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It's Ok to Laugh

Life Ain't Always Instagram-Friendly: Nora McInerny Purmort on "It's Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too)"

Life was just dandy for Nora McInerny Purmort until she turned 27. Sure, she was jumping from job to job, but she had an amazing boyfriend, who would soon become her fiancé...after he was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer...

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Smokin' Numbers: A Soundtrack for Joe Hill's "The Fireman"

Joe Hill shares the songs he listened to while writing The Fireman, a chilling post-apocalyptic novel starring a scrappy nurse who loves Mary Poppins.

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Mothers and Daughters, a Card Game, and Bridging Generations

In The Bridge Ladies, Betsy Lerner delves into her memories of her mother's Bridge club--a near universal experience for women of a certain era and station--to learn a lot about herself, and about how mothers and daughters do and don’t always get along.

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"If They Drown, They Will at Least Drown Together"

Teenage angst, anyone? Surely you had some. Surely some of us still do. In her new novel, Girls on Fire, Robin Wasserman bursts out with a chilling, creepy tale of two best friends who would do anything to each other. Oops. I meant “for” each other. Or did I?

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It's Only Rock & Roll, But He Likes It

Rich Cohen--author of The Sun & the Moon & the Rolling Stones, a selection for Amazon's Best Books of May-- talks about his history with the band, the story behind the title, and his work on HBO's hit series, Vinyl.

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Luckiest Girl Alive

A Relief Only a Mother Can Provide

Jessica Knoll recently returned from a book tour promoting the paperback release of her best-selling thriller, Luckiest Girl Alive. Before this excursion, no one knew just how much she has in common with the protagonist of this harrowing tale...

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Jennifer Haigh on Writing "Heat and Light"

In her latest book, Heat and Light, Haigh travels back to Bakerton - the Pennsylvania town brought to life in some of her past novels - to bring us a story of a community both blessed and cursed by its natural resources. We asked her if she would share with us why she decided to revisit this setting and tell this particular story.

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From AbeBooks: Tales from the Weird Book Room

Need a good DIY coffin book? How about a primer on English smocks? Our friends at the AbeBooks Reading Copy blog share some of the more unusual titles to cross their desks.

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"The Truth About What I Did in Iraq": Eric Fair on "Consequence"

Chronicling his experiences as an interrogator in prisons, including the infamous Abu Ghraib, Eric Fair’s disarmingly matter-of-fact memoir addresses the moral ambiguity and emotional toll our soldiers’ actions take...

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Crazy Jewish Mother’s Day with Kate Siegel and Kim Friedman

Mother's Day is quickly approaching. (That would be May 8th this year so make sure you add it to the calendar… now. And also, you're welcome!) In the spirit of the season we asked Kate Siegel, author of the new book Mother Can You Not?, and her mom, Kim Friedman, to get things rolling with a @CrazyJewishMom inspired piece.

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