Two Very Different Books Explore The Human Condition

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“A few years ago, while illustrating an article about superstitions, some of the behavior described in the piece sounded eerily familiar. In that moment of recognition, I became aware of my own quirky behavior and started to notice some similar patterns among my friends and colleagues.” This is part of Ellen Weinstien’s introduction to her charming new book, Recipes for Good Luck: The Superstitions, Rituals, and Practices of Extraordinary People. Ellen cleverly reveals an array of unique practices from quirky superstitions to pre-performance rituals of athletes, writers, artists, architects, scientists, musicians, political figures, and actors. The New York-based award-winning illustrator has compiled a visual compendium of carefully realized artwork with wit and reverence for her subjects. Weinstein, an engaging speaker, joins Norman B for the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

The police say it was suicide, Anna Johnson says it was murder. They’re both wrong! Best-selling author, Clare Mackintosh, known for her compulsive thrillers has a new gasp-inducing novel, Let Me Lie. With a masterly hand, she weaves unexpected twists and turns into her plot. Mackintosh has a talent for making ordinary everyday scenes vividly interesting. Her clever inclusion of the serious issues of suicide, mental health, and alcoholism make Let Me Lie a far from a run-of-the-mill psychological thriller. In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, ex-police detective, Clare Mackintosh talks enthusiastically about her interest in flawed characters, her writing style and the use of colloquial language in the worldwide distribution of her popular books.

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