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The 11 new books you will want to binge-read this month

March is looking like a great month for book lovers.<p>From exciting thrillers that have already been optioned as movies to a behind-the-scenes look at …

In 'Catnip,' Love And Loss Sketched Out In Cat Cartoons

Michael Korda's new book <i>Catnip: A Love Story</i> is drawn from scribbles that amused in a time of anxiety. Korda's wife, Margaret, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. She went riding most days of what turned out to be the last year of her life, and each day, he sketched cartoons of their cats …

Love Stories

'Text Me When You Get Home' Celebrates The Complexities Of Female Friendship

Women in the Middle Ages were excluded from many realms: the law, universities, and surprisingly, from friendship, writes author Kayleen Schaefer. The term "friend" was reserved for the half of humanity that purportedly possessed superior morals — men — and only used to describe other men.<p>With our …

Deep, Compassionate 'Tess Of The Road' Contains A Whole World

I've been wary of <i>Tess of the Road</i> for some time. The ad copy —"You fell in love with Seraphina. Now meet Tess."— made me grumpy. I did, in fact, fall in love with Seraphina, the protagonist of <i>Seraphina</i> and <i>Shadow Scale,</i> two of the most beautiful fantasy novels I've ever read; I resented the …

A Sister Shares 'Horrible And Wonderful' Memories Of Her Brother's Life And Death

Writer Stephanie Wittels Wachs got a phone call from her loving and accomplished brother Harris just three days before her wedding, in which he shared some surprising news.<p>What was it? "He told me he was a drug addict," Wachs says. He died two years later, of an overdose. Harris Wittels was a …

Zen Golf

• <b>Author:</b> Joseph Parent<p>The best players know that golf is a game of confidence, and most important, concentration–the ability to focus and block out distraction. The goal of achieving clear thought is also at the heart of Buddhist teachings. In his highly original and groundbreaking book, noted PGA …

Tales of a Female Nomad

• <b>Author:</b> Rita Golden Gelman<p>Rita Golden Gelman is an ordinary woman who is living an extraordinary existence. At the age of forty-eight, on the verge of a divorce, Rita left an elegant life in L.A. to follow her dream of travelling the world, connecting with people in cultures all over the globe.<p>In …

January Hot Type: The Books You Need to Read This Month

The deeply aggrieved narrator of first-time novelist <b>Ben Metcalf</b>’s eccentric, magnificent Southern Gothic metafiction unleashes bitter Faulknerian arias <i>Against the Country</i> (Random House).<p><b>Paul Griner</b>’s bone-chilling novel <i>Second Life</i> (Soft Skull), is set in the demimonde of corpse wranglers and the …

The Bone Clocks

• <b>Author:</b> David Mitchell<p><b>The New York Times bestseller by the author of Cloud Atlas | Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize</b><b><br>“With The Bone Clocks, [David] Mitchell rises to meet and match the legacy of Cloud Atlas.”—Los Angeles Times</b><p>Following a terrible fight with her mother over her boyfriend, …

The Rosie Project

• <b>Author:</b> Graeme Simsion<p>Now in paperback, the international bestselling romantic comedy “bursting with warmth, emotional depth, and…humor,” (<i>Entertainment</i> <i>Weekly</i>) featuring the oddly charming, socially challenged genetics professor, Don, as he seeks true love.<p>The art of love is never a science: Meet …

Into the Wild

• <b>Author:</b> Jon Krakauer<p>In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all …

The Book We're Talking About: 'The Children Act' By Ian McEwan

<i>The Children Act</i><p>by Ian McEwan<p>Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, $25.00<p>Published Sept. 9, 2014<p><i>The Book We're Talking About is a weekly review combining plot description and analysis with fun tidbits about the book.</i><p><b>What we think:</b><p>The epigraph of Ian McEwan’s latest novel, <i>The Children Act</i>, offers some hint of …

