Today at Great New Books, we have the pleasure of hosting guest contributor Liza Palmer, author of the novel, NOWHERE BUT HOME. Nowhere But Home by Liza Palmer

Thanks to Liza and her publisher, HarperCollins, we have a copy of Nowhere But Home to give away to one lucky commenter at the end of this post (details below). Thank you, Liza, for joining us at Great New Books and sharing one of your favorite reads with us today!

Liza Palmer, on one of her recent favorite books:


I remember Elizabeth Kostova’s, The Historian and the trip to Ashland, Oregon for their Shakespeare Festival.  I remember Nora Ephron’s, Heartburn and the road trip I took up my beloved California coast to Portland to see an old friend.  I remember Mary Roach’s, Stiff and my first trip through Edinburgh and England.  I love when a single book so defines a trip that you can’t remember the journey without that book in your hand in every memory.

That was John Green’s masterpiece, The Fault in Our Stars and my trip to San Antonio for their fantastic Texas Book Festival. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I recommend not reading The Fault in our Stars in a public place.  I recommend not reading this book – let’s say hypothetically – on a plane where you’re trapped for three hours sobbing uncontrollably and assuring people “I’m fine…..(sobs) I’m fine… it’s this book… (sobs)…” I recommend having a box of tissues at the ready and a bed you can take to once you finish.

I recommend you read this beautiful book so you can feel…everything.

The Fault in our Stars is the story of two teenagers, Hazel and Augustus, who meet in their cancer support group.  The title is taken from Shakespeare’s, Julius Caesar: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”

I sunk into Green’s world in that way, you know?  Where the actual world around you seems just slightly dimmer. The real world becomes a distraction when a book is this good.  I would even go so far as to say that a book this good makes you question if the world you live in is real at all, because the feelings and connections one has to a good book make you feel more alive, more raw and more human than we have the luxury for most days.  When a book connects with you, as this one did with me, it’s as if you’ve found a place more real than home.

And I love that.

Man.  I love a good book.


Liza Palmer is the internationally bestselling author of Conversations with the Fat Girl and is an Emmy nominated writer living in Los Angeles. 

Find more about Liza at her website and blog at and on Twitter.

More about Liza’s novel, NOWHERE BUT HOME:

A brilliant, hilarious, and touching story with a Texas twist from Liza Palmer, author of Conversations With The Fat Girl (optioned for HBO). Queenie Wake, a country girl from North Star, Texas, has just been fired from her job as a chef for not allowing a customer to use ketchup. Again. Now the only place she has to go is home to North Star. A fun-filled, touching story of food, football, and fooling around.

To enter the drawing to win the copy of Nowhere But Home, leave a comment (any comment) below, from Wednesday, May 1 until Friday, May 3 at midnight Eastern time. Great New Books will email the winners individually and announce them in the comments on Saturday, May 4. Thank you for joining us!