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Big Spring Books

Our Picks for the Best Books of the Season

I know this will be hard to believe for many (I’m thinking of you Northeastern states!), but spring is almost sprung and with it a bevy of exciting book releases. From blockbusters to the best in literary fiction, nonfiction, children's...

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Doughty

"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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Ruby

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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Blume

Sara Says: All I Want for Christmas Is...

All I want for Christmas, as usual, is a big fat novel I can curl up with, all the better to get some quiet time amid the usual family hubbub. But even though I’m going to have to wait a...

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By-the-book

New York Times Book Review Editor Pamela Paul on "By The Book"

Since taking over the New York Times Book Review, Pamela Paul has revamped the venerable weekly, and brought it some much-needed life. Among her improvements, a weekly interview with a writer (usually) about his or her reading habits and predilections....

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Season of "The Witch": Fairy Tales for the Modern World

In a world that loves to categorize writers – he writes horror, say; she’s a journalist – Jean Thompson is uncategorizable. In fact, the only consistent thing you can say about the author of several award winning novels and collections...

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RobPeace

Sometimes It’s OK to Say “I Told You So”

About three years ago, my friend Rebecca introduced me to her husband, Jeff Hobbs, who had published one novel and was working on another. Like me, Rebecca is a major reader—our relationship started because we both worked in related parts...

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Runway Roundup: New Releases for Fashion Week

I think I’ve probably used up all the words allotted for praising I’ll Drink to That, the new memoir from the octogenarian style maven, Betty Halbreich. But, love it as I do, there are other brand new books about fashion...

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Saranelson

Sara’s Sleeper: "We Are Called to Rise" by Laura McBride

Sometimes I crave a simple, straightforward novel--not necessarily light, but straightforward; one that makes a point about our world-views, our morality, the way we live now. We Are Called to Rise, by Laura McBride, is that kind of book. It’s...

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Saranelson

Sara Says: All I want for New Year's...

All I want for New Year's... is a handful of fantastic books. Let somebody else (or millions of somebodies else) think the new year brings resolutions of weight loss, money saving, better parenting. For me, 2014 means I get another...

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