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Family Secrets: The Story Behind "Orhan's Inheritance"

Our debut spotlight pick for April, Orhan's Inheritance is a beautiful and moving account of two people deeply in love, torn apart by war and terrible sacrifice. There is a story behind this story, and as you might suspect it is rooted in family history. Here is Aline Ohanesian's account of how she came to write about a young Turkish man, an elderly Armenian woman, and how long-buried memories touch future generations...

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YA Wednesday: 5 Things to Do Before You Die

Like nearly everyone he knows, Denton Little has been aware of the date he will die from a very young age, though without the knowledge of what will actually kill him. This is the story of what Denton does with his last days and begs the question, what would you do? Author Lance Rubin answers that question, and takes it beyond what you might think...

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Eat Your Greens

Chef and restauranteur April Bloomfield schooled us on all things pig in her cookbook-memoir, A Girl and Her Pig, and now she's turning our attention to the bounty of the garden (and the farmer's market) with A Girl and Her Greens...

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"My Father’s Death Cheated Me of a Key to Myself." - A Conversation Between Greg Iles and Pat Conroy

Last year's Natchez Burning--the first in the "Natchez Burning" trilogy--was a best seller that further established Greg Iles as one of the finest contemporary Southern writers working today.

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Cactus Ed and the Hippie-Hater: An Illustrated Tale of Two Haircuts

Can you judge a book by its cover? All the Wild That Remains author David Gessner contrasts two icons of Western literature--Edward Abbey and Wallace Stegner--starting at the top with the most conspicuous, if superficial, difference: their chosen hairstyles.

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The Best Kids' Books of April

Our editors' picks for April's best children's books run the gamut from a real-life baby drawing his way through the night, to words of wisdom from the coolest cat around, to stories of magic and growing up...

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The Light of the World

Art Fixes Life in Time: Elizabeth Alexander on "The Light of the World"

Elizabeth Alexander, an acclaimed poet perhaps best known for the poem she delivered at Barack Obama’s first inauguration, grieves the loss of her beloved husband in the earthy and elegiac, The Light of the World...

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Recipe Road Test: "The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook" Baked Ziti with Ricotta and Eggplant

Eggplant is a great meat-like vegetable but it also has potential cooking pitfalls that can have soggy and wholly unappetizing results. Done right, the purple fruit is delicious, and the folks at America's Test Kitchen came up with an eggplant pasta dish in The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook that is oh-so-right...

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Amazon's Best Books of April: Part One

It's quite a lineup of books this month. Just in the top 5, the nonfiction pendulum swings from a memoir-ish book about a "comma queen" to a hardline journalistic investigation. In fiction, we have novels from seasoned veterans, and there's also a first novel by a virtual unknown (although that's changing fast).

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An Interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen, Debut Author of "The Sympathizer"

Viet Thanh Nguyen's The Sympathizer, a major debut, is one of our selections for the Best Books of April. Amazon's Al Woodworth described the novel as follows: "Political, historical, romantic and comic, The Sympathizer is a rich and hugely gratifying story that captures the complexity of the war and what it means to be of two minds."

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