2011 Summer Okra Picks
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The Okra Picks, 2011 Summer Edition:
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The Art of Saying Goodbye | The Fine Art of Insincerity | A Good Hard Look | Groove Interrupted | Hourglass | The Iron House | The Orchard | Paradise Dogs | The Reservoir | Silver Sparrow | A Small Hotel | Where Things Come Back | You Believers

The Art of Saying Goodbye

The Art of Saying Goodbye by Ellyn Bache
William Morrow  Paperbacks
Publication Date: June 07, 2011
Paperback | $13.99 | 352 pages

Website: http://ellynbache.com/art-of-saying-goodbye/

Excerpt: http://ellynbache.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/excerpt_ellynbache.pdf

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ellynbache1?sk=wall

Blog: http://ellynbache.com/autobiography-or-not/

Review: New York Journal of Books: http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/review/art-saying-goodbye-novel

The Fine Art of Insincerity

The Fine Art of Insincerity by Angela Hunt
Howard Books
Publication Date: May 3, 2011
Fiction | $14.99 | 302 pages

Website: http://www.angelahuntbooks.com/html/coming_soon.html

Book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsNku7BuAGM&feature=player_embedded

Author photos: http://www.angelahuntbooks.com/html/photos.html

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Angela-Hunt-Novelist/150579214980025

Publisher page: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Fine-Art-of-Insincerity/Angela-Hunt/9781439182031

Reading group guide: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Fine-Art-of-Insincerity/Angela-Hunt/9781439182031/reading_group_guide

Excerpt: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Fine-Art-of-Insincerity/Angela-Hunt/9781439182031/excerpt/1

A Good Hard Look

A Good Hard Look by Ann Napolitano
Penguin Press
Publication Date: July 7, 2011
Hardcover | $24.99

Website: http://annnapolitano.com/a-good-hard-look/

Reviews: http://annnapolitano.com/a-good-hard-look/#content2

Excerpt: http://annnapolitano.com/a-good-hard-look-excerpt/#content2

Reading group guide: http://annnapolitano.com/a-good-hard-look-readers-guide/#content2

twitter: http://twitter.com/napolitanoann

Publishers Weekly review: http://reviews.publishersweekly.com/978-1-59420-292-6

Publisher page


Groove Interrupted

Groove Interrupted: Loss, Renewal, and the Music of New Orleans by Keith Spera
St. Martins Press
Publication Date: August 2011
9780312552251 | $ 26.99 hardcover

Kirkus Reviews: http://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/non-fiction/keith-spera/groove-interrupted/

Publisher page: http://us.macmillan.com/grooveinterrupted

High res image: http://jacketupload.macmillanusa.com/jackets/high_res/jpgs/9780312552251.jpg

Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Egmont USA
Publication Date: June 14, 2011
Hardcover |400 pages | $17.99

Myra McEntire’s Blog

Myra / Hourglass on Facebook

Myra McEntire on Twitter

Hourglass Book Trailer

Iron House
Iron House by John Hart
Thomas Dunne Books
Publication Date: July 12, 2011
Hardcover |432 pages | $25.99

Website: http://www.johnhartfiction.com/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/JohnHartAuthor

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/johnhartauthor

Author photos: http://johnhartfiction.com/?page_id=48

Book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZLd-Trjt-o

Publisher page: http://us.macmillan.com/ironhouse

High res jacket image: http://jacketupload.macmillanusa.com/jackets/high_res/jpgs/9780312380342.jpg

The OrchardThe Orchard by Jeffrey Stepakoff
Thomas Dunne Books
Publication Date: July 5, 2011
hardcover | 304 pages | $22.99

Publisher page: http://us.macmillan.com/theorchard

High res book jacket: http://jacketupload.macmillanusa.com/jackets/high_res/jpgs/9780312581596.jpg

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JeffreyStepakoff

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/jeffstepakoff

Feathered Quill review: http://www.featheredquill.com/reviews/romance/stepakoff2.shtml

