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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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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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Circling the Sun

Sara Says: Pack Your Beachbag with Books

Summer has officially begun, and if the humidity hasn’t proven that to you yet, the clogged roads to anyplace slightly less citified surely will. At this time of year, I tend to take less care with the clothes I pack than with the books...

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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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Game of Thrones

"Game of Thrones" Season 5 Is Over - So Now What to Do?

Feeling adrift (and maybe a bit angry) after the end of Game of Thrones Season 5? Yearning for devious political gamesmanship, more dragons, or a fascinating world to throw yourself into? Try these books, and plunge into a new obsession.

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James Salter

James Salter: 1925-2015

The author James Salter, who died over the weekend, was a little younger and a lot less known than, say, Norman Mailer and JD Salinger. And he was what they used to call a “writer’s writer”...

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Water

"The Water Knife" - An Interview with Author Paolo Bacigalupi

A few years ago, Paolo Bacigalupi wrote The Windup Girl, a book that combined great characterization and action with deep thoughts about our future. It's a rare talent who can perform such a feat, and a few of us were eagerly anticipating Bacigalupi's newest novel The Water Knife, which was published just a couple of weeks ago.

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Do You Know What You’re Talking About? Thoughts on Readers Versus “Readers”

The upcoming release on June 18 of E. L. James’ novel Grey has made me think about the state of reading recently. And I can guarantee you that I’m not thinking what you think I’m thinking.

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