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I Know You Know

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A podcast, a 20 year old murder, and an old friend who wants to know the truth, I Know You Know by Gilly Macmillan delves into Bristol where the man convicted of the murder of two young boys, Charlie and Scott, may not be the true killer. Many years have passed, and the convicted man is now dead, but the boys’ friend Cody won’t let their memory die with them.

In the age of Serial, Missing Richard Simmons, and My Favorite Murder, the idea of this story revolving heavily around a podcast really drew me in. Cody, the friend of the murdered boys, along with his wife, has returned to the town of his childhood to uncover the truth behind the murders. Although the killer had already been convicted, Cody doesn’t believe that the mentally challenged man sent to prison was the real murderer. He’s on a mission to find out what really went on behind the closed doors of the police station, and behind the dog track in which the little boys’ bodies were found.

Each chapter switches perspectives, but my favorite had to be the podcasts, as we learn more about what happened twenty years ago, and what changes have come, it really paints a clear picture that something corrupt happened, especially when one of the mother’s of the dead boys hires a man to stop Cody from finding out the truth.

Cody may be making people upset with his prying, but he’s doing his young friends, and even the convicted man, a favor by allowing the real answers to surface. The shock and awe of everyone involved is clear, but most of all you’ll be beside yourself. This book is pure gold, I loved every second of it, the mixture of medias really held the story together and made it flow perfectly, and the multiple narratives gave perspectives that we may not see in real life. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, one of the best I’ve read this year.

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The World’s Most Beautiful Bible

Magnificent bible that can be passed from generation to generation

If you ever had just one book… what book would it be? For most christians the answer is simple: it’s The Holy Bible. But what if the most important book of all this time could also be the most beautiful, sturdiest and important your family’s heirloom Bible? The one, which is passed from generation to generation: from you to your children and grandchildren.

Probably the most magnificent Bibles is Cassell’s Illustrated Family Bible, dated from 1840s-1860s, which is considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful King James Version Bibles ever published. With 1600 pages and more than 900 iconic illustrations and detailed maps, it had almost an encyclopedic value.

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Paulius Virbickas, entrepreneur and publisher who has published over 1000 booksfound this Bible sitting on a shelf, covered in dust, in an old antique bookstore. It seemed like it was just waiting for him patiently. As he slowly opened its cover and started carefully browsing through old pages, he immediately understood – this is it.

 

Together with his team Paulius devoted almost a year to painstakingly restore the magnificent graphic illustrations and decided to launch a Kickstarter campaign for The World’s Most Beautiful Bible. Just recently their Kickstarter has surpassed 100% funding and there are still some time left for those who want to get this magnificent bible.

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This is a majestic Bible that contains extensive commentaries in parallel columns, as well as a complete Concordance and a comprehensive Bible Dictionary:

 

  • The extraordinary Holy Bible is over 1600 pages long and dramatically oversized (9’’x11,88’’)
  • Original King James Version (KJV) – a translation that is so important, that it is considered to be a driving force in the shaping of the English-speaking world.
  • Embossed cover with gold finishing & gilded book edge.
  • Handmade solid wood box
  • All pages are printed on acid-neutral non-fading archival quality paper, sewn into binding to last long usage and could be open flat
  • 3 satin ribbons in black, red and gold to mark your favorite passages
  • Personalized cover with your family’s name
  • Printed and bound in Europe.

 

Creators of this project promosed produce 5 versions of The World’s Most Beautiful Bible+ 1 “stretch goal” version after they’ll reach $12 000 funding.

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Here are these 5 versions of The World’s Most Beautiful Bible:

 

  1. Personalized Limited Edition

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  1. Personalized CHRISTMAS SUPERSAVER Edition – The World’s Most Beautiful Illustrated Family Bible in a solid wood box

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  1. Deluxe AMBER Edition in Handmade Wooden Box From Reclaimed Oak + hand bind premium black Italian leather covers & genuine Baltic amber cross

 

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  1. Deluxe SILVER Edition in Handmade Wooden Box From Reclaimed Oak + hand bind premium Italian royal blue leather covers & silver cross

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5.  Deluxe GOLD Edition in Handmade Wooden Box From Reclaimed Oak + hand bind premium Italian burgundy leather covers & gold cross

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You can support this project and order one of the bibles, listed above here

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Lifesaving for Beginners

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Lifesaving for Beginners by Anne Edelstein gripped me up from the first page, when Anne tells of the day she found out her mother drowned off the Great Barrier Reef halfway around the world. What comes next is an emotional, wounded yet beautiful declaration of a life. Not only did Anne lose her mom, but her brother died by suicide years earlier, both of these tragic events shaped her, but the way that she was raised also led her down the path she found herself on.

Filled with illustrative writing, this memoir explores the ins and outs, ups and downs, and secrets of Anne’s life. Especially how her mother treated her as a child, and the vow she made to never treat her children the same way. Watching Anne come to terms with all of the grief she has experienced in her life was both heartbreaking and uplifting.

