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Omar Sharif, Boris Pasternak, The KGB and the CIA

Midway through the year, while scanning a report of our recent high-value orders, a sale caught my eye. It was a copy of Boris Pasternak’s classic novel Doctor Zhivago, in its original Russian, bound in plain, blue cloth. It sold for $11,000. The bookseller’s description mentioned that this was the edition “covertly published by the […]

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Amazon’s Top 10 Books: June 2015

It’s that time again. Every month, members of the Books team at Amazon feverishly read, rate and vote on the best books of the month, and release a list of their top 10 recommended best books. If you missed last month, you can still see May’s Top 10 here. And of course, here’s this month’s […]

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Amazon’s Top 10 Books: May 2015

The first day of the month is always dangerous. Not only have I been paid the day before, but our friends at Amazon.com release their Top 10 Book Picks for the month, and it somehow always seems to be a list curated exactly for me. This month, for example, includes a true story of a […]

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Women’s Prize for Fiction Announces Final Six

They started with a longlist of 20 novels written by today’s brightest female authors, and now the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction judges have whittled down the list to only six. To our surprise, the critically acclaimed apocalyptic novel Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel did not make the cut, while the widely adored […]

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To Fall in Love with a Reader, Do This:

By now, you’ve likely seen the list of questions published in the New York Times in January 2015. The 36 questions, designed to accelerate intimacy between two strangers in an effort to bring on quick love, has made its rounds to most corners of the internet. The Millions blog put out their own spin on […]

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Cover of Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” Revealed

Lucky People Magazine had a very good day today – they get an exclusive first look at Harper Lee’s feverishly coveted and anticipated second novel, Go Set A Watchman. Despite recent flurries of controversy amid rumors of elder abuse, it appears the book is still set to be released for publication on July 14th, 2015. […]

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What Are Librarians Reading?

When it comes to voracious readers, we know no better example than librarians. These are the people steeped in the day-to-day curating, maintenance and knowledge of the collections in the stacks of our local libraries. We couldn’t help but wonder – when immersed in endless books day after day, how do you choose what to […]

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Go Set a Watchman, A New Book From…. Harper Lee!

Five years ago we put together a feature called “To Kill A Mockingbird and Other Literary One-Hit Wonders“. As it had been 50 years since the publication of her classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird, and Lee, in her 80s, seemed to want nothing more than for people to stop badgering her, we felt it […]

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Smaug and Friends: Dragons in Literature

It’s been over a decade since Peter Jackson released his blockbuster film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Then in 2012, the first installment of Jackson’s three-film treatment of The Hobbit, called An Unexpected Journey, hit the theaters, followed last year by part two, The Desolation of Smaug. And now, at long last, […]

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Beth’s Best Reads of 2014

Every single year around this time, I find myself reflecting back on the books I’ve read since January 1st, and feeling: 1) mad at myself for not reading more; 2) mad at myself for wasting my life finishing that one really dreadful book; 3) delighted that I kept going through the hard bits of that […]

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