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Family Trust ~ Kathy Wang

November 14, 2019

Paperback: 416 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (October 29, 2019)

Stanley Huang is a bit of an enigma. He is the self proclaimed patriarch of a small but intense little family with two kids, and as many marriages under his belt. He has long claimed that they will all be well rewarded at the end of his life but as that end approaches, his legacy begins to crumble. He is grappling with a recent cancer diagnosis and that eviction notice has sent his family network into a tailspin.

His son Fred has fallen on disappointing days. Nothing has turned out the way he imagined. He is the proverbial gifted kid for whom life has just not planned out. Harvard Business School didn’t exactly land him the life he had planned and he is not banking on his father’s rumored legacy to save him from himself.

Meanwhile, Fred’s sister Kate has it all. Or at least it looks that way. Working in roaringly successful Silicon Valley, multiple degrees and accolades, a perfect family, she seemingly has everything together. But we all know what that means. Nothing is ever as together as it looks from the outside.

Mary, Stanley’s devoted wife (almost three decades younger than he) is regretting her decision to get involved with a man so many years older than she is. As she navigates the road of caretaking a declining husband, their relationship hits bumps and snags she never saw coming.

Linda Liang, Stanley’s wife is the one person who knows him for who he truly is, though she walked away from his chaos years ago. She has spent many years proving her life back together to give her children the life she knows they deserve. But she is trying desperately to make herself a life that she finds fulfilling, a little difficult when she is getting on in years.

The entire family constellation swirls into chaos and contemplation as Stanley approaches his last days. Family Trust is both deep and hilarious on many levels, working in humor and intense family dynamics into one small volume. It was a great read for someone who navigates family functioning for work and for someone who has her own family to analyze.

Photo by Nina Subin

About Kathy Wang

Kathy Wang grew up in Northern California and holds degrees from UC Berkeley and Harvard Business School. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children.

Visit Kathy’s website and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

And, as always, don’t forget to check out the other TLC Tour stops!

Instagram Feature

Tuesday, October 29th: Instagram: @lauralovestoread

Wednesday, October 30th: Instagram: @never_withouta_book

Thursday, October 31st: Instagram: @jennsbookvibes

Friday, November 1st: Instagram: @happiestwhenreading

Saturday, November 2nd: Instagram: @oddandbookish

Sunday, November 3rd: Instagram: @bookapotamus

Monday, November 4th: Instagram: @thepagesinbetween

Review Stops

Wednesday, October 30th: Instagram: @owlslittlelibrary

Thursday, October 31st: Instagram: @book.hang.o.ver

Friday, November 1st: Comfy Reading

Monday, November 4th: bookish bliss and beauty

Tuesday, November 5th: Booked J

Wednesday, November 6th: A Pint-Sized Life

Wednesday, November 6th: Instagram: @lavieestbooks

Friday, November 8th: Literary Quicksand

Tuesday, November 12th: Instagram: @sixminutesforme

Wednesday, November 13th: Iwriteinbooks’s blog

Thursday, November 14th: Audio Killed the Bookmark

The Source ~ Tara Swart, MD, PhD

November 13, 2019

Genre: Nonfiction, Psychology

Published: October 15, 2019

Pages: 288

Oh, the mind-body connection. It’s something I know well, using DBT and cognitive therapy in both my professional and personal life.

The Source dives in to this very connection in both psychotherapy and neuroscience capacities. There is a deep connection in the way we think and the way we act, and The Source gets to the root of all of it.

The way we think has a lot to do with the way we both behave and the way things actually turn out, reframing intention and interaction in a completely new light.

Tara Swart shares her personal story of coming to a place of desperation and making a change. Her backstory of hitting her ultimate low, resonated with me, though her bottom was the catalyst for a huge breakthrough.

That breakthrough lead to advances in brain scan technology and clinical practice, exploring the imaging of our darkest and deepest thoughts. Naming emotions, recognizing feelings, and actually putting action plans in to place all come together to make a tapestry of forward positivity for the road ahead.

She ropes in modern film and current events to pave a path even the greatest skeptic can follow.

