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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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Watchmanfin

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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Unabrow

Weekend Reading

This edition of Weekend Reading includes books about delightfully awkward teenagers, murderous militia leaders, Jack and the Beanstalk, and...water (we like to mix it up a bit).

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Chast

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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Maude

Indie Titles Perfect for the Big Screen

While it’s exciting to see an indie favorite like 50 Shades of Grey pushed to the big screen, we’d love to see some more get the Hollywood treatment. Here are some cinematic page-turners that we dream to watch in theaters.

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Mandel

Announcing the 2015 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalists

The finalists for the 35th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award have been announced, and the novels come from big and small publishers alike. Three are from publishing behemoth Penguin Random House (Prayers for the Stolen, Station Eleven, and Dept. of Speculation), and two are from much smaller presses (Song of the Shank and Preparation for the Next Life).

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