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5 Novels in Translation to Read with Your Book Club

5 Novels in Translation to Read with Your Book Club

Fiction in translation is a treasure trove for reading groups to explore! Browse this selection of five novels that hail from Spain, France, Japan, Turkey, and Germany, and represent some of the most accomplished literary voices from around the globe.

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Q&A: April Smith Shines a Light on a Nearly Forgotten Historical Footnote

Q&A: April Smith Shines a Light on a Nearly Forgotten Historical Footnote

April Smith answers questions about her novel A Star for Mrs. Blake, which draws attention to a nearly forgotten moment in American history, and shares thoughts on women’s sacrifice during the WWI, the importance of righting the wrongs of history, and what she hopes readers take away from her novel.

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Ben Dolnick Shares His Favorite Coming-of-Age Stories

Ben Dolnick Shares His Favorite Coming-of-Age Stories

Ben Dolnick—acclaimed author of three coming-of-age novels, including At the Bottom of Everything—shares a few of his favorite examples in the genre.

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Linda Spalding Shares the Historical Fiction That Inspired Her

Linda Spalding Shares the Historical Fiction That Inspired Her

Linda Spalding offers some thoughts on a number of historical novels set on the American frontier, and explains how they inspired and informed her novel The Purchase.

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5 Stunning Landmarks of the Australian Outback from Robyn Davidson’s Tracks

5 Stunning Landmarks of the Australian Outback from Robyn Davidson’s Tracks

Browse through photographs of five remarkable locations featured in Robyn Davidson’s Tracks. We’ve paired them with excerpts from the memoir; use these scintillating snippets of travel writing toenhance your conversation about the book—no plane ticket required.

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Recipe by the Book: Tourain Blanchi à l’Ail for Martin Walker’s The Devil’s Cave

Recipe by the Book: Tourain Blanchi à l’Ail for Martin Walker’s The Devil’s Cave

Get transported to the French countryside through a recipe for tourain, a traditional Périgordian soup. Follow Bruno Courrèges’s investigation in The Devil’s Cave and treat your reading group to a bowl of tourain—spiked with red wine, of course—at your next meeting!

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3 Reasons That Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy Is a Great Reading Group Pick

3 Reasons That Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy Is a Great Reading Group Pick

As Margaret Atwod’s bestselling postapocalyptic trilogy draws to a dramatic close with the novel MaddAddam, readers have a great opportunity to enjoy the complete work. We propose three reasons you should consider the MaddAddam trilogy for your reading group.

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Living with the Enemy: The Personal Story Behind Rhidian Brook’s The Aftermath

Living with the Enemy: The Personal Story Behind Rhidian Brook’s The Aftermath

The Aftermath tells a harrowing and multi-layered story of loss and destruction, grace and hope, but it’s also based on a piece of family history that’s close to the author’s heart. In this essay, Rhidian Brook shares his inspiration for the novel: his grandfather’s legacy of forgiveness. Don’t miss the supplementary image gallery, where you can browse the author’s family’s photographs.

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Video: Jo Baker Discusses Longbourn and Pride and Prejudice

Video: Jo Baker Discusses Longbourn and Pride and Prejudice

Longbourn is Jo Baker’s unique below-stairs answer to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. In the following video interview, she discusses the parallels between the books, and the similarities between her heroine and Elizabeth Bennet in particular.

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Armchair Adventurer’s 6 Literary Trips That Don’t Require Travel

Armchair Adventurer’s 6 Literary Trips That Don’t Require Travel

To help you plan your literary itinerary this summer, we scoured the Armchair Adventurer archives and selected six favorites for you to explore. The settings of these novels are so vividly depicted, you’ll immediately feel transported—and you don’t even have to pass through customs!

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