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  • Joel Cunningham 1:43 pm on 2019/04/30 Permalink
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    Barnes & Noble #TheSunIsAlsoAStar Sweepstakes Official Rules 

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    The Barnes & Noble #TheSunIsAlsoAStar Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is sponsored by Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Inc. (“Sponsor”), 122 5th Ave, 7th floor, New York, New York 10011.

    ELIGIBILITY: Open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least 16 years old at the time of entry. Eligible Entrants who are under the legal age of majority in their state of primary residence (a “Minor”) must get their parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate in the Sweepstakes. A Minor Entrant will be required to provide parental consent in a form satisfactory to the Sponsor before he or she can be declared a winner and any prize can be awarded under the terms of these Official Rules. Employees of Sponsor, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. (“WBEI”), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. (“MGM”) and each of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies involved in this Sweepstakes, and their immediate family members (parent, child, spouse, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and/or those living in the same household of each, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate in or win the Sweepstakes. Void where prohibited by law. All applicable federal, state and local laws apply.

    START/END DATES: Sweeps begins at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (“EDT”) on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 and ends at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, May 5, 2019 (the “Entry Period”).

    HOW TO ENTER: Entry does not require a payment or a purchase of any kind. To enter the Sweepstakes, an Entrant must have a Twitter account. If you do not have a Twitter account, you may create one for free by visiting www.twitter.com. By submitting your information and creating an account, you agree to the terms of use and privacy policy of Twitter. If you do not agree to such terms of use and privacy policy, you cannot create an account or participate in this Sweepstakes. Sponsor may not receive Entries from Twitter users with “protected” updates (i.e., Entrant has set his or her account so that only people the Entrant has approved can view his or her updates.) If Entrant is using his or her mobile device to enter charges, including message and data rates, may apply. Entrants should consult their wireless service provider regarding its pricing plans.

    Follow Sponsor’s Twitter account at https://twitter.com/BNBuzz  and respond to any Sweepstakes offer posted by Sponsor on its Twitter page at https://twitter.com/BNBuzz by “Re-Tweeting” or otherwise responding in the manner and time period set forth in the offer during the Entry Period.

    Limit one (1) entry per unique Twitter account and per person during the Entry Period. Any Entrant found to use multiple accounts to enter will be ineligible to win. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means are void, as are entries that are illegible, garbled, incomplete or that contain errors. Normal time, toll, connection and usage rates, if any, charged by your Internet service provider will apply. All entries become the property of the Sponsor. No other entry method will be accepted.

     Twelve (12) Winners will be selected by random drawing from amongst all eligible entries received on or about May 6, 2019.  Proof of transmission is not proof of receipt.  Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Sweepstakes and determines the order of receipt of entries.  All decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding with respect to all matters related to the Sweepstakes.).

    WINNER NOTIFICATION/ VALIDATION: The potential Winners will be announced on Sponsor’s Twitter feed (“@BNBuzz”) and notified by Direct Message on Twitter by May 6, 2019 and the potential Winners may be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability/Publicity form (where legal) within seven (7) days of date of attempted notification. Noncompliance within this time period, or with these Official Rules, or the return of any prize/prize notification may result in disqualification and, at Sponsor’s discretion, time period permitted, an alternate potential Winner may be selected. The prize will be fulfilled within 1 week after winner validation. Any Winner later determined to be ineligible may be required to return his/her prize.

