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Middlemarch Madness-Round 2 battles

Round 2 of Middlemarch Madness: 16 Literary Characters Go Head to Head

For those whose basketball brackets have crashed and burned in the last few days, here's your chance to feel like a winner again. You decide who will prevail in eight battles between famous literary characters, from Captain Nemo to Professor Moriarty, and Madame Defarge to Hester Prynne.

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"Offering Kindness in the Most Improbable Situations": Victor Lodato on "Edgar and Lucy"

Victor Lodato explains how the plot of this literary thriller developed, and his soft spot for certain characters, particularly the story's improbable hero...

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George Saunders: It's All About Suckage-Avoidance

Our colleagues over at Audible Range recently spoke with the inimitable George Saunders about his new (and first) novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, as well as the extraordinary audio edition featuring a cast of 166, including Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, and Lena Dunham.

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Water

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In this edition, LOTS of books about water to quench your reading thirst, Sheryl Sandberg helps get us through the tough times, and the star of the movie Precious has penned a memoir...

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An Interview with John Freeman Gill, Author of "The Gargoyle Hunters"

Gill talks to the Amazon Book Review about his novel of a crumbling family set in the crumbling New York of the mid-1970s, when the city was dirty, dangerous, and on the verge of going bankrupt.

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Middlemarch Madness Round 1 Continues: 8 New Book Duels

Today Professor Moriarty plays head games with Loki, Madame Defarge matches up against Madame Bovary, and the manipulative Napoleon from "Animal Farm" clashes with the cunning Shere Khan from "Jungle Book." See who else is battling in the second half of Round One--and cast your vote to determine who will win.

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Middlemarch Madness Begins! 32 Literary Characters Face Off

You decide who would win in battles of wit, wisdom, or physical prowess in the first round of Middlemarch Madness: Mr. Darcy vs. Mr. Rochester. Scout Finch vs. Dorothy Gale. Captain Hook vs. Long John Silver...and more!

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Aliens Among Us: The Short Stories of Eric Puchner

The best short stories take you deep into a character or a situation, without all the set up and plotting that a novel usually entails. They have a certain intensity – the equivalent of eating a dark chocolate truffle, say, rather than a thick slice of frosted cake. Eric Puchner’s...

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"Pathological Enthusiasms": Robert Lowell and the Language of Madness

Kay Redfield Jamison examines the effect bipolar disorder had on one of America's most beloved poets...

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The National Book Critics Circle Announces Its 2016 Winners

The National Book Critics Circle celebrates the best fiction and nonfiction published in 2016.

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