More than a self help book and more complex than a simply instruction manual, The Source is the every-person’s guide to loving a better life.

About Tara Swart

DR. TARA SWART is a neuroscientist and former psychiatric doctor. She is a senior lecturer at MIT Sloan and visiting senior lecturer at Kings College, London, and an executive advisor to some of the world’s most respected leaders in media and business. She is lead author of the award-winning Neuroscience for Leadership and in 2016 she was named the world’s first Neuroscientist in Residence at Corinthia Hotel, London. She is passionate about teaching others how to apply lessons from cognitive science to enhance everyday lives.

Find out more about Tara at her website, and follower her on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

As always, don’t just take my word for it. Check out the other TLC Book Tour stops below!

Instagram Features

Tuesday, October 15th: Instagram: @_ebl_inc_

Wednesday, October 16th: Instagram: @tbretc

Thursday, October 17th: Instagram: @readforevermore

Friday, October 18th: Instagram: @gatticus_finch

Saturday, October 19th: Instagram: @book_girl_magic

Monday, October 21st: Instagram: @thriftybibliophile

Wednesday, October 23rd: Instagram: @bluntscissorsbookreviews

Review Stops

Tuesday, October 15th: Openly Bookish

Friday, October 18th: I’d Rather Be At The Beach

Monday, October 21st: Tabi Thoughts

Thursday, October 24th: Instagram: @books_and_broadway_

Friday, October 25th: From the TBR Pile

Monday, October 28th: Living My Best Book Life

Thursday, October 31st: Orange County Readers

Monday, November 4th: Instagram: @kimberleewilliams_realestate

Wednesday, November 13th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

Wednesday, November 13th: Iwriteinbooks’s blog

TBD: Wednesday, October 23rd: The Desert Bibliophile

November Road ~ Lou Berney

November 7, 2019

About November Road

• Paperback: 320 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (October 22, 2019)

Frank Guidry’s luck has finally run out.

Frank Guidry is the street hand of New Orleans’ mob boss Carlos Marcello and it is about to be his ultimate downfall.

He’s watched as his cohort has dropped like flies over secrets they kept but should never have known. The tables finally turn on his own karmic welfare when he comes into info involving THE murder of the century. None other than JFK.

By the day’s end, everyone connected with Kennedy’s demise has also gone belly up, sparking terror in Guidry’s heart. He is so freaked out, in fact, that he high tails it for Vegas, leaning on a man he hates in the interest of self preservation.

In an epic murder-turned-escape-turned-love story, November Road is at once historical fiction and action packed. There is adventure, suspense, and a whole lot of heart packed into these pages and, as a history geek, it totally caught me right in the feels.

Kennedy’s demise was my parents’ story but I grew up with the emotions still lingering. It was incredibly cool to read through one imagining of what could have gone down that day (and those after).

Thank you to TLC for including me on this tour!

Purchase Links

HarperCollins | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

© Brandon Michael Smith

About Lou Berney

Lou Berney is the author of three previous novels, Gutshot Straight, Whiplash River, and multiple prize-winning The Long and Faraway Gone. His short fiction has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. He lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Find out more about Lou at his website, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

And don’t forget to check out the other TLC Tour stops!

