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SIBA 2019 – Day Three

October 1, 2019
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My sister, Karen, and I started out our third day at SIBA with the Gallery Writers Breakfast and heard Mary Alice Monroe, Kristy Woodson Harvey, Lynn Cullen, and Kristin Harmel speak and it was a treat.

  • Monroe spoke of her connection with the environment and animals.  Horses are featured in her latest book, THE SUMMER GUESTS (Gallery Books; June 11, 2019) and it took her a little while to form a connection with them.  Once she did, though, she was smitten.
  • FEELS LIKE FALLING by Kristy Woodson Harvey (Gallery Books; April 28, 2020) is the story of a young woman whose life falls apart when her mother passes away, her husband cheats on her, and her sister cuts her out of her life.  She decides to help out another young woman who’s down on her luck and the two help each other in unexected ways.  This sounds like the perfect beach read!
  • Cullen infused THE SISTERS OF SUMMIT AVENUE (Gallery Books; September 10, 2019) with lots of historical detail.  Set in the 1920’s, it’s about two sisters whose lives go in completely opposite directions.
  • Harmel’s THE WINEMAKER’S WIFE (Gallery Books; August 13, 2019) combines two stories – one in the past and one in the current day – and features champagne!  I bet the research for this book was a lot of fun!

After breakfast, we headed to the trade show floor to look around some more.  I picked up several more books and these are some that stand out to me.

  • When I mentioned I enjoy nonfiction, I was told ALL BLOOD RUNS RED (Hanover Square Press; November 5, 2019) by Phil Keith with Tom Clavin is a must read.  It’s the story of Eugene Bullard and he sounds amazing.  Not only was he the first African American to be a military pilot during World War II, he owned a nightclub, was a spy for the French Resistance, and helped in the American battle for civil rights.
  • STRUNG OUT: ONE LAST HIT AND OTHER LIES THAT NEARLY KILLED ME (Park Row Books; February 25, 2020) by Erin Khar is about Khar’s addiction to opiods, a subject that has fascinated and distressed me lately.
  • THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS (Atria Books; November 5, 2019) by Lisa Jewell is about a young girl who finds out who her birth parents are and learns that she inherited their mansion all on the same day.  It’s by Lisa Jewell – need I say more?
  • The cover of the ARC of NOBODY WILL TELL YOU THIS BUT ME (Knopf; March 17, 2020) by Bess Kalb is very busy so it didn’t appeal to me but I took a second look because it came so highly recommended.  It’s the story of the relationship between Kalb and her grandmother and it sounds delightfully heartwarming.

We called it a day and headed home with our arms full of books and smiles on our faces.  We’re already thinking about SIBA 2020!

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. October 1, 2019 7:58 am

    All Blood Runs Read sounds like a fabulous read!

  2. October 1, 2019 7:58 am

    *Red* 🙂

  3. October 1, 2019 8:34 am

    Always fun to hear about your adventures at book shows!

  4. October 1, 2019 8:37 am

    What a delightful experience! I want to read the newest Mary Alice Monroe book…and the Kristy Woodson Harvey.

    The Family Upstairs is on my list.

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Lloyd Russell permalink
    October 1, 2019 9:06 am

    I would love to see Kristin Harmel. I have thoroughly enjoyed all 5 of her books.

    Lloyd (408) 348-4849

    On Tue, Oct 1, 2019 at 1:01 AM Bermudaonion’s Weblog wrote:

    > BermudaOnion posted: ” My sister, Karen, and I started out our third day > at SIBA with the Gallery Writers Breakfast and heard Mary Alice Monroe, > Kristy Woodson Harvey, Lynn Cullen, and Kristin Harmel speak and it was a > treat. Monroe spoke of her connection with the” >

  6. October 1, 2019 10:41 am

    It sounds like this was a really fun trip! All Blood Runs Red sounds really interesting – I’ll have to look for it when it comes out.

  7. October 1, 2019 10:43 am

    The winemakers wife sounds good

  8. Rhonda permalink
    October 1, 2019 11:32 am

    Love reading about the fun you& your sister had .Great collection of arcs.

  9. October 1, 2019 12:27 pm

    I am especially interested in the books you picked up that are nonfiction. Thanks for sharing them with you. I am happy you were able to attend this event.

  10. October 1, 2019 4:03 pm

    Kathy, I’m glad that you had a wonderful time at SIBA. Great photo! All Blood Runs Red sounds very interesting.

  11. Helen Murdoch permalink
    October 1, 2019 10:23 pm

    Finishing the day with an arm full of books is such a treat. Sounds like you two had a wonderful time.

  12. October 2, 2019 7:09 am

    The Lisa Jewell book is calling out to me.

  13. October 2, 2019 11:52 am

    I loved meeting y’all at SIBA! Thanks so much for coming to the breakfast. I love reading about your adventures that weekend. Can’t wait for next year! xo Kristy

  14. October 2, 2019 4:07 pm

    Lisa Jewell, please!

  15. October 3, 2019 10:40 am

    Looks like you had a blast!

  16. October 3, 2019 12:57 pm

    I just picked up The Family Upstairs from NetGalley the other day. It sounds great.

  17. Literary Feline permalink
    October 4, 2019 10:17 pm

    I wish I could have been at that breakfast. How fun! I am anxious to read Harmel’s latest and The Family Upstairs. Thank you for sharing about your time at SIBA!

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