    PRIZE AND ODDS: Twelve (12) Winners will each receive four (4) electronic tickets to an advance screening of the feature film THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR in one of the following twelve (12) cities at the listed theaters only:

    Atlanta, GA

    Date: 5/15/19

    Time: 7:30PM

    Theater: Regal Atlantic Station – 261 19th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30363

    Chicago, IL

    Date: 5/13/19

    Time: 7:00PM

    Theater: AMC River East 21 – 322 E. Illinois St., Chicago, IL 60611

    Dallas, TX

    Date: 5/14/19

    Time: 7:00PM

    Location: Angelika Mockingbird – 5321 E Mockingbird Ln Suite 230, Dallas, TX 75206

    Houston, TX

    Date: 5/14/19

    Time: 7:00PM

    Location: Edwards Marq*E – 7620 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024

    Los Angeles, CA

    Date: 5/15/19

    Time: 7:30PM

    Theater: Pacific Theaters at The Grove – 189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036

    New York, NY

    Date: May 14

    Time: 7:00pm

    Theater: Regal Ewalk – 247 W. 42nd St. New York, NY 10036

    Philadelphia, PA
    Date: 5/13/19

    Time: 7:30PM

    Theater: Landmark’s Ritz East – 125 Sansom Street Walkway, Philadelphia, PA  19106


    San Francisco, CA
    Date: Monday, May 13, 2019

    Time: 7:00pm

    Theatre: AMC Metreon – 135 4th St Suite 3000, San Francisco, CA 94103


    Washington, D.C.

    Date: May 13
    Time: 7:00pm

    Theater: AMC Mazza Gallerie – 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC


    Boston, MA

    Date: 5/13/19

    Time: 7:00PM

    Theater: AMC Boston Common – 175 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111


    Denver, CO

    Date: May 13

    Time: 7:00pm

    Theater: Harkins Northfield 18 – 8300 E. Northfield Blvd., Denver, CO 80238


    Miami, FL

    Date: May 13

    Time: 7:30pm

    Theater: AMC Sunset Place 24 – 5101 SW 72nd St. #300 S. Miami, FL 33143



    Tickets are non-refundable and not redeemable for cash or credit. Tickets may not be sold to a third party. Tickets are subject to certain terms and conditions as specified by issuer.   All expenses not described herein as being awarded, including, but not limited to ground transportation, meals, gratuities, souvenirs, and any other costs and expenses not mentioned herein as being awarded are the sole responsibility of the Winner. Winner is solely responsible for any local, state, or federal taxes on any prize. If for any reason any portion of the Prize does not occur or cannot be accepted as stated, such portion will be forfeited with no compensation being paid in exchange therefor. No transfer, substitution or cash redemption will be awarded in lieu of stated prize except by Sponsor who reserves the right to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) of comparable or greater value, in its sole discretion, if the advertised prize becomes unavailable.  All prize details are at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.  Odds of winning depend on number and timing of entries in each Sweepstakes.  Sweepstakes is open to over 100,000,000 internet users in the United States.

    GENERAL RULES: Acceptance of prize constitutes permission to the Sponsor and its designees, including Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (“WBEI”) and each of its and their respective parents, divisions, affiliates, subsidiaries, agents and advertising agencies to use winner’s name, city, state, likeness, voice, biographical information and statements for purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity in any and all media, now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity without additional compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law. By participating, entrant (i) agrees to release and hold Sponsor, WBEI, MGM and each of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and each of their respective directors, officers, employees and assigns (collectively, the “Released Parties”), harmless from and against any and all claims and liability arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, out of participation in the Sweepstakes or acceptance, possession, misuse, nonuse or use of any prize awarded in connection with the Sweepstakes (including any travel or activity related thereto); (ii) waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages, attorneys’ fees or any damages other than actual out-of-pocket costs incurred to enter; and (iii) agrees to be bound by these Official Rules. Released Parties are not responsible for incomplete, lost, late, damaged, inaccurate, illegible, misdirected, garbled, delayed or undelivered Entries; or for technical hardware or software malfunctions or failures of any kind, lost, unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission, which may limit an individual’s ability to participate. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion, to cancel, suspend or modify the Sweeps or to disqualify any implicated entrant(s), (and their Entries) if any fraud, virus, actions by entrants, technical or other error or problem, or any other occurrence corrupts or affects the administration, integrity, security, or proper play of the Sweepstakes, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. In the event of cancellation, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to award the prize in a random drawing from among all eligible, non-suspect Entries received up to the time of the event or action warranting such cancellation. In the event this Sweepstakes is cancelled prior to the stated end date, a notice will be posted at www.twitter.com/BNBuzz. CAUTION: Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such entrant to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution. Released Parties are not responsible for any technical, mechanical, printing, typographical, human or other error relating to or in connection with the Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, errors which may occur in the administration of the Sweepstakes, the processing of Entries, the announcement of the prize or in any Sweepstakes-related materials; or for any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from participating in, or accessing or downloading information in connection with this Sweepstakes.