Instagram Features

Tuesday, October 22nd: Instagram: @lavieestbooks

Tuesday, October 22nd: Instagram: @jessicamap

Wednesday, October 23rd: Instagram: @megsbookclub

Thursday, October 24th: Instagram: @sarahandherbookshelves

Friday, October 25th: Instagram: @simplykelina

Saturday, October 26th: Instagram: @reallyintothis

Sunday, October 27th: Instagram: @jenabrownwrites

Monday, October 28th: Instagram: @readforevermore

Tuesday, October 29th: Instagram: @giuliland

Review Stops

Tuesday, October 22nd: Stacy’s Books

Wednesday, October 23rd: Jessicamap Reviews

Thursday, October 24th: Caryn, The Book Whisperer

Monday, October 28th: Instagram: @rendezvous_with_reading

Wednesday, October 30th: Helen’s Book Blog

Thursday, October 31st: Instagram: @crystals_library

Monday, November 4th: The Reading Corner For All

Tuesday, November 5th: Girl Who Reads

Wednesday, November 6th: Iwriteinbooks’s blog

Thursday, November 7th: Audio Killed the Bookmark

Friday, November 8th: Always With a Book

Tuesday, November 12th: she treads softly

Wednesday, November 13th: A Soccer Mom’s Book Blog

Thursday, November 14th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

Monday, November 18th: Kritters Ramblings

Friday, November 22nd: Amy’s Book-et List

Escaping Exodus ~ Nicky Drayden

October 23, 2019

About Escaping Exodus

• Paperback: 336 pages
• Publisher: Harper Voyager (October 15, 2019)

When Earth is gone and none of our milky way adjacent planets have been inhabited, humanity it left to colonize the most bizarre spaces. Like every good post-planetary story, Escaping Exodus begins in traditional, desolate, post apocalyptic manner.

Seske Kaleigh has been primed and raised to take over her future role as clan leader but she is busy being literally stary-eyed and dreamy. She is dead set on finding the cause of the recent tremors that have been rocking her community but that doesn’t seem to fit in her clan’s leadership ideal.

Gathering an unlikely crew of misfits and renegades, Seske sets forth on a trek she feels overrides the goals of her superiors. On their way to find answers they think they’re after, they stumble upon answers far more sinister.

When the gate of her people lands squarely on her dreamy shoulders, Seske is overwhelmed but not undone, throwing her whole weight into saving her clan and arguably her whole universe from threats both far and uncomfortably near.

This gorgeous romp through space takes the trope of science fiction and turns it inside out, bringing in psychological and scientific drama into an incredible imaginary world that seems impossibly imaginable.

Purchase Links

HarperCollins | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Photo by William Ting

About Nicky Drayden

Nicky Drayden’s short fiction has appeared in publications such as Shimmer and Space and Time. She is a systems analyst and resides in Austin, Texas, where being weird is highly encouraged, if not required. Her debut novel, The Prey of Gods, was a best of the year pick by Book Riot, Vulture, and RT Book Reviews.

Find out more about Nicky at her website, and connect with her on Twitterand Instagram.

Instagram Features

Wednesday, October 16th: Instagram: @createexploreread

Thursday, October 17th: Instagram: @dropandgivemenerdy

Friday, October 18th: Instagram: @spinatale

Sunday, October 20th: Instagram: @amberafterglowreads

Monday, October 21st: Instagram: @love.books.and.coffee

Friday, October 25th: Instagram: @anovelescape

TBD: Saturday, October 19th: Instagram: @amanda.the.bookish

Review Stops

Tuesday, October 15th: Instagram: @never_withouta_book

Wednesday, October 16th: Reading Reality

Monday, October 21st: Instagram: @jenabrownwrites

Tuesday, October 22nd: Ms. Nose in a Book

Wednesday, October 23rd: Iwriteinbooks’s blog

Friday, October 25th: As I turn the pages

Friday, October 25th: Instagram: @megabunnyreads

Monday, October 28th: Instagram: @hooked.by.books

Tuesday, October 29th: Booked J

Thursday, October 31st: Instagram: @theartisangeek

Friday, November 1st: The Desert Bibliophile

Saturday, November 2nd: Instagram: @fighting.tsundoku

TBD: Thursday, October 17th: Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

Sudden Traveler ~ Sarah Hall

October 9, 2019

• Hardcover: 144 pages
• Publisher: Custom House (October 8, 2019)

“Sarah Hall is one of those rare writers whose short fiction has the same luminosity as her novels. But the short form allows her more room to probe and roam, to experiment with form, to sink her fingers into the earth.”—The Observer(London)

What happens when you mix legend with scifi and add in a whole lot of feelings? Sudden Traveler, that’s what!

Sarah Hall’s collection of short stories is wide and varied in both content and presentation, taking on morality and ethics in beautiful landscapes spanning the globe.

