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H is for Hawk

Weekend Reading

Walking to the park last weekend, I collided with a young chap so engrossed in a book that he…well, ran into me. He was reading the latest in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (“the very best one!” he exclaimed). Not terribly astute at multi-tasking myself, I think I’ll don a helmet when I venture back to the park this Saturday with my weekend reads. Here’s a peek at what a few of the editors will be digging into:

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WhatIDoCover

It's What She Does: The Remarkable Life and Photographs of Lynsey Addario

Lynsey Addario's passport reads like a litany of misery. An aspiring photojournalist at the moment of 9/11, Addario was recruited to record the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. Her decision to go launched her career as one of the world's most dedicated and celebrated chroniclers of human conflict.

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Life

100 Biographies & Memoirs to Read in a Lifetime

We're a quixotic lot, we Amazon Books editors. I mean, we knew it was an impossible task to boil down literature to 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, but we gave it a shot. Then we did it again...

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Tyler

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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Lonesome Dove

Weekend Reading

Wintertime in Seattle. While we’re very grateful to not be encased in ice, the incessant deluge of rain is starting to get us down. Fortunately it’s great reading weather, or as Chris more specifically put it, “Seems like as good a weekend as any to read about a serial killer.” Here are the tomes we're tapping into this weekend.

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The Dear Director: Essential North Korean Cinema

North Korea has a complex relationship with the movies. Most people with access to TV, internet, or ears are familiar with The Interview and the recent kerfuffle that the assassination comedy caused when the DPRK apparat took notice, and then offense. But the story goes much farther back than that.

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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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Nightingale

Amazon's Best Books of February: Part One

This is a great month in books, and our top 5 picks of February reflect that. There's good fiction and nonfiction. There's the serious, the funny, and the plain bizarre. Here's a wrap-up of the first half of our Top 10 Best Books of the Month.

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King

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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Blondie, 1970s New York, and Chris Stein's Heart of Glass

In the early 1970s, Chris Stein was a student at the School of Visual Arts in New York, spending his off-hours photographing the pre-Giuliani Big Apple of garbage strikes, murder, muggings, and a Midtown more S&M than M&M...

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