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Sarah Norris

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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Unrivaled Devotion

Emily Giffin’s new novel explores one woman’s love of football—and her best friend’s father

June 3, 2014 The One & Only, the seventh novel by bestselling author Emily Giffin, focuses on Shea Rigsby, a thirty-something living in fictional Walker, Texas, where life revolves around the local college football team. Shea’s world is turned upside down when she must choose between her best friend and her romantic feelings for her best friend’s father. Giffin will discuss The One & Only at the Nashville Public Library on June 9, 2014, at 6:15 p.m. The event, part of the Salon@615 series, is free and open to the public.

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A Comedy of Vices

In her fourth memoir, comedian Chelsea Handler recounts her visits to far-flung destinations, making fun of everything along the way

May 14, 2014 Uganda Be Kidding Me is the fourth memoir by Chelsea Handler, comedian and (until recently) host of the late-night talk show, Chelsea Lately. The new book offers exuberant accounts of Handler’s exotic travels, along with a healthy dose of Handler’s First World problems (like feeling fat in Botswana), and is rife with the comedian’s trademark R-rated humor. Chelsea Handler will appear at Peter Nappi in Nashville on May 17, 2014, at 2 p.m.

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