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Preparation for the Next Life

Sara Asks...How Did I Miss This?

A couple of months ago, an agent friend of mine came to lunch with a handsome paperback novel “I think you’ll like this,” she said. This agent is one of the very best, and though I’ve known her for years, she doesn’t pitch me easily or often, preferring, I guess, to see what books (represented by her or not) organically rise to the top.

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Big Spring Books

Our Picks for the Best Books of the Season

I know this will be hard to believe for many (I’m thinking of you Northeastern states!), but spring is almost sprung and with it a bevy of exciting book releases. From blockbusters to the best in literary fiction, nonfiction, children's...

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Funny Girl

Sara Says...

One of the few, albeit minor, drawbacks of this job is that while we all get to spend a lot of time discovering books we love, we don’t always have the luxury of time to pause between books and see which ones are going to linger in our minds, which ones are going to become longterm residents on our personal Best Of Lists. I, for example, loved Nick Hornby's...

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Vanessa and Her Sister

Dangerous Fun to Write: Priya Parmar on "Vanessa and Her Sister"

Much has been written about the legendary Bloomsbury group and two of its most famous members--the painter Vanessa Bell and author, Virginia Woolf. In her novel Vanessa and Her Sister, Priya Parmar examines their relationship through the lens of an obscure, real-life incident from their youth, that rocked the foundations of their family...

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H is for Hawk

Weekend Reading

Walking to the park last weekend, I collided with a young chap so engrossed in a book that he…well, ran into me. He was reading the latest in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (“the very best one!” he exclaimed). Not terribly astute at multi-tasking myself, I think I’ll don a helmet when I venture back to the park this Saturday with my weekend reads. Here’s a peek at what a few of the editors will be digging into:

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Seehowsmall

"I Wanted to Push This Some" - Scott Blackwood on His Novel "See How Small"

Scott Blackwood's novel See How Small was our spotlight pick for January's Best Books of the Month. The story is built around a real-life, unsolved murder that happened in Austin, Texas, but the book is not a straightforward murder/mystery. Blackwood is an extremely talented, forward-looking writer, and there is no neat bow at the end of See How Small.

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Elliot

Ben Fountain Reviews Elliot Ackerman's "Green on Blue"

A few years ago, Ben Fountain helped to start a phenomenon. His excellent novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk was one of the first novels to explore the war in Iraq through literature. Since then, a drumbeat of great novels about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has followed, many of them written by soldiers from those wars.

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Jaguars-Children

"The Jaguar's Children" and John Vaillant's Mexico

"One sunny October day in my early twenties, I swam across the Rio Grande. The current was strong, the water cool and thick with silt. I made the far bank in a couple of minutes and, once there, stood naked beneath a cliff with river mud oozing between my toes."

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Tyler

Amazon's Best Books of February: Part Two

Last week I covered our first five picks for the Best Books of February. It was a pretty serious top 5, running the gamut between war, kidnapping by a supreme leader, and urban violence, with one Funny Girl thrown in as a change of pace. The remaining picks are, for the most part, a little more plain fun.

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"I've Never Been Happier to Tell You About a Book" - Cynthia Bond's "Ruby"

Oprah Winfrey has done so much to bring books and readers together, but she seems particularly excited about this latest pick. The novel is a debut entitled Ruby, written by Cynthia Bond. Here, Oprah tells Amazon readers why she picked it:

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