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Why Your Memory Creates All Kinds of Relationship Problems

From the first line of Rachel Khong’s debut novel, you know it’s going to be funny: <i>Goodbye, Vitamin</i> opens with a man finding the protagonist’s …

Books

The A to Z of Rich People Problems: Govani

Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians trilogy leaves us with a glossary of terms, from arowana to zillionaire.

Fish

Modern Day Heroes on Nelson Mandela Day

By: Sasha Zborovsky, Marketing Intern.July 18th is Nelson Mandela Day. We associate many words with him. Freedom. History. Equality. However, this is …

Black History

Stephen King's IT Parade, Week 3: Does This Book Even Need Pennywise?

<b>Stephen King’s IT Parade</b> is author/editor Daniel Kraus’s 10-week journal of re-reading King’s classic. Join him on this long (very long) journey, if …

Stephen King

John Grisham Chats with Killers of the Flower Moon Author David Grann

John Grisham has invited book lovers and writers alike to listen to his podcast, Book Tour with John Grisham. So far he has made stops along the way, …

Authors

11 of the Worst Weddings in Literature

It’s wedding season. These days, that doesn’t mean a few DJ-ed buffets at the local rental hall. Going to a wedding, more and more often, means …

Literature

Which is the greatest Jane Austen novel?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen is one of the greatest English novelists. On the 200th anniversary of her death, writers make the case for the novel closest to their hearts<p>Hilary Mantel<p><b>Jack and Alice and other juvenilia</b><br>Charlotte Brontë did not like Jane Austen because she …

Literature

Agatha Christie’s Letters Reveal the Author’s Fantastically Sassy Nature

Plus a new bookselling technique hides covers, and George R.R. Martin was apparently not on board with a major GOT decision<p>The weekend awaits, and …

Agatha Christie

Rare collection of James Baldwin's work on display in NYC

James Baldwin is widely considered to be one of the most influential writers and social critics of the 20th century. This year marks the 30th …

Black History

Kermit the Frog is getting a new voice for the first time in 27 years

Why it matters to you<p>Generations of kids have grown up with Steve Whitmire as Kermit the Frog, but now Muppets veteran Matt Fogel has been named as …

Walt Disney Company

The Word Choices That Explain Why Jane Austen Endures

Two hundred years after her death, Jane Austen commands a cultural empire — fan fiction, adaptations, merchandise — with her six novels at the center. It raises the question: Why her, as opposed to someone else?<p>Franco Moretti, founder of the Stanford Literary Lab, which applies data analysis to the …

Literature

10 Things Only Hardcore Bookworms Do

You probably know more than one and, if you're reading this, there's a staggering probability that you are one. I'm talking about bookworms. You can …

Books

Book and Food Pairings: What Works and What Doesn't

What’s better than a good book … except good book and food pairings? If you’re anything like me, your meals are always enjoyed with a book, and your …

George R.R. Martin

9 Ways Being A Parent Has Changed the Way I Read

When I became a parent a few years ago, I knew my life would change. But I wasn’t, somehow, including my reading life in that. Reading had always …

Kindle

Books & Mortar: A Day in the Life of Judy Blume, Bookseller

I’d like to present to you a semi-regular column: Books & Mortar! Which will look at the fabulous world of tucked-away independent bookstores, a …

Key West

In Praise of the Lost and Wandering Girls of Literature

I have a soft spot for what I’ll call lost girls in literature—females who are unmoored, disoriented, or just plain muddled as they grapple with the …

Books

Michael Bond, the Genial Gentlemen Behind Paddington Bear, Dies at 91

Plus Nelson Mandela’s prison letters will finally be published, and <i>a new 1984 play</i> incites shocking bodily reactions from its audience<p>In today’s …

Nelson Mandela

50 Crucial Feminist YA Novels

Given the sheer number of feminist YA gems, compiling a list of essentials is undoubtedly a foolhardy task—and yet we simply couldn’t help ourselves! …

Books

What Is It That Beguiles Sofia Coppola Most?

Few things beguile Sofia Coppola more than the female mind. Her films’ meticulous detail and deliberate pacing make us curious like the boys who loved the unobtainable Lisbon sisters in her feature-film debut, The Virgin Suicides, based on the novel by Jeffrey Eugenides. She’s compassionate toward …

Sofia Coppola

Arundhati Roy on The Ministry of Utmost Happiness – books podcast

<b>Subscribe and review: iTunes, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud & Acast and join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter</b><p>Indian writer Arundhati Roy’s first novel, The God of Small Things, quickly established her as a star international author, winning the 1997 Booker prize and selling more than 8m …

Books

'What Would You Do?' Author Wants To Stop Sensationalizing The Donner Party

Tales from the American West are marked by heroism, romance and plenty of cruelty. Among those stories, the saga of the Donner Party stands alone — a band of pioneers set out in covered wagons for California, and eventually, stranded, snowbound and starving, resorted to cannibalism.<p>Author Michael …

History

10 Famous Book Hoarders

I have a hard time getting rid of books, and if you’re reading this space, you probably do too. As Summer Brennan put it, “what kind of degenerate …

Karl Lagerfeld

10 Book Characters We Love to Hate

<i>Grant Ginder's joyously ribald</i> The People We Hate at the Wedding <i>takes family dysfunction to its hysterical limit, featuring two American siblings,</i> …

Books

The Secrets of Moth Poop

If you miss HBO’s <i>Big Little Lies</i>, Julia Fierro’s new novel <b>The Gypsy Moth Summer</b> might scratch your itch. But instead of California, it’s set on an …

#SpecPride: Celebrating Pride With Our Favorite Queer SFF Characters

Science fiction and fantasy have grappled with social issues for as long as genre fiction has existed, but, with rare exceptions, it’s only in recent …

Inclusive Mystery & Thrillers For Your Radar: June – August

The mystery genre being white male dominated isn’t new information, nor surprising, but the longer I write Book Riot’s Unusual Suspects newsletter …

Books

These Maps Reveal the Hidden Structures of ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Books

If you decide to see more, click on this story.<p>Reading a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book can feel like being lost in a maze and running through …

Choose Your Own Adventure

Stephen King and I: How the Master of Horror Made Me a Better Father

I sat up with a jolt. I couldn’t sleep. It was in early August of last year. I could hear the rain pelting our tiny motel room. My wife and I were …

Authors

Bestselling books the week of 6/15/17, according to IndieBound

What's selling best in independent bookstores across America.<p>1. Camino Island, by John Grisham, Doubleday<br>2. Into the Water, by Paula Hawkins, …