Need some ideas for your summer reading list? Well, fret not, because Adventures by the Book™ is pleased to partner once again with the Carlsbad City Library for a second entertaining Summer Reading Virtual Adventure featuring four New York Times bestselling and acclaimed authors, all of whom have new books that are just ripe for discovery.
Join Aimee Liu, Megan Miranda, Kristin Rockaway, and Amy Stanley, for this FREE virtual event, and we just know you’ll find some great books to add to your reading queue.
While this event is free, your purchase of a book below (to be shipped to you free within the U.S.) provides much-needed support to these authors whose book tours and events have been cancelled due to COVID-19.
Your Adventure includes a book discussion with all four authors, Q&A, virtual book signing, and the opportunity to meet the authors up close and personal via Zoom. Books may be ordered below for shipping within the U.S. and will include a signed bookplate.
Aimee Liu is the author of numerous bestselling novels as well as nonfiction books on medical and psychological topics. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Ms., and many other publications. She is on the faculty of Goddard College’s MFA in Creative Writing Program at Port Townsend, WA.
Aimee grew up in Connecticut but spent two of her earliest years in India. Her father was born in Shanghai, the son of a Chinese scholar-revolutionary and his American wife. You just might find a few of these threads in her novels!
Her new novel, Glorious Boy (5/12/20), is a tale of war and devotion, longing and loss, and the power of love to prevail. It’s 1942. The Japanese have invaded Burma and are closing in on India. After five years, aspiring anthropologist Claire Durant and her husband Shep, a civil surgeon, must evacuate with their beloved but mysteriously mute four-year-old, Ty. They cannot, however, take Naila, the local girl whose ability to communicate with Ty has made them dangerously dependent on her. In the desperate odyssey that follows, Claire, Shep, and Naila will all take unimaginable risks while drawing deeply from their knowledge of these unique islands to save their beloved “glorious boy.”
To schedule a book club visit with Aimee or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:
Megan Miranda is the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls, The Perfect Stranger, and The Last House Guest, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick.
She has also written several books for young adults, including Come Find Me, Fragments of the Lost, and The Safest Lies. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children.
In her riveting new novel of psychological suspense, The Girl From Widow Hills (6/23/20), a young woman who is plagued by night terrors after a childhood trauma, wakes one evening to find a corpse at her feet.
Kristin Rockaway is a native New Yorker and recovering corporate software engineer. After working in the IT industry for far too many years, she finally traded the city for the surf and chased her dreams out to Southern California, where she spends her days happily writing stories instead of code. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, browsing the aisles of her neighborhood bookstores, and trying to catch up on sleep.
In her new book, She’s Faking It (6/30/20), Bree Bozeman isn’t exactly pursuing the life of her dreams. Then again, she isn’t too sure what those dreams are. After dropping out of college, she’s living a pretty chill life in the surf community of Pacific Beach, San Diego. But when Bree starts a new Instagram account, one of her posts gets a signal boost from none other than wildly popular self-help guru. Suddenly, Bree just might be a rising star in the world of Instagram influencing. Is this the direction her life has been lacking?
To schedule a book club visit with Kristin or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:
Amy Stanley (Ph.D., Harvard 2007) is a historian of early modern and modern Japan with special interests in women’s/gender history and global history. Her first book, Selling Women, explored how an expanding market for sex transformed the Japanese economy and changed women’s lives in the years between 1600 and 1868. She has written about adultery in the Edo period, education for geisha in the first years of the Meiji era, and the figure of the migrant maidservant in global history.
Her new book, Stranger in the Shogun’s City, is a history of Edo in the early nineteenth century, told through the life story of a runaway divorcee who married a masterless samurai and entered the service of a famous city magistrate
Are you in a book club, or is your group of friends, colleagues, family members seeking fabulous authors who are excited and available to meet with you? Then you will be delighted to know that Aimee Liu and Kristin Rockaway are all members of our wonderful community of over 125 NovelNetwork authors available to meet with small groups via video chat.
NovelNetwork is the nation’s first and only match(dot)com for authors and book clubs to find each other, so check it out today. Book clubs join for free and gain access to our database of dozens of authors, from NYT and international bestsellers, to debut authors, cookbook authors, mystery and non-fiction authors, and representing various regions of the United States, and even Alaska and Hawaii, all of whom want to meet with you!
To schedule a visit with Julie, Richard, Isla, Abbi, or any of our authors, join FOR FREE here.
Event is free and open to the public (on a first-come, first-served basis); however, registration with the Carlsbad Library is necessary in order to receive Zoom invite by emailing, While this event is free, your purchase of a book(s) below offers support to these authors whose book tours and events have been cancelled. Book prices below include shipping within the U.S. and will include signed bookplates. Questions about the event may be directed to the Carlsbad City Library at 760-602-2049.