    WINNERS’ NAMES: Names of winners (first name/city) will be posted on Sponsor’s Twitter account when available.

    NO WARRANTIES: Sponsor makes no warranties regarding any prize furnished as part of this Sweepstakes. Any prize, and all materials furnished as part of or in connection with this Sweepstakes are provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including without limitation the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose.

    PRIVACY: Any information submitted to Sponsor, including all Entries will be governed by the terms of Barnes & Noble’s User Agreement and Privacy Policy.

    GOVERNING LAW: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules or the rights and obligations of any entrant, Sponsor, and/or any of the Released Parties shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of New York. All actions, proceedings, or litigation relating hereto will be instituted and prosecuted solely within the State of New York, County of New York. The parties consent to the jurisdiction of the state and federal courts of New York with respect to any action, dispute, or other matter pertaining to or arising out of this Contest.

    NO IMPLIED ENDORSEMENT: The names of individuals, groups, companies, products and services mentioned herein, and any corresponding likenesses, logos and images thereof reproduced herein, have been used for identification purposes only and may be the copyrighted properties and trademarks of their respective owners. The mention of any individual, group or company including Twitter, Inc, or the inclusion of a product or service as the prize, does not imply any association with or endorsement by such individual, group or company or the manufacturer or distributor of such product or service and, except as otherwise indicated, no association or endorsement is intended or should be inferred.

    Warner, MGM, and each of their respective parents, affiliates and subsidiaries are neither sponsors nor co-sponsors of this Sweepstakes.


    // End of Official Rules //


    The Sun Is Also a Star

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  • Jeff Somers 3:00 pm on 2019/04/24 Permalink
    Tags: , alex michaelides, B&N, , , the silent patient,   

    Agatha Christie, Sleight of Hand, and Psychological Complexity: An Interview with The Silent Patient Alex Michaelides 

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    There’s no shortage of excellent thrillers to read in the modern world, but every now and then a book comes along that rises above the rest and becomes that book that gets passed from person to person like a virus, accompanied by breathless endorsements and the sort of giddy joy only book lovers recognize. Well, we have our first bona-fide phenomenon thriller of 2019, the twisty, buzzy The Silent Patient, by Alex Michaelides.

    The Silent Patient has the bones of an old-school mystery, fused with a modern energy similar to The Girl on the Train or Gillian Flynn’s novels. It’s the sort of book you immediately want to recommend to your book club or best friend or, you know, strangers on your morning commute, just so you’ll have people to discuss it with. And then we thought, wait a sec, we’re Barnes and Noble, we can excitedly discuss the book with the author. So we reached out and sat down with Alex Michaelides himself to fanblog all over him, chatting about Agatha Christie, working as a scriptwriter in Hollywood, and, of course, the genesis of his remarkable debut novel.

    You obviously have a deep love for old-school mystery-thrillers like the works of Agatha Christie or Patricia Highsmith. How did those old-school cool novels influence The Silent Patient?

    Well, I grew up on the tiny island of Cyprus, in the Mediterranean. It was before the internet, and there was nothing to do in the summers except read. I was thirteen when I discovered Agatha Christie, and devoured all of her novels over one summer at the beach. It was probably the happiest reading experience I ever had, and it made me into a reader—and, I suspect, a writer. So later on, when I began thinking about writing a novel, I knew I wanted something to replicate that experience I’d had on the beach. And the plan was to take a Christie-style plot and marry it with a deeper psychological complexity. I tried to imagine what Christie might be writing now, if she were alive and had my life experience. Of course it’s not just Christie—I’m a huge fan of Patricia Highsmith, P.D. James, Ruth Rendell, Dorothy L. Sayers, all women actually! There is something so satisfying about encountering a story that works on one level and yet when you reach the end you realize you have been looking at everything the wrong way up. I think that sleight of hand, like a magician’s trick, is what appeals to me the most.

