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Author: Allison Winn Scotch Narrator: Julia Whelan Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9780062190727
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“Allison Winn Scotch is the real deal and The Department of Lost & Found is one you absolutely won’t want to miss.”

—Johanna Edwards, author of The Next Big Thing

“Funny, touching, tender, true….I loved it.”

—Pamela Redmond Satran, author of Suburbanistas

A Redbook Magazine Editor’s Choice, Allison Winn Scotch’s sparkling debut novel, The Department of Lost & Found, is a story that makes you laugh and cry in equal measure. This funny and uplifting tale of a young woman overcoming bad odds and changing her life, as she discovers unexpected truths about her friends, her family, and herself, is one that Julie Buxbaum and Jennifer Weiner fans will not soon forget.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nela | 2/5/2014

    " Loved it. Thought it would be sad, but it was a great story, very intertaining! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 2/1/2014

    " I loved this book. Everything about it. I was hooked from the first page and couldn't put it down. I got so much out of this book just through things the main character experiences. It was wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renae | 2/1/2014

    " I'd say a solid 3 1/2 stars. Good read about a single woman's experience with breast cancer and life. Definitely a tear jerker; however, the author interjects a lot of humor into the story as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheery | 1/15/2014

    " I cried by pages 53, 99, 123 and others. Scotch's novel tells the story of chemotherapy treatments and showed the feelings of the main character. Her characters are well developed: their professions, actions, living situations ... suited plot development. I do feel that the conclusion of the story was rushed, but to be even handed, there were enough clues along the way to anticipate the story's end. I'd like to read another book by Scotch. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 1/13/2014

    " While I'm the kind of person who cries at sappy commercials, it takes a lot for a book to get me to that point. The last time I even got close to weepy was at the end of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." Well, not only did Allison Winn Scotch's book make me cry (more than once, mind you), it made me laugh out loud as well. Her writing is so breezy and enjoyable that, before you know it, you will have read the entire book. I miss the book's characters already! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lora | 1/4/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book and the lessons that Natalie learns. I can't help but thing the author must be incredibly well-adjusted! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 1/3/2014

    " A difficult journey through cancer with an unfortunately unlikeable heroine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 12/9/2013

    " I was quite surprised by this book. I really ended up enjoying it and rooting for Natalie in the end to figure life out! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 12/8/2013

    " A very engaging novel that reads like a memoir. The authenticity and power of this book didn't hit me until after I finished it - Winn Scotch's prose grows on the soul. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 N.T. | 12/3/2013

    " Loved it -- the writing, the character and tale. It hit very close to home and own journey. Appreciated the journey of the character in work and in life, determining her own identity and shifting unexpectedly her perspective in a very human way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pattie | 10/17/2013

    " Nice story for a fall day, "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 9/14/2013

    " I enjoyed the author's style of writing - main character, Natalie is top aide for a senator - and is battling breast cancer - "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 9/9/2013

    " Really liked this one. It was on a list of suggested reading by one of my favorite authors, Jen Lancaster ("Bitter is the New Black", etc.) Despite the potentially depressing subject matter of breast cancer, this was a funny and entertaining read. I am going to look into other books by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 8/17/2013

    " A quick read (stayed up late reading it last night!) about realizing what's important in life when faced with your own mortality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandie | 8/1/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. Inspiring and uplifting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 7/6/2013

    " A terrific book. I can't wait to read Allison's next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 5/25/2013

    " Wow, what a heartfelt and great read. I would give it 4 1/2 stars if I could. It's hard to imagine a book about cancer can be uplifting, but it oddly was. I was bawling at the end. Really beautiful writing - funny moments, heartbreaking moments, and everything in between. Highly recommended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amcleod84 | 4/2/2013

    " This is the first book in a long time that I couldn't put down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 2/20/2013

    " I enjoyed this book, the main character is completely relatable, I think that is what I enjoyed most. It was a very realistic story also. This was the first book I read by this author, I am looking forward to reading more by her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 8/15/2012

    " Easy quick read once I started it again. A good choice for summer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sami | 7/27/2012

    " A really decent book. About a girl struggling with breast cancer and reeling from a breakup. The book is more about finding oneself despite the hardships. I recommend it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 6/30/2012

    " The Department of Lost and Found just came out in paperback! Yay! "

About the Author

Allison Winn Scotch is the bestselling author of The One That I Want, Time of My Life, and The Department of Lost and Found. Prior to becoming a fiction writer, she was a frequent contributor to numerous magazines and websites, including Cooking Light, Men’s Health, Fitness, Glamour, and Redbook. She received her BA in history and marketing from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. When not writing fiction, Scotch writes celebrity profiles for a variety of magazines. She lives in New York with her family.

About the Narrator

Julia Whelan, winner of numerous Earphones Awards, won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Romance Narration in 2013 and has also been a finalist for an Audie Award in other years. She was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of 2010, and two of her audio narrations were shortlisted for the American Library Association’s notable recordings of 2010. Her narration of Jandy Nelson’s The Sky Is Everywhere earned a place in the first round of 2011 Grammy nominations for Best Spoken Word Album. She is a former child actor who has appeared in multiple films and television shows, most notably ABC’s Once and Again. After receiving her college degree, she returned to the film industry and is also a writer.