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BobFloCrop

Best Kids' Books of July, Part One

This month we chose the top four books coming out in each age group. Of course there are also some high runners-up, but these are our favorites...

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Coates

Best Books of the Month in Nonfiction

Poor Nonfiction. Unlike the glamor categories, Nonfiction is defined by what it is not. It's Non-Mystery, Non-Romance, Non-Literature. You might as well call it Non-Fun. (At least it's not called Unfiction.) But don't despair for Nonfiction. As part of our...

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Best Books of 2015 So Far: "An Ember in the Ashes"

It takes something pretty special for a debut novel, classified as Young Adult no less, to hold the number two spot on our list of editors' picks for the Top 10 Best Books of the Year So Far. "An Ember in the Ashes" really is that special and I met author Sabaa Tahir over lunch here in Seattle...

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The Hand That Feeds You

Amazon's Best Books of July: Part Two

We hope we whet your appetite on Wednesday with part one of July’s Best Books of the Month. Part two includes the latest action-packed, page-turner by...

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Put This in Your Pipe and Surf It

I recently wrote that fly-fishing is really hard. Well, fly-fishing ain't got nothing on surfing. Last year, I visited Dave Callanan, a friend and former editor here, at his home in Santa Barbara. I'd never surfed, so he and his...

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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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YA Wednesday: Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella threw her hat in the YA ring last month with a winning blend of humor and heart, "Finding Audrey." Here's what she had to say about writing YA, her bookshelf order, a living author she'd like to meet, and more...

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Hisforhawk

The Best Books of the Year So Far

We like Best Of lists. We like Best Of lists so much that it's too much to ask of us to hold off on Best of 2015 selections until the end of 2015, so this morning we're happy to announce...

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Not That Superbad After All: Judd Apatow on "Allen Klein"

If you know who Allen Klein is, you probably know him as the manager who broke up the Beatles and bilked the Stones. Music writer Fred Goodman's new biography of Klein aims to soften that image a bit, making its...

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SummerCocktails

What to Sip This Summer

The kids are out of school and summer has officially begun, which to me means the start of outdoor entertaining and serving up some really good drinks for my friends like this crowd pleaser from "Summer Cocktails"...

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