Guest Essays

"Steady, Steady, Steady": The Triumph of The Three-Year Swim Club

Is it just me, or does The Three-Year Swim Club have The Boys in the Boat written all over it? Like that 2013 bestseller, this book chronicles the quest for Olympic glory of an underdog American team. But there’s twist: this club was made up of Japanese Americans, and the time was right before the start of WWII.

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The Last Word on Nerds: A Treatise by Rainn Wilson, Noted Bassoonist

The Bassoon King author and The Office star breaks down the dweebs and "oddball losers" of the nerd world, including Stinkies, Gandalfs, Twenty-Siders, and, yes, Bassoonists.

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Guest Review: Andrew Solomon on "Dear Mr. You"

The National Book Award-winning author of The Noonday Demon and Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity reviews our selection for the Best Book of November, Mary-Louise Parker's Dear Mr. You.

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Jeffrey Archer on the Best-Selling Clifton Chronicles Series

Touching on the major events of the 20th and 21st centuries, and mining the classic themes of love and honor, Jeffrey Archer's Clifton Chronicles series is an ambitious family saga that has sold millions of copies worldwide. The highly anticipated...

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The Traitor Baru Cormorant

How Seth Dickinson Built the Epic Fantasy World of Baru Cormorant

Author Seth Dickinson reveals to the Amazon Book Review how he designed the epic fantasy empire that his main character, Baru Cormorant, is fighting to destroy.

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Luddites Beware: "The Master Algorithm" Is Nigh

According to Pedro Domingos, the self-organizing data of the future goes well beyond book recommendations and hook-up applications; in fact, he presents a case for something of a sci-fi paradise. Here he offers five ways that artificial intelligence will change the world and the way we exist.

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"Scarred, but Unbroken": Amy Ellis Nutt on "Becoming Nicole"

Becoming Nicole rather coincidentally landed right in the middle of the transgender zeitgeist, but journalist Amy Ellis Nutt began her work on the moving story of the toddler who always knew he’d been born in the wrong body long before. She talks about how and why she wrote her exceptional book.

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Shepherd for a Day: How Geraldine Brooks Researched "The Secret Chord"

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author talks to the Amazon Book Review about how and why she chose to write a novel about King David, and the challenges in reinventing this ancient story.

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Huygens at Titan

Enough about Mars - Greg Bear Talks about the Mysteries of Saturn

Author Greg Bear is no stranger to Mars. His novel Moving Mars won the Nebula Award in 1994, and much of the action of his 2014 novel War Dogs takes place on the red planet. But with his new book,...

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“The Martian” Author Andy Weir Asks: Why Send Humans to Mars?

Andy Weir, author of The Martian, has spent a lot of time thinking about how people can survive on Mars. Learn what he has to say about the Red Planet and the future of humanity.

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