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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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Consequence-Amazon Book Review

"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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Redemption Road-Amazon Book Review

"Why I Write the South": John Hart on "Redemption Road"

Bestselling author and back-to-back Edgar winner, John Hart, is...well, back after a five year hiatus with Redemption Road...

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Lab Girl-Amazon Book Review

Annual Games with Hope Jahren

Hope Jahren's Lab Girl quickly become an in-house favorite around here and, as a result, was named Featured Debut for the month of April. The idea of a geobiologist's memoir may not initially jump out as the most invigorating read,...

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Rick Yancey haiku

Poetry Month: Original Poems from Rick Yancey, Joe Hill, and Angela Duckworth

We launched National Poetry Month on April 1 with poems from some of our favorite writers about their books or their love of books, but don't worry: The fun continues all month! Here are original poems written by Rick Yancey,...

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Author Jeff Hobbs on "The Long Shadow of Small Ghosts"

The author of one of 2015's best books shares his thoughts about reading a new work of nonfiction that he says," all to the good and might even leave you changed."

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The Difficulty of Writing a Difficult Woman

Terrible Virtue author Ellen Feldman discusses the pitfalls inherent in writing a novel centered on a divisive and challenging character, a project she abandoned three times over ten years.

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At the Existentialist Cafe

Existentialism: from the Club Tabou to the 21st Century

Existentialism. You probably haven't heard the term since reading Waiting for Godot in high school, and while its definition may seem murky, it's not just something literature majors are pondering over at Starbucks...

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“I Feel Like I Can Breathe Here"

Elizabeth Poliner talks about the influence on family and place in her novel As Close to Us as Breathing, our Spotlight Pick for the Best Books of March.

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