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Recipe by the Book: Cupcakes for Lab Girl

Recipe by the Book: Cupcakes for Lab Girl

Lab Girl is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together.

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A Day in the Garden with Hope Jahren, Author of Lab Girl

A Day in the Garden with Hope Jahren, Author of Lab Girl

Hope Jahren is an award-winning geobiologist and esteemed professor. She received her PhD from UC Berkeley and is the winner of three Fulbright Awards. Impressed yet? That’s not all. Hope is also the author of Lab Girl, the warm and vivid memoir about her life as a scientist and a woman.

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Jane Mendelsohn on Writing and Current Events: An Exclusive Q&A

Jane Mendelsohn on Writing and Current Events: An Exclusive Q&A

Jane Mendelsohn’s latest novel, Burning Down the House, is a riveting and dramatic story of two women whose lives collide in unexpected ways. Neva is a young woman who escaped …

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7 Dysfunctional Families That Will Make You Feel Better About Your Own

7 Dysfunctional Families That Will Make You Feel Better About Your Own

Every family has a certain level of dysfunction—some more than others. And let’s face it, sibling rivalries, overbearing mothers, and absent fathers all make for very compelling fiction.

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Valentines for Your Literary Loves

Are you having trouble finding exactly the right words to express yourself this Valentine’s Day? We often read a passage in a book and are awed by how well the …

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8 Books by Irish Writers That You Should Be Reading

8 Books by Irish Writers That You Should Be Reading

After savoring Maeve Binchy’s wonderful collection, A Few of the Girls, all you’ll want to do is read more stories from Irish writers. Here are seven other great works to satisfy your craving.

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There Are New Metaphors: An Excerpt from James Baldwin’s I Am Not Your Negro

There Are New Metaphors: An Excerpt from James Baldwin’s I Am Not Your Negro

To create his Academy Award–nominated documentary film I Am Not Your Negro, acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck mined James Baldwin’s published and unpublished oeuvre, selecting passages from his books, essays, letters, notes, and interviews that are every bit as incisive and pertinent now as they were when they were first written.

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All Things Cease to Appear: A Murder Mystery That Will Keep You Guessing

All Things Cease to Appear: A Murder Mystery That Will Keep You Guessing

Elizabeth Brundage’s latest novel All Things Cease to Appear is a dark, riveting thriller about two families mired in their own unhappiness and the gruesome murder that binds them together.

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The Family History Behind Peter Behrens’s Carry Me

The Family History Behind Peter Behrens’s Carry Me

Described as “staggeringly epic” by the Toronto Star, Peter Behrens’ latest novel Carry Me is based on a true story—one that remains very close to the author’s heart.

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Setting as Character: 8 Books About Small Towns for Your Book Club

Setting as Character: 8 Books About Small Towns for Your Book Club

Though big cities may be the setting of many a novel on a bookstore shelf, America is comprised of towns that look and feel far different from the big city. …

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