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July is National Ice Cream Month

It's mid-summer and the temperatures are steamy - what better time to consider ice cream?

The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman

icecreamqueenIn 1913, little Malka Treynovsky flees Russia with her family. Bedazzled by tales of gold and movie stardom, she tricks them into buying tickets for America. Yet no sooner do they land on the squalid Lower East Side of Manhattan, than Malka is crippled and abandoned in the street. Taken in by a tough-loving Italian ices peddler, she manages to survive through cunning and inventiveness. As she learns the secrets of his trade, she begins to shape her own destiny. She falls in love with a gorgeous, illiterate radical named Albert, and they set off across America in an ice cream truck. Slowly, she transforms herself into Lillian Dunkle, "The Ice Cream Queen" -- matriarch of an empire of ice cream franchises and a celebrated television personality. Lillian's rise to fame and fortune spans seventy years and is inextricably linked to the course of American history itself, from Prohibition to the disco days of Studio 54. Yet Lillian Dunkle is nothing like the whimsical motherly persona she crafts for herself in the media. Conniving, profane, and irreverent, she is a supremely complex woman who prefers a good stiff drink to an ice cream cone . And when her past begins to catch up with her, everything she has spent her life building is at stake. " (Author) Gilman's numerous strengths are showcased, such as character-driven narrative, a ready sense of wit, and a rich historical canvas, in this case based on the unlikely subject of the 20th-century American ice cream industry." (Publishers Weekly).




Forever and a Day by Anthony Horowitz

foreverandadayAnthony Horowitz, with the authorization of Ian Fleming's estate, has written his second James Bond novel, a prequel to the very first Bond adventure, Casino Royale (1952) which introduced the charismatic character. Bond, the ever-cool spy, has outlasted all that Cold War espionage and now confronts global terrorism and other threats to the civilized world. Fleming's novels, eleven written between 1952 and 1966, were very successful and the character of Bond has become part of our popular culture. (We all know how he likes his martinis.) After Fleming's death his estate contracted with other writers to continue the franchise. Raymond Benson, John Gardner, Kingsley Amis, Sebastian Faulks, Jeffrey Deaverr, and William Boyd have all written James Bond novels. Horowitz's first James Bond novel, Trigger Mortis, was published in 2015. In the new novel, Horowitz invents "what might have been Bond's first mission," and explores " some of the forces that might have turned him into the iconic figure that the whole world knows."




And the Winner is .... The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje


55574 v1 197xThis special one-off award to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Man Booker Literary Prize in 2018 crowns the best work of fiction from the last five decades of the prize, as chosen by five judges and then voted for by the public.The winner was announced at the Man Booker 50 Festival in Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre in London this past weekend. All 51 books that have received a Man Booker Prize were considered by the judges, each of whom chose a specific book to represent one of the past five decades, before a month-long public vote on the Man Booker website was held to pick the winning novel. Baroness Helena Kennedy, chair of the Booker Prize Foundation described The English Patient, the story of an injured, anonymous English WWII pilot and his Italian nurse, as “a compelling work of fiction—both poetic and philosophical—and is a worthy winner of the Golden Man Booker.” Kennedy noted that all 51 Man Booker Prize winners remain in print, adding, “ I’m confident that this special book, chosen by the public, will continue to stand the test of time and delight new readers for many more years to come.”






Actress and producer Reese Witherspoon founded her book club, Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine, in 2016, as a multi-media platform to highlight reesestories by and about women. Hello Sunshine's stated mission is to change the narrative for women by discovering content that celebrates women and puts them at the center of the story. Not only does Witherspoon choose a book each month for her followers to read, she develops and produces projects to be shared via film, television, audio, website, newsletter, and social and digital channels - whichever platform she and her Hello Sunshine production partners  think best honors the story being told. Visitors to the website will find book discussions, author interviews, podcasts and more. While not yet the size of Oprah's Book Club, Witherspoon's venture is proving to be an influential media marketing force for books and films like Gone Girl and Big Little Lies.

Reese's July Book PIck: Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

nextyearCleeton, the daughter of Cuban immingrants, drew on her own family's history of the exodus from Cuba after the revolution. The story centers on two women, decades apart, both drawn to the beauty of Cuba. In 1958 Havana, nineteen-year-old Elisa Perez is the daughter of a sugar baron and part of Cuba's high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country's growing political unrest - until she embarks on a clandestine affair with a passionate revolutionary. Years later, in Miami, writer Marisol Ferrera relishes the romantic stories of Cuba told by her grandmother Elisa, who was forced to flee with her family during the revolution. After Elisa's death, Marisol attempts to honor her grandmothers' last wish: that her ashes be scattered in the country of her birth. "Parallel tales of passion and romance crash against rigid family expectations, wartime violence, and political barriers. These two women, pampered Elisa and independent Marisol, tell their stories of star-crossed love with genuine emotional intensity." (Booklist). "It’s a beautiful novel that’s full of forbidden passions, family secrets and a lot of courage and sacrifice,” Witherspoon adds.






Harlan Ellison (1934-2018)

bloodsaroverProlific and provocative science fiction author Harlan Ellison passed away Thursday at the age of 84. While recognized and LDN L ELLISONrevered for his writing chops, which included over 50 novels and more than 1,700 short stories, as well as scripts for classic television shows like The Outer Limits and Star Trek, and movie adaptations like A Boy and His Dog, he was also known for his pugnacious personality (he described himself as "bellicose"). Ellison took on publishers, Hollywood studios and directors, TV producers, and even his agents and editors, all in the defense and protection of his artistic vision and share of the profits. His many feuds and lawsuits forced the entertainment industry to acknowledge the contributions of writers to their projects. His science fiction writing pushed the boundaries of the genre, using the framework of space and technology to explore dark moral themes. He was rewarded with multiple literary awards: 8 Hugo Awards, 4 Nebula Awards, 5 Bram Stoker Awards, 2 Edgar Awards, 2 World Fantasy Awards.The Science Fiction Writers of America named him its 23rd Grand Master of fantasy and science fiction in 2006 and he ws inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2011. HIs latest book, Blood's A Rover will be released on June 30. As Stephen King tweeted yesterday: "Harlan Ellison: There was no one quite like him in American letters, and never will be. Angry, funny, eloquent, hugely talented. If there's an afterlife, Harlan is already kicking ass and taking down names."