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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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Second Chance Summer

First Chance for Jill Shalvis Fans to Hear about "Second Chance Summer"

Second Chance Summer is the first book of Shalvis' intriguing new series set in Colorado, where men and women tackle life and love among the rugged mountains of Cedar Ridge. Shalvis speaks in this video interview about what makes her characters tick, what’s planned for the series, and the dreaded writers' block.

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Seveneves

Neal Stephenson: On "Seveneves," His Writing, and More

We spoke with Neal Stephenson in person at BookExpo America about his space/science epic, Seveneves. In this video interview, Stephenson speaks about the genesis of Seveneves, why the book jumps forward in time, other creative projects he's working on, and more.

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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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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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