Shannon’s Books


A Travel Guide to Literary Landmarks from Jane Austen’s Bath to Ernest Hemingway’s Key West

Expanded & updated edition coming May 2017

Check into Hemingway’s favorite Sun Valley hotel. Stroll along the moody, windswept moors that inspired the Brontë sisters. Have a pint at the New York City tavern where O. Henry penned The Gift of the Magi.

Featuring more than 500 literary sites in the United States, Europe and elsewhere, Novel Destinations invites readers to follow in the footsteps of much-loved scribes. The book begins with thematic chapters covering author houses and museums, places to drink and dine, festivals, and walking tours. Also included are 11 in-depth “Journeys between the Pages” that roam through Franz Kafka’s Prague, James Joyce’s Dublin, Louisa May Alcott’s New England, Harper Lee’s small-town South, and other locale. Filled with anecdotes and behind-the-scenes stories, Novel Destinations is an entertaining, informative guide for wandering bibliophiles and armchair adventurers alike.

“A dream come true for reading enthusiasts who also travel.”  Denver Post

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BOOKS • $26.00 hardcover • $12.99 e-book

PRE-ORDER HERE: Penguin Random HouseAmazonIndieBoundBarnes & Noble


Writers Between the Covers

The Scandalous Romantic Lives of Legendary Literary Casanovas, Coquettes, and Cads

What happened off the page was often a lot spicier than what was written on it…

Why did Norman Mailer stab his second wife at a party? Who was Edith Wharton’s secret transatlantic lover? What motivated Anaïs Nin to become a bigamist?

Writers Between the Covers rips the sheets off these and other real-life love stories of the literati—some with fairy tale endings and others that resulted in break-ups, breakdowns, and brawls. Among the writers laid bare are Agatha Christie, who sparked the largest-ever manhunt in England as her marriage fell apart; Arthur Miller, whose jaw-dropping pairing with Marilyn Monroe proved that opposites attract, at least initially; and T.S. Eliot, who slept in a deckchair on his disastrous honeymoon.

From the best break-up letters to the stormiest love triangles to the boldest cougars and cradle-robbers, this fun and accessible volume—packed with lists, quizzes and in-depth exposés—reveals literary history’s most titillating loves, lusts, and longings.

PLUME • $15.00 paperback • $12.99 e-book

BUY IT HERE: Penguin Random House • AmazonIndieBoundBarnes & Noble

2 Comments on “Shannon’s Books”

  1. sowayfarer December 27, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    I want them books!


    • Brian December 29, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

      You’re the best. 🙂


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