The Authenticity Project

The Authenticity Project

A Novel

Large Print - 2020
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"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.
Publisher: [New York, New York] :, Random House Large Print,, ©2020.
Edition: First large print edition.
ISBN: 9780593171820
Branch Call Number: LPE FICTION POO
Characteristics: 484 pages (large print) ; 24 cm


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May 16, 2021

This was a warm and endearing novel about truth, friendship, integrity, and the power of connection. I was intrigued by the premise, while the various characters and their situations kept me reading. Loved the quirky and humorous direction of the plot, and the interconnectivity of the characters and their lives. And there were a few surprises that took the book from predictable to fresh and entertaining. If you're looking for a contemporary novel that is sharply insightful about honesty and image, I recommend this engaging feel-good story.

Apr 26, 2021


Apr 17, 2021

Very good story of a group of folks who each have discontent re their life in one way or the other. Julian, a lonely 84 yr old artist, starts writing in a journal he titles the Authenticity Project snd leaves it at Monica’s Cafe purposely for anyone to pick up and read. Luckily, Monica does and she starts an art class in her Cafe to help Julian, writes her story in the journal and leaves it in a wine bar where Hazard reads it and decides to help Monica. It’s a heartwarming story of the journey of the book and the group of 6 who end up helping their entire community by helping one another in suitable ways. Great writing, great read!! Loved this book

CMLibrary_Veronica Mar 23, 2021

To be completely honest, I was really disappointed with this book. It took forever to get started, it was super predictable, and the ending just felt forced and I saw it coming a mile away. I don't know why I had such high hopes for this book. I think I'd heard here and there that it was good so I really wanted to read and I finally got the chance and it was just lackluster, to say the least.

I think this idea was really cool and there's a lot of ways it could've gone and in some ways, I'm happy with what was done. But mostly, I just was not impressed. I didn't really love it but I know it's not the worst book I've read. It's a solid meh.

Feb 02, 2021

When a lonely man leaves a book behind sharing part of his life’s story for someone else to find...what an interesting journey that book takes and weaves people’s lives together. Very enjoyable book to read! Makes you think about what if you started such a book, what would you write & where would you leave it to be found?

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.

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.

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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