Friday Favorites | Favorite Urban Fantasy

June 7, 2019 Bonnie Friday Favorites 4 Comments

I tend to stick with five for my Friday Favorite posts, but trying to come up with only five urban fantasy favorites was damn near impossible being that it’s one of my most read genres. I stuck with series in general, (even it’s not yet “complete”), rather than individual books to make it easier on myself.

The Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews
I’m a huge fan of Ilona Andrews in general (their Kate Daniels series, The Edge series, and oh man… Hidden Legacy) but there is something so thoroughly fresh and enjoyable about their Innkeeper Chronicles.

The October Daye Series by Seanan McGuire
It always makes me laugh when I remember that I once DNF’d Rosemary and Rue and here I am today willing to donate an organ for book 13.

The Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones
Charley Davidson is one of the funniest damn characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. This series didn’t end on the highest note for me but these still remain memorable simply because of all the laughs.

The Arcadia Bell Series by Jenn Bennett
This series holds a very special place in my heart because book 4 contains my first ever printed blurb. ❤

The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning
This was one of the very first Urban Fantasy series that got me obsessed with the genre. I had never heard of these books or the author before I joined Goodreads because apparently pre-Goodreads I just read a bunch of random shit (true story) and while the latter installments have gone a bit off the rails, I still love these damn books.

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Audiobook Sync 2019: Week 7 Titles | An Enemy of the People and A Girl Like That (June 6 – June 13)

June 6, 2019 Bonnie Sync 0 Comments

A new week of free audiobooks! Be sure to sign up for email and/or text alerts at Audiobook Sync to remind you when new titles are available. The audiobooks can be downloaded onto your computer and easily transferred to your smartphone for easy listening — and remember that these audiobooks are yours to keep! In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

Each audiobook will be available for you to download onto your computer and/or mobile device for one week. The files are available from Thursday morning 7am Eastern Time until the following Thursday morning at 7am Eastern time when the new audiobook titles become available. You may download more than once if you have more than one device. When you have downloaded the MP3 files they are yours to keep.

An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, Rebecca Lenkiewicz | Read by Rosalind Ayres, Gregory Harrison, Richard Kind, Alan Mandell, Jon Matthews, Alan Shearman, Josh Stamberg, Emily Swallow, Tom Virtue, Sam Boeck, Julia Coulter, Jeff Gardner, William Hickman, Adam Mondschein
Published by L.A. Theatre Works 
| Download available here!

When a small town relies on tourists flocking to its baths, will a report of dangerously polluted waters be enough to shut them down? Henrik Ibsen weighs the cost of public health versus a town’s livelihood in An Enemy of the People. Adapted by Rebecca Lenkiewicz. An L.A. Theatre Works full cast recording featuring: Rosalind Ayres as Catherine Stockman Gregory Harrison as Peter Stockman Richard Kind as Dr. Thomas Stockman Alan Mandell as Morten Kill Alan Shearman as Captain Horster Jon Matthews as Billing Josh Stamberg as Hovstad Emily Swallow as Petra Tom Virtue as Aslaksen Additional voices by Sam Boeck, William Hickman, Adam Mondschein, Julia Coulter, and Jeff Gardner. Includes an interview about the Deepwater Horizon, man-made environmental disasters, climate change, and the state of the world’s water supply with Joel K. Bourne Jr., former senior environment writer for National Geographic. Directed by Martin Jarvis. Recorded in Los Angeles before a live audience at The James Bridges Theater, UCLA in April of 2014. An Enemy of the People is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, bridging science and the arts in the modern world.

A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena | Read by Firdous Bamji, Neil Shah, Soneela Nankani, Lameece Issaq
Published by Recorded Books
 | Download available here!

In this young adult debut set in Saudi Arabia, where the law forbids romantic relationships outside of marriage, two teens fall in love, with tragic consequences. Sixteen-year-old Zarin Wadia is many things: an Indian girl, a bright and vivacious student, an orphan, a troublemaker whose romantic entanglements are the subject of endless gossip among the girls in her school. “You don’t want to get involved with a girl like that,” they say. So how is it that Porus, a Parsi boy, has only ever had eyes for her? And how did Zarin and Porus end up dead in a car together, crashed on the side of the highway in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia? When the religious police arrive, everything everyone thought they knew about Zarin is called into question.

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Waiting on Wednesday – The Unkindest Tide (October Daye #13) by Seanan McGuire

June 5, 2019 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 8 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – The Unkindest Tide (October Daye #13) by Seanan McGuireThe Unkindest Tide by Seanan McGuire
Series: October Daye #13
Published by DAW on September 3, 2019
Pages: 368
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Indexing, Rosemary and Rue, A Local Habitation

Hundreds of years ago, the Selkies made a deal with the sea witch: they would have the sea for as long as she allowed it, and when the time came, she would call in all their debts at once. Many people assumed that day would never come. Those people were wrong.

