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Amazon's Best Books of July: Part Two

We hope we whet your appetite on Wednesday with part one of July’s Best Books of the Month. Part two includes the latest action-packed, page-turner by...

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Put This in Your Pipe and Surf It

I recently wrote that fly-fishing is really hard. Well, fly-fishing ain't got nothing on surfing. Last year, I visited Dave Callanan, a friend and former editor here, at his home in Santa Barbara. I'd never surfed, so he and his...

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Circling the Sun

Amazon's Best Books of July: Part One

We always try to find a range of favorites for our Best of the Month list – and we think we’ve done a particularly good job for July...

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YA Wednesday: Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella threw her hat in the YA ring last month with a winning blend of humor and heart, "Finding Audrey." Here's what she had to say about writing YA, her bookshelf order, a living author she'd like to meet, and more...

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Sympathizer

A Different Kind of War Novel - Talking to Viet Thanh Nguyen, Author of "The Sympathizer"

One of our favorite books so far this year is Viet Thanh Nguyen's debut novel The Sympathizer, a book with one of the best first sentences of any you will come across.

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In the Country

Mia Alvar on Miracle Workers, Mothers & Being a Citizen of the World

Mia Alvar’s In the Country is one of the more compelling story collections I’ve read in years. While it’s very specific in its depictions of Filipinos of many different times and places, it also speaks to...

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In the Unlikely Event

An Excerpt from Judy Blume's "In the Unlikely Event"

Anytime a Judy Blume book is released, it's cause for celebration. The beloved author of kids and young adult classics like Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. returns with her first adult novel since Summer Sisters...

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The Best Books of the Year So Far

We like Best Of lists. We like Best Of lists so much that it's too much to ask of us to hold off on Best of 2015 selections until the end of 2015, so this morning we're happy to announce...

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Saint Mazie

"Saint Mazie" - An Interview with Author Jami Attenberg

Jami Attenberg’s Saint Mazie is our Best of the Month Spotlight Pick for June. The novel is based on the real Mazie Gordon-Phillips, a hard-drinkin’ goodtime girl with a heart of gold...

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Not That Superbad After All: Judd Apatow on "Allen Klein"

If you know who Allen Klein is, you probably know him as the manager who broke up the Beatles and bilked the Stones. Music writer Fred Goodman's new biography of Klein aims to soften that image a bit, making its...

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