The Authenticity Project

The Authenticity Project

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"A story about a solitary green notebook that brings together six strangers and leads to unexpected friendship, and even love--think Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine meets Love, Actually "Everybody lies about their lives. What would happen if you shared the truth?" This is the question that Julian Jessop, an eccentric, seventy-nine-year-old artist, poses within a pale green exercise book that he labels The Authenticity Project, before leaving it behind in Monica's Café. When Monica discovers Julian's abandoned notebook, not only does she add her own story to the book, she is determined to find a way to help Julian feel less lonely. And so it goes with the others who find the green notebook that will soon contain their deepest selves. It will also knit the group together In Real Life at Monica's Cafe, where they'll discover the thrill and sometime-risk of being completely honest--and, for some, find unexpected love. With a cast of characters who are by turns quirky and funny, heartbreakingly sad and painfully true-to-life, The Authenticity Project is a novel readers will take to their hearts and read with unabashed pleasure"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [New York] : Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, [2020]
ISBN: 9781984878618
1984878611
Branch Call Number: POOLEY C
Characteristics: 357 pages ; 25 cm

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I loved this heartwarming story about a cast of quirky characters who decide to get real and make something of their lives. The Authenticity Project begins when 79-year-old Julian leaves a notebook in a local cafe, posing an intriguing question: "Everybody lies about their lives. What would ... Read More »

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TSCPL_Miranda Dec 20, 2020

I loved this heartwarming story about a cast of quirky characters who decide to get real and make something of their lives. The Authenticity Project begins when 79-year-old Julian leaves a notebook in a local cafe, posing an intriguing question: "Everybody lies about their lives. What would ... Read More »


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JJ_3
Jan 08, 2021

This was a light hearted delightful read with truly interesting, quirky characters. Other's lives are not always as they seem! A notebook is left in a coffee shop, and as each character posts an 'authentic' entry, they know not who will read it?
The ending was not quite as I would have liked, but an enjoyable journey.

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betsymarzoni
Jan 01, 2021

It turns out that this was a good book to read on New Year's Eve. It is sweet and light and revolves around a handful of interesting characters who are each trying to become more forthright in their interactions with others, or so they intend. After a number of missteps they do each discover their genuine desires and learn to trust that they will be happier if they reveal their hearts. Perhaps that might be a good path for the new year?

JessicaGma Dec 29, 2020

It's a delightful read with a quirky cast of characters about building your own community. Julian is an old artist and starts "The Authenticity Project" which is next found by Monica, cafe owner, and keeps going. You might feel you've seen the story before, but there's enough unique to this book that will keep you reading. It's a nice palate cleanser if you've been reading dense books.

TSCPL_Miranda Dec 20, 2020

I loved this heartwarming story about a cast of quirky characters who decide to get real and make something of their lives. The Authenticity Project begins when 79-year-old Julian leaves a notebook in a local cafe, posing an intriguing question: "Everybody lies about their lives. What would happen if you shared the truth?" He writes about his loneliness, an appeal that reaches Monica, the owner of the cafe and the next person to pick up the notebook. She adds her own story, and leaves the notebook for someone else to find, even as she begins thinking about ways to soften Julian's loneliness. And so begins a story of soul-searching, kindness, friendship, revelations, and lovely resolutions. You'll smile, and sigh, and never forget this one.

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l_langer
Dec 12, 2020

A nice, light read. The chapters are around 3-4 pages each, so it is a nice book to read when you need a little break from some heavier content reading and don't want to think too much. The story is written from the perspective of about 6 different people, all who pick up a shared notebook at some point, and include some of their own truths about themselves inside of it. An uplifting book that leaves you feeling like you just watched a Hallmark Christmas movie.

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2303tes
Nov 16, 2020

Fast paced read and most enjoyable especially for these times.

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2greyts
Nov 15, 2020

This book is a delightful change of pace. Charming, uh-oh, and yes, of course in a lively, lovely read.

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des01
Nov 05, 2020

Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was a page turner. I enjoyed the depth it went into individual characters. Definitely, recommend this book.

sjpl_rebekah Oct 30, 2020

Some books come to you at the right time, and this was one such book for me. I really needed something fun and uplifting, and this truly was a “feel good” read. The writer’s style is very similar to one of my favorite authors, Liane Moriarty, though the content is lighter. We really get to delve into the feelings of the characters and join them through their introspection and personal growth. I liked the way the book was divided into many POV chapters, and found that it made the story very fast-paced and engaging. I enjoyed the uniqueness of each character voice, and though I found some of the premise to be rather far-fetched, I still found it relatable and I wanted to believe in the characters. This book really brings into focus the importance of authenticity to build meaningful relationships, and had an interesting focus on how we as individuals create our own narratives and truths. It was very fascinating and gave me much to ponder.

Really enjoyed this book in audiobook format. It was smooth and well narrated. I felt the performer really added depth to the characters.

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jaxsrose
Sep 15, 2020

I loved how this book made me feel. Happy and content. I really enjoyed the different characters and reading about their connections to each other. I didn't want to book to end. It was warm story about connections, love and friends turning into family.

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