When the Luidaeg—October "Toby" Daye's oldest and most dangerous ally—tells her the time has come for the Selkies to fulfill their side of the bargain, and that Toby must be a part of the process, Toby can't refuse. Literally. The Selkies aren't the only ones in debt to the Luidaeg, and Toby has to pay what she owes like anyone else. They will travel to the fabled Duchy of Ships and call a convocation of the Selkies, telling them to come and meet the Luidaeg's price...or face the consequences.

Of course, nothing is that simple. When Dianda Lorden's brother appears to arrest Dianda for treason against the Undersea, when a Selkie woman is stripped of her skin and then murdered, when everything is falling apart, that's when Toby will have to answer the real question of the hour.

Is she going to sink? Or is she going to swim?

About Seanan McGuire

Seanan is the author of the October Daye urban fantasies, the InCryptid urban fantasies, and several other works both stand-alone and in trilogies or duologies. In case that wasn't enough, she also writes under the pseudonym "Mira Grant." For details on her work as Mira, check out MiraGrant.com.

Seanan lives in a creaky old farmhouse in Northern California, which she shares with her cats, Alice and Thomas, a vast collection of creepy dolls and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard. She has strongly-held and oft-expressed beliefs about the origins of the Black Death, the X-Men, and the need for chainsaws in daily life.

Aw, yes! Lucky number 13.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Police Procedural Favorites

June 4, 2019 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 4 Comments


When I was a teenager, I read a lot of police procedural novels. This segued into a love of mysteries in general, but police procedurals were my jam because I harbored dreams of one day being an FBI agent or a forensic scientist… I would have even settled for a private investigator. Basically, just your average badass that puts bad guys away. While my life has not gone as planned, and I don’t read nearly as many mysteries as I used to, I still have a deep love for police procedurals and really oughta incorporate them more into my reading. These are some of my favorites from over the years.

The Coffin Dancer (Lincoln Rhyme #2) by Jeffery Deaver
The Last Policeman (The Last Policeman #1) by Ben H. Winters
The Dry (Aaron Falk #1) by Jane Harper
The Face Of Deception (Eve Duncan #1) by Iris Johansen
Mayhem (Dr. Thomas Bond #1) by Sarah Pinborough

Blindsighted (Grant County #1) by Karin Slaughter
The Child Finder (Naomi Cottle #1) by Rene Denfeld
The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars #1) by Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham
The House of Silk (Sherlock Holmes #1) by Anthony Horowitz
The Power of the Dog (Power of the Dog #1) by Don Winslow

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of June 3rd, 2019

June 3, 2019 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

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Week of June 3rd, 2019

Spine of the Dragon (Wake the Dragon #1) by Kevin J. Anderson
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Tor Books

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Tor Books

Five Midnights by Ann Dávila Cardinal
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Tor Teen

The Modern Faerie Tales: Tithe; Valiant; Ironside by Holly Black
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Fall, Or Dodge in Hell: A Novel by Neal Stephenson
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by William Morrow

Above the Ether: A Novel by Eric Barnes
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Arcade

The Fire Opal Mechanism (Gemworld #2) by Fran Wilde
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Tor.com

The Beyond (Devil’s Isle #4) by Chloe Neill
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Berkley Books

Rotherweird (Rotherweird #1) by Andrew Caldecott
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Jo Fletcher Books

Fray (The Unraveled Kingdom #2) by Rowenna Miller
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Orbit

Wolf Rain (Psy-Changeling Trinity #3) by Nalini Singh
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Berkley

Unraveling by Karen Lord
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Daw Books

The Sentence is Death (Hawthorne #2) by Anthony Horowitz
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Harper

Among the Lost by Emiliano Monge
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Scribe US

We Were Killers Once: A Thriller (Brigid Quinn #4) by Becky Masterman
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Minotaur Books

The Shallows (Nils Shapiro #3) by Matt Goldman
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Forge

Next of Kin (Janet Moodie #3) by L.F. Robertson
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Titan Books

Unsolved (Invisible #2) by James Patterson & David Ellis
Expected publication: June 3rd 2019 by Little, Brown and Company

Just One Bite by Jack Heath
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Hanover Square Press

The Body in the Castle Well (Bruno, Chief of Police #12) by Martin Walker
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Knopf Publishing Group

Rogue Strike (Jake Keller #2) by David Ricciardi
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Berkley Books

A Long Way Down (Ryan DeMarco Mystery #3) by Randall Silvis
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Sourcebooks Landmark

This Storm (Second L.A. Quartet #2) by James Ellroy
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Knopf

The Right Sort of Man by Allison Montclair
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Minotaur Books

