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10 Great Reads That Mom Will Enjoy

10 Great Reads That Mom Will Enjoy

Looking for a Mother’s Day gift that will make mom feel extra special? Our list is chock full of great suggestions for you to enjoy together.

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Armchair Adventurer: Commemorating the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide

Armchair Adventurer: Commemorating the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide

Today, as we mark the centenary of the Armenian Genocide, remembering the human tragedy recounted within The Sandcastle Girls seems especially appropriate. In this edition of Armchair Adventurer, we explore the devastating historical events in Chris Bohjalian’s haunting novel.

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Explore Okinawa with a Literary Map for Above the East China Sea

Explore Okinawa with a Literary Map for Above the East China Sea

Sarah Bird’s new novel tells the interconnected stories of two girls across seventy years of Okinawan history. To showcase the author’s brilliant ability to conjure setting, we’ve paired descriptions of key locations with one of the maps featured in the book. Explore the book’s richly rendered world!

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Recipe by the Book: Scallops Provençal for The Corsican Caper

Recipe by the Book: Scallops Provençal for The Corsican Caper

Once again, Peter Mayle takes us on a Provençal adventure, all the while describing some of the most delightful dishes of the local cuisine. You can experience those vicariously through Mayle’s characters—or dine Provençal style with a delicious recipe for scallops from the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten.

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A Note from Mona Simpson

A Note from Mona Simpson

We recently asked Mona Simpson to share some insight about her latest novel, Casebook, what we got was a wonderful surprise—a note to readers that probes the inner conflict a writer feels when they’re asked to tell the “story” of their story.

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Video: Richard Flanagan on His World–Renowned Novel

Video: Richard Flanagan on His World–Renowned Novel

Watch Richard Flanagan as he talks about his vision in his Man Booker Prize–winning novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, and let him take you on a literary journey like no other!

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Novel Beginnings: A Conversation with the Author and the Editor of The Empire of the Senses

Novel Beginnings: A Conversation with the Author and the Editor of The Empire of the Senses

We love learning about the collaborative process between authors and editors! Enjoy our interview with Alexis Landau, author of The Empire of the Senses, and her hardcover editor, Deborah Garrison, in which they discuss the novel’s genesis, their editorial partnership, the challenges of writing/editing historical fiction, and much more.

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Searching for Home in Sue Miller’s The Arsonist

Searching for Home in Sue Miller’s The Arsonist

In this exclusive Reading Group Center essay, the bestselling author of The Senator’s Wife reflects on the central theme of her latest novel, The Arsonist, and reveals its very personal origins.

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Paris Calling: 5 Book Club Reads Set in the City of Light

Paris Calling: 5 Book Club Reads Set in the City of Light

Go on a literary tour of Paris and pick a title set in France’s capital for your next reading group meeting! We’ll get you started with five suggestions replete with vivid portraits of the city—read the brief excerpt from each to get a sense of how it captures Paris’s unique eternal spirit and ambience.

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Cristina Henríquez Talks About Love, Home, and Why She Wants to Break Your Heart

Cristina Henríquez Talks About Love, Home, and Why She Wants to Break Your Heart

Cristina Henríquez’s novel The Book of Unknown Americans is a book so rich and multilayered that we jumped at the chance to interview her and get her take on a few of the key themes. Watch clips from our interview!

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