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9 Addictive YA Reads (pg. 1)

Sugiura debuts with an angst-y coming-of-age narrative set at the intersections of identity, family, and first love. Read full book review >

Favorite Fiction Authors Share Their Summer Books

<i>Summer Reading is sponsored by Audible.</i><p>Have you ever wanted to know what your favorite authors read in the summer? Well, my fellow readers, wonder no …

It's A Bird, It's A Plane ... It's Our Comics And Graphic Novels Reader Poll!

Here at NPR headquarters in DC, MARVELous IMAGEs and FANTAstic GRAPHICS are dancing in our heads as we contemplate this year's edition of our famous Summer Reader Poll — who will make the cut? Will it be packed with old favorites or BOOM! Will a DARK HORSE muscle in?<p>Oh god, we can't keep this up …

Graphic Novels

Tree of Smoke author Denis Johnson dies aged 67

Poet and novelist, who described his work as a ‘zoo of wild utterances’, was the winner of the National Book Award and twice shortlisted for the Pulitzer prize<p>The acclaimed author and poet Denis Johnson has died aged 67. Best known for his classic short-story collection Jesus’ Son, Johnson won the …

Literature

Booklist's 50 Best YA Books of All Time, by Daniel Kraus

<b>Booklist’s 50 Best YA Books of All Time.</b><p>Kraus, Daniel (author).<p>FEATURE. First published May 26, 2017 (Booklist Online).<p>Pulling together the 50 best …

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Kate Southwood on Why Literary Fiction Still Matters in the Age of Netflix

<b>Holly Robinson:</b> We don’t often find main characters like Margaret Maguire (widowed, elderly, and unlikable) in novels. How did her voice come to you, …

Authors

Paula Hawkins' 'Into the Water' rises to No. 1 in second week

Here’s a look at what’s new on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list…<p>Paula Hawkins is back at a familiar spot: No. 1.<p>Her latest thriller, <i>Into the Water</i>, rises to the top of the list this week, after making its debut last week at No. 4. Hawkins initially had tough competition, with <i>Water</i> (out May 2) …

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Interview with Fredrik Backman

In Beartown, Fredrik Backman sees the world in a hockey team. It's not just a group of men playing a sport, he says. It's about loyalty. It's about …

Stephanie Powell Watts’ ‘No One is Coming to Save Us’ Packs Emotional Punch

<b>Read on for a review of No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts, named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by Entertainment</b> …

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In 'A King's Obsession,' Anne Boleyn's True Love Is Power

Is our hunger for the intrigues of the English Tudors never to be sated? A cursory search for books on Henry VIII yields over 9,000 titles. The cottage industry has outgrown its cottage and is on its way to filling up a castle. What's a determined author to do? Alison Weir's answer is to forge new …

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The 18 Most Anticipated YA Books To Read in May

IT’S GONNA BE MAY. We’re not entirely sure how our bookshelves are going to handle all the new hardcovers. You may have to get another bookshelf…or …

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A gem of a novel from 'Arthur Pepper' author

<i>Phaedra Patrick follows her debut novel,</i> The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper <i>(an Indie Next selection that was published in over 20 languages</i> …

Jewelry

What does feminism mean now? Wise words from Mindy Kaling, Roxane Gay and others.

During this fractious, politically polarizing time, many young women may be feeling confused, angry and unsafe as hard-won rights — especially regarding reproduction and their own bodies — suddenly come under fire. “Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World” is a pithy, accessible guide where young …

Feminism

Sarah MacLean picks the best romance books to read this month

In 1972, Kathleen Woodiwiss published “The Flame and the Flower,” and the modern romance genre was born. It was based on a simple concept: the adventure novel, with a heroine at the center of the story. Just as her male counterparts did in thrillers and westerns, the romance heroine broke out of …

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Dorothy Allison on Why Working-Class Literature Is the Strongest

More From The Lenny Interview<p>20 articles<p>Sheryl Crow Is a Sexual Being<p>Plum Sykes Loves Dead Party Girls<p>Diana Athill: Write. Don't Marry. Live …

Feminism

The Civil Rights Stories We Need to Remember

<b>HE CALLS ME BY LIGHTNING</b> <b><br>The Life of Caliph Washington and the Forgotten Saga of Jim Crow, Southern Justice, and the Death Penalty</b><br>By S. Jonathan Bass<br>Illustrated. 413 pp. Liveright Publishing. $26.95.<p>A few years back, I thought to write a history of the civil rights movement in a small Southern city …

Black History

Can You Believe S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders Is 50 Years Old?

