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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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Julian Barnes’s Levels of Life Moves Readers with Its Message about Love and Loss

Julian Barnes’s Levels of Life Moves Readers with Its Message about Love and Loss

Levels of Life masterfully combines history, fiction, and essay into a rumination of life’s highs and lows. The elegiac, emotional pull of the third section, “The Loss of Depth,” which addresses Barnes’s sorrow over losing his wife, has particularly resonated with readers. Read an exclusive excerpt from the book.

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6 Ways to Celebrate Summer with Recipe by the Book

6 Ways to Celebrate Summer with Recipe by the Book

In our ongoing celebration of summer, we dipped into the Recipe by the Book archives and selected six favorites for you to enjoy at your next book club meeting.

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Armchair Adventurer: The Real-life Socialist Utopia of Jonathan Lethem’s Dissident Gardens

Armchair Adventurer: The Real-life Socialist Utopia of Jonathan Lethem’s Dissident Gardens

The title of Jonathan Lethem’s bestselling novel Dissident Gardens, an epic yet intimate family saga, was inspired by a little-known neighborhood in the heart of New York City: Sunnyside Gardens. In this edition of Armchair Adventurer, we take a look at the neighborhood’s fascinating history.

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Edwidge Danticat on the Power of Community in Claire of the Sea Light

Edwidge Danticat on the Power of Community in Claire of the Sea Light

In an interview for PBS, Edwidge Danticat talked about the way in which Claire of the Sea Light expanded from simply being about Claire, her father, and her soon-to-be adoptive mother into one about their town’s community.

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Take a Tour Around Florence with Dan Brown’s Inferno

Take a Tour Around Florence with Dan Brown’s Inferno

Use our list of Florentine attractions to complement your reading of Dan Brown’s blockbuster Inferno—and follow Langdon’s pulse-pounding adventure deep into the heart of the ancient city to experience it like never before.

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