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The Paris Secret

Natasha Lester

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Orphan comes an unforgettable historical novel about a secret collection of Dior gowns that ties back to the first female pilots of WWII and a heartbreaking story of love and sacrifice.

England, 1939: The Penrose sisters couldn't be more different. Skye is a daring and brash pilot, and Liberty the one to defy her at every turn. Even if women aren't allowed in the Royal Air Force, Skye is determined to help the war effort. She's thrilled when it reunites her with her childhood soulmate, Nicholas. She's less thrilled to learn Nicholas is now engaged to an enigmatic Frenchwoman named Margaux Jourdan.

Paris, 1947: Designer Christian Dior unveils his glamorous first collection to a world weary of war and grief. He names his debut fragrance Miss Dior in tribute to his beloved sister Catherine, who forged a friendship with Skye and Margaux through her work with the French Resistance.

Present Day: Fashion conservator Kat Jourdan discovers a priceless collection of Dior gowns in her grandmother's vacant cottage. As she delves into the mystery of their origin, Kat begins to doubt everything she thought she knew about her beloved grandmother.

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Hachette's Book Club Brunch: A Day for Readers

Hachette's 9th Annual Book Club Brunch promises to be a great day out with your favorite authors and book lovers. This year's schedule of events will include a special book club discussion with Michael Farris Smith, author of NICK. This year's Fiction Panel will feature: Emma Donoghue, author of THE PULL OF THE STARS; Attica Locke, author of HEAVEN, MY HOME; and Natasha Lester, author of THE PARIS SECRET. Our Nonfiction panel authors include: Ijeoma Oluo, author of SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT RACE and the forthcoming MEDIOCRE; Jennifer Palmieri, author of SHE PROCLAIMS; and Leslie Gray Streeter, author of BLACK WIDOW.

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Cary Memorial Library

Natasha Lester in Conversation with Kerri Maher

Signed books will be available for purchase from Porter Square Books.

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The Trouble with Peace

Joe Abercrombie

"A master of his craft." - Forbes

"No one writes with the seismic scope or primal intensity of Joe Abercrombie." - Pierce Brown

A fragile peace gives way to conspiracy, betrayal, and rebellion in this sequel to the New York Times bestselling A Little Hatred from epic fantasy master Joe Abercrombie.

Peace is just another kind of battlefield . . .

Savine dan Glokta, once Adua's most powerful investor, finds her judgement, fortune and reputation in tatters. But she still has all her ambitions, and no scruple will be permitted to stand in her way.

For heroes like Leo dan Brock and Stour Nightfall, only happy with swords drawn, peace is an ordeal to end as soon as possible. But grievances must be nursed, power seized, and allies gathered first, while Rikke must master the power of the Long Eye . . . before it kills her.

Unrest worms into every layer of society. The Breakers still lurk in the shadows, plotting to free the common man from his shackles, while noblemen bicker for their own advantage. Orso struggles to find a safe path through the maze of knives that is politics, only for his enemies, and his debts, to multiply.

The old ways are swept aside, and the old leaders with them, but those who would seize the reins of power will find no alliance, no friendship, and no peace lasts forever.

For more from Joe Abercrombie, check out:

The Age of Madness
A Little Hatred
The Trouble With Peace

The First Law Trilogy
The Blade Itself
Before They Are Hanged
Last Argument of Kings
Best Served Cold
The Heroes
Red Country

The Shattered Sea Trilogy
Half a King
Half a World
Half a War

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In Conversation with Lev Grossman

Orbit and Gollancz present Joe Abercrombie and Lev Grossman in conversation, in association with Barnes & Noble and Waterstone's! This event is free and open to the public.

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Shit, Actually

Lindy West

**Your Favorite Movies, Re-Watched**

New York Times opinion writer and bestselling author Lindy West was once the in-house movie critic for Seattle's alternative newsweekly The Stranger, where she covered film with brutal honesty and giddy irreverence. In Shit, Actually, Lindy returns to those roots, re-examining beloved and iconic movies from the past 40 years with an eye toward the big questions of our time: Is Twilight the horniest movie in history? Why do the zebras in The Lion King trust Mufasa-WHO IS A LION-to look out for their best interests? Why did anyone bother making any more movies after The Fugitive achieved perfection? And, my god, why don't any of the women in Love, Actually ever fucking talk?!?!

From Forrest Gump, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, and Bad Boys II, to Face/Off, Top Gun, and The Notebook, Lindy combines her razor-sharp wit and trademark humor with a genuine adoration for nostalgic trash to shed new critical light on some of our defining cultural touchstones-the stories we've long been telling ourselves about who we are. At once outrageously funny and piercingly incisive, Shit, Actually reminds us to pause and ask, "How does this movie hold up?", all while teaching us how to laugh at the things we love without ever letting them or ourselves off the hook.

Shit, Actually is a love letter and a break-up note all in one: to the films that shaped us and the ones that ruined us. More often than not, Lindy finds, they're one and the same.

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LitFest Alberta Virtual Event

Join Lindy West as she discusses her new book, Shit, Actually moderated by Vivek Shraya! Admission to this event includes a copy of the book, with free delivery from Glass Bookshop!

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Barnes & Noble Facebook Live Event

Join Lindy West as she discusses her new book, Shit, Actually and answers audience questions live on Barnes & Noble’s Facebook!

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