Belletrist celebrates great books and the people who read them.

Every month, Belletrist features a different book and a favorite independent bookstore, both chosen by Emma Roberts + Karah Preiss.

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January Book Pick

The Immortalists

by Chloe Benjamin

If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. In search of one thing they can know for sure, the Gold children–four siblings–sneak out to hear their fortunes. Though the siblings keep the dates secret from one another, their prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in 1980s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11, hoping to control fate; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality. The Immortalists tells a profoundly moving and compulsively readable family love story about life, mortality and the choices we make: is it better to live a long and cautious life, or to burn brightly, but for the shortest time? We adore this novel and cannot wait to discuss many of the philosophical questions raised throughout!

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Get 30% off from bookstore of the month, Book Soup

Featured Bookstore of the Month:
Book Soup, Los Angeles CA

Emma and Karah have spent countless afternoons kneeling on the floor of West Hollywood's iconic independent bookstore. Founded by Glenn Goldman, Book Soup has been serving readers, writers, artists, rock 'n' rollers, and celebrities since 1975. Goldman was able to open the store after pooling together $50,000 in start-up funds. The store has moved from its original location and now is housed a few streets down at 8818 Sunset Boulevard.

Guarded over by two golden dogs, Book Soup has 60,000 titles, specializing in art, film, photography, music, and literary fiction. As a long-time resident of Los Angeles, Emma has made Book Soup her backyard bookstore, often going numerous times per week. Welcome to the network, Book Soup!

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