We are excited to welcome Andrea Bartz to The Book Cellar for the launch of her new book The Herd. She will be joined by a performance from Jeanette Andrews, who is a local magician!
Author Photo Credti: Kate Lord
About The Herd: When an exclusive New York women’s workspace is rocked by the mysterious disappearance of its enigmatic founder, two sisters must uncover the haunting truth before they lose their friendships, their careers—maybe even their lives.
The name of the elite, women-only coworking space stretches across the wall behind the check-in desk: THE HERD, the H-E-R always in purple. In-the-know New Yorkers crawl over each other to apply for membership to this community that prides itself on mentorship and empowerment. Among the hopefuls is Katie Bradley, who’s just returned from the Midwest after a stint of book research blew up in her face. Luckily, Katie has an in, thanks to her sister Hana, an original Herder and the best friend of Eleanor Walsh, its charismatic founder.
Eleanor is a queen among the Herd’s sun-filled rooms, admired and quietly feared, even as she strives to be warm and approachable. As head of PR, Hana is working around the clock in preparation for a huge announcement from Eleanor–one that would change the trajectory of The Herd forever. Though Katie loves her sister’s crew, she secretly hopes she’s found her next book subject in Eleanor, who’s brilliant, trailblazing—and extremely private.
Then, on the night of the glitzy Herd news conference, Eleanor vanishes without a trace. Everybody has a theory about what made Eleanor run, but when the police suspect foul play, everyone is a suspect: Eleanor’s husband, other Herders, the men’s rights groups that have had it out for The Herd since its launch—even Eleanor’s closest friends. As Hana struggles to figure out what her friend was hiding and Katie chases the story of her life, the sisters must face down the secrets they’re keeping from each other—and confront just how dangerous it can be when women’s perfect veneers start to crack, crumble, and then fall away all together.
About Andrea Bartz: Andrea Bartz is a Brooklyn-based wordsmith and author of The Lost Night and The Herd. I’m also a former editor at Fit Pregnancy, Natural Health, Glamour, Whole Living, Psychology Today, SELF, TrendingNY, Hearst Digital Media, and MindBodyGreen.
About Jeanette Andrews: Hailed as one of the most innovative illusionists today, Jeanette Andrews is a contemporary magician and artist who specializes in creating interactive sensory illusions, possessing a contemplative take on the art of the impossible. She has invented a unique take on this ancient art form.