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July’s Top 10 Bestselling Signed Books

At the start of each month we take a look at AbeBooks‘ bestselling signed books of the previous month. Some appear month after month (hello, The Fault In Our Stars), some are timelessly collectible (ahem, Codex Seraphinianus) and some are brand new (The Miniaturist). This month’s list pays tribute to the late Louis Zamperini who passed […]

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2014 Man Booker Prize Longlist Announced

It’s the day this book nerd has been waiting for since Eleanor Catton was declared the winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize – today, the 2014 Man Booker Longlist was announced.  Since its founding in 1969 the prize has been awarded to the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the […]

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5 Debut Novels You Better Hurry Up and Read

I don’t know about you, but I love reading a book by an unknown. Sure, it’s great to dive into a book penned by a favorite author, but you can’t help but approach it with a pile of expectations. Will it be as good as their last?  Will it be better? A debut novelist is […]

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Nobel-prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer dies at 90

Author Nadine Gordimer died peacefully at her Johannesburg home on Sunday, at the age of 90. The South African writer’s novels and stories depicted the drama of human life in a society troubled by racial segregation. She won the Nobel prize in 1991. Gordimer’s works were highly controversial. The Guardian reports, “she had three books banned […]

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Louis Zamperini Dies at 97

Louis Zamperini, the subject of Laura Hillenbrand’s bestseller Unbroken, died on July 2 at the age of 97. At age 19, Zamperini participated in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games as a long-distance runner. When WWII broke out, he joined the US Army Air Forces and served as a bombadier in the South Pacific. In April, […]

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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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Stephen King’s 40 Years of Fear

It all started with a novel about a girl with a frightening power.  On April 5, 1974, Stephen King’s debut novel Carrie hit shelves for the very first time, and the master of horror is still going strong. At the risk of stating the obvious, few authors past or present have achieved the level of success experienced by […]

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7 Beautiful Editions of The Secret Garden

We’re celebrating the first day of Spring (hooray!) with The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. After losing her parents, young Mary Lennox is sent from India to live in her uncle’s gloomy mansion on the wild English moors. A secret garden and a mysterious key lead the girl to a world she never could […]

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The Daphne Award: Righting the Wrongs of Book Awards Past

The good folks over at Bookslut have announced plans for a new book award. Dubbed the Daphne Award, it will celebrate the best books of 50 years ago and ‘right the wrongs’ of book awards past. As an afficionado of old books, I love this idea. And always up for a challenge, I couldn’t resist […]

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From Written Word to Silver Screen: 17 books hitting theaters in 2014

Books have a long history of becoming great films. It goes without saying that the two make a good pair, in fact, five of this year’s Oscar Best Picture nominees are book-to-film titles. American Hustle is based on The Sting Man: Inside Abscam by Robert W. Greene. Captain Phillips was inspired by A Captain’s Duty: Somali […]

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