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Egg and Spoon: Feels more like fabulist literary fiction than YA

1839 Fantasy & Science Fiction Authors:<p>A<p>Aaron, Rachel<p>Addison, Katherine<p>Allen, Justin<p>Andrews, Ilona<p>Ashby, Madeline<p>Aaronovitch, Ben<p>Adrian, Jack<p>Allen, …

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 …

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

<b>The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente</b><p>Want more enchanting adventures in magical lands? Try these…<p><b>The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster</b> for a quirkily beautiful modern children’s fairy tale<p><b>Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll</b> for the classic whimsical story of a girl displaced to a magic land<p><b>The 13 ½ Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers</b> for a truly unique story of magic and adventure<p><b>The Book of Lost Things by John Connelly</b> …

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

If you want another book full of joy and whimsy, try these…<p><b>The Summer Book by Tove Jansson</b> for a story of people (a grandmother and granddaughter) connecting<p><b>The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde</b> for a quirky story suffused with a love of books and stories<p><b>The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion</b> for a joyfully unexpected romance<p><b>The Humans by Matt Haig</b> for a look at what it means to be human

Literary

Tenth of December by George Saunders

For more wickedly funny and bizarre short story collections, try these…<p><b>The Fun Parts by Sam Lipsyte</b> for pitch-black comedy and blistering prose<p><b>The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender</b> for eccentric premises<p><b>Tunneling to the Center of the Earth by Kevin Wilson</b> for offbeat humor and enormous heart<p>This post was guest edited by author Ravi Mangla. His first novel, <i>Understudies</i>, is out now.

The best non-fiction books of 2013

Economist Tyler Cowen, who was named one of the top 100 influential thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine, offers some interesting picks:<p>Nothing that …

Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality

<i>“The laws of Nature are written in the language of mathematics.”</i><br>— <b>Galileo</b><p>Most of us are unaware of the hidden world of mathematics. Actually, we'd …

Headhunters, by Jo Nesbø

Thrillers rarely come along that are created with as much verve as <i>Headhunters</i>, a standalone novel by Norwegian author Jo Nesbø, who also writes the …

Best fiction books of 2013

Every year I offer my picks for best books of that year, today we are doing fiction. I nominate:<p>1. Karl Knausgaard, My Struggle: Book Two: Man in …

The Top 5 Design-Informed Approaches to Good Learning

John Maeda elaborates on these <b>five tips for learning</b> below.<p>BASICS are the beginning.<br>• REPEAT yourself often.<br>• AVOID creating desperation.<br>• INSPIRE with …