Murder in Bel-Air (Aimee Leduc Investigations #19) by Cara Black
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Soho Crime

Death in Kew Gardens (Kat Holloway Mysteries #3) by Jennifer Ashley
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Berkley Books

The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes: The Greatest Detective Stories: 1837-1914 by Graeme Davis
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Pegasus Books

Out Stealing Horses: A Novel by Per Petterson
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Graywolf Press

The Electric Hotel by Dominic Smith
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Sarah Crichton Books

The Summer Country: A Novel by Lauren Willig
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by William Morrow

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Riverhead

In West Mills by De’Shawn Charles Winslow
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing

The Great Eastern by Howard Rodman
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Melville House

Montauk by Nicola Harrison
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Berkley Books

Summer Hours by Amy Mason Doan
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Graydon House

The Unbreakables: A Novel by Lisa Barr
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Harper Paperbacks

All the Lost Things: A Novel by Michelle Sacks
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Little, Brown and Company

Dual Citizens by Alix Ohlin
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Knopf Publishing Group

Searching for Sylvie Lee: A Novel by Jean Kwok
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by William Morrow

My Life as a Rat: A Novel by Joyce Carol Oates
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Ecco

The Lost Letters of William Woolf by Helen Cullen
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Graydon House

The Book of Wonders by Julien Sandrel
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Quercus

The Favorite Daughter by Patti Callahan Henry
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Berkley Books

The Friends We Keep by Jane Green
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Berkley Books

Donna Has Left the Building by Susan Jane Gilman
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Grand Central Publishing

The Summer We Lost Her by Tish Cohen
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Gallery/Scout Press

In at the Deep End by Kate Davies
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Patsy by Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Liveright

Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Tin House Books

The Bobcat by Katherine Forbes Riley
Expected publication: June 5th 2019 by Skyhorse Publishing

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Penguin Press

The Golden Thread: The Cold War Mystery Surrounding the Death of Dag Hammarskjöld by Ravi Somaiya
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Twelve

Bullets and Opium: Real-Life Stories of China After the Tiananmen Square Massacre by Liao Yiwu
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Atria Books

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Friday Favorites | Favorite Classics

May 31, 2019 Bonnie Friday Favorites 2 Comments


I apparently went to a school with a poor literary program because when discussing with others assigned reading in school, I read very few. I’ve spent my adult years chipping away at that backlist and finally getting those standard books read… better late than never right?

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
If someone were to ask me my favorite classic ever, I’d likely say this one. It was such a powerful and emotional tale that it left my heart in tatters.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
This would be the runner-up for all-time favorite classic even though this one is a very hard read. Reading the physical copy, I can’t say that I would have had the same experience as I did from listening to this on audio because of the fictional language that Burgess created. It was still hard to follow the meanings of these words, but it was far easier by listening.

Animal Farm by George Orwell
I KNOW. Who didn’t read Animal Farm in high school? This guy. I did read 1984 in school at least, which is another one of my favorites.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
For the most part, listening to classics is the key to being able to really connect with these stories. Fahrenheit is the exception. I listened to the audio version narrated by Stephen Hoye back in 2011 and I was left unimpressed. I reread this in a physical copy last year and it left me with a completely different impression.

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
I listened to this one on BBC Radio 4 Extra because it was narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch and while it was a performance vs. the actual book it was still incredible.

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Audiobook Sync 2019: Week 6 Titles | The First Time She Drowned and Wild Bird (May 30 – June 6)

May 30, 2019 Bonnie Sync 1 Comment

A new week of free audiobooks! Be sure to sign up for email and/or text alerts at Audiobook Sync to remind you when new titles are available. The audiobooks can be downloaded onto your computer and easily transferred to your smartphone for easy listening — and remember that these audiobooks are yours to keep! In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

Each audiobook will be available for you to download onto your computer and/or mobile device for one week. The files are available from Thursday morning 7am Eastern Time until the following Thursday morning at 7am Eastern time when the new audiobook titles become available. You may download more than once if you have more than one device. When you have downloaded the MP3 files they are yours to keep.

Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen | Read by Alex McKenna
Published by Penguin Random House Audio/Listening Library 
| Download available here!

From the award-winning author of The Running Dream and Flipped comes a remarkable portrait of a girl who has hit rock bottom but begins a climb back to herself at a wilderness survival camp.

The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter | Read by Jorjeana Marie
Published by Penguin Random House Audio/Listening Library
 | Download available here!

Cassie O’Malley has spent the past two and a half years in a mental institution—dumped there by her mother, against her will. Now, at 18, Cassie emancipates herself, determined to start over. She attends college, forms new friendships, and even attempts to start fresh with her mother. But before long, their unhealthy relationship threatens to pull Cassie under once again. As Cassie struggles to reclaim her life, childhood memories persist and confuse, and Cassie must consider whose version of history is real, and more important, whose life she must save.

