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Author Alice Hoffman Talks About Her New Book

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The first book I read for our book club was The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman so I was delighted when the Howard County Library announced that Alice Hoffman would be a guest speaker on March 2 from 2 - 5 P.M. at the Miller Branch (9421 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042, Phone:[masked]).

This event is hosted by the Howard County Public Library and in order to attend, you must register with the Library. Registration is free and can be done either by phone or by Internet. I registered by Internet which was very quick and easy to do. The link to register by Internet is: (

Alternatively, you can also register by phone at[masked].

Save the date for New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman as she presents her new book, The Museum of Extraordinary Things. Set in the volatile early twentieth century in New York, her mesmerizing new novel tells the story of young love between two vastly different souls. This book will be released on February 18, 2014.

Hoffman’s acclaimed body of work has been published in more than twenty translations and more than one hundred foreign editions, and includes Practical Magic, made into a movie starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman; and Here on Earth, an Oprah Book Club selection.

Summary of "The Museum of Extraordinary Things"

From the beloved, bestselling author of The Dovekeepers, a mesmerizing new novel about the electric and impassioned love between two vastly different souls in New York during the volatile first decades of the twentieth century.

Coney Island: Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a boardwalk freak show that amazes and stimulates the crowds. An exceptional swimmer, Coralie appears as the Mermaid in her father’s “museum,” alongside performers like the Wolfman, the Butterfly Girl, and a one-hundred-year-old turtle. One night Coralie stumbles upon a striking young man photographing moonlit trees in the woods off the Hudson River.

The dashing photographer is Eddie Cohen, a Russian immigrant who has run away from his father’s Lower East Side Orthodox community and his job as an apprentice tailor. When Eddie captures with his camera the devastation on the streets of New York following the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, he becomes embroiled in the mystery behind a young woman’s disappearance.

New York itself becomes a riveting character as Hoffman weaves her magic, romance, and masterful storytelling to unite Coralie and Eddie in a sizzling, tender, and moving story of young love in tumultuous times. The Museum of Extraordinary Things is Hoffman at her most spellbinding.