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Five Doris Lessing books you must read

Lots of articles paying tribute to Doris Lessing, who died at the age of 94 yesterday, have appeared this morning. The Guardian lists her five best books (see below) but the author wrote more than 50 books, including novels, poetry, drama and short stories, so you have a huge selection to choose from. Lessing’s obituary […]

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Five New JD Salinger Novels Will Be Released

There’s a new book about J.D. Salinger on the way – Salinger: The Private War of J.D. Salinger by David Shields and Shane Salerno is due out September 3rd. The co-authors of the new Salinger biography spent eight years completing exhaustive research, conducting countless interviews with countless people, and compiling and organizing as much information […]

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What Books are Children Reading Today?

    NPR’s All Things Considered recently featured a study which looks into the books, and types of books, that children are reading today, compared to the types of books they were reading decades ago.  While the overall message of the story is somewhat dower (that children today are reading less complex works than their […]

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Bookshelves of the Rich and Famous

If money were no object, what would your book collection look like? Would you own an original Hobbit, a signed Einstein or the ultimate Joyce collection for six figures? I find myself dreaming about this from time to time. I love books so much, in so many different ways – the pleasure of reading (chiefly), […]

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Mailer to Hemingway: “I suspect you’re even more vain than I am.”

I love this letter that Norman Mailer sent to Ernest Hemingway in 1965, along with a copy of his novel, The Deer Park, which had been rejected multiple times for years before finally being published: TO ERNEST HEMINGWAY —because finally after all these years I am deeply curious to know what you think of this. […]

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Literature from Librarians: Great Reads Written by the Experts

This is a unique reading list – these books were all written by librarians and most of them were recommended to us by librarians. If any profession is well qualified to write books then librarians truly fit the bill. Librarians are loyal customers of AbeBooks and we tend to listen when they speak. But it […]

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The Books We Never Get Around To

I love this vintage 1941 poster from the WPA Statewide Library Project, which issues a directive to literature lovers: “In March, read the books you’ve always meant to read!” And it reminds me of the article I wrote lamenting the books that sit upon my shelf, often for years, causing me guilt, dismay and extra […]

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The Saturday Books

The Saturday Book was an annual miscellany that featured art, literature and comment on British life during World War II and the decades that followed until 1975. The series was initially edited by Leonard Russell with John Hadfield taking over the reins in 1952. Each edition of The Saturday Book provides a wonderful glimpse into […]

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Trailer for Controversial Film “Two Mothers”, Adapted from Doris Lessing

As of now in 2013, Doris Lessing is 93. She was born in 1919 and her second novel, published in 1956, was titled Retreat to Innocence. All of this, coupled with her round, sweetly wrinkled face and penchant for wearing her white hair parted at the middle and pulled back into a bun, might give […]

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25 of the Best Love Stories

Love, you slippery beast, what are you? How can we speak about you when you refuse to be adequately defined? What do we talk about, when we talk about love? It’s the time of year when cinnamon hearts, pink bears and glitter-festooned roses permeate the stores. Worst of all, generic greeting cards try to do […]

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