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Amazon's Best Books of February: Part Two

Last week I covered our first five picks for the Best Books of February. It was a pretty serious top 5, running the gamut between war, kidnapping by a supreme leader, and urban violence, with one Funny Girl thrown in as a change of pace. The remaining picks are, for the most part, a little more plain fun.

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"I've Never Been Happier to Tell You About a Book" - Cynthia Bond's "Ruby"

Oprah Winfrey has done so much to bring books and readers together, but she seems particularly excited about this latest pick. The novel is a debut entitled Ruby, written by Cynthia Bond. Here, Oprah tells Amazon readers why she picked it:

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Oprah Picks Cynthia Bond's Debut "Ruby"

Oprah Winfrey announced her next pick in Oprah's Book Club 2.0 today. It's Ruby, a debut novel by Cynthia Bond, which Oprah describes as "a love story, a ghost story, a story about the legacy of racial injustice and sexual abuse." She continues: "The title character, when we first encounter her, is a once beautiful, now ravaged woman—filthy and barefoot—who wanders the streets of all-black Liberty Township, Texas.

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Michael Connelly Talks About His New Show "Bosch"

Michael Connelly is already a household name. His character Harry Bosch is, too. Last night was the premiere of "Bosch," the new series on Amazon Prime, which stars Titus Welliver as the title character. Now it looks like Connelly, Bosch, and Welliver all are poised to carve out an even bigger place in the public consciousness.

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Big News! Harper Lee Has Another Novel Coming

What would Scout be like as a grown up? We're about to find out. In Lee's own words: “In the mid-1950s, I completed a novel called Go Set a Watchman. It features the character known as Scout as an adult woman and I thought it a pretty decent effort.

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Colleen McCullough Dead at 77

Colleen McCullough died yesterday on Norfolk Island, which is located in the Pacific Ocean. She was 77 years old. For those of us who can remember when the internet didn’t exist and the world was a much bigger, more spread out place, it’s likely that we can also recall a runaway bestseller written by...

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Constructive Criticism: Announcing the NBCC Award Nominees

The finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced this week. There are thirty finalists, falling into six categories: autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, general nonfiction, and poetry. The National Book Critics Circle has one of the more interesting...

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2014 National Book Award Winners

At an event in Manhattan yesterday evening, the National Book Foundation announced the winners of the 2014 National Book Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, Young People's Literature, and Poetry. Phil Klay was awarded the highly anticipated prize in fiction for his...

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October is National Reading Group Month

October is National Reading Group Month and it's nice to see some of our favorite books of the past year make the annual "Great Group Reads" list. Sponsored by the Women's National Book Association, each year a committee selects a...

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Books-to-Film: Jonathan Tropper's "This Is Where I Leave You" -- Watch the Movie Trailer

When Jonathan Trop per's novel This Is Where I Leave You was published in 2009--and soon after named one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year--our reviewer, Daphne Durham, described the book as "wickedly funny ... as much about a...

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