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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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8 Books You’ll Want to Read Again and Again

8 Books You’ll Want to Read Again and Again

Every now and then we feel the pull to reread a book even though we could outline every plot point. These are the books that are so well-written and thought-provoking that knowing the ending doesn’t hinder your reading experience—in fact, you notice so much more when you’re not just trying to find out what happens!

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Revisiting a Painful Past with Lynne Kutsukake: An Exclusive Essay

Revisiting a Painful Past with Lynne Kutsukake: An Exclusive Essay

Lynne Kutsukake is a third-generation Japanese-Canadian whose family was interned during World War II. Her literary debut, The Translation of Love, draws on years of research and her own family’s history to tell the story of a young girl repatriated to Japan after World War II, who must help a classmate find her missing sister.

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Sunjeev Sahota on The Year of the Runaways: An Exclusive Q&A

Sunjeev Sahota on The Year of the Runaways: An Exclusive Q&A

Sunjeev Sahota is a stunning new voice in literary fiction. His second novel, The Year of the Runaways, was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize, and according to The New York Times, “No recent novel does a more powerful job capturing the day-to-day lives of immigrants.”

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Quiz: Which Debut by a Famous Author Should You Read Next?

Discover a great read from some of your favorite writers!

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