Usually short story collections fail to capture my attention. This is largely in part due to their inability to dig in deep to the emotional aspect of human nature in such a short piece. Hall’s stories, however, manage to tap into the essence of humanity even in little spurts.

I am so grateful I was able to be a part of this tour and now I’m off to find Hall’s other books because I’m sure they will carry the same magic.

Purchase Links

HarperCollins | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Photo by Richard Thwaites

About Sarah Hall

Sarah Hall was born in 1974 in Cumbria, England. She received a master of letters in creative writing from Scotland’s St. Andrews University and has published four novels. Haweswater won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (overall winner, Best First Novel) and a Society of Authors Betty Trask Award. The Electric Michelangelo was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Eurasia Region), and the Prix Femina Étranger, and was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Daughters of the North won the 2006/07 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the James Tiptree Jr. Award, and was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction. How to Paint a Dead Man was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Portico Prize for Fiction. In 2013 Hall was named one of Granta‘s Best Young British Novelists, a prize awarded every ten years, and she won the BBC National Short Story Award and the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Find out more about Sarah at her website, and connect with her on Facebook.

Instagram Features

Tuesday, October 8th: Instagram: @book.hang.o.ver
Wednesday, October 9th: Instagram: @girlwithnoselfie
Thursday, October 10th: Instagram: @readvoraciously
Friday, October 11th: Instagram: @dropandgivemenerdy
Saturday, October 12th: Instagram: @sarahandherbookshelves
Sunday, October 13th: Instagram: @megsbookclub
Monday, October 14th: Instagram: @amberafterglowreads

Review Stops

Tuesday, October 8th: A Dream Within a Dream
Wednesday, October 9th: Iwriteinbooks’s blog
Thursday, October 10th: The Desert Bibliophile
Friday, October 11th: Instagram: @giuliland
Monday, October 14th: Instagram: @sixminutesforme
Tuesday, October 15th: Booked J
Thursday, October 17th: Have Coffee Need Books
Thursday, October 17th: Real Life Reading
Monday, October 21st: she treads softly
Wednesday, October 23rd: From the TBR Pile
Thursday, October 24th: Instagram: @shereadswithcats

Invisible as Air

October 2, 2019

• Paperback: 416 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 24, 2019)

Being a woman is hard. Heck, being ahuman is hard. But Sylvia Snow is trying so very hard to do the right thing at every turn. Keeping a household running, kids fed and happy, the PTA fed and happy, and a husband healing and happy is harder work than it seems.

That balancing act becomes so much harder when she finds herself hopelessly addicted to the pain pills meant for her husband’s recovering injury.

At first, it’s just something to take the edge off. Bar Mitzvah planning, wifely duties, and a simmering grief that has been left unattended, swirl into a perfect storm that lands Sophie in a place she never imagined she’d be.

As her perfect life spirals out of control, Sophie watches things inexplicably crumble around her.

There is a phrase in my favorite circles: We are all one injury away from addiction.

This is my life, my work, and my social time. I have counseled Sophie, I have known Sophie, I have loved Sophie, and I have been Sophie.

Addiction is heartbreaking and it takes no prisoners. It is painful to watch and painful to live. I am so grateful that we are starting to address not just chemical addiction but the psychology behind addiction in media including fiction.

I am so grateful that I was able to be on this tour and I highly recommend the book. Thank you to TLC for adding me as a stop!

Photo by Karen Shacham

About Zoe Fishman

Zoe Fishman is the bestselling author of Inheriting EdithDriving LessonsSaving Ruth and Balancing Acts. She’s the recipient of myriad awards, including a NY Post Pick.

She’s been profiled in Publisher’s Weekly and The Huffington Post among others. Her writing has been published in The Atlanta Journal Constitution as part of their moving “Personal Journey” series.

Zoe worked in the New York publishing industry for thirteen years. She was recently the Visiting Writer at SCAD Atlanta and currently teaches at Emory Continuing Education and The Decatur Writers Studio, at which she is also the Executive Director. She lives in Decatur with her family.

Find out more about Zoe at her website, follow her on Twitter, and connect with her on Facebook.