    Like all magic tricks, at its core writing is all about process. They say write what you know, and you drew on your experience working at a therapeutic community to write The Silent Patient. How much ‘real life’ is in the story?

    I was pretty messed up as a teenager, neurotic, anxious, depressed—and I had a lot of personal therapy for many years. I also studied it a couple of places at a postgraduate level—but never finished my studies, as I felt strongly that I was a writer not a therapist. As part of my studies, I worked at a secure psychiatric facility for teenagers. It was one of the most formative experiences of my life, and certainly the most humbling. It was incredible, helping kids heal and get well—and it went a long way to healing the messed-up teenage part of myself. I didn’t know I was going to write The Silent Patient then, but later on when I knew that I wanted to write a Christie-style book, I needed an enclosed location—the kind of thing she does so brilliantly—and I suddenly thought of the psychiatric unit. And instead of a detective, I could have a psychotherapist. Everything went from there. I didn’t use any of the people I encountered at the unit, but I did use the atmosphere and the emotions that I felt while I was working there. I kept notes at the time, and that helped me a lot when I came to write the book.

    Many have noted the symbolism of a woman who doesn’t speak, combined with the themes of Alcestis in The Silent Patient, which ties into what’s going on today with #MeToo and other movements. Was this intentional?

    You know, it wasn’t intentional, as I wrote The Silent Patient before the #MeToo movement began. But there was a synchronicity there, for sure. When they were bidding for the movie rights, I had many producers, male and female, comment on the fact that Alicia does not speak and asking me how I felt it related to #MeToo. It was quite clear to me that when a person is imprisoned, and not believed, not being heard, then her only recourse is not to speak. So silence in my thinking is a last resort; the last weapon available, when everything else has been taken away from you. That was what interested me about Alicia—as well as the silence in the Greek myth of Alcestis. Alcestis dies to save her husband, and yet when she’s brought back to life at the end of Euripides’s play, she refuses to speak when confronted with her husband. Why? Is she overjoyed, overcome with emotion? Or is she deeply furious, angry with him, betrayed and hurt that he let her die? The refusal to conclude, the refusal to supply a definite answer, is so powerful, and has been haunting me my whole life.

    We hear you’re adapting your own novel for a film version—are there any special challenges to turning your own work into a different medium? Did you think about a film version as you were writing it?

    I think writing for screen and for novels is very different. A friend of mine is a critic, and he always says something I find very helpful—that screenplays are about contraction, and novels are about expansion. Meaning that for a movie you try to keep everything going, keep the plot ticking along. Whereas in a book you can slow down and go into someone’s thoughts and spend a day with them as they walk round the park or think about their life. And discovering that transformed me as a writer. I feel very much that I’m more of a novelist than a dramatist. I never really imagined it as a film. And I think the silence will be extremely challenging. Having said that, making the film is an incredible opportunity. It will be very exciting to take the book apart and put it together again for another medium. I am very pliable these days. I think you have to be, if you’re going to succeed as a writer. It’s never good to get stuck on ideas or lines or bits of dialogue.

    What’s harder—writing a novel or getting a movie made?

    I would say each is hard. The motivation to keep writing every day, for months at time, is a big part of writing a book. But it’s much harder—as in emotionally more painful—to make a movie. I personally have found film-making to be a soul destroying process. A movie with a decent script and a great cast can be derailed by production problems that are nobody’s fault. It’s heartbreaking. So the decision to write The Silent Patient was a last ditch attempt to try and be in control of the creative process from start to finish, and get away from movies. So the irony I am now writing the screenplay is not lost on me. I have a feeling it’s going to be different this time, as I’m working with some amazing people.

