RHAPSODY: Six Questions for Mitchell James Kaplan [INTERVIEW]

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Mitchell James Kaplan brings George Gershwin and the jazz age to dazzling life in Rhapsody. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Few musicians left as indelible a mark on the great American songbook as George Gershwin. But it was his epic masterpiece, Rhapsody in Blue, that made him an icon. From the first moment audiences heard the score’s opening wail, it was clear there were few musicians as adventurous or brilliant as Gershwin. Yet as with every artist, there is much more to his story than just his music. Now novelist Mitchell James Kaplan pulls back the curtain on the famed pianist’s fabled career in the forthcoming novel, Rhapsody, a book that is both vividly written and utterly compelling, and truly worthy of becoming our first Diamond Reviewed title for 2021. It shines a light not only on Gershwin’s discography, but also on his decade-long romance with another pianist, Kay Swift. We loved the book so much we couldn’t wait to sit down with Mitchell James Kaplan for this exclusive interview. Enjoy! —J&H

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National Geographic’s ‘Guide to National Parks of the United States, Ninth Edition’ Helps Plan the Perfect Outdoor Adventure [REVIEW]

New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns has been a national park since 1930. (Photo courtesy Canva)

I have loved visiting national parks since my parents took my sister and I to places like the Grand Canyon and Carlsbad Caverns while on family vacations when we were kids. With 62 parks available across the country, there are always new adventures waiting to be had, and you don’t even have to travel outside our nation’s borders to enjoy them. The only problem is knowing where to go and what to do once you’re there. That’s when the ninth edition of National Geographic’s Guide to National Parks of the United States becomes an invaluable resource.

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Christie Craig’s ‘Don’t Look Back’ Leaves Us Breathless [REVIEW]

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They are desperate to catch a killer. But what are they willing to risk? (Photo courtesy Canva)

A killer is on the loose. She’s the undercover Fed working to catch a murderer. He’s the cop determined to get the job done. But is he ready to throw the rulebook out the window in order to keep her safe? Find out in Christie Craig’s third thrilling installment of her Texas Justice series, Don’t Look Back.

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J’Nell Ciesielski’s ‘Beauty Among Ruins’ is Reminiscent of the Great Love Stories of Yesteryear [REVIEW]

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The future of a Scottish laird’s ancestral home is threatened in J’Nell Ciesielski’s Beauty Among Ruins. (Photo courtesy Canva)

She’s a frivolous American socialite. He’s a crusty Scottish laird. When their paths meet at his family’s home during the Great War, no one would guess that love could ever blossom between them. But can they make any mutual attraction they share last? Find out in J’Nell Ciesielski’s new historical novel, Beauty Among Ruins.

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Ace Atkins Borrows from Yesterday’s Headlines to Make His Case in ‘Robert B. Parker’s Someone to Watch Over Me’ [REVIEW]

Spenser’s new office sees plenty of action in Robert B. Parker’s Someone to Watch Over Me. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Robert B. Parker may have died more than a decade ago, but his famed private investigator Spenser is still going strong. In Someone to Watch Over Me, the 48th book in the long-running series, Ace Atkins takes us back to Boston, where our favorite P.I. hunts down a sleazy billionaire who is managing much more than other people’s money.

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