• The Authenticity Project

  • A Novel
  • By: Clare Pooley
  • Narrated by: Anna Cordell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (2,277 ratings)

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The Authenticity Project

By: Clare Pooley
Narrated by: Anna Cordell
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Publisher's summary

A New York Times bestseller

A WASHINGTON POST “FEEL-GOOD BOOK guaranteed to lift your spirits”

“A warm, charming tale about the rewards of revealing oneself, warts and all.”—People

The story of a solitary green notebook that brings together six strangers and leads to unexpected friendship, and even love

Clare Pooley's next book, Iona Iverson's Rules for Commuting, is forthcoming

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 listeners are clamoring for—and one they will take to their hearts and listen to with unabashed pleasure.

©2020 Clare Pooley (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

“The Authenticity Project is an enjoyable read that is cozy–or as its British characters would have it, cosy–in the best sense of the word.”USA Today

“A well-suited subject for the Instagram era, this book makes you realize that no one's life is what it seems.”—Good Morning America

"It all feels like a warm hug."—The Washington Post