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End-of-the-Year Contest 2018

Congratulations to the winners of our 2018 End-of-the-Year Contest! One Grand Prize winner received all 45 of Carol Fitzgerald's Bets On picks from 2018, while nine others won a selection of five of these titles. You can see all the winners below, along with 2018's Bets On books.

Jean Thompson, author of A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl

Evelyn set aside her career to marry, late, and motherhood never became her. Her daughter Laura felt this acutely and wants desperately to marry, but she soon discovers her husband Gabe to be a man who expects too much of everyone in his life, especially his musician son. Grace has moved out from Laura and Gabe’s house, but can’t seem to live up to her potential --- whatever that might be.

A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl by Jean Thompson

November 2018

A CLOUD IN THE SHAPE OF A GIRL by Jean Thompson follows three generations of women in the Wise family --- Evelyn, Laura and Grace --- who live in a small Midwestern college town. They navigate their lives trailing emotional baggage from generation to generation. I love how the story unwrapped and their messy imperfect lives slid together. There are choices made and not made --- and each has consequences.

Week of October 21, 2019

Paperback releases for the week of October 21st include NOVEMBER ROAD by Lou Berney, a poignant and evocative crime novel that centers on a desperate cat-and-mouse chase across 1960s America --- a story of unexpected connections, daring possibilities and the hope of second chances --- set against the assassination of JFK; THE AGE OF LIGHT, Whitney Scharer's decadent and captivating debut novel that brings to light the life of Lee Miller, a little known but fearlessly original artist whose legacy remains largely unexplored, told in the alternating timelines of 1930s Paris and the battlefields of WWII; and WITNESS, in which Ariel Burger, a devoted protégé and friend of one of the world’s great thinkers, takes us into the sacred space of the classroom, showing Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel not only as an extraordinary human being, but as a master teacher.