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National Book Foundation Announces 5 Under 35


The National Book Foundation has announced this year's 5 Under 35, which consists of five debut authors nominated by honorees from previous National Book Awards.

Five Songs That Set Springsteen on Fire


Bruce Springsteen fans already know that the Boss does everything big, and his new autobiography is no exception.

YA Wednesday: Julie Schumacher Reviews "Girl in Pieces"


One of our Best Young Adult Books of September is Kathleen Glasgow's first YA novel, Girl in Pieces.  I'll tell you up front: this is not a light read.  But it's powerful with a capital P and has all the makings of a book that will be shared and remembered.  I could tell you more about Girl in Pieces, but I'd rather you read about it from Julie Schumacher--author of the smart, funny, and highly-praised novel Dear Committee Members-- who describes Glasgow's book beautifully in this exclusive review:   Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow Seventeen-year-old Charlie (Charlotte) Davis is feisty, smart, and damaged, her body a detailed map of pain.

Handy Heroes: 5 Romances with Hot Contractors


Yes, yes, I'm going to say it: If you like reading about studs, this is the list for you. But they are studs with feelings, folks, which means the emotion and romance is the foundation of the story, not just slapped-on paint.

David D. Levine on His "Regency-set Interplanetary Airship Adventure": Arabella of Mars


David D. Levine has won awards and acclaim for his insightful and inspiring SF short stories. Now, with his debut novel, Arabella of Mars, Levine gives readers a steampunk alt-history in which sailing ships traverse the solar system during the Napoleonic wars, and scientifically-minded Arabella must disguise herself as a boy in order to sail to Mars and save her brother.

From AbeBooks: The Gloriumptious World of Roald Dahl


A version of this article originally appeared in AbeBooks' Reading Copy books blog. September 13 marked the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl's birth, a truly gloriumptious author who made an indelible impact on children's literature.

James Dashner's Reading List


James Dashner's Maze Runner series is one of my favorites because of it's unique setting, intense action, and powerful relationships.

Weekend Reading


In this edition of Weekend Reading, high-stakes Survivor, an unsung 60s icon, and the Twelve Days of Christmas (you read that right).

Furiously Funny: Luvvie Ajayi and Jenny Lawson on "I'm Judging You"


"I'm the person who says what you’re thinking but might be afraid to." On her wildly popular blog of all things culture, pop and otherwise, Luvvie Ajayi covers a bit of everything: from tech to shoes, race, the Kardashians, and politics, no topic is off-limits to her incisive and direct wit, "and there is never a shortage of people and foolishness to judge." Jenny Lawson wrote the bestselling Furiously Happy, a genuinely funny book about her lifelong struggle with mental illness, and the forthcoming You Are Here: An Owner's Manual for Dangerous Minds (March 2017), a coloring book of sorts promising humor, advice, and inspiration.

After Yorktown: The War Without End


How much do we really know about the Revolutionary War? Most of us learned the highlight reel moments in school: Paul Revere's ride, the Battle of Bunker Hill, Washington crossing the Delaware, and the British surrender at Yorktown, but the real story is never that simple.

The Best Man (can mean a few different things)


One of my favorite books of September for middle graders is Richard Peck's The Best Man.  Peck has authored several books for young readers and won multiple awards including the venerable Newbery Medal, but I feel like this is one of his best.  The story is about Archer Magill, a thoughtful boy who is working out who he wants to be when he grows up.  He is close to his family, and his grandfather, his dad, and his Uncle Paul all have qualities he would like to emulate.  Then with the start of middle school a new male role model enters his life, a student teacher named Mr.

Ms. - and Mister! - Paige Tyler Reveal the Secrets of Their Romance Writing Partnership


It's not uncommon for authors to write together under a single nom de plume, but a husband-and-wife partnership is more unusual.

An Excerpt from Elizabeth Lesser's "Marrow: A Love Story"


I'll admit that when I first heard about Elizabeth Lesser's memoir, Marrow: A Love Story, I didn't want to touch it with a ten foot pole.

The Best Mysteries & Thrillers of September


Here's a selection from our Best Mysteries & Thrillers of September. There are lots of recognizable names this month.

Dav Pilkey on "Dog Man," Mind-Blowing Graphic Novels, and More...


It's a big event when Dav Pilkey, the creator of the children's book phenomenon Captain Underpants starts a new series, and that day has arrived.  In Dog Man we meet a main character who is part man, part dog, and all funny.  I think the Dog Man series will appeal to a whole new generation of young readers, and, like Captain Underpants, will show kids who don't think they like reading that it really is fun, after all.

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of September: Our Top 5 Picks


Upfront, I have to admit that there's not a whole lot of science fiction on this shortlist of best books of September.

Behind the Scenes of the "Most Wonderful, Wacky Times" of Carol Burnett's Life


Who doesn't love Carol Burnett? The first time I remember seeing her onscreen was her incomparable performance as the hilariously menacing (and highly intoxicated) Miss Hannigan in Annie, but she is also beloved for her long-running variety series, The Carol Burnett Show.

Weekend Reading


In this edition of Weekend Reading, Putin, body-snatching aliens, and...hamsters! (you need a palate cleanser after the first two).

"Skinnytaste" Weeknight Back-to-School Recipes: Day 5


At last, we've made it to the end of the week and have a couple of days respite from packing lunches and wrangling kids out the door.  Still feel like cooking?

Announcing the National Book Award Longlists for Fiction and Nonfiction


The 2016 National Book Award longlists for Fiction and Nonfiction have been announced. Finalists will be revealed on October 13.    2016 Longlist for the National Book Award for Fiction For fiction, the judges are James English (Chair), Karen Joy Fowler, T.


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