YA Wednesday: Best Books of January

In the last couple of years January has been a really strong month for YA. Consider 2012's The Fault in Our Stars, 2013's Just One Day, and last year's Hollow City. All January, all stand outs for the year. 2015...

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The Woman I Wanted to Be

5 Books We Wish Mark Zuckerberg Would Read

Like everyone in the book business, we at Amazon think it's great when a new public book club joins the party. And when Mark Zuckerberg came out with his first pick--Moisés Naim's The End of Power--we were thrilled to think...

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The Book That Changed My Life

I know that sounds really dramatic, but it's 100% true. The book is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing and it has done for me what no other organizational books, articles, tips, or...

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A Conversation with Graeme Simsion, Author of "The Rosie Effect"

About a year ago, a charming and funny novel was published about a guy with Asperger's who decides to draw up a plan to find the perfect wife. The novel was The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, and it probably...

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The Worst Hard Time

Our Literary New Year's Resolutions

'Tis the season when everyone is making (and already breaking) New Year's resolutions. But the editorial team has made some of a literary variety that we intend to keep. Have a book you've been meaning to read but keep putting...

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Amazon Debut Spotlight: "The Secret Wisdom of the Earth"

This week we announced our Best Books of the Month, and our Debut Spotlight was a wonderful novel entitled The Secret Wisdom of the Earth. We reached out to author Christopher Scotton and asked him to write about how the...

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From the Archives: Sonali Deraniyagala's Memoir of Surviving 2004's Tsunami

Last week marked the 10-year anniversary of the massive tsunami that roared across the Indian Ocean and devasted the coastlines of fourteen countries. One of the deadlist natural disasters in modern history, the tsunami took the lives of more than...

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365 Days of Wonder to Start the New Year

R.J. Palacio's Wonder is still one of my favorite books and continues to be discovered and cherished by kids and adults. In the novel, Auggie's 5th grade English teacher, Mr. Browne, introduces the kids to precepts and tasks them with...

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Graphic Novel Friday: End of Year Faves

Last week, we looked at the Best of 2014 in comics and graphic novels as selected by our editors: 20 outstanding collections and original works from indie to superhero. There are so many comics published in a year, however, that...

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Guest Post: Two "Obscure Geniuses"--Alan Turing & Kurt Gödel

Yannick Grannec is the author of The Goddess of Small Victories, her debut novel about the life and marriage of one of the greatest mathematicians of the last century, Kurt Gödel. In this guest essay, she compares the lives of...

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