Happy listening!

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Waiting on Wednesday | Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-Goff

May 29, 2019 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 6 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday | Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-GoffLast Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-Goff
Published by Flatiron Books on August 27, 2019
Pages: 288
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
Format: Hardcover
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“Combines the spare poetry of The Road with the dizzying pace of 28 Days Later.Jennie Melamed, author Gather the Daughters“A riveting novel.” Eowyn Ivey, bestselling author of The Snow Child

Remember your just-in-cases. Beware tall buildings. Always have your knives.

Raised in isolation by her mother and Maeve on a small island off the coast of a post-apocalyptic Ireland, Orpen’s life has revolved around training to fight a threat she’s never seen. More and more she feels the call of the mainland, and the prospect of finding other survivors.

But that is where danger lies, too, in the form of the flesh-eating menace known as the skrake.

Then disaster strikes. Alone, pushing an unconscious Maeve in a wheelbarrow, Orpen decides her last hope is abandoning the safety of the island and journeying across the country to reach the legendary banshees, the rumored all-female fighting force that battles the skrake.

But the skrake are not the only threat…

Sarah Davis-Goff's Last Ones Left Alive is a brilliantly original imagining of a young woman's journey to discover her true identity.

About Sarah Davis-Goff

Sarah Davis-Goff's writing has been published in the Irish Times, the Guardian and LitHub. Last Ones Left Alive is her debut novel. She was born and lives in Dublin.

This can’t be right, but according to my Goodreads shelf, it’s been since November 2017 since I’ve read a zombie book? Who am I even?

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday | A Decade of Favorites

May 28, 2019 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 12 Comments

I’ve only been on Goodreads since 2011 so, fortunately, I didn’t have to completely rely on my memory to remember what books I read what year. Honestly, what did we do before Goodreads? It was so much fun to scroll through and look at what I’ve read the last decade but crazy to think how long it’s been since I’ve read certain titles. I pulled up my old End of Year surveys and it was interesting to see what I had picked as my favorite for the year and how I ended up changing some because some titles just resonate more with me to this day. 2011 was an awesome year of reading and was by far the hardest favorite to pick. Oddly enough, that was the year I joined Goodreads so that’s totally thanks to finding a whole slew of people I call friends and getting their amazing recommendations. Without further ado, these are my last decade of favorites.

2018: Foundryside (Founders #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett

2017: One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #3) by Ilona Andrews

2016: The Thief of Always by Clive Barker

2015: Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker

2014: The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

2013: The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock

2012: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

2011: The Collector by John Fowles

2010: Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

2009: The Wood Wife by Terri Windling

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of May 27th, 2019

May 27, 2019 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

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Week of May 27th, 2019

Lent by Jo Walton [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by Tor

The Red-Stained Wings (Lotus Kingdoms #2) by Elizabeth Bear [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by Tor Books

The Stiehl Assassin (The Fall of Shannara #3) by Terry Brooks [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by Del Rey

The Gameshouse (The Gameshouse #1-3) by Claire North [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by Orbit

Last Day by Domenica Ruta [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by Spiegel & Grau

Small Kingdoms and Other Stories by Charlaine Harris [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.

Time’s Demon (The Islevale Cycle #2) by D.B. Jackson
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by Angry Robot

Five Unicorn Flush (Space Unicorn #2) by T.J. Berry
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by Angry Robot

Dark Site (Sam Dryden #3) by Patrick Lee [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by Minotaur Books

Her Secret Son by Hannah Mary McKinnon [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by MIRA

Mine by Courtney Cole [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by Gallery Books

Keep You Close by Karen Cleveland [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by Ballantine Books

I’ll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 1st 2019 by Lake Union Publishing

Into the Jungle by Erica Ferencik [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by Gallery/Scout Press

Murder at Morrington Hall (A Stella and Lyndy Mystery #1) by Clara McKenna [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by Park Row

Clover Blue by Eldonna Edwards [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by A John Scognamiglio Book

A Rogue by Night (The Devils of Dover #3) by Kelly Bowen [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by Forever

The Flatshare: A Novel by Beth O’Leary [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by Flatiron Books

Passion on Park Avenue (Central Park Pact #1) by Lauren Layne [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by Gallery Books

Bridal Boot Camp (Little Bridge Island 0.5) by Meg Cabot [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by Avon Impulse

The Rosie Result (Don Tillman #3) by Graeme Simsion [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by Text Publishing Company

The Learning Curve by Mandy Berman [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by Random House

Queen Bee (Lowcountry Tales #12) by Dorothea Benton Frank [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by William Morrow

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by Scribner

Remembering Anthony Bourdain by CNN [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by Ecco

Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by Forge Books

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