The Authenticity Project

The Authenticity Project

Large Print - 2020
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Random House, Inc.
"A clever, uplifting book that entertains and makes you think."
--Sophie Kinsella, #1 New York Times bestselling author

The story of a solitary green notebook that brings together six strangers and leads to unexpected friendship, and even love


Julian Jessop, an eccentric, lonely artist and septuagenarian believes that most people aren't really honest with each other. But what if they were? And so he writes--in a plain, green journal--the truth about his own life and leaves it in his local café. It's run by the incredibly tidy and efficient Monica, who furtively adds her own entry and leaves the book in the wine bar across the street. Before long, the others who find the green notebook add the truths about their own deepest selves--and soon find each other In Real Life at Monica's Café.

The Authenticity Project's cast of characters--including Hazard, the charming addict who makes a vow to get sober; Alice, the fabulous mommy Instagrammer whose real life is a lot less perfect than it looks online; and their other new friends--is by turns quirky and funny, heartbreakingly sad and painfully true-to-life. It's a story about being brave and putting your real self forward--and finding out that it's not as scary as it seems. In fact, it looks a lot like happiness.

The Authenticity Project is just the tonic for our times that readers are clamoring for--and one they will take to their hearts and read with unabashed pleasure.

Baker & Taylor
When Julian Jessup, an eccentric, lonely artist who believes that most people aren’t really honest with each other, writes the truth about his own life in a green journal and leaves it behind, others start writing in their own truth, which leads to unexpected friendship and love. (romance). Simultaneous.

Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, [2020]
ISBN: 9780593171820
0593171829
Characteristics: 484 pages (large print) ; 24 cm

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DCLadults Feb 18, 2020

A New & Noteworthy pick. A journal is left behind in a London café. Monica discovers it and reads the first entry from an elderly, eccentric artist who talks about his loneliness and the need for sharing, “not on the internet, but with those real people around you." She adds her own personal note and the journal circulates in the neighborhood, where others add their truths. The relatable characters make this debut a pleasure to read.

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feralranger
Feb 12, 2020

I almost gave up on this book but the fifty page rule ruled and then I settled into it and found I was enjoying it so much more. The characters become even more authentic as it goes along and you find out what they really feel. It isn't entirely predictable but you can sense where its heading early on and yet I ended up being glad to be taken along for the ride. Some very good humor. It is a charmer. Up-Lit.

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brangwinn
Feb 08, 2020

I loved this book. A lonely old man starts a diary in which he introduces himself. He leaves it in a London coffee shop where it is picked up by the owner, who finds the old artist and befriends him. She, in turn, leaves it for another to find and so it goes. All in the authenticity Project becomes friends and as they do, their lives improve. The ending was great. It turns out that the lonely artist wasn’t entirely honest in his writing, but this book has the makings for a Hallmark Channel movie.

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darladoodles
Jan 28, 2020

This book had some good bits -- most definitely earned a 3-star review. I loved the idea of the notebook that brought the characters together. There are good surprises and disappointing surprises as the people who write in the notebook connect with each other and work on the challenges they had written about. So, it starts with Julian, then Monica, Hazard, Riley, Alice, and Lizzie take their turns. Where the project starts to fall apart is this -- the first person doesn't in theory get to read any of the other letters. So, to get the most information you have to be at the end of the chain, but then you might not actually know all of the others in the book. Anyway, I could turn my brain into a pretzel over this issue. Unfortunately, I don't care about it that much.

FPL_AdamL Jan 17, 2020

Full of humor and wit, this is a heartwarming read that will inspire you to see things just a little differently.

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