Guest Essays
The Weight of Blood

Top Authors Tell Us Why We Should Pick up These Thriller Writers' Debut Novels

Bestselling authors such as Karin Slaughter and Steve Berry tell us why they love these five outstanding debut books that are finalists for the Thriller Awards' Best First Novel category.

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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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Laurell K. Hamilton on the Evolution of Anita Blake

Dead Ice, the brand-new book in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series, opens with the words, “So you’re engaged.” Laurell K. Hamilton explores how Anita Blake’s transformation from vampire fighter to vampire fiancée has wrought big changes in Anita’s life—some good, some bad, all bloody.

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Oligarchs

The Moscow Rules: Vlad Putin and the Rise of the Russian Oligarchs

With his knack for turning narrative nonfiction into stories worthy of the best thriller fiction, Ben Mezrich is one of our favorite writers. 2002's Bringing Down the House was a breathless account of how six card-counting M.I.T. students outsmarted millions...

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"Nature Connection Is a Contact Sport": Raising a Wild Child

Any parent can relate: We live in an Xbox/Playstation/iPad world, and pulling your kids away from the Minecraft and pushing them out-of-doors can be a challenge--don't even mention getting them to like it. But Scott D. Sampson (Dinosaur Train!) knows a thing or two about connecting with kids, and in turn connecting kids with nature.

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NoPants

Laugh Your Pants Right off of Your Body

Face it, we've all lost our pants at some point, but what did you learn? Sarah Colonna lost hers in Vegas, and she learned a lot. Read her tips for surviving single living in your 30s, and the five things she wishes she could tell her twentysomething self.

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Happy Mother's Day from Abe Books

If you’re a book lover, it’s very likely you have your parents to thank for it. Those early years spent on Mom’s lap, reading the same book over….and over…..and over set the stage for many of us to be the rapt and insatiable readers we remain today.

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From the Desk of Charlaine Harris: How a Childhood Tradition Sparked Her New Series

Charlaine Harris reveals how she searched for the inspiration of her new series and where she ultimately—and unexpectedly—found it.

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Family Secrets: The Story Behind "Orhan's Inheritance"

Our debut spotlight pick for April, Orhan's Inheritance is a beautiful and moving account of two people deeply in love, torn apart by war and terrible sacrifice. There is a story behind this story, and as you might suspect it is rooted in family history. Here is Aline Ohanesian's account of how she came to write about a young Turkish man, an elderly Armenian woman, and how long-buried memories touch future generations...

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Speed

A Guest Review of Nicole Haroutunian's "Speed Dreaming"

Julia Fierro's Cutting Teeth was one of the most anticipated novels of 2014. Here she turns her eye toward Nicole Haroutunian's Speed Dreaming, a debut story collection that "captures the zeitgeist of today’s young women, who, despite their education and privilege and ambition, struggle to make a life for themselves in the gloomy economic climate."

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