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Amazon’s Top 10 Picks for April

Every month the Amazon Book Editors select the biggest and brightest books of the month, and we have to hand it to them – they know how to pick ‘em.  Without fail, they anticipate the award-winners, the bestsellers, and the knock-out reads. In fact, I currently I have my nose in an Amazon pick from last September, The […]

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Five books Mark Zuckerberg won’t be recommending

I had some fun with this one. Mark Zuckerberg, of Facebook fame, has a book club. So far he’s recommended The End of Power by Moisés Naim – a non-fiction book about how power is shifting around the world – and Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature – another non-fiction title about about how […]

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American Novelist Robert Stone Dies at 77

Loss for the literary world today – American novelist Robert Stone has died of COPD. The New York City-born writer was best known for his second novel, Dog Soldiers, which earned him a National Book Award in 1975. However his career spanned nearly five decades, with his first novel, A Hall of Mirrors, published in […]

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Science Survey Says….Screens Bad, Books Good.

A few weeks ago I came across the dramatically-titled article “Reading On A Screen Before Bed Might Be Killing You” (ever the subtle wordsmiths, HuffPo). Understandably alarmed, I wanted to click through for more information, but since it was bedtime, I instead hurled my phone from my shaking hands, not to pick it up again […]

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The Beginning of the Affair: I Fell in Love with Books

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t read, at least a little bit, every single day. Throughout my childhood, I always read long after I was supposed to have turned out the light at night. In fact I still do, mindful not to laugh at the funny bits and wake my husband, gently snoring […]

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Nine Literary Elizabeths

Here are nine characters named Elizabeth, found in popular literary fiction. Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is an obvious place to start. Occasionally Lizzy or Eliza (never Liz or Beth), Bennet is an intelligent, witty and independent woman, known to be a critical thinker with a strong moral compass. In screen […]

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The Headless Horseman: A Strange Tale of Texas by Mayne Reid

The lunch table in the AbeBooks staff room is certainly never dull. Different combinations of staffers from various departments congregate to eat their lunches, and the conversation can run the gamut from heated political discussion, to pop culture, to local events and more. The only topic off-limits is work, though that rule is bent whenever […]

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The contenders for book of the summer

Lev Grossman at Time Magazine asks how exactly does a book become a summer smash-hit. He also makes some recommendations for books that could become summer bestsellers. He remembers American Psycho‘s huge impact in the summer of 1991 and Gone Girl from two summers ago. Here are his predictions for this summer’s summer reading sensation: […]

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#ThisBook campaign seeks powerful female authors

The Year of Reading Women (or, 2014, as some of you may know it) just keeps getting better. Last month the folks over at Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction launched #ThisBook, an exciting social media campaign to find the novels written by women that have most impacted readers. Nineteen influential women kicked off the #ThisBook conversation […]

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The 10 Most Challenged Books of 2013

The American Library Association has released its 10 most challenged books of 2013.  The ALA defines a challenge as an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. In 2013, these 10 books were challenged the most: 1. Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey The bestselling series has been cited for […]

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