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What Can Be Sweeter? Theo Chocolate Love...


Chocolate is really one of the best things about Valentine's Day, and Seattle has one of the premier chocolate makers in the country.

Weekend Reading


Super Bowl Sunday is upon us! But before the boisterous beer-fest commences, we plan on indulging in some quality quiet time with these, weekend reads.

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of February


It’s a smashing month for new SF and fantasy. Don’t miss Pierce Brown’s searing trilogy finale, Charlie Jane Anders’ sci-fi and fantasy mash-up, and more gripping stories that will expand the horizon of your imagination.

Writing in a Dictatorship: Anjan Sundaram on "Bad News"


Weeks after finishing Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship* I remain captured by the paradoxes Anjan Sundaram puts forth, whether familiar or staggering (and there are both here).

Amazon's Best Books of February: Part One


February is the shortest month, but there’s no shortage of great books. Here, our first installment of the Best Books of the Month: I loved our spotlight pick, Ethan Canin's A Doubter's Almanac, because it’s about...well, everything.

Loitering: A Conversation with Essayist and Author Charles D'Ambrosio


The absolutely best thing about my job is that there's always the possibility I will stumble upon a great writer.

YA Wednesday: Ruta Sepetys on "Salt to the Sea"


Salt to the Sea, our spotlight pick for the best young adult books of February, is another exceptional work of historical fiction from Ruta Sepetys.

Spring into Binge-Reads: Five Series to Obsess Over


Sure, stand-alone romances are fine—but to truly immerse yourself, you need to surrender to the binge-read experience.

A Books Post for Groundhog Day


For the record, Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow today (Feb 2nd, for those who are reading this late), which means that we'll have an early spring.

PEN Literary Awards Shortlist for 2016


PEN named the finalists for the PEN Literary Awards. The finalists must be works published in 2015, and they are grouped in eight literary categories.

PEN Literary Awards Shortlist for 2016


PEN named the finalists for the PEN Literary Awards. The finalists must be works published in 2015, and they are grouped in eight literary categories.

"A Story About Stories"--Joshilyn Jackson on "The Opposite of Everyone"


A mysterious letter from an erstwhile parent plunges a daughter on a journey of discovery in Joshilyn Jackson's latest, The Opposite of Everyone.

“War books just aren’t for me.”


Maybe you’ve been hearing about it – we certainly have. Matt Gallagher’s Youngblood is a much admired novel by the author/vet who wrote the amazing blog from the trenches: Kaboom: A Soldier’s War Journal.

Essential Reads: Books for Surviving Valentine’s Day


This isn’t a list of heart-bursting love stories (although we have included some) or I-hate-my-ex tirades, but rather a list that we hope will include at least one perfect book to match whichever mood zaps through you when you think, “Whoa, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner!

Weekend Reading


Beware the Ides of March! Only there is nothing foreboding about the crop of titles being released in a month or so, many of which are featured in this edition of Weekend Reading.

Miss Moon's Manners


Some picture books defy a childhood expiration point and this applies to the recently released Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess.   What makes this book so special is both Janet Hill's beautiful painting-like illustrations of French governess, Miss Wilhelmina Moon, with her canine charges and the short life lessons that make up the book's text.  The lessons Miss Moon imparts are very good to learn as a child but perhaps even more relevant as an adult when the innocence and freedom of childhood is long gone and we may have forgotten even the most basic of lessons like "never stop learning."  Below are a few samples from the book, I think you'll see what I mean...

The Author of "The Geography of Genius" Talks About the Importance of Place


Eric Weiner’s first book, The Geography of Bliss, found him in search of the happiest places on Earth.

"A Long Lineage of Wanderers": Q&A with Shilpi Somaya Gowda


One of our favorite fiction picks of the month is The Golden Son, a novel about family responsibility, love, honor, tradition, and identity.

Look on My Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair!


You might have read "Ozymandias" in high school. In part: And on the pedestal these words appear: 'My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings: Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!

What to Read if You Love (or Hate) "Making a Murderer"


Netflix's "Making of a Murder" certainly has gotten people's attention. Much of the publicity around the show has focused on Steven Avery's possible innocence, but the people I've talked to (and I realize this is anecdotal) have voiced a little more doubt about the situation than, say, those who petitioned the White House for a presidential pardon.


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