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February 24, 2009

Starbucks Selects "Happens Every Day" by Isabel Gillies - to be Published by Scribner - as Next Book in Starbucks Book Program


Starbucks announced today the next title in its book program: Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story, by Isabel Gillies, which will be published on March 24, 2009 by Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. Gillies, known for her recurring role as Detective Stabler’s wife on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, has written an extraordinarily candid and compulsively readable memoir about coming to terms with the collapse of her marriage.  Featured as Vogue’s “Up Front” in its February 2009 issue, the book will be offered at more than 7,000 Starbucks company-operated locations in the U.S. and bookstores across the U.S. beginning on March 24, 2009.
 “Isabel has exceptionally bared her soul on the page,” said Susan Moldow, Executive Vice President and Publisher of Scribner. “You cannot read Happens Every Day without feeling a sense of identification, even if you have never been in Isabel’s exact situation.”

Isabel Gillies had a wonderful life—a handsome, intelligent, loving husband; two glorious toddlers; a beautiful house; the time and place to express all her ebullience, affection, and optimism. Suddenly, that life was over. Her husband, Josiah, announced that he was leaving her and their two sons. Happens Every Day is Gillies’ raw and urgent account of the events that transpired, and it uncannily reads like an intimate confession from a best friend.

“Happens Every Day is about the end of my first marriage,” said Gillies. “But while I was writing, I found that I had learned something about coping with unexpected crisis, and about loving your life even when it’s falling apart. No matter who you are, where you live, or what you do, everyone has to navigate something sad or challenging. It would be great if this book could help someone else in trouble, even a little bit. I loved writing Happens Every Day, and am so honored that it was chosen to be a Starbucks book.”

“Isabel Gillies describes the unexpected demise of her marriage with astonishing candor,” said Nan Graham, Vice President, Editor-in-Chief of Scribner. “She’s heartbroken, she’s livid, she’s fiercely protective of her children–and she manages to be oddly exhilarating. The message she delivers in her instantly engaging voice is that people are resilient. You can start over. That happens every day, too.”

“This book provides a real life lesson that we can all relate to,” said Chris Bruzzo, vice president of brand content, Starbucks. “In the most relatable of words, and with a contagious writing style that exudes her wit and sense of humor, Isabel teaches us that some of our worst tragedies are actually moments that can bring about positive change and personal growth.”

For additional information about Happens Every Day, please visit www.simonandschuster.com.


About the Author
Isabel Gillies, known for her recurring television role as Detective Stabler’s wife in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and for her cinematic debut in the cult film Metropolitan, graduated from
New York University with a BFA in film. She lives in Manhattan with her second husband, her two sons, and her stepdaughter.


About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting the highest quality arabica coffee in the world. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at www.starbucks.com


About Scribner
Scribner is an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., part of CBS Corporation. Simon & Schuster is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic and multi-media formats. Its divisions include the Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

`L&O' star's memoir to be featured at Starbucks
Associate Press
NEW YORK (AP) — A memoir by Isabel Gillies, who plays Kathy Stabler on NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," will be the next book featured at Starbucks stores around the country.
Gillies' "Happens Every Day," which tells of the collapse of her marriage to DeSales Harrison, will be published March 24 by Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Inc.
In a statement released Tuesday by Starbucks, Gillies calls her book a story of "loving your life even when it's falling apart." Gillies, 39, is now married to Wall Street Journal reporter Peter Lattman.
Previous Starbucks picks include Helene Cooper's "The House at
Sugar Beach
" and Mitch Albom's "For One More Day."
NBC is owned by General Electric Co.

Starbucks Picks Gillies’ ‘Happens Every Day’
Written by Rachel Deahl; Publishers Weekly
Continuing its tradition of featuring inspirational memoirs, Starbucks has selected Isabel Gillies's Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story, which Scribner is releasing on March 24. Gillies, who has a recurring minor role as Elliot Stabler's wife on the NBC show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, chronicles the collapse of her marriage in the book. Starbucks's push will now see the title, which is also appearing in this month's Vogue, featured in more than 7,000 of its stores.


“Law and Order“ Actress’s Memoir to Premiere at Starbuck’s
Written by John Winn; The Celebrity Cafe
It’s a colorful life for Isabel Gillies. The “Law and Order: SVU“ actress has made a career playing characters as diverse as a born-again murderer, a Wall Street broker, and most notably Kathy Stabler. So it comes to no surprise that she has a memoir in her.
According to the AP, Isabel Gillies, 39, will publish a memoir "Happens Every Day". And like most memoirs, the book will premiere in Starbucks.
In a statement released by the coffee store chain, Gillies described her book as "A story of loving your life even though it is falling apart."
The book, about Gillies marriage to DeSales Harrison, chronicles her move to the
Midwest--and her eventual falling out with Harrison. Gillies is currently married to Wall Street Journal reporter Peter Lattman.
"Happens Every Day" is being published by Simon and Schuster. The book premieres March 24.


Divorce memoir with your low-fat latte? Starbucks' new book pick

Written by Carolyn Kellogg; L.A. Times
Starbucks, which has wisely concluded that books and coffee go together, has selected a new book pick. OK, so let me clarify — the coffee chain has decided that a book and coffee go well together, featuring a single book in
more than 7,000 stores. Beginning in March, that book will be "Happens Every Day" by Isabel Gillies.
Gillies has written a memoir about the collapse of her first marriage. A thirtysomething mother with bone structure to die for, Gillies is best known as
an actress — she plays the wife of Det. Stabler on "Law & Order: SVU" and appeared in the film "Metropolitan."
In the first pages of her book — I'm using
Amazon's look-inside feature, because I don't have an advance copy — she writes about her grandparents living down the street from John Cheever, her father running for New York City Council (he didn't win), her grandmother looking like Katharine Hepburn. She writes that her husband "looks like Adonis."
This all adds up, I think, to a fairly unusual life. But Susan Moldow, executive vice president and publisher of Scribner, says, "You cannot read 'Happens Every Day' without feeling a sense of identification, even if you have never been in Isabel’s exact situation." Probably for the best, for how many of us have?
There is one person who was close — her ex-husband. In the book he's called Josiah, but he has another name, according to the
Weddings section of the New York Times, which covered their marriage. The Adonis-like DeSales Harrison is an English professor. But he does poetry, not nonfiction, so he probably won't be adding "Happens Every Day" to his syllabus.
The gossipy, student-review website
Rate My Professor.com thinks he's dreamy, if difficult — he gets a 9 for "hotness" and a 2.7 for "easiness." The big question is, come March, where will he be getting his coffee?