    Speaking of writing, The Silent Patient contains a DefCon-5 kind of plot twist that has people’s heads spinning, yet it works perfectly. Did you start with the twist, or did you start with the premise or the characters and find the twist as you outlined? What’s your position on ‘spoiler etiquette’?

    It was rather a magical moment, the way it happened. As I have said, the various strands came together—Greek Mythology, Agatha Christie, psychotherapy—and the idea was born in one moment, as I was walking through the park near where I live. I was trying to imagine a psychological detective story about a woman who doesn’t speak and the therapist trying to help her. I was trying to come up with an ending—and I remember asking myself, ‘what would Agatha Christie do?’ And then suddenly, I saw it. I sat down on the nearest bench and pulled out my phone and wrote down the whole plot, which I still have on my phone. The details changed of course, but the general movement of the story and the twist have remained the same. It was a really good day, that day.

    Regarding spoilers, I will always remember going to see The Mousetrap in London, when I was a kid. At the end of the performance, one of the actors steps forward and asks the audience not to reveal the ending to anyone else as it would spoil their enjoyment of the play. So I think it’s just good manners, don’t you?

    We do! So we’re not going to spoil The Silent Patient, we’ll just encourage everyone reading this to buy a copy immediately so we can all discuss it freely. Thanks, Alex, for taking the time to talk about your book with us!

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  • pmondal 7:32 am on 2019/02/12 Permalink
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    PM BN Reads 

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  • Jeff Somers 6:00 pm on 2019/01/24 Permalink
    Tags: B&N, limetown, podcast to page, sawbones, the adventure zone, welcome to night vale, you must remember this   

    13 Books Based on or Inspired by Podcasts 

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    In the past decade, podcasts have gone from background noise to a major part of the pop-culture soundscape. More people are listening to them, and every media company is producing them (not to mention companies like, say, Barnes & Noble). Podcasts are making their presence felt in the book world too, with a growing number of them being revamped into print formats—and inspiring writers who are podcast addicts themselves.

    Give your ears a rest with these 13 books either adapted from or inspired by podcasts.

    Welcome to Night Vale, by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
    Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink’s podcast mega-hit resembles a small town news program, but Night Vale is no normal small town. It’s a place where the weird and the horrifying are neighbors—think of it like Stephen King’s Castle Rock, but stranger. That’s a brilliant concept for a podcast, and the this-week’s-news nature of the show also means it translates awfully well to the page—the co-authors simply need think up a story oddball enough to sustain a narrative and slot it into the Night Vale milieu. The first such adaptation was Welcome to Night Vale, released in 2015. It explores the town and fleshes out a few familiar characters from the show while offering an intriguing standalone mystery about the Man in the Tan jacket, who litters the town with scraps of paper that read “King City,” and the story of a teenage boy struggling with his ability to shape-shift after the onset of adolescence. The best podcast fiction offers a sense of a boundless universe to explore, and that certainly describes this novel, which received a followup in 2017, It Devours! (more Night Vale books are planned).

    Alice Isn’t Dead, by Joseph Fink
    Speaking of Joseph Fink, he is one of the most successful folks in the podcast-to-book game (and soon the podcast-to-book-to-television game). This story, based on the podcast of the same name, follows Keisha, a long-haul truck driver on a cross-country search for clues regarding the disappearance of her wife, who she refuses to believe is dead even after the funeral. The journey leads her into a complex web of dark conspiracies and stomach-churning terror. Fink was inspired by his experiences living in and out of his van while driving around the country performing live episodes of Welcome to Night Vale; taken as a travelogue of these weird United States, it’s by turns haunting, touching, and downright terrifying, with a particularly memorable villain—a slouching bag of distended flesh known as the Hungry Man—who will stalk your nightmares.

