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YA Wednesday: Rainbow Rowell on "Landline," the 90s, and Disney theme parks


It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Rainbow Rowell and when I met her in person a month ago, it only confirmed my suspicion that she's as fabulous in person as the books she writes.  Her latest, Landline, is classified as an adult book, but like her YA titles, there is no set age required for entry.   Landline tells the story of a marriage floundering in the wake of career, kids, and the daily grind.  Rowell uses a trick of time to allow her main character, Georgie, to revisit how she and husband Neal found each other and the final hurdle that resulted in a proposal.  Simultaneously, Georgie experiences present day self-doubt, questioning if they should have ended up together in the first place but seeing all the things she loves about Neal in new light.  Whether you can relate to the marriage or not, at the end of the day it's a story about how two quirky, flawed people can fall in love and take that leap of faith more than once in the same relationship.

Horses of the Apocalypse: Scott Cheshire's American Epic


A blurb from Philipp Meyer hails Scott Cheshire's debut novel, High as the Horses' Bridles, as "a great new American epic." At first glance, the page count of Bridles seems too slim to be an epic.

Bill Gates Sells a Business Book


What's the best business book Bill Gates has read? In a recent LinkedIn article, he named Business Adventures by John Brooks, sending it to the top of the Amazon Best Sellers list.

Peter Sis Shares Early Sketches and Talks About "The Pilot and the Little Prince"


An acclaimed children's book author and illustrator, Peter Sis' book The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain, about his childhood in Cold War-era Prague, won a Caldecott Honor in 2008.  Most recently Sis turned his attention to the life of Antoine de Saint-Exupery in The Pilot and the Little Prince.  This picture book for older children (ages 6-up) tells the remarkable story of the author of the children's classic, The Little Prince, and Sis' passion for his subject leaps off the page.

Amazon Asks: “War of the Whales” Author, Joshua Horwitz


Joshua Horwitz spent six years researching the story of the marine biologist and the environmental lawyer whose battle against the US Navy and its secret underwater sonar programs went all the way to the Supreme Court.

Graphic Novel Friday: Happy Birthday, Batman!


Happy Bat-Birthday! The Caped Crusader turns 75 this year, and to commemorate, DC Comics will release two 400-page hardcover collections chronicling the adventures and darkness surrounding the Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime, the Joker.

George Hincapie: Lance's Loyal Lieutenant


George Hincape learned early on that he was made to race bikes. The Queens-born son of a cycling fanatic, he rode early, fast, and occasionally recklessly.

YA Wednesday: July Favorites


It's the middle of summer and Seattle is scorching hot these days.  The best I can do under the circumstances has been to hide out with a fan and distract myself with books.

The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee


For fifty years, journalists have trekked to Monroeville, Alabama in search of Harper Lee. Normally, they leave town without even setting eyes on the famous but reclusive author.

What to Eat This Week: Haute Dogs


Still recovering from the excitement of the World Cup finale?  Hotter that hot outside (and inside for those of us without air conditioning...) and don't feel like spending a ton of time on dinner?

Of Maps and Memories: Francisco Goldman Interviewed by Daniel Alarcón


Daniel Alarcón, author of At Night We Walk in Circles, sits down to talk with journalist and novelist Francisco Goldman, about driving — and grieving.

Gumshoe 101: Your Guide to Becoming a Self-Made Detective


Deborah Halber's new book The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America’s Coldest Cases, digs into the underground network of self-made detectives working to solve mysteries of unidentified human remains, using modern tools to put names and faces to thousands of John and Jane Does--often in unofficial competition with the police, as well as each other.

Recipe Road Test: Jalapeno Poppers from "Man Made Meals"


Last week my fellow editor, Neal, wrote about Steven Raichlen's recent visit to talk barbecuing and his new cookbook, Man Made Meals.  I also got to meet Raichlen when he was here and after flipping through the book while we talked, decided I would try making the Cheese-Stuffed, Bacon-Roasted Jalapeno Poppers for my Fourth of July party.  Sound mouth-watering?

A Debut to Remember: Celeste Ng's "Everything I Never Told You"


One of my favorite books of the year is Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading it, but I'd heard good things about the novel, and it quickly drew me in.

A Conversation with James Browning, Author of "The Fracking King"


James Browning's The Fracking King is an engaging story about a high school junior named Winston Crwth.

Graphic Novel Weekend: Interview with Max Brooks


This weekend variant edition of Graphic Novel Friday arrives with an exclusive interview.  Hope everyone had a great July 4th holiday!

BBQ King Steven Raichlen on "Ensemble" Cooking


Fireworks won’t be the only things flaring in America’s backyards on this Fourth of July. You’d think after centuries of cooking with fire, man would have it down.

WWII Hero Louis Zamperini Dead at 97


When Louis Zamperini's WWII bomber went down over the Pacific Ocean, he probably didn't think my story will become a huge best seller and be made into a movie.

YA Wednesday: Walter Dean Myers 1937-2014


I'm so sad to hear that Walter Dean Myers passed away. I had the pleasure to meet him at BEA in 2012 (pictured here), when he was the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, and he was delightful.  Myers said that books gave him solace during troubled times as a young person, and in turn his books have touched many young lives.  The author of over 100 works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, Myers won the Coretta Scott King Award multiple times, including a 2014 Coretta Scott King Honor for Darius & Twig.  He also received two Newbery Honors (for Scorpions and Somewhere in the Darkness) and his book, Monster, was the inaugural winner of the Michael L.

Photo Essay: How Did the Statue of Liberty Get Built?


Elizabeth Mitchell's myth-busting Liberty’s Torch--a Best Book of the Month for July--is a hoot of a story packed with entertaining cameos by Victor Hugo, Ulysses Grant, Thomas Edison and more.


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