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Celebrate National Poetry Month

Here’s my confession of today--a day that just happens to be the first of National Poetry Month: I don’t read enough verse, I barely know cantos and I’m woefully unfamiliar with sonnets. In other words, I’m a poetry slacker...

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Epitaph

American Iliad: 30 Seconds in Tombstone

What really happened in Tombstone, Arizona on the fateful afternoon of October 26, 1881? Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral author Mary Doria Russell debunks five common myths, misconceptions, and misrepresentations of the iconic gunfight of the Wild West.

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Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist Returning in September

Stieg Larsson's Millennium series, which started with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and went on to sell a reported 80 million copies worldwide (as well as spurring at least two movie franchises), is getting another book in the series.

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Hausfrau

There's Good Reason to Love Bad Women

Book hangover. Readers, you know what I'm referring to. The condition where you read something so good that you have trouble getting into anything else for a while, and even when you do, you're comparing it to 'that book.' I am still experiencing this a couple months after reading...

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The World According to Garp

Sara Says...These Are Some of My Favorite "Plane Reads"

My college-age son is getting on a plane tonight for a three-month-long study abroad program in Japan. An enterprising and resilient sort, he has gotten all his paperwork in order, packed his bags, even bought a gift for his “host mother.” So last night, we sat around talking about what he should take to read on the plane...

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Cover for Harper Lee's Novel Revealed

Arguably the most-discussed book of the year had its cover revealed on People.com this morning. It's Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman, and it's a lovely homage to the classic cover of Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. Here's what we...

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A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara's Favorite Books About Male Friendship

Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life is the thinking person’s big book of the year so far, a long, complex and pretty dark look at the intertwined lives of four college friends. It reminds me of The Corrections, or a starker The Interestings, or a more linear work by David Foster Wallace...

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Train

From IndieReader: If You Liked “The Girl on the Train”, You’ll LOVE…

If you like the heart-pounding suspense of Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train (which just passed the 1 million-copies-sold mark), we suspect you will enjoy these exciting indie picks:

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Reunion

"Saving Clara" - by Judith Claire Mitchell

"In the absence of biography, I began the work of the novelist, creating a fictional character based on what little I knew of her. But then a funny thing happened. Whenever I stopped writing to do a little research, I’d discover another, then another new article about her." - Judith Claire Mitchell

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Green

A St. Patrick's Day Reading List

With St. Patrick's Day once again upon us, you might be joining throngs of merry goers at the bar to drink whiskey and green beer and to listen to fiddle-and-brogue-based music. Then again, you might rather chew your own arm off than do that. I am not here to judge, and I offer a third option...

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