R.L. Maizes - "My Apology to Facebook for Cheating with Twitter"

Brevity | October 24, 2018

“Dear Facebook,

I’m sorry I cheated with Twitter. I know you think all the years we spent together don’t mean anything to me. All the likes and loves and angry and funny emojis, all the exploding congratulations and mazel tovs—don’t think I didn’t notice how hard you worked to make a Jew like me feel comfortable on your site. And who can forget all the times we reduced meaningful issues to profile frames together? Not me, Facebook, not me. You let me go on and on, no matter how boring or tired or offensive I became. You never cut me off. Never showed me how many characters I had left or that I had used too many, so no, you wouldn’t post my tweet. How could I give all that up? For what?”

Follow the link above to read R.L. Maizes’ full essay!

Jessica Spivey
AN ANONYMOUS GIRL by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen - Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Publishers Weekly | October 20, 2018

“Struggling Manhattan makeup artist Jessica Farris impulsively decides to chase some quick cash by lying her way into an NYU psychiatrist’s study—of ethics and morality, no less—in this slickly twisty psychological thriller from bestsellers Hendricks and Pekkanen (The Wife Between Us). Still shaky after a disturbing #MeToo encounter with a top theatrical producer that dashed her dream of doing stage makeup, the 28-year-old laps up the supportive attention from impossibly chic and self-confident Dr. Lydia Shields, whose second-person narrative alternates with Jessica’s first person. So when the therapist starts to enlist her in increasingly dicey real-life role-playing assignments, including trying to pick up specific targets, such as a stranger in a hotel bar, Jess pushes aside her doubts and goes along—until she hears some information too alarming to ignore about the fate of Dr. Shields’s previous protégé. The page-turner’s second half whizzes along at a furious pace, exploiting the dual perspectives for maximum tension. Though some of the gasp-worthy final twists require substantial character flip-flops, it’s a relatively minor sacrifice for major league suspense.”

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Jessica Spivey
THE MIDNIGHT WITNESS by Sara Blaedel - New York Times "Disappearing Acts: Four Mysteries With Missed Connections"

New York Times | October 19, 2018

“A healthy mind is all very nice, but a job is a job. After an emotional breakdown that put her out of commission for a year, Sara Blaedel’s intrepid Danish police detective, Louise Rick, is back on the job in Mark Kline’s translation of THE MIDNIGHT WITNESS (Grand Central, paper, $9.99), investigating the homicide of a young woman found strangled in a quiet Copenhagen park. Coincidentally (or not), a crime reporter with a major newspaper is found stabbed to death behind the Royal Hotel, and since a journalist outranks a 23-year-old nurse, Rick is reassigned to the high-profile case. Although Rick refuses to give up on the nurse, the easy answer — that she was murdered by her boyfriend — doesn’t pan out. So the detective finds herself juggling both cases, plus the demands of her own longtime boyfriend, who has been offered a job in Scotland and wants her to come along. ‘It’s about you and me,’ he insists. ‘This is about making sacrifices for each other.’ He presents a good argument, but given that Rick may be in line to become the first female head of the homicide division, that decision seems like a no-brainer.”

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Jessica Spivey
PIECES OF HER by Karin Slaughter - Bustle "8 Thriller Audiobooks For Every Level Of Scary Listening"

Bustle | October 18, 2018

“'Tis the season to get spooky, book nerds, and I've got eight great thriller audiobooks for every level of scary listening. No matter if you're a horror veteran or a total chicken, the books on this list, curated by Audiobooks.com, are sure to have you covered in goosebumps.”

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter was included in this spooky round-up! Follow the link above for the full list.


Jessica Spivey
THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen - Marie Claire "These Are the Best Books of 2018"

Marie Claire | October 15, 2018

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen was included in Marie Claire’s round-up of the best books of 2018 (so far) according to their editors.

“I’ve already read this twice in 2018. It’s a psychological thriller that forces us to confront our perceptions of older, single women, as well as the pretty younger 20-somethings we tend to glorify instead. There are twists—man, the twists!—and the story takes a turn halfway through that demands you just sit the hell down and finish the whole thing already. Special mention goes to the pivotal character who also happens to be a German Shepherd.”

Follow the link above for the full list!


Jessica Spivey
Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Jeff Chang - The Frederick Douglass 200

The Guardian | October 11, 2018

“This year is Frederick Douglass’s Bicentennial celebration. After escaping slavery at the age of 20, Douglass went on to become one of America's most celebrated abolitionists - tirelessly campaigning against slavery. Beyond his abolitionist work, Douglass was also a politician, writer, feminist, educator, entrepreneur and diplomat.

The Frederick Douglass 200 is a project to honor the impact of 200 living individuals who best embody the work and spirit of Douglass across those areas where he had such an impact - abolitionist, politician, writer, feminist, educator, entrepreneur and diplomat.

The FD200 has been curated and compiled by the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives and the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University in Washington DC, and the Guardian is pleased to partner with them to publish this list. Each week, between now and November, we will publish a list of 10 new people who have joined the FD200. All awardees will be honored at the Library of Congress in Washington DC on Douglass's next birthday, February 14, 2019.”

Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Jeff Chang have both been selected to be part of the FD200! Please follow the link above to see the full list.

Jessica Spivey
ZORA AND ME: THE CURSED GROUND by T.R. Simon - Shelf Awareness Starred Review

Shelf Awareness | September 25, 2018

“This stunning sequel to Zora and Me is a fictionalized mystery based on Zora Neale Hurston's childhood and includes a biography of Hurston as well as a timeline of her life. T.R. Simon's writing does elegant justice to the grownup Hurston's genius as a writer as well as to the character she apparently was as a child. Readers should be profoundly moved by Carrie and Zora's coming-of-age revelations: ‘No matter how long I lived,’ Carrie says, ‘the hate white folks could have toward us would never make sense to me.’ And, as the ‘town conjure woman’ says, ‘Slavery is over, but tonight you saw how it still haunts us.’”

Click the link above to read the full review!


Jessica Spivey
PUMPKINHEADS by Rainbow Rowell and illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks - Cover Reveal

Entertainment Weekly | September 14, 2018

“The star YA author of Eleanor & Park and others is prepping for the release of her debut graphic novel, Pumpkinheads, illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl), a veteran of the comics world. Together they’ve crafted a rom-com about two high-school coworkers finding love on their last night of working the local pumpkin patch, set to be published in fall 2019.”

Follow the link above to read the full article and see the amazing cover!


Jessica Spivey
ZORA AND ME: THE CURSED GROUND by T.R. Simon - The Horn Book Starred Review

The Horn Book | September 4, 2018

"Simon keeps the plot moving briskly and sustains suspense even as she folds in truly profound, timely, and important themes; and one of the things Zora and Carrie have learned by book’s end is that 'history wasn’t something you read in a book. It was everything your life stood on.'”

Follow the link above to read the full starred review of Zora and Me: The Cursed Ground!


Jessica Spivey
PIECES OF HER by Karin Slaughter - USA Today "5 new books not to miss this week, including Karin Slaughter's thriller, 'Pieces of Her'"

USA Today | August 19, 2018

USA TODAY included Karin Slaughter's latest thriller, Pieces of Her, in a round-up of the 5 new books not to miss! 

"What it’s about: After a seemingly mild-mannered woman stops a killer during a mall shooting and then disappears, her daughter discovers that her mother has a secret past identity.

The buzz: Slaughter’s thriller The Good Daughter hit No. 3 on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list a year ago."


Jessica Spivey
AFTER THE FLOOD by Kassandra Montag - Variety "Chernin Entertainment Ups David Ready to Exec VP of Film and Television"

Variety | August 16, 2018

"Ready’s promotion comes on the heels of a busy 18 months, in which he produced the films “The Mountain Between Us” and “Red Sparrow,” as well as the upcoming “Tolkien.” In May, Ready played a key role in acquiring Kassandra Montag’s “After the Flood,” on which Chernin partnered to produce with Margot Robbie and her LuckyChap production banner."

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Jessica Spivey
AFTER THE FLOOD by Kassandra Montag - Deadline Hollywood "Chernin Entertainment Promotes David Ready to Exec Veep Film & Television"

Deadline Hollywood | August 16, 2018

"Ready’s promotion comes on the heels of a busy 18 months, in which he produced The Mountain Between Us and Red Sparrow, as well as the upcoming Tolkien. In May, Ready played a key role in acquiring Kassandra Montag’s After the Flood, on which Chernin partnered to produce with Margot Robbie and her LuckyChap production banner."

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Jessica Spivey
PIECES OF HER by Karin Slaughter - Washington Post "Shots ring out, and a daughter's world is forever changed in 'Pieces of Her'"

Washington Post | August 16, 2018

"'If it doesn’t begin, ‘A shot rang out,’ ' Kingsley Amis once declared, 'I don’t want to read it.' Had Amis been patient with Karin Slaughter’s big — and timely — thriller "Pieces of Her" he would have been well rewarded. The novel’s first line lacks gunfire but whizzing bullets — hailstorms of them — are just over the narrative horizon."

Follow the link above to read the full review!


Jessica Spivey
Entertainment Weekly - "Hollywood is finally catching up to Karin Slaughter"

Entertainment Weekly | August 14, 2018

"She’d given up on the movies. Author Karin Slaughter may have seemed an ideal fit for adaptations, given the addictive nature and sheer popularity of her work, which has sold more than 35 million copies worldwide. But for 17 years, she was told her novels were 'too female-centric' by producers and execs, and eventually she stopped trying to get them on screen. 'I was just so disillusioned,' she says.

Then, as if with a snap of the fingers, everything changed."

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Jessica Spivey
PIECES OF HER by Karin Slaughter - Parade "Watch: Sneak Peek from Karin Slaughter's 'Pieces of Her'"

Parade | August 14, 2018

"The wait is almost over for Karin Slaughter fans–her next novel, Pieces of Her(William Morrow), which tells the story of a daughter unraveling her mother’s hidden past after she sees her stop a killer in his tracks, is out on August 21. Take your place on the edge of your seat—with the lights on—and check out this video teaser."

Click the link above to see the video trailer for Pieces of Her!


Jessica Spivey