I think memoirs are some of the most powerful books to read, especially when the author can really get into your feelings and pull at your heartstrings. Anne does that perfectly well, this book will make you feel like you’re sitting down for a cup of coffee to listen to the stories of an old friend. I really enjoyed this book, the way it was written and the lessons learned were perfect. 5 out of 5 stars from me.

About Lifesaving for Beginners

Paperback: 225 pages
Publisher: Red Hen Press (November 7, 2017)

When Anne Edelstein was forty-two, her mother, a capable swimmer in good health, drowned while snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef. Caring for two small children of her own, Anne suddenly found herself grieving not only for her emotionally distant mother but also for her beloved younger brother Danny, who had killed himself violently over a decade before. She finds herself wrestling not only with the past and her familyís legacy of mental illness, but also with the emotional well-being of her children. Part memoir and part meditation on joy and grief, the book will resonate with anyone who has ever struggled to come to terms with their parents, their siblings, their children, and their place in the world.

Purchase Links

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Photo by Laura McPhee

About Anne Edelstein

Anne Edelstein has worked in the book publishing business for over 25 years, as an editor and then as a literary agent. She grew up in suburban New England as the eldest of three siblings. When she was 28 she lost her brother to suicide, and 15 years later her mother drowned at the age of 68. These two tragedies gave rise to Lifesaving for Beginners, which is her first book. She lives in New York with her husband, and spends part of each year in Barcelona. She enjoys drawing, reading, writing, and traveling, and is an avid swimmer.

Visit Anne at her website, anneedelstein.com, and connect with her on Facebook.

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The Dream Daughter

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One of my favorite authors has done it again! The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain was a story that I didn’t know I needed, one I wasn’t expecting, especially from this author, but I absolutely loved it, so much so that I was a little upset when it ended-I wanted to go on more of the journey with these characters. I seriously hope and pray that this book becomes a movie one day.

The story begins when Caroline is asked to help out a new patient at the hospital where she does physical therapy. This new patient seems depressed, one that no one else in the hospital really wants to deal with. When Caroline goes over to him, his entire demeanor changes, he’s smiling and ready to do the work. He claims that Caroline is someone that he remembers from a while ago, but doesn’t go into much more information than that.

Eventually this stranger turns into a family member when he marries Caroline, also known as Carly’s, sister. Hunter, the down and out stranger, is a physicist working during the1970’s, but there’s just something about him that seems off, a little bit like he knows more than he should.

When Carly becomes pregnant and finds out that her baby has a heart defect that could potentially end with the baby passing away, she would do anything to save her beloved daughter. That’s when Hunter drops the bombshell. He was actually born in 1988, and is from the future. His mother was a scientist who figured out time travel, and the reason he remembered her that day in the hospital was because she showed up at his house when he was a teenager, pregnant and getting help with her baby’s heart defect.

Of course, Carly doesn’t believe him at first, though the more she thinks about it, the more it seems true, he knows things he shouldn’t know, like Beatles songs that haven’t even come out yet, and eventually Hunter proves it to her undoubtedly. Soon Carly realizes that maybe she should take a leap of faith, and get the help that her daughter needs.

I won’t go into all the detail about the time travel, it’s too much to explain and I think it’s kind of fun to learn about it through Diane rather than me. Carly shoots back and forth through time, and has to make some seriously deep and scary decisions for herself and her baby girl.

I’m usually iffy about time travel books, because I’m a very logical person and find flaws in all types of situations that arise, but this book made it seem so simple, to the point where I wasn’t questioning it, I was just along for the ride. I loved every single aspect of this story. The characters made me fall in love, the plot was intense and breathtaking. Like I said, I didn’t want it to end. I truly think that everyone will love this book, even if you aren’t a fan of Diane Chamberlain, because this isn’t her typical novel. Read it and be spellbound! I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, my favorite of the year so far. It comes out today, so go pick it up!

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I Know My Name

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After a woman rushes ashore with no memory of who she is, where she is from, or how she got to this tiny island, she soon realizes that the people that rescued her may hold the key to her existence, and her survival. I Know My Name by C.J. Cooke is an interesting, yet flawed, novel that has good intentions and a perplexing story, but it needs some tweaking before I give it a better rating.

As we watch this woman, who we come to know as Eloise, try and remember who she is, the story jumps back and forth between her on the island, and her husband who is in London searching for her. Even though the multiple perspectives give a great inference into what is going on in this book, the constant jumping back and forth really gives you some whip lash.

Learning about Eloise, the people on the island, and Eloise’s husband was very intriguing. The characters in this story were all so unique, and their stories were interesting, just the fact that this story couldn’t sit still for more than a few pages really bothered me.

All in all, I give this book 3 out of 5 stars, if it had some reworking done to it, I could seat even being a 4 star novel.