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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Eve Dallas Celebrates Her 50th Full-Length Case in J.D. Robb’s ‘Golden in Death’ [REVIEW]

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When a deadly toxin is delivered to multiple New York City residents, it’s up to Eve Dallas to catch the sender in J.D. Robb’s Golden In Death. (Photo by Helena Lopes on Pexels.com)

An innocuous gift. A terrifying weapon. Now New York City’s Eve Dallas must discover the motive behind the attack. Will her latest case leave her baffled, or will she be able to stop the killer from striking again? Find out in J.D. Robb’s 50th bestseller, Golden In Death. Read more of this post

‘The Secret Life of Mrs. London’ Shines a Light on One of History’s Most Enigmatic Women [REVIEW]

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Author Jack London’s success was due in large part to his wife, Charmian Kittredge London. (Photo by James E. Purdy)

Wife. Editor. Writer. Lover. She had a career. She had a husband. She had a decision to make. Meet Charmian, a woman ahead of her time, in Rebecca Rosenberg’s debut novel, The Secret Life of Mrs. London.  Read more of this post

‘Going Into Town’ Celebrates Everything We Love (and Love to Hate) About New York City [REVIEW]

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In Roz Chast’s love letter to New York, Going Into Town, she reminisces about everything we love and loathe about the Big Apple, including its wildlife. (Illustration by Roz Chast)

From the very first time I stepped foot in New York City as a teenager, I’m one of those people who is simply crazy about the place. I love everything about it: from the sidewalk food vendors to the mom-and-pop coffee shops, from Little Italy and Chinatown to Wall Street and Battery Park. There’s a palpable energy there that throbs with life, like an irresistible rhythm that simply invades my soul, and I feel it every time I arrive. Now author and cartoonist Roz Chast captures every nuance of that experience in her love letter to Manhattan, Going Into Town.  Read more of this post

Some Friendships Are Stronger Than War, Just Ask ‘Bess and Frima’ [REVIEW]

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Theirs is a friendship that would endure politics, marriage, and even war. (Photo courtesy Julie Metz)

Two girls on the cusp of womanhood. Two lives irrevocably intertwined. In the face of World War II, each must make decisions that will shape their destinies and alter the course of their lives forever. But which dreams will they pursue and will fate ultimately tear them apart? Find out in Alice Rosenthal’s new historical novel, Bess and Frima, a coming-of-age story about friendship, family, and daring to be different. Read more of this post