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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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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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Graphic Novel Friday: Transformers vs. G.I. Joe (No, Really)

Transformers vs. G.I. Joe should not be this good. Growing up, I was an acolyte of the original animated series and its glorious, sharp-edged toys. About 10 years ago, I attempted to re-watch the television show and promptly fell asleep—so, I did not have high hopes for a clashing of two licensed properties that probably worked best through the eyes of a seven-year-old.

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David Carr

David Carr, 1956-2015

I should have written this hours ago. If my friend David Carr were here--maybe sitting one desk away as he did for 2 years at the great Web site at which we met, Inside.com--he’d be mad at me. David wasn’t...

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A Guest Review of Sharma Shields' "The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac"

Shawn Vestal, winner of the 2014 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and a writer of formidable talent—see Godforsaken Idaho for proof of this statement—turns his eye toward another author's work in this guest review of The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac by Sharma Shields.

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"I couldn’t help wondering, have you ever really…?" by Louise Doughty

Louise Doughty's Apple Tree Yard, which was a Best of the Month pick in January 2014, is a quite steamy thriller/courtroom drama about a 52-year-old woman who begins an affair with a mysterious man whom she meets by chance. Soon both she and the lover are on trial for murder, and our protagonist must explore the events, the actions, and the emotions that brought them to this point.

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What's Your Sign? Comic Book Legend Stan Lee's "The Zodiac Legacy"

If you don't already know the name Stan Lee, I can pretty much guarantee that you're familiar with his work. Lee is an icon and visionary in the comics industry who is, among other things, the co-creator of Spiderman, X-Men, and the Hulk. Now, Lee has written his first novel...

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The Southern Man

My Sunshine Away is our Debut Spotlight pick for February and M.O. Walsh's smart work of Southern fiction had me hooked from the first chapter. Part coming-of-age story, part mystery, and fully immersed in the climate and culture of Baton Rouge, Louisiana...

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Oprah Picks Cynthia Bond's Debut "Ruby"

Oprah Winfrey announced her next pick in Oprah's Book Club 2.0 today. It's Ruby, a debut novel by Cynthia Bond, which Oprah describes as "a love story, a ghost story, a story about the legacy of racial injustice and sexual abuse." She continues: "The title character, when we first encounter her, is a once beautiful, now ravaged woman—filthy and barefoot—who wanders the streets of all-black Liberty Township, Texas.

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