark on a life together, thoughts of children are far away-at first. But as the desire for a child grows, so do unexpected challenges. And it's only after thwarted plans and bitter disappointment that their deepest wish miraculously comes true!
Click here to see a promotional video for the book!
About Matthew Cordell:
Matthew Cordell is an illustrator and author of books for children. He dwells in a home in suburban Chicago with his talented wife, picture book author and YA novelist, Julie Halpern, their lovely daughter Romy, and a very solid siamese cat named Tobin.
Click here to find out more about Matthew!
Other books include "Bat and Rat", "hello! hello!" and "If You Were a Chocolate Mustache".