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YA Wednesday: Book Clubbin'

For myself and the other editors over here in our cozy office cave, we are always reading upcoming books but I've often thought it would be great if we had a book club of our own, where we could choose a title that came out a year ago or even longer if we wanted, and then connect with readers from cities large and small. And now we've got one...

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Talking to Christian Kiefer, Author of "The Animals"

Read on to see what author Christian Kiefer had to say about writing his book and writing in general. It's pretty illuminating....

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They Had It Coming: Social Media and the Age of Shame

"We’re tearing people apart for lesser and lesser crimes. It’s robbing us of our empathy." So You've Been Publicly Shamed author Jon Ronson shares his thoughts on the book and social media's role in modern degradation.

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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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Announcing the NBCC Award Winners

Marilynne Robinson's Lila has won the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. It is the third book in a trilogy that started with her novel Gilead, which won the NBCC Award for fiction in 2005.

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Blondie, 1970s New York, and Chris Stein's Heart of Glass

In the early 1970s, Chris Stein was a student at the School of Visual Arts in New York, spending his off-hours photographing the pre-Giuliani Big Apple of garbage strikes, murder, muggings, and a Midtown more S&M than M&M...

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Mistakes Were Made. Dana Cowin Helps Us Fix Them.

I first became aware of Dana Cowin through my love affair with Top Chef where Cowin, the editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine, is a guest judge every season. Then last fall came her first cookbook, Mastering My Mistakes in...

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The Book That Changed My Life

I know that sounds really dramatic, but it's 100% true. The book is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing and it has done for me what no other organizational books, articles, tips, or...

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From the Archives: Sonali Deraniyagala's Memoir of Surviving 2004's Tsunami

Last week marked the 10-year anniversary of the massive tsunami that roared across the Indian Ocean and devasted the coastlines of fourteen countries. One of the deadlist natural disasters in modern history, the tsunami took the lives of more than...

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Graphic Novel Friday: Best of the Year

Our editors pushed up their ruby quartz glasses and debated a Top 20 list with the fierceness of Black Panther and the eloquence of Cypher. What follows below is a collection of New York Times bestsellers alongside blockbuster reads and...

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