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Debbie Macomber Christmas Books

How Debbie Macomber Shares Her Christmas Spirit

Debbie Macomber reveals her traditions that make Christmas one of her favorite holidays.

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A Window Opens

How a Working Mother's "So-Called Manuscript" Turned Into a Delightful Debut

Elisabeth Egan’s buoyant debut novel, A Window Opens, has that oh-boy-have-we-all-been-there quality many of us recognize, whether we’re mothers who work outside the home – or not. Here the author explains how she – mother of three, book editor, aspiring...

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Better Living Through Video Games

In 2009, award-winning video game designer Jane McGonigal suffered a serious concussion that left her depressed and chronically disoriented. Even getting out bed became difficult. Desperate, she transformed her talent for game development into home-brew therapy, setting goals and parameters...

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"Bollywood Bride" Author Sonali Dev on the Complexities of What We Call Home

Award-winning author Sonali Dev has spent her life split between two very different worlds. Here she explains in her own words why the concept of “home” can be so hard to define even as it shapes everything.

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YA Wednesday: Ransom Riggs Asks, What If?

There is the saying, a picture is worth a thousand words, but in the case of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series it is the symbiotic relationship between photographs and words that makes reading all three books so special. In this exclusive, Ransom Riggs tells us how it all began...

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Sherrilyn Kenyon New Books

Dragon Con through the Eyes of Sherrilyn Kenyon

Bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon is no stranger to fan conventions, but Atlanta’s annual Dragon Con is something special for her.

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Fates and Furies

"Reading Is Gorgeously Akin to the Experience of Marriage": Lauren Groff on "Fates and Furies"

Many a therapist will tell you that honesty and transparency is the glue that keeps a relationship together. Lauren Groff cleverly turns this concept on its head in Fates and Furies...

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Examining 9/11 through Fiction

I read a review in The New Yorker yesterday about a book I hadn't known about. The review is by Joshua Rothman, and the book he examines is called In the Shadow of the Towers: Speculative Fiction in a Post-9/11 World.

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Do People in This Country Really Live on $2.00 a Day?

A book that I read recently, one that left a slightly unexpected mark on me, was $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer.

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The Girl Who Slept with God

"Uncovering the Mystery that was My Older Sister": Val Brelinski on "The Girl Who Slept with God"

The Girl Who Slept with God is Val Brelinski’s stunning debut. A highly autobiographical novel about her devout, evangelical family...

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