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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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Girl on the Train

Sara Says...

As you may have heard, we Amazon editors are very opinionated about books, and relish opportunities to brag about how right we are when we discover something that goes on to become a big hit in the “outside world” – i.e. among you, the reading public. (Whether we’re calling hits in advance or whether our calling them makes them hits is an open question; frankly, I’m happy either way.) And we do it a lot...

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A Serendipitous Seuss Discovery

It's a stupendous day for Dr. Seuss fans, with the announcement of a new, previously unpublished picture book, What Pet Should I Get?, to be released on July 28th...

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Elliot

Ben Fountain Reviews Elliot Ackerman's "Green on Blue"

A few years ago, Ben Fountain helped to start a phenomenon. His excellent novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk was one of the first novels to explore the war in Iraq through literature. Since then, a drumbeat of great novels about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has followed, many of them written by soldiers from those wars.

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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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YrOfSheep

Lunar New Year Reads for Kids

February 19th marks the Lunar New Year and the year of the sheep, which may also be depicted as the goat or ram (as you might suspect there is some debate about which is correct but sheep seems to have the majority...). The holiday lasts until March 5th this year and is a time of traditions; red envelopes of lucky money, paper dragons, and firecrackers are part of the festivities, but the Lunar New Year is focused on being with family and what better way to come together than around stories...

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"The Jaguar's Children" and John Vaillant's Mexico

"One sunny October day in my early twenties, I swam across the Rio Grande. The current was strong, the water cool and thick with silt. I made the far bank in a couple of minutes and, once there, stood naked beneath a cliff with river mud oozing between my toes."

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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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"I've Never Been Happier to Tell You About a Book" - Cynthia Bond's "Ruby"

Oprah Winfrey has done so much to bring books and readers together, but she seems particularly excited about this latest pick. The novel is a debut entitled Ruby, written by Cynthia Bond. Here, Oprah tells Amazon readers why she picked it:

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Story of O

The Dirty Dozen

If you’re one of the few people in America (literally three) who hasn’t yet read Fifty Shades of Grey—and maybe before you head out to watch the movie version of the E.L. James master (and slave) piece—take a look at some of the other steamy reads we have compiled for your Valentine's Day delectation.

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