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Taylor Jenkins Reid at Island Books

July is heating up, but we’re not talking about the thermometer. We’re talking about our calendar of events, which just grew brighter and more star-studded. On Wednesday, July 26th, we’re welcoming Taylor Jenkins Reid to Mercer Island, and you’re going to want to be there.

Taylor is the author of several acclaimed novels, but right now we’re most excited about her newest one, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. It tells of an aging movie star and the young journalist who’s set to write the definitive story of her life, and the Indie Next review couldn’t be more enthusiastic:

“Steeped in the glory of Hollywood when marriages were made for reasons other than love and could be slipped on and off like a fine dinner jacket, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo reveals the behind-the-scenes stories of lives full of hunger, self-pity, jealousy, and rage, as well as lost love. This is a story that could have been pulled from the pages of fan magazines of the ‘50s. It’s so entertainingly real that you will be wondering why you can’t remember the great star Evelyn Hugo and the movies she made famous. Read for pure pleasure, and you’ll be tempted to play the game of, 'Who is this about, really?’ What fun!”

We’re equally smitten with the book–it’s Laurie’s favorite fiction of the summer and she’s been hand-selling it like crazy to customers and staff alike. Knowing that we’re going to be paid a visit by the author has brought a palpable giddiness to the store that will keep building until it peaks on July 26th. Join us then for mingling, reading, drinks, food and fun! And don’t forget to ask Taylor about how Jennifer Aniston made her a writer.