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Peanut Butter and Naan, Named Foreword Reviews' 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards Finalist
Oregon State Media, Inc.
  Tuesday March 17, 2015 - 6:18 PM
SALEM, Oregon - The travel memoir, Peanut Butt and Naan, written by Oregon author Jennifer Hillman-Magnuson, has been recognized as a finalist in the 17th annual Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards. Here is the complete list:

Each year, Foreword Reviews shines a light on a select group of indie publishers, university presses and self-published authors whose work stands out from the crowd. In the next three months, a panel of more than 100 volunteer librarians and booksellers will determine the winners in 63 categories based on their experience with readers and patrons. "After 17 years, our awards program has become synonymous with quality because our editors set such a high bar on the finalist round, which makes it especially tough for the judges who select the winners," said Victoria Sutherland, publisher of Foreword Reviews. "In every genre, our judges will find an interesting, high-quality selection of books culled from this year's entries."

Marcelle Soviero, Editor in Chief of Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers, said, "In this thoughtful, often hilarious book, Magnuson crosses parenting cultures with her husband and five children, gaining insight into herself, and ultimately finding her tribe. A powerful debut, Magnuson has the gift of conversational prose laced with a quick wit."

Foreword Reviews will celebrate the winners during a program at the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco Friday, June 26, at 6 p.m. at the Pop Top Stage in the exhibit hall. Everyone is welcome. The Editor's Choice Prize for Fiction, Nonfiction and Foreword Reviews' 2014 INDIEFAB Publisher of the Year Award will also be announced during the presentation.

About the publisher She Writes Press:

About Foreword: Foreword Magazine, Inc. is a media company featuring a FOLIO: award winning quarterly print magazine Foreword Reviews and a website devoted to independently published books. In the magazine, they feature reviews of the best 160 new titles from independent publishers, university presses and noteworthy self-published authors. Their website features daily updates: reviews along with in-depth coverage and analysis of independent publishing from a team of more than 100 reviewers, journalists and bloggers. The print magazine is available at most Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million newsstands or by subscription. You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. They are headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan, USA. Find a complete list of nominees here:

About Jennifer-Hillman Magnuson: Jennifer Hillman-Magnuson is a northwest writer who currently lives in Salem, Oregon. After having been born in the Seattle area and then moving to Bend and then Salem, Oregon, Magnuson met her husband while attending Portland State University. In June 2010, Jennifer, husband Bob and five children ages 1- 14 moved to Chennai in southeast India.

About Peanut Butter and Naan: Fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants mom, Jennifer Magnuson, knew her spoiled suburban brood needed a wake-up call--she just couldn't find the time to fit one in. But when her husband was offered a position in India, she saw it for what it was: the perfect opportunity for her family to unplug from their over-scheduled and pampered lives in Nashville and gain some much-needed perspective. What she didn't realize was how much their time in India would transform her as well. A combination of Eat, Pray, Love and Modern Family, with a dash of Chelsea Handler thrown in for good measure, Peanut Butter and Naan is Magnuson's hilarious look at the chaos of parenting against a backdrop of malaria, extreme poverty, and no conveniences of any kind--and her story of rediscovering herself and revitalizing her connection with those she loves the most. Hers is a story about motherhood that will not only make you laugh and nod with recognition--it will inspire you to fall in love with your own family all over again.

Photo: Jennifer-Hillman Magnuson.

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