The Short Drop

Amazon's Best Books of December: Part Two

In part one of the Best Books of December, Editorial Director Sara Nelson pointed out the plethora of fantastic nonfiction that sets this particular list apart. You’ll find that in the second part as well, but also some terrific fiction...

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The Best Business Books of 2015

When people think of business books, their minds often go to a narrow band of dry tomes read by boring men in gray suits. That's my fear, anyway. Business books are boring and so are the people who read them. End of story.

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The Best Biographies & Memoirs of 2015

When choosing the best books of the year (or your favorites, depending on how much you want to acknowledge the subjectivity of a scheme like this), you risk outsmarting yourself. What will others' lists look like, and who will take...

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PEN Literary Award Longlists

Announcing the 2016 PEN Literary Awards Longlists

Celebrating the finest in fiction, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, translation, drama, and poetry, the PEN Literary Awards are clearly the most all-encompassing in America. The finalists will be announced on February 2, and the winner on...

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Why Read This Post? Because It's There.

I don't climb mountains, because I am sure that I would die. I love reading about it from the comfort of my armchair, though. And clearly I'm not alone: ever since Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air hit the best-seller lists...

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Anatomy of Success: Shonda Rhimes's "Year of Yes"

In her new book, TV creator/producer Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy, Scandal) reveals how she transformed herself from the person who "never says yes" to anything to the one that opened herself up to a world of possibilities and success. Find out how she did it.

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"Steady, Steady, Steady": The Triumph of The Three-Year Swim Club

Is it just me, or does The Three-Year Swim Club have The Boys in the Boat written all over it? Like that 2013 bestseller, this book chronicles the quest for Olympic glory of an underdog American team. But there’s twist: this club was made up of Japanese Americans, and the time was right before the start of WWII.

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Between the World and Me

The Winners of the 2015 National Book Awards

The 2015 National Book Awards presentation in New York was a packed affair, better attended than in recent years and elegant as always in the old Wall Street bank that is now Cipriani. There were no overtly political speeches about...

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The Last Word on Nerds: A Treatise by Rainn Wilson, Noted Bassoonist

The Bassoon King author and The Office star breaks down the dweebs and "oddball losers" of the nerd world, including Stinkies, Gandalfs, Twenty-Siders, and, yes, Bassoonists.

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Best of November

Amazon's Best Books of November: Part Two

Yes, we just revealed our picks for the Best Books of 2015—a list that is compiled, in part, from culling Best of the Month selections. In fact, the November pick, The Witches, is included, and had we not had to...

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