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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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Bunny

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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Anne Rice Exclusive: "How Times Have Changed"

Anne Rice was miles ahead of the erotica and adult fairy-tale trend when she wrote her Sleeping Beauty Trilogy in the 1980s. Here, Rice speaks about the current golden age of literary erotica that inspired her dramatic new novel, Beauty's Kingdom.

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Cactus Ed and the Hippie-Hater: An Illustrated Tale of Two Haircuts

Can you judge a book by its cover? All the Wild That Remains author David Gessner contrasts two icons of Western literature--Edward Abbey and Wallace Stegner--starting at the top with the most conspicuous, if superficial, difference: their chosen hairstyles.

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The Light of the World

Art Fixes Life in Time: Elizabeth Alexander on "The Light of the World"

Elizabeth Alexander, an acclaimed poet perhaps best known for the poem she delivered at Barack Obama’s first inauguration, grieves the loss of her beloved husband in the earthy and elegiac, The Light of the World...

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Made in Detroit

Marge Piercy: "Your Life Is Richer with Poetry"

I was a fan of poetry in theory until I fell in love for the first time--experiencing emotions I couldn't explain, and grasping for ways to understand and express them. It was then that I was introduced to Marge Piercy's work, and that gave me something to grasp onto...

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Notes from the Legal Pot Underground

What happens when weed-skeptical journalist Bruce Barcott investigates the growers, sellers, and users of the brave new world of legalized marijuana? He emerges with changed opinions, a good book, and a bunch of really strange souvenirs.

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