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Sarah Norris

Killer Aim

Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta is back in Patricia Cornwell’s newest novel, Flesh and Blood

November 25, 2014 Flesh and Blood is Patricia Cornwell’s twenty-second novel featuring medical examiner Kay Scarpetta. Since the series began, with the 1990 publication of Postmortem, Cornwell’s books have sold more than 100 million copies in 120 countries, and fans will be glad to know that Flesh and Blood includes the same core cast of characters they have come to know and love.

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Endangered Magic

The Magician’s Land marks the grand finale of Lev Grossman’s bestselling trilogy

October 2, 2014 So much of what’s appealing about Lev Grossman is on display in the 400-plus fantastical pages of The Magician’s Land: his easy way with grandly deployed plotlines, his nuanced attention to the ways men and women communicate (or fail to), and his taut pacing. Lev Grossman will discuss the final volume in his fantasy trilogy at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 10-12, 2014. All festival events are free and open to the public.

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Leaving the Maid to Clean up the Mess

Ariel Lawhon’s debut novel reveals a plummy, pernicious mystery

July 23, 2014 The Wife, The Maid, and The Mistress, the debut novel by Nashville resident Ariel Lawhon, revisits the real-life mystery surrounding the 1930 disappearance of New York Supreme Court judge Joseph Crater. Ariel Lawhon will appear at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville October 10-12, 2014. All festival events are free and open to the public.

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Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes is a comedy, family drama, and unexpected romance of happy accidents

July 10, 2014 In One Plus One, the new novel by British author Jojo Moyes, a surprising romance is set into motion by a series of mistakes. On the surface, Jess and Ed share nothing but the fact that Jess regularly visits Ed’s vacation home in order to clean it, but over the course of a hilarious, foul-smelling car trip, romantic mayhem ensues. Moyes will discuss One Plus One at Parnassus Books in Nashville on July 18, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.

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Against All Odds

A new epistolary memoir captures the love story of former death-row inmate Damien Echols and his wife, Lorri Davis

June 23, 2014 To create their new epistolary memoir, Yours for Eternity: A Love Story on Death Row, Damien Echols and Lorri Davis revisited the thousands of letters they exchanged between 1996 and 2011 while Echols was imprisoned as one of the falsely accused West Memphis Three.

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Rewired for Love

Now out in paperback, Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project is an exuberant romantic comedy

June 17, 2014 In The Rosie Project by Australian novelist Graeme Simsion, Don Tillman launches a campaign to find a wife. A genetics professor who’s never been in love, Don prepares an exhaustive questionnaire designed to exclude all women who offend his sense of logic. Then he meets the chaotic Rosie Jarman. Simsion will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 22, 2014, at 2 p.m.

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