    Earthcore, by Scott Sigler
    Sigler was one of the first authors to see the potential in fiction podcasts. He originally released Earthcore as an early ebook, but when his publisher went belly-up, Sigler decided to try to find a new audience for it in the form of a podcast. It worked: the show eventually gathered an audience of about 10,000 weekly listeners, which he leveraged into a traditional print publication deal. The story unfolds around a massive platinum deposit discovered three miles underground in Utah. The material is worth a fortune, but retrieving it requires cutting-edge technology, and no small amount of courage. The team that sets out to claim the prize discovers much more than precious metals underground—there’s a reason it has gone unclaimed all these years. Something has been waiting in the heat and darkness. Sci-fi horror is a perfect fit for the intimate podcast experience, and genre readers love a good scare, so naturally, and Sigler’s debut was one of the earliest success stories for the podcast-to-print model.

    Heaven, by Mur Lafferty
    Mur Lafferty is a well-known podcaster in genre circles, a voice behind shows like Geek Fu Action Grip, I Should be Writing, and Escape Pod. Not only has she turned I Should be Writing into a book on the craft of writing, she’s also blazed the podcast-fiction trail with her Afterlife series, which began as a podcast and found its own afterlife in print. The premise is simple: two friends die, go to Christian heaven, and quickly get very bored. They set off to investigate the afterlives offered by other religions, species, and time periods, leading them into a mystery that makes them wonder if their search isn’t as random as they first thought. It also makes them wonder a little about that whole “free will” business.

    Risk!: True Stories People Never Thought They’d Dare to Share, edited by Kevin Allison
    Not all podcast books are fictional. Kevin Allison’s Risk! focuses on first-person stories with an element of, yes, risk—stories that involve personal danger, poor decisions, emotional courage, and unexpected consequences. With a mix of celebrities (Marc Maron, Aisha Tyler, and Paul F. Tompkins have contributed to the podcast, and share essays here) and the non-famous, the stories deal in sex, violence, and money, always with a scent of danger and the fundamental belief that all experiences, even bad ones, are worthwhile once examined. Surprisingly intimate and insightful, these true stories benefit from the editing and polishing that comes with print publication, turning them from affecting experiences into great literature.

    The Moth Presents: All These Wonders, edited by Catherine Burns
    The Moth dates back to 1997, when it began as a live storytelling event focused on unscripted, unadorned live performances. Recordings of shows were turned into a podcast in 2009, and later a syndicated radio show as well. A print collection followed in 2013, and this second one in 2017. It brings together 45 of the best stories from the group’s history while attempting to retain that spirit of intimate, in-person storytelling—and largely succeeds. Stories can be told in a variety of ways, after all. The range of subjects, emotional palates, and styles perfectly represents the wide variety offered by the live shows, making this something more than just a short fiction anthology.

    Yes We (Still) Can, by Dan Pfeiffer
    The podiverse is about more than storytelling. Pod Save America, hosted by Tommy Vietor, Jon Lovett, Jon Favreau and former White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, features the trio pontificating on the political goings-on in the new and often confusing reality of Washington, D.C. While Yes We (Still) Can isn’t a direct lift from the podcast, it shares a spirit of progressive determination to make sense of the current state of American government. As on the podcast, Pfeiffer draws heavily on his in-the-room-when-it-happened experiences working for Obama on the campaign trail and within the administration as he analyzes the ongoing fallout from the 2016 presidential election.

    Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes’ Hollywood, by Karina Longworth
    Longworth’s podcast You Must Remember This has long been a delight for cinephiles eager to “explore the sometimes hidden, sometimes forgotten stories of Hollywood’s first century.” The intersection of money, fame, and patriarchy is always fascinating (in the way looking under a rock is fascinating), and in the current cultural moment, with the #MeToo movement still going strong, it’s a great time to educate ourselves on the sordid, sexist history of Tinsel Town. Longworth’s book is like an expanded episode of the podcast, digging into the story of movie mogul Howard Hughes as seen through the lens of the women he romanced, promoted, ogled, and abused. It’s a fascinating dig into the roots of male power and misogyny in Hollywood. Smart, well-written, and plain fun, this is both timeless pop history and an ideal book for today.

