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The Haunting Music at the Heart of Haruki Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru

The Haunting Music at the Heart of Haruki Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru

Immerse yourself in Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, yet another tour de force from the great Japanese writer Haruki Murakami! Learn about the musical piece that features most prominently in the novel, Franz Liszt’s “Le mal du pays,” and enjoy video clips of the piece being performed.

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Win Amazing Books in the 2015 Summertime R&R Sweepstakes

Win Amazing Books in the 2015 Summertime R&R Sweepstakes

It’s time for the Reading Group Center Summertime R&R (Reading & Relaxation) Sweepstakes! Each month through August, we’ll be giving away a different set of titles for your reading pleasure. Enter the May edition here!

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Thomas Hardy’s Most Independent Heroine Appears in a New Adaptation

Thomas Hardy’s Most Independent Heroine Appears in a New Adaptation

Academy Award® nominee Carey Mulligan stars in the role of fiercely independent Bathsheba Everdene in a new film adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Far from the Madding Crowd. This featurette devoted to the character of Bathsheba will have you lining up to see the movie with your book club!

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The Life-and-Death Decision of Ian McEwan’s The Children Act

The Life-and-Death Decision of Ian McEwan’s The Children Act

Ian McEwan uses the art of fiction and his formidable powers as a writer to illuminate the human drama behind an unusual court case in The Children Act. Listen to an NPR interview to find out why McEwan thinks this story lends itself so well to exploration in the fictional realm.

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10 Great Reads That Mom Will Enjoy

10 Great Reads That Mom Will Enjoy

Looking for a Mother’s Day gift that will make mom feel extra special? Our list is chock full of great suggestions for you to enjoy together.

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Armchair Adventurer: Commemorating the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide

Armchair Adventurer: Commemorating the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide

Today, as we mark the centenary of the Armenian Genocide, remembering the human tragedy recounted within The Sandcastle Girls seems especially appropriate. In this edition of Armchair Adventurer, we explore the devastating historical events in Chris Bohjalian’s haunting novel.

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Explore Okinawa with a Literary Map for Above the East China Sea

Explore Okinawa with a Literary Map for Above the East China Sea

Sarah Bird’s new novel tells the interconnected stories of two girls across seventy years of Okinawan history. To showcase the author’s brilliant ability to conjure setting, we’ve paired descriptions of key locations with one of the maps featured in the book. Explore the book’s richly rendered world!

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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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