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Nathan Hill on The Nix: An Exclusive Q&A

Nathan Hill on The Nix: An Exclusive Q&A

Nathan Hill’s debut novel, The Nix, is a sprawling, darkly humorous book of rather epic proportions. It exploded onto the literary scene to rave reviews, with John Irving hailing Hill as “The best new writer of fiction in America.”

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Rufi Thorpe’s 4 Favorite Books About Fathers and Daughters

Rufi Thorpe’s 4 Favorite Books About Fathers and Daughters

Inspired by the father-daughter relationship in Dear Fang, With Love, we asked Rufi Thorpe to share her favorite literary fathers.

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11 Books Set During World War II That Everyone Should Read

11 Books Set During World War II That Everyone Should Read

While all conflicts are rife with emotion and turmoil, there is something about the fraught historical landscape of World War II that holds endless appeal for both writers and readers.

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Daydreaming and Other Writing Tips from Jo Baker

Daydreaming and Other Writing Tips from Jo Baker

Jo Baker is a literary force to be reckoned with. She’s written six novels that tackle a variety of topics—love, war, and family, among others—with her beautiful prose and sharp …

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Celebrating Those Whom History Has Forgotten: An Exclusive Essay from Allison Amend

Celebrating Those Whom History Has Forgotten: An Exclusive Essay from Allison Amend

So many fascinating life stories have been lost to the annals of history, but thanks to author Allison Amend, Frances Conway’s tale will not be one of them.

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5 Fascinating Things We Learned from Reading the Annotated Mansfield Park

5 Fascinating Things We Learned from Reading the Annotated Mansfield Park

Jane Austen is a favorite author here at the Reading Group Center, regardless of whether we’ve been swooning for Mr. Darcy since we were sixteen or have fallen in love …

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10 Books to Expand Your Heart and Your Horizons

10 Books to Expand Your Heart and Your Horizons

These books will take you into the minds of characters with diverse experiences and give you a glimpse of life in another person’s world. Now more than ever, we could all use a little empathy.

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Recipe by the Book: Bittersweet Chocolate Cake and Poulsard for Sweetbitter

Recipe by the Book: Bittersweet Chocolate Cake and Poulsard for Sweetbitter

A delight for the senses, Stephanie Danler’s debut novel, Sweetbitter, tells the story of a young woman’s coming of age, set against the glitzy, grimy backdrop of New York’s most elite restaurants.

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Quiz: Which Brontë Sister Are You Most Like?

Are you more of a Charlotte, Emily, or Anne? Take this quiz to find out!

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Terrifying but True: 8 True-Crime Books to Read Now

Terrifying but True: 8 True-Crime Books to Read Now

What makes a great true-crime book so compelling is far more than just the story it tells. The best narratives reveal how the culture influenced and reacted to the crime. …

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