    The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited!, by Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, and Carey Pietsch
    If you’ve ever laughed over a role-playing game with your friends, The Adventure Zone is for you. The podcast started out as a paternity leave filler episode of the brothers Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy’s comedy advice show My Brother, My Brother, and Me in which they played a game of Dungeons & Dragons with their dad Clint—and if that sounds weird, consider the fact that millions of folks watch other people play video games, so listening to smart, creative people play D&D—which is all about storytelling—is a treat. Hilarious and deeply immersed in this particular corner of geekdom, the podcast has inspired a fantastic graphic novel series co-written by the McElroys artist Carey Pietsch, which kicked off with the number one New York Times bestseller Here There be Gerblins and continues this summer with Murder on the Rockport Limited, following adventurers Taako, Magnus, and Merle in a locked train mystery caper that feels like an episode of Doctor Who in which the TARDIS’ safety features have all been disabled.

    The Sawbones Book: The Horrifying Hilarious Road to Modern Medicine, by Sydnee McElroy and Justin McElroy
    Another book birthed from the McElroy podcasting empire, Sawbones is an adaptation of the show Justin hosts with his wife, Dr. Sydnee McElroy. Each week on the show, the duo investigates (or rather,Syndney explains and Justin asks questions about) a weird facet of medical history, from trepanning as a headache cure to wearing radioactive underpants to increase virility. Needless to say, people have done a lot of misguided things in the pursuit of better health over the years, and the McElroys have the goods on all of them. The book feels like a natural extension of the podcast, presenting the best of the weirdest in medical history, brought to life via old-timey illustrations by Teylor Smirl.

    Limetown, by Zack Akers, Skip Bronkie, with Cote Smith
    Here’s a twist: Limetown the book is a prequel to the hit podcast of the same name, and might just represent the future of the thriller genre. The podcast is immensely popular, and this story drips with the same ominous atmosphere. Student journalist Lia Haddock lives in Limetown, Tennessee, a small place with a big problem—more than a hundred people, including Lia’s Uncle Emile, have disappeared. Lia digs into the mystery, and is amazed when her own parents refuse to help in any way. What she discovers on her own forces her to do a lot of growing up really, really quickly. It’s a great novel, and if it inspires you to check out the podcast, all the better.

    Waiting for the Punch, by Marc Maron and Brendan McDonald
    Even people who have no idea what a podcast is know Marc Maron, who has been slowly invading the wider pop culture by increments. This book isn’t simply a collection of transcripts from his intimate interview program WTF, in which he talks candidly with comedians and other influential figures from his garage studio; it’s a carefully edited compilation of comments, stories, and quotes from his former guests, organized into specific categories like “Addictions” or “Life Lessons.” Better than almost anyone, Maron can get people famous for specific things—acting, music, politics—to open up about a wide range of subjects beyond that thing, teasing out surprising admissions and startling revelations along the way. By organizing the rich material from the podcast just so, Maron and McDonald have made the ideal companion book.

    Sadie, by Courtney Summers
    In a plot twist, this is a book whose plot centers on a podcast and which also inspired a podcast, meaning it’s podcasts all the way down. Summers’ taut YA mystery is the story of May Beth Foster, who asks West McCray, a radio journalist, to help her track down a missing 19-year old girl named Sadie, who is determined to find the person who killed her little sister Mattie. McCray begins looking into the matter and details his journey in a true-crime podcast that alternates with the first-person account from Sadie herself. Part of the book’s promotion campaign was an actual podcast called The Girls, making this a rare case of a book that inspired a podcast.

    What’s your favorite book/podcast pairing?

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    5 Novels to Inspire Your Next International Adventures 

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    Books have the power to transport readers anywhere in the world—and to inspire real-life travel to lands far and wide. We’ve rounded up five fantastic pieces of fiction set in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Japan that will have you searching for flights as soon as you’ve turned their final pages. Check out our picks to spark your next international sojourn—and consider brushing up on your language skills before you go, with the help of Rosetta Stone’s language guides.

