Guest Essays

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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"The How and Why of A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing" by Eimear McBride

Eimear McBride's debut novel A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing is a book you may have heard about at some point. It won several awards, receiving attention from publications like The New Yorker and The Washington Post along the way....

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When a Scot Ties the Knot

Tessa Dare: "Romancing the Awkward"

Bestselling author Tessa Dare talks about her new historical romance, When a Scot Ties the Knot, and what sparks her affinity for awkward heroines.

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"Voices in the Ocean," an Exclusive Essay from Author Susan Casey

The best-selling author of Voices in the Ocean reveals some special details about dolphins and how a chance meeting with a curious group of them caused "effects that rippled out, wave-like, to every corner of my life."

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Make Your Home Among Strangers

A Story Somehow More True for Being Fiction: Jennine Capó Crucet on "Make Your Home Among Strangers"

Make Your Home Among Strangers is a coming of age novel about a Cuban American girl making her way north. We asked author Jennine Capó Crucet to talk to us about the book, and then current events intervened...

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Chuck Wendig on This Hackable Life

Zer0es author Chuck Wendig reveals how the unseen technology connections between us leave us vulnerable to hackers in more insidious ways than we imagine.

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Bourbon Kings

J. R. Ward on the Mysteries of Inspiration

One of the greatest mysteries of writing is where inspiration comes from. J. R. Ward, author of the bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series and her new contemporary novel, The Bourbon Kings, talks about what inspiration looks like to her, and how it’s unlike what you might expect it to be.

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Kitchens of the Great Midwest

Inspirations of the Great Midwest

We could tell J. Ryan Stradal was a good guy: his generosity and humor are on every page of his stellar novel, and our August Debut Spotlight pick, Kitchens of the Great Midwest...

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"Ivan Doig: The Blacksmith’s Handshake" by Tony Angell

A friend's touching tribute to the great western writer, Ivan Doig.

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