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"Black River" - A Conversation with Author S.M. Hulse

Shop this article on Amazon Black River by S.M. Hulse S.M. Hulse's Black River is a debut novel by a promising young author.

Graphic Novel Friday: Enter 2015

Shop this article on Amazon The Sculptor by Scott McCloud Panic! I still have a stack of great 2014 comics to read, and it’s already 2015.

A Story About Second Chances: Stewart O'Nan on "West of Sunset"

Shop this article on Amazon West of Sunset by Stewart O'Nan Lauded as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, F.

Creepy, In a Good Way: Harriet Lane on "Her"

Shop this article on Amazon Her by Harriet Lane Harriet Lane is the journalist-turned-novelist, author of Alys, Always and now, the psychological thriller Her.

Colleen McCullough Dead at 77

Shop this article on Amazon The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough Colleen McCullough died yesterday on Norfolk Island, which is located in the Pacific Ocean.

Sara Says...Welcome to Our Parlor

There used to be a column in a famous women’s magazine called: “Welcome to My Parlor.” That quaint locution keeps coming to mind as I think about introducing you to our brand new Omnivoracious, now called The Amazon Book Review.

Kristin Hannah and Megan Chance on "The Nightingale"

Shop this article on Amazon The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah "When would I, as a wife and mother, risk my life--and more importantly, my child’s life--to save a stranger?

"Happy are the Happy" - An Excerpt from Yasmina Reza's New Book

The title is a quote from Jorge Luis Borges, but don’t be fooled by that erudition. Yasmina Reza’s Happy are the Happy is universal and accessible to anyone who has ever wanted to be, or has been, in a relationship – as long as she wants to admit her ambivalences.

Constructive Criticism: Announcing the NBCC Award Nominees

The finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced this week. There are thirty finalists, falling into six categories: autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, general nonfiction, and poetry.

Blondie, 1970s New York, and Chris Stein's Heart of Glass

In the early 1970s, Chris Stein was a student at the School of Visual Arts in New York, spending his off-hours photographing the pre-Giuliani Big Apple of garbage strikes, murder, muggings, and a Midtown more S&M than M&M (see this Facebook page for some of that).

Mistakes Were Made. Dana Cowin Helps Us Fix Them.

I first became aware of Dana Cowin through my love affair with Top Chef where Cowin, the editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine, is a guest judge every season.  Then last fall came her first cookbook, Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen, which went on to become one of our picks for the Best Cookbooks of 2014.  Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen is a collection of over 100 recipes that Cowin has become proficient in with the help of some of the best chefs in the country.  Having someone with such a high profile in the food world admit she's not a great cook is really inspiring and reassuring.

"My Own Hunt for Health" - Reading Along with Author Heather Abel

Originally from Los Angeles, Heather Abel now lives in western Massachusetts with her husband and daughters.

Wild at Heart: The Dark Center of Tim Johnston's "Descent"

2015 may be young, but Tim Johnston's Descent has positioned itself as an early frontrunner for year-end best-of  lists.

Graphic Novel Friday: The Death of Wolverine

Let’s all admit that Wolverine will survive The Death of Wolverine. He’s been through worse (like that time he went to Hell), and he’s too much of a revenue generator to cut from Marvel’s publishing plan.

Like Minds: Stephen Pinker Reviews "The Moral Arc"

Is the world becoming a better place? Michael Shermer, editor in chief of Skeptic magazine, thinks so, and he thinks it's all about the science.

Miranda July on "The First Bad Man"

Filmmaker, artist and writer Miranda July has penned a hilariously irreverent and oddly romantic novel in The First Bad Man.

YA Wednesday: Best Books of January

In the last couple of years January has been a really strong month for YA.  Consider 2012's The Fault in Our Stars, 2013's Just One Day, and last year's Hollow City.  All January, all stand outs for the year.  2015 is no exception and as happens some months when there is too much goodness to be celebrated, this month there are six Best Books of the Month in YA, including the spotlight, Jennifer Niven's All the Bright Places.  Here is a little taste of three of the best books this month: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven Violet and Theodore (Finch) are teens at opposite ends of the popularity spectrum who are drawn together by personal tragedy and a bell tower ledge.

5 Books We Wish Mark Zuckerberg Would Read

Like everyone in the book business, we at Amazon think it's great when a new public book club joins the party.

The Book That Changed My Life

I know that sounds really dramatic, but it's 100% true.  The book is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing and it has done for me what no other organizational books, articles, tips, or personal threats, have been able to do--it got my sh*t together.

A Conversation with Graeme Simsion, Author of "The Rosie Effect"

About a year ago, a charming and funny novel was published about a guy with  Asperger's who decides to draw up a plan to find the perfect wife.