The Memory Box is the 2014 #1 Bestselling Book at Indie Bookstore in New Jersey

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I just received news from The Town Book Store in Westfield, NJ, that their 2014 #1 Bestselling book (adult fiction and non-fiction) was The Memory Box! Can you believe it? What an honor. Their top ten list is super impressive and includes some of my favorite books, like Gone Girl, Where’d You Go Bernadette, The Goldfinch, The Light Between Oceans and more; but mine took the #1 spot!

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To all the amazing book lovers in Westfield, NJ and the surrounding towns, thank you from the bottom of my heart. The town’s support, and the people in it, has been awe inspiring. Westfield is where it all started and the readers of this community have helped to put The Memory Box on the map! Their enthusiasm in spreading the word is wonderful and it’s working! I’ve met many of them through the book clubs I’ve attended, which to date is over 40, with another 15 planned for the next few months. My book club tour has spread nationally (through Skype) and internationally. Keep ‘em coming — and send me photos please! If any of you know the owner of an independent bookstore, please share this news. I love the indies! May 2015 be a year filled with inspiration, happiness and good reads for all (maybe even a new one from me…) xoxo

The Night I Slept With Kurt Vonnegut

Did I ever tell you this story? No? Here it is in the Huffington Post:

The Night I Slept With Kurt Vonnegut

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It was a nasty night in New Orleans. Torrents of rain–at once pounding and windswept. Filling and rising. We were sheltered, on the floor. The carpet was damp. My clothes were matted beneath me.

That night was unforgettable. But, the best part of the story happened ten years later in New York City, 2005.

It was the first day of the fall semester at The New School. I registered for a writing class as a continuing ed student. It had been over twenty years since I was in school, back then a psych major. I had recently started writing a novel (it chose me, I did not choose it) and it was time to decide what to do with this living, breathing thing that had taken over my life.

I took a seat somewhere in the middle of the tiny classroom and noticed, as the others trickled in, many of them looked like freshman. It would be hard to blend–best not do anything to bring attention to myself. continue reading

San Francisco Book Review Gives THE MEMORY BOX 5 Stars!

Holy-pinch-myself-moment-of-the-day! The “San Francisco Book Review” gives THE MEMORY BOX 5 Stars! “… be prepared to toss that suburban fairy tale away, grab onto the steering wheel, and hope that you get through this obstacle course with all of your mental faculties . . . [the author] shows tremendous talent and courage in her creation of a powerful dichotomy, reaching beyond boundaries.” I think I’ll faint now. No, wait, first let me read it again … then I’ll faint.

THE MEMORY BOX

The Memory Box Book CoverTitle: The Memory Box
Author: Eva Lesko Natiello
Genre: Mystery, Crime & Thriller
Publisher: Fine Line Publishing
Release Date: June 25, 2014
Pages: 358

Caroline, the mother of twin girls, is not totally onboard with fulfilling the role of a stay-at-home Mom. She is particularly annoyed with Gabrielle, who has a habit of ranking other stay-at-home Moms in Lincoln Elementary School by the amount of interesting hits their names generate in a Google search. Too bad Caroline’s search for her own name results in only two boring hits, all related to the seemingly trivial contributions she has made to her community. Things go haywire with her life on the day she decides to type her maiden name into Google and finds some news that changes everything.

However, this simple tale is not exactly what the author Eva Lesko Natiello has in mind for the readers of The Memory Box, continue reading

What’s Your Book Club Reading?

Dunthorpe Book Junkies

 

The absolute greatest indulgence in the world for an author is to have an opportunity to connect with her readers. It is a thrill unlike anything else, and so far, in these last 64 days, I have heard from readers in a variety of ways.

Some people have called me. These readers, of course, are friends and family. As it turns out, this is as thrilling for them as it is for me because,  typically, they aren’t able to finish reading a book, then pick up the phone to call the author with a question. Other readers have been in touch by reviewing the book on Amazon or Goodreads or Barnes and Noble. Some readers have asked me questions on my Goodreads page or started to follow my blog and have left comments there.

That’s where I recently heard from a reader from Portland, Oregon . . .  Continue reading