Like many growing up in the 1980s, I regarded “The Outsiders,” Frances Ford Coppola’s adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s 1967 young adult novel, as the ultimate babe fest. To date, it may be the greatest shrine to young male beauty ever filmed. Starring Rob Lowe, Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, Ralph …

Rob Lowe

11 Books That Exhilarate: A Thrilling Kick-Off to Summer

When a boating trip results in an appealing business opportunity for the optimistic and cunning Stone Barrington, he quickly accepts … and soon after finds himself facing a new enemy with an extremely short fuse. Stone must use his special skills against his adversary’s ticking-time-bomb temper to …

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Trevor Noah on Racial Identity

Photo © Beowulf Sheehan/PEN America. Creative Commons NOT permitted. Contact media@pen.org for permissions & usage not associated with 2017 PEN World …

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Why the 1980s Anne of Green Gables Is Such a Hard Act to Follow

Eight writers on how Anne shaped a generation of young women.<p>Small, smart, redheaded, scrappy, and imaginative, Anne Shirley has been winning hearts and minds ever since Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery introduced her to the world in 1908. The character was so immediately popular that …

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This Is What Happens to Your Brain When You Read Poetry

When I think of poetry that packs a sensory punch — that gives me the chills, that makes my hair stand on end — I think of Rainer Maria Rilke’s …

Poetry

TV is rewriting the book on how to adapt novels

New adaptations of novels, such as The Handmaid’s Tale and American Gods, have begun using their sources as springboards for even richer invention<p>It is a truth as old as Hollywood itself, that the book is always better than the movie. The difficulty of compressing a novel into two hours means that …

TV

In Mysterious Fathoms Below: The Lure of Mermaids

When you write a book about mermaids, people buy you mermaid-themed gifts. You don’t need to receive many of these to identify the trends: pastel …

Mermaids

James Patterson writing true-crime book about Aaron Hernandez

Days after the former American football star killed himself in prison, the bestselling thriller writer announces plans for a nonfiction study of ‘what went wrong’<p>Barely a week after the American football star Aaron Hernandez killed himself in prison, where he was serving a life sentence for murder, …

Aaron Hernandez

'The Leavers,' inspired by a real story, confronts transracial adoption

Lisa Ko's debut novel is an achingly beautiful read about immigration, adoption, and the drive to belong.<p>“Everyone had stories they told themselves …

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The myths of Jonestown: “Jim Jones was who Charlie Manson wanted to be,” says author of new book on 1978 tragedy

It wasn't really Kool-Aid — and author Jeff Guinn says the Jonestown story has lessons about demagoguery in 2017<p>On Nov. 19, 1978, a small Guyanese military detachment marched through their South American country’s foreboding jungle into the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project, an American farming …

Liberal POV

Gabourey Sidibe's Message To The World: 'Mind Your Own Body'

Remember <i>Precious</i>? The 2009 film earned six Oscar nominations, including a best actress nod for newcomer Gabourey Sidibe. <i>Precious</i> was Sidibe's first acting job, and audiences ached for her character, a teen who is physically and sexually abused by her family.<p>Before <i>Precious</i>, Sidibe had been in two …

Feminism

W. Kamau Bell's 'Awkward Thoughts' On Racism And Black Comedy

Comic W. Kamau Bell has spent much of his life feeling awkward. A self-described "tall, rangy black dude," Bell was often mistaken for a basketball player growing up — except that serious asthma and allergies meant he spent the bulk of his childhood indoors watching TV.<p>He says, "There was this …

Race & Ethnicity

'Winter Tide' by Ruthanna Emrys

In the acknowledgements section of <i>Winter Tide,</i> Ruthanna Emrys talks about three types of readers when it comes to H.P. Lovecraft’s work: those who …

H.P. Lovecraft

Juliet Lyons - Dating the Undead - Book Review

Dating the Undead<p>By Juliet Lyons<p>Sourcebooks<br>$7.99<br>ISBN 9781492645306<br>Published 05/02/2017<p>Romance / Paranormal Romance<p>Buy the book<p>Trending Book …

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