    Calling all Francophiles

    Paris by the Book, by Liam Callanan
    Francophiles and book lovers alike can walk the magical streets of the Marais alongside Leah Eady, the narrator of Liam Callanan’s Paris by the Book. Leah’s novelist husband, Robert, has abruptly disappeared. After discovering he recently booked a ticket to Paris, she travels from Wisconsin in search of him with their two daughters, Ellie and Daphne, in tow. Before long, Leah is living above and then running a struggling Parisian bookstore as she sifts through clues to her husband’s disappearance and discovers startling new truths about him, their relationship, and this city she loves. Before booking a (one-way?) ticket to Paris in search of your own pied-à-terre above a bookshop, learn more about the country’s beautiful language by learning French with Rosetta Stone.

    Living La Dolce Vita

    The Invitation, by Lucy Foley
    Up for a cruise aboard a yacht on the Italian Riviera? Open the pages of Lucy Foley’s The Invitation and step into 1953 Rome, where journalist Hal Jacobs has come to lose himself following the war. When Hal is invited by an Italian contessa to act as a reporter during a sea voyage to Cannes to promote her new film, it’s an offer he simply can’t refuse—getting paid to write about a journey aboard a yacht while surrounded by the rich and famous?! But once underway, Hal recognizes Stella, a woman with whom he had a brief but unforgettable liaison two years earlier, and who is now married to one of the wealthy men on the boat. Their renewed love affair unfolds against the backdrop of the Mediterranean in this entertaining novel. Prepare for your own Italian getaway by immersing yourself in the language with Rosetta Stone.

    Literary Magic in Germany

    Visitation, by Jenny Erpenbeck
    History buffs will relish the opportunity to explore over one hundred years of Germany’s storied past and political upheavals in Jenny Erpenbeck’s Visitation. The book follows the life stories of twelve individuals who’ve each made their home in one magical lakefront house in the forested hills of Brandenburg, outside Berlin. Among the house’s inhabitants are a Jewish girl murdered during the Holocaust, an architect who must flee the house to avoid imprisonment for having purchased screws from West Germany, a Russian soldier who lives there during the war, two engineering students trying to escape West Germany, and more. With Erpenbeck’s descriptions of the home and its landscape, readers will feel like they’re right there with the characters as they steep in their shared pain. Continue your German sojourn by learning the language with Rosetta Stone.

    Read, Tapas, Siesta, Repeat

    Alberto’s Lost Birthday, by Diana Rosie
    Prepare to be transported to Spain, so much so that you’ll be able to smell the lemons tended to by Alberto, the elderly man living a simple life at the center of Diana Rosie’s charming, heart-wrenching Alberto’s Lost Birthday. Alberto’s seven-year-old grandson, Tino, knows his Apu is old, but he doesn’t know how old. And, as it turns out, Alberto doesn’t know either. Orphaned as a child during the Spanish Civil War and unable to remember much about his past, Alberto has never celebrated a birthday, so he and Tino set out to find the birthday he lost and so much more in this beautifully told tale. After you find Alberto’s birthday, discover your own love of the Spanish language with Rosetta Stone.


    An Award-Winning Journey to Japan

    Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee
    Min Jin Lee’s epic historical novel Pachinko follows four generations of a Korean family from Japanese-occupied Korea and on to Japan, with history itself emerging as one of the book’s central characters. Teenaged Sunja has just discovered she’s pregnant by a married mobster, and opts to escape by accepting an offer of marriage from a local minister on his way to Japan. Readers journey with Sunja to a Korean neighborhood in Osaka, where she must learn to adapt to life as a Zainichi—or foreign resident—facing discrimination at every turn while not allowing her hardships to crush her and her family’s spirits. Delve deeper into Japanese culture by learning the country’s language with Rosetta Stone.

    What books inspire you to break out your passport?

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