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Top 10 books about gangsters

It’s not hard to understand the enduring appeal of gangsters in fiction. From the romantic notion of the outlaw antihero to the caricature of the psychotic mob boss, they have been portrayed in many different lights; but the unifying theme is that they live by a set of rules alien to the …

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These 14 Short Story Collections Will Change Your Approach to Life

If you're someone who loves reading but can never seem to find the time for it, we've found a solution: the humble short story. We get it, it can be …

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11 New Thriller Novels That Need To Be Made Into Movies ASAP

There's nothing like summer to make you want to get lost in a big blockbuster. But that doesn't mean the only place you'll find a cinema-worthy story …

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10 Classic Fantasy Books You Need to Read

<i>The Hero and the Crown</i> tells the story of Aerin – born to a witchwoman who had enthralled the king. She was unwanted, her story told and her value …

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15 Amazing Banned Books You Should Read Immediately

Can you believe even The Lorax has been banned before?

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More not-to-be-missed nonfiction

“What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City” by Mona Hanna-Attisha (One World, $28)<p>“This is the story of the most important and emblematic environmental and public health disaster of this young century,” writes pediatrician Hanna-Attisha, known as “Dr. …

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How Ghostbusters' Bill Murray and Harold Ramis Ended Their 20-Year Feud

Bill Murray and Harold Ramis ended their 20-year feud just prior to Ramis' passing in 2014 over a box of doughnuts and a police escort.<p>This …

10 Fantastic Books by Chinese and Chinese-American Authors

A Novel (Penguin Orange Collection)<p>Amy Tan<p><i>The Joy Luck Club</i> is a classic exploration of the Chinese-American immigrant experience, as well as of the love and tension between mothers and daughters. The story centers around four Chinese women, all immigrants to San Francisco, and their weekly …

Billionaire Ray Dalio says these 3 books have 'had the biggest impact' on his life

Billionaire hedge fund magnate Ray Dalio has been fascinated with finance since he was 12, when he bought his first stock.<p>He graduated from Harvard …

Hedge Funds

These 10 Books Might Just Save Your Life

This week, we scanned Amazon’s bestseller list for the highest-rated survival books and pulled the best, most authoritative reviews for each.<p><b>Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival ($10)</b><p>“Good read. I learned a hell of a lot about wood, resins, and fires from this book. Dave …

9 Books To Read If You Have Depression & Just Need A Little Help Making It Through The Day

As someone who has lived with this mental illness for the better part of two decades, let me tell you: depression is the worst. You don't want to do …

50 Novels All Men Should Read Before They Die

No excuses, now<p>Forget coming-of-age fiction or impenetrable 'classics' – these are the books all grown men should be ticking off. Why? Because they're as entertaining as they are wise<p>On Beauty – Zadie Smith<p>The Circle – Dave Eggers<p>East of Eden – John Steinbeck<p>The Road – Cormac McCarthy<p>The Blind …

Why 'Wonderbook' By Jeff VanderMeer Is The One Book About Worldbuilding Every Writer Needs To Read

As any writer of science fiction or fantasy will tell you, worldbuilding is the most arduous part of composing a new story. It can be tough to know …

31 Underrated Foreign Novels You Should Read

Time to expand your preferences.

The best anime movies and series on Netflix and Amazon Prime

Japanese animation, or anime, is no longer a niche interest – it's a global entertainment powerhouse attracting mainstream attention like never …

Anime

Nick Chater picks five books to explore the mysteries of the mind

Our feelings turn out to be flimsy ​constructions, created in the moment​​ rather than welling up from the depths<p>Since Plato, philosophers have had doubts about how our senses provide knowledge of the external world. But surely we are the ultimate arbiters of the contents of the “inner world” of …

Consciousness

10 Books You Pretend To Have Read (And Why You Should Really Read Them)

Science fiction and fantasy offer a rich legacy of great books - but that abundant pile of reading material can also be daunting. So sometimes, it's …

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The best books about science from the last 15 years that everyone should read

From discussions of human-machine hybrids to lost civilizations in the Amazon and octopus brains, scientists and writers have produced some amazing works of nonfiction in the past 15 years.<p>If you're in the mood to learn something new, as well as be entertained by riveting storylines, look no …

'Let's No One Get Hurt' Is A Lyrical, Powerful Coming-Of-Age Story

In the first few pages of <i>Let's No One Get Hurt</i>, the second novel from poet Jon Pineda, a man asks his 15-year-old daughter to shoot and kill her beloved dog (who's named Marianne Moore, after the modernist master from the 20th century. Pearl, the teenager, can't bring herself to do it — she sees …

21 Classic Books That You Can Read For Free Online

The classics. They're the bane of many a high schooler's existence. And yet, we all have one or two (or 20) classic books that we've been meaning to …

Literature

The Best Nonfiction Books Of 2018 (So Far)

By looking at the real world around us, we're better equipped to understand ourselves<p>While a great novel can be engaging, there's nothing quite like a true story—whether that story comes in the form of deep reporting, memoir, or personal essays. Nonfiction gives us the chance to look at the world …

7 New Thrilling Reads to Give You the Chills

After devouring thrilling hits like <i>The Girl on the Train</i> and <i>Gone Girl</i>, it’s hard to stop reaching for more heart-pounding novels. For those looking to fulfill their love affair for harrowing reads, we’ve compiled a list of the new unputdownable thrillers. Dim the lights and brew a pot of your …

10 Hot New Books for Your 2018 #TBR Pile

With new books being released every day, finding your next read can sometimes be overwhelming. Whether you’re a fan of dystopian fiction, captivating memoirs, or uncommon love stories, there’s an exciting read for every book lover for 2018. If you’re looking to stock your #TBR pile with new …

15 Major Award-Winning Novels You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

O fame, fame, thou glittering bauble. In searching for thee, what fame have I not lost? Yes, even literary fame, the mildest of the family, can be …

Six Latin American Novels That Are Pushing Boundaries

Let’s start with real talk: In the English-speaking world, and above all in the U.S., Latin American literature is all too often pigeonholed, …

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25 Books Everyone Should Read, According to TED Speakers

Whether you're looking for gift ideas or suggestions for your own reading, TED speakers have you covered.<p>Back in May, just after the main TED event, the TED blog rounded up an incredible list of all the titles recommended from the stage this year. It was enough to fill up most people's to-read …

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Amazon Says These Are the 100 Books Everyone Should Read

Hidden away in the books department on Amazon.com, shoppers can find a list of 100 great reads everyone should read in their lifetime, recommended by …

Best Fiction of 2017

FICTION & LITERATURE<p>Released: Oct. 10, 2017<p>Reviewed: July 17, 2017<p>FICTION & LITERATURE<p>Released: Oct. 10, 2017<p>"Very smart and very entertaining."<p>All …

Fiction Writing Contests Worth Your Time (Winter 2017 Edition)

Inspired by Lit Hub’s 100 rejections per year post, my goal was to make at least 50 submissions in 2017. Since my last contest roundup, I’m at 108 …

'This Mortal Coil' Will Get You All Twisted Up

There is a species of book that presents itself as the thing it's skewering, making it tricky to review; do you cover the experience of reading the bulk of it, or do you let the twists, reversals and switches work backwards, changing everything, and cover the experience of reading it in …