And as always, check out the other TLC Book Tour stops!

Instagram Features

Tuesday, September 24th: Instagram: @book.hang.o.ver

Wednesday, September 25th: Instagram: @jennsbookvibes

Thursday, September 26th: Instagram: @simplykelina

Friday, September 27th: Instagram: @tarheelreader

Saturday, September 28th: Instagram: @nerdybooknurse

Sunday, September 29th: Instagram: @beritaudiokilledthebookmark

Monday, September 30th: Instagram: @thebookclubmom

Tuesday, October 1st: Instagram: @rendezvous_with_reading

Review Stops

Tuesday, September 24th: A Bookish Way of Life

Wednesday, September 25th: Comfy Reading

Friday, September 27th: Instagram: @barkingaboutbooks

Sunday, September 29th: The Reading Corner For All

Monday, September 30th: Instagram: @readingmama_reviews

Tuesday, October 1st: Literary Quicksand

Wednesday, October 2nd: Iwriteinbooks’s blog

Wednesday, October 2nd: Girl Who Reads

Friday, October 4th: Thoughts On This ‘n That

Monday, October 7th: Instagram: @kraysbookclub

Tuesday, October 8th: Jathan & Heather

Wednesday, October 9th: Instagram: @beccasbookishlife

Thursday, October 10th: Stranded in Chaos

Friday, October 11th: she treads softly

Monday, October 14th: From the TBR Pile

Tuesday, October 15th: Instagram: @books_with_bethany

 After the Flood

September 25, 2019

• Hardcover: 432 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (September 3, 2019)

An inventive and riveting epic saga, After the Flood signals the arrival of an extraordinary new talent.

The world has changed, leaving most of the planet covered in water.

Myra and her precocious seven-year-old daughter, Pearl, scrape out a meager existence at the edge of the world, interacting with others only as they absolutely need to.

Myra lost her older daughter seven years before, and eventually finds her absence too heavy to bear. She and Pearl start out on a mission to find their lost family member, dangerous as the journey may be.

Along the way, Myra and Pearl find their way into the camaraderie of another crew. At first, this seems like a saving grace but as in most stressful, post apocalyptic situations, what appears to be too good to be true, usually is.

After the Flood is such a gorgeous (and at times heart breaking) story of love, loss, and survival. I am so grateful I was able to be on this tour.

Purchase Links

HarperCollins | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Photo by Nancy Kohler

About Kassandra Montag

Kassandra Montag is a poet and novelist. Her work has appeared in Mystery Weekly Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, and Prairie Schooner, among other literary journals. She has won the Plainsongs Award, New Year’s Poet Award, and 1877 Award.

Find out more about Kassandra at her website, and connect with her on Facebookand Instagram.

Instagram Features

Tuesday, September 3rd: Instagram: @girlwithnoselfie

Wednesday, September 4th: Instagram: @jennsbookvibes

Thursday, September 5th: Instagram: @readingbetweenthe__wines

Friday, September 6th: Instagram: @thats_what_she_read

Saturday, September 7th: Instagram: @wherethereadergrows

Sunday, September 8th: Instagram: @happiestwhenreading

Monday, September 9th: Instagram: @thepagesinbetween

Review Stops

Tuesday, September 3rd: Instagram: @crystals_library

Wednesday, September 4th: Instagram: Audio Killed the Bookmark

Thursday, September 5th: Instagram: @readingmama_reviews

Friday, September 6th: Instagram: @somekindofalibrary

Monday, September 9th: Instagram: @theunreadshelf

Tuesday, September 10th: Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

Wednesday, September 11th: PhDiva

Thursday, September 12th: A Dream Within a Dream

Friday, September 13th: Literary Quicksand

Friday, September 13th: Comfy Reading

Monday, September 16th: Instagram: @readvoraciously

Tuesday, September 17th: Write – Read – Life

Wednesday, September 18th: A Bookish Affair

Thursday, September 19th: Instagram: @shereadswithcats

Friday, September 20th: Ms. Nose in a Book

Wednesday, September 25th: Iwriteinbooks’s blog