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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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Life Lessons from Mona Simpson’s Casebook

Life Lessons from Mona Simpson’s Casebook

Mona Simpson’s fascinating novel Casebook is not just an insightful exploration of youth but of lessons learned along the path to adulthood. Here, we share a few of the book’s most poignant revelations.

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When Fact Informs Fiction: Susan Minot Gives Voice to Uganda’s Abducted Girls

When Fact Informs Fiction: Susan Minot Gives Voice to Uganda’s Abducted Girls

Susan Minot’s extraordinary novel Thirty Girls takes its title from a tragedy that occurred in Aboke, a town in rural Uganda, in 1996. Read on to learn how Minot wove these harrowing real-life events into her novel to render, in the words of The New York Times Book Review, a book of “quiet humanity and probing intelligence.”

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Recipe by the Book: Coffee Cream Cake for The Fires of Autumn

Recipe by the Book: Coffee Cream Cake for The Fires of Autumn

Pair Irène Némirovsky’s The Fires of Autumn (a quintessentially Parisian read!) with a dessert recipe that evokes the idyllic first scene of the novel. Indulge in a piece of coffee cream cake with your reading group friends!

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