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We have the October 2021 Authentic Books, a subscription that sends books and self-care items! DEADLINE to grab this box is 10/5.

Receive a new, highly anticipated book each month, paired with self-care items that relax and immerse you in the book.

Here are the books this month:

About the books:

The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling

From the Bram Stoker-nominated author of The Luminous Dead comes a gothic fantasy horror–The Death of Jane Lawrence.

“Intense and amazing! It’s like Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell meets Mexican Gothic meets Crimson Peak.” ―BookRiot

Practical, unassuming Jane Shoringfield has done the calculations, and decided that the most secure path forward is this: a husband, in a marriage of convenience, who will allow her to remain independent and occupied with meaningful work. Her first choice, the dashing but reclusive doctor Augustine Lawrence, agrees to her proposal with only one condition: that she must never visit Lindridge Hall, his crumbling family manor outside of town.

Yet on their wedding night, an accident strands her at his door in a pitch-black rainstorm, and she finds him changed. Gone is the bold, courageous surgeon, and in his place is a terrified, paranoid man―one who cannot tell reality from nightmare, and fears Jane is an apparition, come to haunt him. By morning, Augustine is himself again, but Jane knows something is deeply wrong at Lindridge Hall, and with the man she has so hastily bound her safety to.

Set in a dark-mirror version of post-war England, Caitlin Starling crafts a new kind of gothic horror from the bones of the beloved canon. This Crimson Peak-inspired story assembles, then upends, every expectation set in place by Shirley Jackson and Rebecca, and will leave readers shaken, desperate to begin again as soon as they are finished.

“Don’t read this one alone at night; Caitlin Starling has done it again. Unsettling, atmospheric, and downright brutal at times, The Death of Jane Lawrence will continue to haunt you long after you leave Lindridge Hall…if the house lets you leave, that is.” ―Genevieve Gornichec, author of The Witch’s Heart

We Are Not Like Them by Christine Pride and Jo Piazza

“Now these women, they can WRITE!” —Terry McMillan, New York Times bestselling author of It’s Not All Downhill from Here

We Are Not Like Them will stay with you long after you turn the last page.” —Laura Dave, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Thing He Told Me

Told from alternating perspectives, an evocative and riveting novel about the lifelong bond between two women, one Black and one white, whose friendship is indelibly altered by a tragic event—a powerful and poignant exploration of race in America today and its devastating impact on ordinary lives.

Jen and Riley have been best friends since kindergarten. As adults, they remain as close as sisters, though their lives have taken different directions. Jen married young, and after years of trying, is finally pregnant. Riley pursued her childhood dream of becoming a television journalist and is poised to become one of the first Black female anchors of the top news channel in their hometown of Philadelphia.

But the deep bond they share is severely tested when Jen’s husband, a city police officer, is involved in the shooting of an unarmed Black teenager. Six months pregnant, Jen is in freefall as her future, her husband’s freedom, and her friendship with Riley are thrown into uncertainty. Covering this career-making story, Riley wrestles with the implications of this tragic incident for her Black community, her ambitions, and her relationship with her lifelong friend.

Like Tayari Jones’s An American Marriage and Jodi Picoult’s Small Great ThingsWe Are Not Like Them explores complex questions of race and how they pervade and shape our most intimate spaces in a deeply divided world. But at its heart, it’s a story of enduring friendship—a love that defies the odds even as it faces its most difficult challenges.

These Silent Woods by Kimi Cunningham Grant

A father and daughter living in the remote Appalachian mountains must reckon with the ghosts of their past in Kimi Cunningham Grant’s These Silent Woods, a mesmerizing novel of suspense.

No electricity, no family, no connection to the outside world.

For eight years, Cooper and his young daughter, Finch, have lived in isolation in a remote cabin in the northern Appalachian woods. And that’s exactly the way Cooper wants it, because he’s got a lot to hide. Finch has been raised on the books filling the cabin’s shelves and the beautiful but brutal code of life in the wilderness. But she’s starting to push back against the sheltered life Cooper has created for her―and he’s still haunted by the painful truth of what it took to get them there.

The only people who know they exist are a mysterious local hermit named Scotland, and Cooper’s old friend, Jake, who visits each winter to bring them food and supplies. But this year, Jake doesn’t show up, setting off an irreversible chain of events that reveals just how precarious their situation really is. Suddenly, the boundaries of their safe haven have blurred―and when a stranger wanders into their woods, Finch’s growing obsession with her could put them all in danger. After a shocking disappearance threatens to upend the only life Finch has ever known, Cooper is forced to decide whether to keep hiding―or finally face the sins of his past.

Vividly atmospheric and masterfully tense, These Silent Woods is a poignant story of survival, sacrifice, and how far a father will go when faced with losing it all.

The Mini Experience box includes:

  • Newly released Book (most will be signed by the author)
  • Soy Candle (exclusive to Authentic Books)
  • Self Care item
  • Custom Bookmark
  • Custom Matches
  • Book Music Playlist
  • Booklet (recipes/journal prompts)

The Full Experience box includes:

  • Mini Experience box
  • (2) more self care items
  • Your choice of cocktail or tea

The Premium Experience box includes:

  • The Full Experience Box
  • (1) more self care item
  • artisan chocolate bar

NEW! The No Book box (non subscription) includes:

  • Everything in the Full Experience box minus the book!

Authentic Books is a monthly immersive book subscription that lets you experience reading with all your five senses! The subscription starts at $40 per month, and available in 3 membership types – Mini Experience ($40 per month), Full Experience ($50 per month), and Premium Experience ($60 per month). They have also just launched the No Book box, which is a one-time box based on the current Full Experience box minus the book!

How it works:

  • Pick Your Experience Referring to the five senses, we curate a box of self-care items with deep connections to your book. Each box also comes with a custom bookmark and other book experience enhancers.
  • Choose Your Book Pick from 2 newly released hardcover books. No settling for a book you might not like. Genres of each book will vary each month. Boxes ship the last week of the month.
  • Enjoy & Skip Whenever It’s here! Cozy up to your next favorite book, light your aromatic candle, taste your decadent treats, listen to your custom playlist, and experience books like never before.

Here’s what you get:

A unique reading experience that touches all of your senses & surrounds you with the sights, sounds and smells from your book:

  • Sight – Pick from two newly released, hardcover books.
  • Taste – Drinks & treats with flavors inspired by your book.
  • Smell – Hand poured candles that capture the scents from your book.
  • Touch – Treat yourself to relaxing boutique beauty items that connect to your book.
  • Sound – A custom playlist that transports you into your book.
  • Heart – 5% of your membership supports children’s education.

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