Publishers Weekley review: http://reviews.publishersweekly.com/978-0-312-58159-6

Paradise Dogs Paradise Dogs by Man Martin

Thomas Dunne Books
Publication Date: June 7, 2011
hardcover | 320 pages | $25.99

Man Martin's blog: http://manmartin.blogspot.com/

Website: http://www.manmartin.net/media.htm

Reader's guide: http://www.manmartin.net/bookclubs.htm

The ReservoirThe Reservoir by John Milliken Thompson

Other Press
Publication Date: June 21, 2011
paperback | 368 pages | $15.95

Website: http://johnmillikenthompson.com/books/reservoir

Twitter: http://twitter.com/john_milliken_t

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thereservoirnovel

Reviews: http://johnmillikenthompson.com/reviews/

Excerpt: http://johnmillikenthompson.com/resources/excerpt

Slideshow: http://johnmillikenthompson.com/resources/slideshow

Reading Group guide: http://johnmillikenthompson.com/resources/reading-group-guide

Publishers Weekly review: http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-59051-444-3

Book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isF__tGCfpM

Author Interview: http://www.otherpress.com/news/bea-preview-john-milliken-thompson

Silver SparrowSilver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication Date: May 24, 2011
hardcover | 340 pages | $19.95

Blog: http://www.tayarijones.com/blog

Website: http://www.tayarijones.com/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tayari

Reader's guide: http://www.tayarijones.com/reader/SilverSparrow_reader.pdf

Publisher page: http://www.algonquinbooksblog.com/blog/publication-day-silver-sparrow-by-tayari-jones/

NPR Review: http://www.npr.org/2011/05/19/136466056/silver-sparrow-tayari-joness-tale-of-secret-sisters

Excerpt: http://www.scribd.com/doc/51479619/Excerpt-From-Silver-Sparrow-by-Tayari-Jones

Washington Post review: http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/book-review-silver-sparrow-by-tayari-jones/2011/05/12/AGoGtzEH_story.html

Seattle Times review: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/books/2015227397_br06sparrow.html

Atlanta Journal-Constitution review: http://blogs.ajc.com/arts-culture/2011/05/31/silver-sparrow-by-tayari-jones/

A Small HotelA Small Hotel by Robert Olen Butler

Grove Press
Publication Date: August 6, 2011
hardcover | 256 pages | $24

Publisher page: http://www.groveatlantic.com/grove/bin/wc.dll?groveproc~genauth~1555~5687~DESC

Excerpt: http://www.groveatlantic.com/grove/bin/wc.dll?groveproc~genauth~1555~5687~EXCERPT

Author Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Olen_Butler

Author Interview: http://www.storyinliteraryfiction.com/interviews/butler-robert-olen-interview/

Inside Creative Writing: http://www.fsu.edu/~butler/

Publishers Weekly review: http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-8021-1987-2

Where Things Come Back
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
Athenaeum Books
Publication Date: May 3, 2011
hardcover | 228 pages | $16.99

“A very interesting read…John Corey Whaley got the ivory billed woodpecker fever right on.” --Mary Gay Shipley, That Bookstore in Blytheville, Arkansas

Website: http://www.johncoreywhaley.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/John-Corey-Whaley/330384472829

Twitter: http://twitter.com/corey_whaley

Publishers Weekly review: http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-4424-1333-7

Publisher page: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Where-Things-Come-Back/John-Corey-Whaley/9781442413337

Excerpt: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Where-Things-Come-Back/John-Corey-Whaley/9781442413337/excerpt

You BelieversYou Believers by Jane Bradley
Unbridled Books
Publication Date: May 3, 2011
hardcover | 406 pages | $25.95

You Believers is a damn good read. It has all the elements that keep the reader glued to the seat, ignoring pressing obligations—well-drawn, intriguing characters, sweaty palms-suspenseful scenes, dark humor, and poignant sorrow.  This story lingers with the reader long after the book is closed, and returns again and again with every “Missing” headline.
 Laura DeVault, Over the Moon Bookstore & Artisan Gallery,  Crozet, VA

Community United Effort at the National Center for Missing Adults and Children: http://www.ncmissingpersons.org/
( Ten percent of author proceeds from the novel are donated to CUE. )

Author website: http://www.janebradley.net/

Author essay: http://www.janebradley.net/ybessay.html

Publisher page: http://unbridledbooks.com/our_books/book/you_believers/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/youbelievers

Plain Dealer review: http://www.cleveland.com/books/index.ssf/2011/05/jane_bradleys_you_believers_a.html