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“The thing about a story is that you dream it as you tell it, hoping that others might then dream along with you, and in this way memory and imagination and language combine to make spirits in the head. There is the illusion of aliveness.” -Tim O'Brien

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Death Be Not Proud: Some Unpleasant, if Unlikely, Ways to Go

Cody Cassidy and Paul Doherty's And Then You’re Dead explores what happens when you're swallowed by a whale, you fall into the vats at a potato chip factory, or you stow away on a moon mission. Generally speaking, it's not good.

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In this edition, a literary sportswriter takes on the Boer War, Sherman Alexie's moving memoir about his fascinating and complicated mother, and one of the masters of suspense returns....

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Amazon Charts: A Modern Reimagining of the Bestseller List

Amazon launches a new list that shows not only the top books being bought by Amazon and Audible customers but which books we're really listening to and reading. Is your favorite book "unputdownable"?

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Chariot of Fire: Apollo 8's Daring Mission to the Moon

“The Saturn V engines had only one speed, which was full speed.” Apollo 8 author Jeffrey Kluger reflects on the first humans to orbit the Moon and his own history with the extraordinary "living machine" that made it possible.

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Amazon's Best Books of May: Today's Releases

A compelling nonfiction read about the first mission to the moon, and a psychological thriller that gives new meaning to house of horrors...

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The Best History Books of May

Late spring/early summer isn't traditionally a great time for history books--but this season is different. There are a number of excellent history reads coming down the pike (and many have dark, decidedly un-summery covers). Here are some favorites for May.

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In this edition, a sweet sixteen birthday party is anything but, a moo-ving treatise on the cattle industry, and short stories from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer...

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A Fish to Die For

The Asian arowana is a fish so rare that a collector has paid $150,000 for one, while another has been killed for his. Meet the so-called Dragon Fish and the people who will go to any length to find it.

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Books In Flight: Nonfiction Reads For Your Travels

Chances are many of us will be clocking in some airtime in the near future - here are a few suggested reads of the nonfiction variety to keep you company along the way.

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