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Top 10 AbeBooks sales from October 2012

Once again the top 10 most expensive sales on AbeBooks has produced a combination of antiquarian rarities and sought  after 20th century first editions  including one of the most contentious books  of the modern age, The Satanic Verses. A rare limited edition of Salman Rushdie’s  1988 novel sold for almost $13,000 during October. The book […]

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Hilary Mantel Takes Home the 2012 Man Booker Prize

Congratulations to Hilary Mantel. As predicted by many, her novel Bring up the Bodies has just been announced in London’s Guildhall as the winner of this year’s £50,000 Man Booker Prize award. This also means that signed copies of Bring Up the Bodies will increase in value very quickly, so jump on it if you […]

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Best literary magazines & journals: New Yorker, Granta, Paris Review, Fiddlehead…

If you don’t read literary magazines and journals, you’re missing out on a world of fine writing. In our latest Avid Reader, my colleague Beth has assembled a list of literary magazines and journals dedicated to the art of creative writing, and the preservation and exploration of the written word. Poetry, prose, essays and more are […]

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9 Literary Locales I Wish Were Real

My favorite books are the ones in which I become totally immersed. I become attached to characters, invested in plot developments, and painfully, deeply emotionally involved in the story. Strange and exotic sounding people, unusual and fantastical food and drink, fictional sports – all the things a good book can make us long to experience. […]

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Bestselling Books and Bestselling Signed Books, August 2012

The bestselling signed book on AbeBooks.com for August was The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, the debut novel from English author Rachel Joyce. The top 10 bestselling books on AbeBooks.com in August included two titles by Toni Morrison – her first and fifth novels, The Bluest Eye and Beloved, respectively. The surge […]

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Which book would you pass on to your children?

The University of Worcester recently published a survey where they asked 2,000 adults to choose the one most important book to pass on to their children?  It’s a tough and incredible vague question?  Is this the only book they will ever be able to read? Or is this merely the book I think they will […]

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The Top 100 Bestselling Books of All Time

The good news: The Guardian’s list of Top 100 Bestselling Books of All-Time (in the UK) is interesting, and full of unexpected titles. The not so good news is that it may depress you a little – there is a whole lot of Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey and Da Vinci Code type stuff […]

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Best Books for August 2012

Once again our good friends over at Amazon books have chosen 10 amazing books to read this month. It’s a good list so don’t delay in picking up your copy. From post-apocalyptic fiction to dog co-pilots to the science of sleep and a new novel from actress Molly Ringwald, find these titles and more. 1. […]

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10 Beloved Dogs in Literature

Everyone loves a dog, right? Okay, most people. I suppose exceptions can be made for those with allergies or intense fears – though I was chomped in the face by a collie as a child, and I rallied to still love Lassie. Dogs are fun and loyal, and unconditional in their devotion to their human […]

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88 Books That Shaped America

The Library of Congress have compiled a list of 88 books that shaped America, which will be an exhibition to begin a multiyear “Celebration of the Book”. “This list is a starting point,” said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. “It is not a register of the ‘best’ American books – although many of them […]

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