2020 Great Read: Lifestyles of Gods & Monsters


The Arkansas Center for the Book at the Arkansas State Library is pleased to announce the 2020 Great Reads selection: Lifestyles of Gods & Monsters (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019) by Little Rock author, Emily Roberson.

Greek mythology meets the Kardashians in Emily Roberson’s Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters, a fresh, fast-paced debut young adult novel about celebrity culture, family dynamics, and finding love amidst it all.

Visit Emily Roberson’s website for more information about Lifestyles of Gods & Monsters.



Emily Roberson and The Great Read

Emily Roberson talks about her novel and her favorite things about Arkansas.

KidLit TV Great Reads from Great Places (4 minutes)

All About Retellings

Emily Roberson, author of Lifestyles of Gods & Monsters, presents a video created for the Arkansas Center for the Book and the 2020 National Book Festival.

All About Retellings (9 minutes)

About the Book

The biggest moneymaker? The Labyrinth Contest, a TV extravaganza in which Ariadne leads fourteen teens into a maze to kill a monster. To win means endless glory; to lose means death. In ten seasons, no one has ever won.

Sixteen-year-old Ariadne’s whole life is curated and shared with the world. Her royal family’s entertainment empire is beloved by the tabloids, all over social media, and the hottest thing on television.


About the Author

Emily Roberson is the author of Lifestyles of Gods & Monsters (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, October 2019) and the adult novel Life, Motherhood and the Pursuit of the Perfect Handbag. She loves books, food, travel and fashion, and attempts to cram all those things into her books.

Emily was a bookseller in Little Rock, a newspaper reporter in Vicksburg, a marketing manager in Boston, and a writer in Chapel Hill and Dallas. She graduated from Brown University and has a master’s degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin. She now lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with her husband, three sons and no pets.


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