Best Books of 2015

Our Picks for the Best Books of 2015

"What are you reading and loving right now?"--One of my favorite questions that came up again over dinner a couple nights ago, eliciting an unusually effusive response from a colleague who had just discovered Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels. "These may...

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Let the Race Begin! The Best Must-Read Political Books

Love it or hate it, the election race is upon us, and the candidates are off the starting line. These books about the great game of politics will remind you why your vote counts.

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Road Trips & Audiobook Adventures Ahead!

Summer means road trips, and road trips mean long stretches of time that are best filled with captivating audiobooks. Check out these 18 best audiobooks selected by Audible and the Amazon Editors to make the miles fly by for the whole family.

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Vanessa and Her Sister

Dangerous Fun to Write: Priya Parmar on "Vanessa and Her Sister"

Much has been written about the legendary Bloomsbury group and two of its most famous members--the painter Vanessa Bell and author, Virginia Woolf. In her novel Vanessa and Her Sister, Priya Parmar examines their relationship through the lens of an obscure, real-life incident from their youth, that rocked the foundations of their family...

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No Chimps in Heaven: Mankind's Journey of Imagination

Yuval Noah Harari has some questions. Among the biggest: How did Homo sapiens evolve from an unexceptional savannah-dwelling primate to become the dominant force on the planet, emerging as the lone survivor out of six distinct hominid species? He also has some answers, and they’re not always what you’d expect.

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Guest Post: Two "Obscure Geniuses"--Alan Turing & Kurt Gödel

Yannick Grannec is the author of The Goddess of Small Victories, her debut novel about the life and marriage of one of the greatest mathematicians of the last century, Kurt Gödel. In this guest essay, she compares the lives of...

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Video: Ken Burns on the Making of "The Roosevelts"

Ken Burns is known for telling epic stories about events and achievements in American history, from Prohibition to the Civil War to baseball. But rarely has he focused on personal history as he does in his latest documentary, The Roosevelts:...

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2014 National Book Award: The Longlists

The titles long listed for the National Book Awards have been trickling in this week and today the final category, Fiction, was announced. Some of the titles that have appeared on our Best Books of the Month lists are included...

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Portrait of "The City": San Francisco, 1940-1960

As a fourth-generation San Franciscan, few are as familiar with the City by the Bay as photographer Fred Lyon. His new book, San Francisco: Portrait of a City 1940-1960, not only captures it iconic sights and sites--the Golden Gate Bridge,...

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How I Wrote It: Beth Macy’s “Factory Man” and 5 Books for Labor Day

Beth Macy's Factory Man is the inspiring story of brash and feistyJohn Bassett III, who strives to save his family’s embattled furniture company by fighting back against the cheap Chinese imports that had contributed to the loss of tens of...

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