Thornbirds

Colleen McCullough Dead at 77

Shop this article on Amazon The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough Colleen McCullough died yesterday on Norfolk Island, which is located in the Pacific Ocean. She was 77 years old. For those of us who can remember when the internet...

Read more
Sara Says...

Sara Says...Welcome to Our Parlor

There used to be a column in a famous women’s magazine called: “Welcome to My Parlor.” That quaint locution keeps coming to mind as I think about introducing you to our brand new Omnivoracious, now called The Amazon Book Review....

Read more
The Nightingale

Kristin Hannah and Megan Chance on "The Nightingale"

"When would I, as a wife and mother, risk my life--and more importantly, my child’s life--to save a stranger?" This question spawned Kristin Hannah's emotionally-charged historical novel, set during WWII, The Nightingale. Here, Hannah and her good friend, author Megan Chance, throw back a few Mai-Tais and "talk book."

Read more
Happy

"Happy are the Happy" - An Excerpt from Yasmina Reza's New Book

The title is a quote from Jorge Luis Borges, but don’t be fooled by that erudition. Yasmina Reza’s Happy are the Happy is universal and accessible to anyone who has ever wanted to be, or has been, in a relationship – as long as she wants to admit her ambivalences. It’s dark in places, and funny, and unusual; but these 20 short chapters, each told by a character who may or may not reappear in another piece, are the tragicomic portrait of love. Here, a portion of one of our favorite chapters:

Read more
King

Constructive Criticism: Announcing the NBCC Award Nominees

The finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced this week. There are thirty finalists, falling into six categories: autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, general nonfiction, and poetry. The National Book Critics Circle has one of the more interesting...

Read more
ABR-Negative-cover

Blondie, 1970s New York, and Chris Stein's Heart of Glass

In the early 1970s, Chris Stein was a student at the School of Visual Arts in New York, spending his off-hours photographing the pre-Giuliani Big Apple of garbage strikes, murder, muggings, and a Midtown more S&M than M&M...

Read more
MasteringMistakesKitchen

Mistakes Were Made. Dana Cowin Helps Us Fix Them.

I first became aware of Dana Cowin through my love affair with Top Chef where Cowin, the editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine, is a guest judge every season. Then last fall came her first cookbook, Mastering My Mistakes in...

Read more
Gut

"My Own Hunt for Health" - Reading Along with Author Heather Abel

Originally from Los Angeles, Heather Abel now lives in western Massachusetts with her husband and daughters. Her most recent non-fiction is about celiac disease, bananas, her mom, and the rise of the gluten-free diet. Here, Heather tells us about what...

Read more
ABR-Descent

Wild at Heart: The Dark Center of Tim Johnston's "Descent"

2015 may be young, but Tim Johnston's Descent has positioned itself as an early frontrunner for year-end best-of lists. The surprise bestseller's plot is straight-up thriller: On the eve of daughter Caitlin's departure for college, the Courtlands drive into the...

Read more
ABR_Wolverine

Graphic Novel Friday: The Death of Wolverine

Let’s all admit that Wolverine will survive The Death of Wolverine. He’s been through worse (like that time he went to Hell), and he’s too much of a revenue generator to cut from Marvel’s publishing plan. Character deaths and rebirths...

Read more
ABR-Moral-Arc

Like Minds: Stephen Pinker Reviews "The Moral Arc"

Is the world becoming a better place? Michael Shermer, editor in chief of Skeptic magazine, thinks so, and he thinks it's all about the science. His new book, The Moral Arc, outlines his hypothesis: As humankind gains greater understanding of...

Read more

Lists + Reviews

Best Books Literature + Fiction Nonfiction Kids + Young Adult Mystery, Thriller + Suspense Science Fiction + Fantasy Comics + Graphic Novels Romance Eating + Drinking

Authors

Interviews Guest Essays

News + Features

News Features

Editors

Omnivoracious, The Amazon Book Review

Feeds Facebook Twitter YouTube