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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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Extraordinary Works of Fiction

Extraordinary Works of Fiction

Read these three contemporary literary masterpieces—now available in paperback and eBook.

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The Quest for Human Connection: David Guterson’s Problems with People

The Quest for Human Connection: David Guterson’s Problems with People

David Guterson, bestselling author of Snow Falling on Cedars, returns to his roots with a collection that captures the emotional complexity of everyday life. Sample a complete story and share it with your book club!

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Video: The Inspiration Behind Cristina Henríquez’s Unknown Americans Project

Video: The Inspiration Behind Cristina Henríquez’s Unknown Americans Project

After Cristina Henríquez finished her novel The Book of Unknown Americans, she wanted to continue the story by creating a place for people share their own experiences—and so the Unknown Americans Project was born. Here, she shares her passion for the project and reads from a few of the submitted stories!

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Amy Greene’s Dazzling Second Novel in the Words of Editor Robin Desser

Amy Greene’s Dazzling Second Novel in the Words of Editor Robin Desser

Coursing through Long Man is the Amy Greene’s steadfast love for the region and its people—a love that has made her one of the South’s most intriguing breakout authors. Here, her editor, Knopf’s Robin Desser, talks about Greene’s considerable gifts as a storyteller and why her second novel is so special.

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5 Book Club Novels About Being an Artist

5 Book Club Novels About Being an Artist

Inspired by Peter Heller’s new novel The Painter, we’ve curated a must-read list of books about art and artists. Choose one (or more!) for your reading group and explore the fascinating concept of creative genius.

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