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Gordon Ramsay will insult your sandwiches with Alexa's help

If your life won't be complete until you've gotten roasted by Gordon Ramsay like that dude in that Super Bowl ad, then Alexa can help make your dream come true. Ground Control, the same interactive audio company behind "Biden's Briefing" that uses the former VP's voice to read news, has released a …

12 books that every leader should read

I have been maintaining – and occasionally updating — a list of “Books That Every Leader Should Read” on my old <i>Work Matters</i> blog since 2011. These …

“The Couch to 80k” Writing Boot Camp: Take a Free 8-Week Podcast Course to Start Writing Fiction, or Even Finish a Novel

We've all read fiction, but how to go about writing it? Nobody has the definitive answer, and there, in the multiplicity of possible approaches, …

12 new books by women we can't wait to read this April

It’s the first full month of spring! And while we’re putting up with all those April showers in preparation for May flowers, what better way to pass …

17 book recommendations from 'Harry Potter' star Emma Watson

Actress Emma Watson and Hermione Granger, the "Harry Potter" character she played for a decade, have at least one thing in common: They <i>love</i> to read.<p>After starring in the billion-dollar franchise — which she did from 11 to 21 — Watson attended Brown University and graduated in 2014 with a bachelor's …

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The best books of 2016

<b>The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velazquez by Laura Cumming (Chatto & Windus, 304pp)</b><p>Mark Hudson: "Velázquez's monumental masterpiece Las Meninas has obsessed Cumming over 25 years. And she is not alone in that. The questions of who is looking at whom in this extraordinary painting, and why, and …

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19 Incredible New Books You Need To Read This Spring

~Spring~ into reading a new book!

13 Irish Writers to Read This St. Patrick's Day

By Sarah Jane Abbott | Off the Shelf<p>St. Patrick's Day is a time to honor Irish heritage and culture, whether that means attending a performance of Irish music or dancing, wearing green and searching for four-leafed shamrocks, or sampling some fine Irish whiskey. We at Off the Shelf will be taking …

Historian claims he has solved Italy's literary mystery

ROME (AP) — An Italian historian claims he has solved of one of Italy's biggest literary mysteries: the true identity of author Elena Ferrante.<p>Ferrante's four Neapolitan novels have won worldwide acclaim, despite the pseudonym. The final title "The Story of The Lost Child" is a finalist for the …

‘High Dive’ Is a Surprisingly Sexual Novel About the Botched Plot to Kill Margaret Thatcher

We spoke to Jonathan Lee about his new book and the connections between fucking and fanaticism.<p>The author of three works of fiction, Jonathan Lee makes his US debut with <i>High Dive</i>, a finely textured novel set in the UK in 1984. Centered on the hotel bombing designed to end the life of Prime Minister …

10 feminist books to read after you've gotten through the classics

Literature has always been the foundation of the feminist movement. Since the 18th century, when Mary Wollstonecraft wrote A <i>Vindication of the Rights</i> …

If you need help falling asleep, these classic books may do the trick

Remember how easy it was in high school to fall asleep while reading classic novels like “Tess of the D’ubervilles” and “Moby Dick”?<p>For many of us, just seeing the name Steinbeck on a book spine brings on more yawns than Ambien.<p>Is there something about reading literary classics that makes us so …

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The Story Behind Simone de Beauvoir’s ‘The Second Sex,’ the Most Influential Work of Existentialism

With characteristic erudition, accessibility, intellectual seriousness, and good humor, Sarah Bakewell’s robust new history of existentialism, <i>At the</i> …

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5 Massive Books That Are Worth Your Time

I love massive books. Books so big, like bricks, you could drown yourself in a pool with them if you’re not careful. It’s not a healthy love, I’ll …

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33 Life-Changing Books: Today in Critical Linking

<i>In honor of International Women’s Day, Women’s History Month, and all women everywhere, we asked the all-volunteer staff at VIDA to tell us about the</i> …

JK Rowling faces Twitter backlash as critics call her new writing 'racist'

The Harry Potter author, who recently released new writing on Pottermore, is being accused of cultural appropriation<p>JK Rowling is facing Twitter backlash for 'cultural appropriation' in her new writing on Pottermore.<p>People have been angrily tweeting at her since she released writing on the history …

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'What Is Not Yours' Is Flawless

Most writers would give everything they own to have just one masterpiece to their name. British author Helen Oyeyemi is barely 31, and she already has at least three of them. That includes her last two novels, <i>Mr. Fox</i> and <i>Boy, Snow, Bird</i>, both of which received extensive critical acclaim in the U.S. …

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Books I Wish I’d Read as an LGBTQ Teenager

When I was young, the only literature I could find about lesbians was either deeply tragic or short on character and long on formulaic, anatomically …

'The High Mountains of Portugal': Booker Prize-winner Martel charms again

Three novellas set in Portugal connect to create a thoughtful meditation on grieving and faith.<p>Tomás Lobo walks backward everywhere through the …

40 Great Books Coming to a Screen Near You

Avid readers are familiar with the joys and sorrows of film and tv adaptations: for every awesome movie that brings your favorite characters to life, …

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The Lasting Transgender Legacy Of Julia Serano’s "Whipping Girl"

As a book that has become standard reading for trans women goes into a second edition, the author — along with trans women the book has touched — reflect on its incredible impact.<p>In the new preface to the second edition of <i>Whipping Girl</i>, Julia Serano writes poignantly about how little positive …

To read or not to read: the 10 best new books on Shakespeare

<b>Ahead of the 400th anniversary of his death, a flurry of new books discover Shakespeare in the most unlikely places</b><p>"Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety,” said Enobarbus of the queen in Antony and Cleopatra. Change the gender and the same could describe the man who composed …

Bestseller puts US women at the heart of a new social revolution

Author predicts a shift to the left as unmarried women flex economic and political muscle<p>What do young single women want? Sex, power, money, friendship, careers, clothes, husbands, babies – or none of the above? The short answer, according to <i>All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an</i> …

11 Must-Read Biographies About Incredible Women

Because Women's History Month is the perfect excuse to stay in with a book.<p>This Women's History Month, one of the greatest ways to honor those who came before us is to celebrate the extraordinary lives of some phenomenal ladies.<p>We've rounded up 11 biographies of 11 vastly different women, whose …

Anne Frank's father and the inspiring letters he sent to her diary's readers

"I said, 'Yes, though very occasionally.' And he said, 'Well, I have that feeling about you.' Which I thought was lovely."<p>Skurray had travelled from …

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Book club helps immigrant mothers find joy in reading and support their kids' education

Maria Onate had not read a book until her son started high school.<p>Her illiterate parents ended her schooling when she was 15, informing her that she had to get ready for marriage and work to help support the family in their rancho in Puebla, Mexico.<p>More than two decades later, she was shocked when …

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20 books you should keep on your shelf to look smart

Amazon's editorial team has helped us put together a list of 20 books that will help you impress anyone in your life.<p>From biographies of inspiring innovators to stories that have been must-reads for centuries, these are the top 20 books you should display on your bookshelf.

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23 Books to Be Excited for in March

Even though it is technically our job to be aware of (and read) all the best new books, forever, this can sometimes feel like a daunting proposition. …

The Sylvia Plath You've Never Heard Of

Pamela Moore was 18 when her novel, Chocolates for Breakfast, was published to rave reviews. Then the reviews stopped raving.<p>Shortly before her 18th birthday, on September 22, 1955, Pamela Moore, then a sophomore at Barnard College, completed the manuscript for a novel called <i>Chocolates for …

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