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Our Dragon Doesn't Eat the Girls He Takes: Novik's "Uprooted"

We've chosen Uprooted as one of our Best Books of the Month picks for May. Here, author Naomi Novik, well-known for her popular fantasy Temeraire series, delves into the creative genesis of her first stand-alone novel.

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Kiss & Tell: Beyond the Letter Jacket

Game on! Whether their sport is football, baseball, hockey, or mixed martial arts, athletes will win your heart in these gutsy romances.

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Recipe Road Test: "A Bird in the Hand" Chicken with Thyme and Lemon and Smashed Garlic Potatoes

Chicken is always a go-to for dinner at home (though I rarely order it out) so I got pretty excited about a cookbook that is all chicken recipes, and good looking ones at that. The cover photo for A Bird in the Hand has that rustic, comfort food feel and I went looking for the recipe it came from...

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Graphic Novel Friday: By the Power of Grayskull!

Nostalgia alert: One of my clearest memories as a child is running up the stairs to find a He-Man sword and armor set at the top—a birthday present that turned me into a life-sized action figure...

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"Nature Connection Is a Contact Sport": Raising a Wild Child

Any parent can relate: We live in an Xbox/Playstation/iPad world, and pulling your kids away from the Minecraft and pushing them out-of-doors can be a challenge--don't even mention getting them to like it. But Scott D. Sampson (Dinosaur Train!) knows a thing or two about connecting with kids, and in turn connecting kids with nature.

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IndieReader: Great Book Launch Tips (from Two Authors Who Really Know)

Late last week, both Toby and Holly launched new novels, and in their phone calls with each other, discovered that their experiences and strategies were both different and similar.

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The Blessings

Sara Says...Five Favorites, Now in Paperback

Call me un-PC. I don’t usually count – and often don’t even notice – the gender of the authors of the books I love. (NB: I say this with all due respect to those who not only notice, but have chronicled the gender discrepancy in bestselling books.) Still, as I was unpacking boxes this week, I made the following discovery: at least five of the new or about-to-be-released paperbacks I received are...

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Mann to Mann: Amazon's Penny Mann Talks To Sally Mann, Photographer & Author of “Hold Still”

Sally Mann’s memoir, Hold Still, debuted this week and is on our Best Books of the Month list for May. Honestly, I picked this book up knowing I would like it - I have admired and respected Mann’s photography for years, but I fell in love with it because it showed me who Sally Mann truly is...

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YA Wednesday: Book Clubbin'

For myself and the other editors over here in our cozy office cave, we are always reading upcoming books but I've often thought it would be great if we had a book club of our own, where we could choose a title that came out a year ago or even longer if we wanted, and then connect with readers from cities large and small. And now we've got one...

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100 Young Adult Books to Read in a Lifetime

Young adult books have transcended their humble beginnings to become a wildly popular category, read by people far beyond their teens and twenties, and embraced by Hollywood in a big way. We love our YA, too and the time had come for us to put together the 100 Young Adult Books to Read in a Lifetime list...

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