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An array of Tom Wolfe books since 1965

Tom Wolfe doesn’t bring out a book very often. His latest novel is Back in Blood but his previous one before that was I am Charlotte Simmons in 2004. Back in Blood has been reviewed everywhere and it’s a big sprawling novel of American life and American strife set in Miami. His first book was […]

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AbeBooks top 10 October bestselling books

Top 10 bestselling books on AbeBooks.com 1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey  2. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell 3. Life of Pi by Yann Martel 4. The Awakening by Kate Chopin 5. Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel 6. The Giver’ by Louis Lowry 7. Man’s Search for […]

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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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