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A Window Opens

How a Working Mother's "So-Called Manuscript" Turned Into a Delightful Debut

Elisabeth Egan’s buoyant debut novel, A Window Opens, has that oh-boy-have-we-all-been-there quality many of us recognize, whether we’re mothers who work outside the home – or not. Here the author explains how she – mother of three, book editor, aspiring...

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Exercise Your Right to Read

Exercise Your Right to Read

September 27-October 3 is Banned Books Week. This annual celebration of the freedom to read was first conceived in 1982 when the Office of Intellectual Freedom received an inordinately high number of challenges to books based on things like offensive...

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The Visitant

Kristin Hannah and Megan Chance on “The Visitant”

Kristin Hannah interviews Megan Chance on Chance's new novel set in Venice, The Visitant, as the authors share Negronis and French 75s.

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Second Chances: Jonathan Evison and the Roads to Redemption

Jonathan Evison is a writer on a roll. Since his widely lauded 2008 debut, All About Lulu, Evison has steadfastly followed his own unique vision, producing novels packed with eccentrics finding, sometimes fighting, their way back from the margins of...

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The Fall of Princes

The Best Book About the Best (and Worst) of Times...

Remember the ‘80s? Author Robert Goolrick does – in both glorious and inglorious detail. The money (Wall Street, not Silicon Valley (yet), the drugs (we’re not talking a little weed) the indiscriminate, wild sex (AIDS? What’s that?) Above all, the...

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National Book Awards

The 2015 National Book Awards Longlist for Fiction

Throughout this week, the National Book Foundation has been revealing its longlists for the best in American literature (finalists will be announced on October 14)...

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Fates and Furies

"Reading Is Gorgeously Akin to the Experience of Marriage": Lauren Groff on "Fates and Furies"

Many a therapist will tell you that honesty and transparency is the glue that keeps a relationship together. Lauren Groff cleverly turns this concept on its head in Fates and Furies...

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2015 Man Booker Prize Shortlist Announced

The 2015 Man Booker Prize Shortlist was announced today. The UK prize was first awarded in 1969, but this is only the second year that the award has been open to writers of any nationality. It's interesting to note that...

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Best of September

Amazon's Best Books of September: Part Two

In part two of our coverage of the Best Books of September, we feature a funny book about mental illness (seriously), a Man Booker Prize nominee, and a YA novel so highly anticipated that...

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Examining 9/11 through Fiction

I read a review in The New Yorker yesterday about a book I hadn't known about. The review is by Joshua Rothman, and the book he examines is called In the Shadow of the Towers: Speculative Fiction in a Post-9/11 World.

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