Best of the Month
Gene

Best Books of the Month: Nonfiction

A selection of some of our favorite nonfiction picks for May, including a "biography" of the gene, a meditation on tribal culture--across all cultures--from Sebastian Junger, and a story of modern China as told through the lens of a single Shanghai street.

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Walking-Himalayas

Not Just Another Walk in the Woods

Spectacular images from Walking the Himalayas, the latest of two epic accounts of travel and adventure on foot by Levison Wood.

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Smoke

An Addictive and Dickensian Genre-Bender: Dan Vyleta’s “Smoke”

On a sunny and unusually warm spring day in Seattle, Dan Vyleta and I sat down with iced coffees and talked about his new literary genre-breaker. Smoke is set in an alternative vision of nineteenth-century England, where a person’s morality...

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YA Wednesday: Tips from a Star-Touched Queen

From the author of one of our recent Best YA Books of the Month picks--The Star-Touched Queen--an otherworldly list of life hacks...

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Sport-of-Kings

Best Books of May: Literature & Fiction

A selection of some of our favorite novels of May, including an epic novel of lineage, legacy, and race horses, a beautiful and compelling story about fracking (!), and an apocalyptic thriller that's anything but typical.

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Kate DiCamillo's Summer Reading List

Suddenly school is almost out and it's time to load the kids up with books for summer vacation--but what? Multiple-award winning author Kate DiCamillo has a few ideas...

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Smokin' Numbers: A Soundtrack for Joe Hill's "The Fireman"

Joe Hill shares the songs he listened to while writing The Fireman, a chilling post-apocalyptic novel starring a scrappy nurse who loves Mary Poppins.

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Something to Crow About

Elizabeth Church's novel delves into many things including love, sacrifice, ambition, and...crows. In this exclusive piece, we learn five ways the crows mirror human behavior. I know I'll never look at them the same way again...

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Bridge-Ladies

Mothers and Daughters, a Card Game, and Bridging Generations

In The Bridge Ladies, Betsy Lerner delves into her memories of her mother's Bridge club--a near universal experience for women of a certain era and station--to learn a lot about herself, and about how mothers and daughters do and don’t always get along.

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Goat-Man

All the Goaty Details

1. Ask yourself, "Wouldn't it be nice to be an animal for a bit?"
2. Build a goat exoskeleton
3. Go to the Alps, live with the goats
4. Write a book called GoatMan: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human

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