Guest Essays

City Out of Time: Tim Murphy on "Christodora"

Tim Murphy talks about his novel, a sort of ode to New York, a city that is "both maker and destroyer of memories"...

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Pet romances

Animal Attraction: 8 Books Starring Our Furry Friends

Animal lovers and romance authors Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery collect their favorite novels featuring beloved pet companions. And yes, one is an elephant.

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A Hundred Thousand Worlds-a novel

Bob Proehl at the Epicenter of Geek Culture: San Diego Comic-Con

Bob Proehl's novel A Hundred Thousand Worlds revolves around a handful of people who come together as they travel cross-country to several comic-cons. So who better than Proehl to write about the experience of attending the pop culture phenomenon that is San Diego's Comic-Con International?

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American West as Make Believe: Bonnie Nadzam on "Lions"

Bonnie Nadzam talks about the setting of her latest novel, and the heartbreaking limbo of hope...

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"The Past Transforms into Whatever We Need it to Be": Nadja Spiegelman on "I'm Supposed to Protect You from All This"

The daughter of Maus creator Art Spiegelman and New Yorker art editor Françoise Mouly talks about her memoir...

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Military romances

Heroes Between the Pages! 5 Military Romances That Redefine the Rules of Engagement

USA Today bestselling romance author Julie Ann Walker recommends five military romances for readers who want stories with all the steamy tension of a swoon-worthy romance, the whodunit of a page-turning mystery, and the action and adventure of a nail-biting thriller.

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From AbeBooks: Is Harry Potter Still Relevant?

Wherein our friends at the AbeBooks Reading Copy blog ask the most inflammatory question ever.

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Ice cube

Blair Braverman On Writing "Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube"

Blair Braverman's memoir, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube, is one of those books--the ones that catch you off guard, stick with you, and challenge you to evaluate your place in life...

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Exclusive: Ramona Ausubel on "Sons & Daughters of Ease and Plenty"

What does it mean to be have wealth? Does it free you from want or enslave you as sure as does its opposite? These are the questions author Ramona Ausubel explores in her lovely novel, The Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty.

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Every Bride Has Her Day

Five Unforgettable Fictional Trips Down the Aisle

Lynnette Austin is an expert in tying the knot. With her Magnolia Brides and Maverick Junction series, she's sent many couples happily down the aisle. Now with wedding season in full swing, Austin has created a list of five fictional...

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