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The Best History Books of August

This entire summer has been great for history books. In keeping with that theme, August has some big hits, once again betraying the common impression that summer is only for beach reads. Here's a selection of our Best History Books...

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How the Army Taught Courage Before World War II: Elizabeth Letts on "The Perfect Horse"

Elizabeth Letts talks about the brave men who remembered the lesson to put their horses first...

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Talking with Amy Gentry about Her Thriller "Good As Gone" and the Culture of Victim-Blaming

We picked Good as Gone as one of the best books of the month due to Gentry's twisty, turny, and emotionally gut-punching story of a daughter who returns to her family eight years after her abduction. Here, Gentry answers our questions about her debut novel, the likelihood of child kidnapping, and the quiet culture of victim-blaming.

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"Death to the Fascist Insect": Patty Hearst, the SLA, and the Swinging 70s

We ask American Heiress author Jeffrey Toobin about one of the wildest, most sensational stories of our age: the 1974 kidnapping of Patricia Hearst.

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Amazon Book Review Exclusive: Jacqueline Woodson

The author of our August best books of the month spotlight selection shares a very personal look at her memories and poetic perspective in an essay on writing Another Brooklyn.

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First Star I See Tonight

Susan Elizabeth Phillips Returns to the Field with Her Newest Sports Romance

In First Star I See Tonight, a former quarterback with all the right moves goes toe-to-toe with a private investigator that's got no game,with hilarious results. Watch our video interview with the inventor of the sports romance, Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

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Best SFF of August

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of August: Our Top 6 Picks

Virtual reality that puts a pretty mask on a dead world, mediums speaking with WWI soldiers, N. K. Jemisin's latest entry in her Broken Earth series, and a strange walk in the woods are among the best science fiction and fantasy books of August.

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Bad-Dads

Bill Murray Is a Bad Father

Bad Dads presents the best work from Spoke Art Gallery's peculiar and particular collection: Art inspired by the films of Wes Anderson. As you might expect, Bill Murray features prominently. We have images and the foreword by Anderson.

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The Best Mysteries & Thrillers of August

Here is a selection of some of our picks for the Best Mysteries & Thrillers of August.

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City Out of Time: Tim Murphy on "Christodora"

Tim Murphy talks about his novel, a sort of ode to New York, a city that is "both maker and destroyer of memories"...

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