January 20, 2018
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Fantasy author shares ‘Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic’ at Bar Harbor library

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BAR HARBOR — The author of “The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic” will be at the Jesup Memorial Library on Saturday, Oct. 19 in an event beginning at 7 p.m. to read from her book, discuss writing, and take questions.
“To read ‘The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic’ is to enter a lush, fantastical dream filled with beauty and strangeness, love and cruelty, playfulness and gravitas,” says bestselling novelist Sara Gruen, author of “Water for Elephants.” She calls this book by Emily Croy Barker “a wholly imaginative and witty debut novel that is unlike any I’ve read. Mind candy for those of us raised on Harry Potters!”
The book is a favorite this year of library director Ruth Eveland, who says it’s “great fun. The traveling between the two worlds and the opportunity to evaluate which is more real was part of what I loved about this book.”
Event co-sponsor Sherman’s Books will be on hand with copies of the novel for purchase that evening, and Ms. Barker will participate in a book signing after her presentation.
A graduate of Harvard University, Ms. Barker has been a magazine journalist for more than 20 years. She is executive editor at The American Lawyer magazine.
In “The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic,” Nora’s life is not quite going as planned. The man of her dreams is getting married, but not to her; her academic career has stalled; and there’s a mouse in her kitchen. Getting away for the weekend for a friend’s wedding seems like perfect timing, especially when she stumbles across the unfeasibly glamorous Ilissa, who immediately takes Nora under her wing. Through Ilissa, Nora is introduced to a whole new world – a world of unbelievable decadence and riches where time is meaningless and everyone is beautiful. And Nora herself feels different: more attractive; more talented; more popular … yet something doesn’t quite ring true. And by the time she figures it all out, it may be too late to return to the world, and the life, she knew before.
“The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic” asserts that magic not only exists but, like love, can sweep you off your feet when you least expect it.
Come meet the author of this delightful novel at the Jesup.