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Rufi Thorpe’s Top 10 Books About Female Friendship

Rufi Thorpe’s Top 10 Books About Female Friendship

Rufi Thorpe depicts the complexities and nuances of friendship so deftly in her novel The Girls from Corona del Mar that we couldn’t resist asking about her inspiration. The result was this intriguing top ten list!

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The Fact and Fiction of Back Channel

The Fact and Fiction of Back Channel

Watch video of Stephen L. Carter discussing Back Channel, a suspenseful retelling of the tumultuous political events of 1962 that brilliantly blends fact and fiction.

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Dip Into Dave Eggers’s New Novel

Dip Into Dave Eggers’s New Novel

A novel comprised entirely of dialogue? Dave Eggers has done it, and the results are captivating. Sample this extended excerpt from Eggers’s new novel to get a sense of the spectacular prose and its darkly humorous undertones.

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Nostalgia: Inside the Trauma of the Civil War

Nostalgia: Inside the Trauma of the Civil War

Post-traumatic stress disorder is the focus of Dennis McFarland stunning Civil War novel, Nostalgia, the story of a nineteen-year-old private struggling to regain his identity. Here, McFarland shares the inspiration for some of the novel’s most remarkable aspects: its title, the portrayal of PTSD, and the inclusion of American poet Walt Whitman as a prominent character.

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Joanna Rakoff Remembers Her Salinger Year

Joanna Rakoff Remembers Her Salinger Year

In this excerpt from her memoir My Salinger Year, Joanna Rakoff recounts discovering the identity of the writer whom people in the agency lovingly call “Jerry”—a revelation that will irrevocably change her life.

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Carrie Brown: The View from Where I Sit

Carrie Brown: The View from Where I Sit

In this moving, lyrical essay, Carrie Brown explains how the time she and her husband spent at Sweet Briar College in Virginia inspired her novel The Last First Day.

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The Haunting Music at the Heart of Haruki Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru

The Haunting Music at the Heart of Haruki Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru

Immerse yourself in Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, yet another tour de force from the great Japanese writer Haruki Murakami! Learn about the musical piece that features most prominently in the novel, Franz Liszt’s “Le mal du pays,” and enjoy video clips of the piece being performed.

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Win Amazing Books in the 2015 Summertime R&R Sweepstakes

Win Amazing Books in the 2015 Summertime R&R Sweepstakes

It’s time for the Reading Group Center Summertime R&R (Reading & Relaxation) Sweepstakes! Each month through August, we’ll be giving away a different set of titles for your reading pleasure. Enter the May edition here!

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Thomas Hardy’s Most Independent Heroine Appears in a New Adaptation

Thomas Hardy’s Most Independent Heroine Appears in a New Adaptation

Academy Award® nominee Carey Mulligan stars in the role of fiercely independent Bathsheba Everdene in a new film adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Far from the Madding Crowd. This featurette devoted to the character of Bathsheba will have you lining up to see the movie with your book club!

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The Life-and-Death Decision of Ian McEwan’s The Children Act

The Life-and-Death Decision of Ian McEwan’s The Children Act

Ian McEwan uses the art of fiction and his formidable powers as a writer to illuminate the human drama behind an unusual court case in The Children Act. Listen to an NPR interview to find out why McEwan thinks this story lends itself so well to exploration in the fictional realm.

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