The Most Highlighted Passages From Classic Books

Earlier this year, Amazon's Kindle team revealed which passages are highlighted most frequently across all of their ebooks. Unsurprisingly, lines from Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games trilogy topped off the list of most-highlighted quotes, followed by passages from Jane Austen's <i>Pride and …

Hillary's Bio Is A Hard Slog, But These Political Memoirs Are Well Worth Your Time

NEW YORK -- Hillary Clinton launched her book tour here amid the screeching of partisan spin and the collective yawn of would-be literary critics in the national political media.<p>On one level, the initial reception is unfair. Most of the spinners, pro and con, and critics, good and bad, haven’t read …

8 New Page-Turners to Pack in Your Beach Bag This Summer

You'll be hooked by page two.<p>If you're truly going to go OOO for a beach vacation, the most surefire way to make sure you're actually decompressing is putting down your smartphone (bye email alerts) to get lost in a good read. Below, our recommendations for the best books worth reading front to …

100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

The Coolest Places On Earth To Read A Book

Between museum visits and sightseeing, traveling can be a tiring sport. What better way to take a break than settle down somewhere beautiful and historic with a book?<p>Whether it's your vacation book, a travel guide or your handy map, take a time out with your reading material and enjoy your …

The Hundred-Foot Journey

• <b>Author:</b> Richard C. Morais<p>“<i>Slumdog Millionaire</i> meets <i>Ratatouille</i>” (<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>) in this “delicious fairytale-like read” (NPR) about family, nationality, and the mysteries of good taste.<p>Born above his grandfather’s modest restaurant in Mumbai, Hassan Haji first experienced life …

The 10 Best Books Of The Year (So Far), According To Amazon

Back in July, we wrote about Amazon editors' selections for best books that were released between January and June. Now, Amazon is back with an updated list of the Best Books of 2013 (so far).<p>Here are the top 10 books from this year, according to Amazon editors.<p>1. "<b>The Goldfinch"</b> by Donna Tartt: …

25 Books That Changed The Course Of History

But what about the lives of an entire generation? Can a book change the future?<p>Miriam Tuliao, assistant director of central collection development at the New York Public Library, helped us come up with a list of 25 books that changed the course of history.<p>From the Torah to Orwell's "1984," these 25 …

Books

The Mediterranean Diet

• <b>Author:</b> John Chatham<p>From the Publisher of New York Times Bestseller The Mediterranean Diet for Beginners<p>The Mediterranean diet is a widely respected and highly acclaimed diet based on the food and lifestyles common to the people of Greece, Crete, and coastal Italy.<p>The Mediterranean Diet from …

12 Must-Read Books For Fall

From the true story of a woman's 15 months in captivity to Oprah's Super Soulful Book of the Month, these reads will amaze you.<p><b>Enon by Paul Harding</b><p>Paul Harding’s novel <i>Tinkers</i> won the Pulitzer Prize; its stunning successor, <i>Enon</i> (Random House), only raises the bar. In this strangely beguiling story, …

13 of the year's creepiest books - Blog Post

With Halloween lurking just around the shadowed bend, we conjured up a list of 13 of 2013's most fright-inducing reads to get you in the spirit. …

11 Novels That Will Creep You the F*ck Out

Halloween! A horror writer's favorite holiday. Maybe you're thinking about the record of scary sound effects your dad used to play on the stereo before suiting up in his dashed-together mummy outfit and filling the crab-boiling pot with Hershey's Kisses and candy corn. Maybe you're remembering …

The Verge fall reading list

Autumn is a great time to cozy up at home and get to all the reading you missed out on during the summer. The barbecues are over, the holidays aren't here yet, and your friends will probably believe you if you say you're "busy" this weekend. Sure, there's plenty of television to watch, too, but you …

Sasha Grey on Her Novel ‘The Juliette Society,’ James Deen, and More

Ex porn star Sasha Grey sat down to discuss her debut novel ‘The Juliette Society,’ sexual history, and more.<p>Sasha Grey is glowing. And not that …