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Amazon's Best Books of October: Part Two

Nonfiction fans rejoice! Part Two of the Best Books of October features books about Nixon (yes, there's actually a fascinating, and cringe-worthy, thing or two that you didn’t know about the 37th president), a CIA director, one of George Washington’s most trusted confidantes, and the former editor and chief of Gourmet magazine.

YA Wednesday: Best Books of October

Once again we are looking at a wealth of fantastic new YA fiction this month and our Best Books of October list is a who's who of favorite authors including Leigh Bardugo, Patrick Ness, and Rainbow Rowell...

100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books to Read in a Lifetime

If you think that choosing 100 books from such a wide, rich, and imaginative literary field as science fiction and fantasy is an easy task, well, think again.

The Road has Always Led West - A List of Contemporary Westerns

For the most part, westerns and western novels are a uniquely American phenomenon. Wild, wide-open spaces are our heritage--as are the intrepid souls who wander into those spaces and try to make a go of it.

"Everybody Has More Power Than They Think They Do": An Interview with Jim Butcher

This month we selected Jim Butcher’s newest fantasy release, The Aeronaut’s Windlass, as a Best Book in Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Pharrell Williams is Happy!

One of the catchiest tunes to hit the airwaves in recent years, Pharrell Williams' song Happy first debuted in the movie Despicable Me 2 and went on to become the best-selling song of 2014.  My eight-year-old loves it, belting it out in the car or whenever she watches the video on YouTube and I still find myself tapping my toes when I hear it.

From AbeBooks: Gothic Fiction

Gothic Fiction by Julie Oreskovich of Gothic fiction is a literary genre that has appealed to readers since the release of ­­The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole in 1764 - considered by many to be the book that launched the genre.

"What the Hell Am I Doing?": Sloane Crosley on Writing "The Clasp"

Sloane Crosley is one of a kind: what some reviewers have called her "slightly cracked" sense of humor and her wry, self-deprecating world view will never be mistaken for anybody else's.

“The Martian” Author Andy Weir Asks: Why Send Humans to Mars?

Andy Weir, bestselling author of breakout science fiction thriller The Martian, has spent a lot of time thinking about how people can survive on Mars.

Sara Says: Two Women You Never Heard, Two Memoirs You Won't Soon Forget

Nothing wrong with a good celebrity memoir – say, Chrissie Hynde, Elvis Costello, or Drew Barrymore. But sometimes it's the so-called ordinary people who have the most interesting stories.

The Best Books of the Month, Part One: October

Over here at Books of the Month land, we are happiest when we make discoveries – when we find books that are a little off the radar.

How Debbie Macomber Shares Her Christmas Spirit

Debbie Macomber has a heart of gold, and every year she pens a Christmas-themed romance in addition to the stories her fans can't get enough of.

The National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" Honorees

This morning, the National Book Foundation announced the 10th edition of its "5 Under 35 Honorees," all selected by writers previously recognized by the program.

The Best Business Books of September

Here are the Business & Leadership picks from our Best Books of September. Read, enjoy, learn, and profit.

How a Working Mother's "So-Called Manuscript" Turned Into a Delightful Debut

Elisabeth Egan’s buoyant debut novel, A Window Opens, has that oh-boy-have-we-all-been-there quality many of us recognize, whether we’re mothers who work outside the home – or not.

"Say Cheese" Doesn't Cut It: Photography Secrets from the Masters

Face it: If you own any camera bigger than a deck of cards, you've probably fantasized about becoming the next Brandon Stanton.

Exercise Your Right to Read

September 27-October 3 is Banned Books Week. This annual celebration of the freedom to read was first conceived in 1982 when the Office of Intellectual Freedom received an inordinately high number of challenges to books based on things like offensive language, violence, sexuality, political and religious viewpoints...The list goes on and on, and includes so many things I enjoy learning about that if I were to take all of the challenges into account, my bookshelf would be bare.

The Best Cookbooks of September

I feel like I've been eating more lately and while I blame it partially on the weather--a salad doesn't seem as satisfying as it did when the sun was still shining--I also blame it on all the mouth-watering September cookbooks I've been looking at.  On our best of the month list below you'll find new cookbooks to take you on a historical cocktail tour, teach you the science of making recipes work, or tempt you with sweet and savory chocolate creations (like the one pictured above)...and that's just a taste of what's on the list:   Shop on Amazon Print Book | Kindle Book The Food Lab by J.

From IndieReader: The List Where Indies Count

This article was originally published by IndieReader. Every Monday we will publish an article from IndieReader that we think might be of interest to our readers.

Graphic Novel Friday: Happy Batman Day!

Look, up in the sky: it’s not a bird nor a plane—it’s the Bat-signal! All hail Batman Day this Saturday, celebrating seven decades of Bat-mania.