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7 Not-to-Be-Missed Novels with Young Protagonists

7 Not-to-Be-Missed Novels with Young Protagonists

Adult lives are usually the subject of adult books, but as anyone who has experienced adolescence knows, lots of life happens before eighteen. From the trials of elementary school birthday …

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Classic Literature Reimagined: Five Tales That Are Perfect for Your Book Club

Classic Literature Reimagined: Five Tales That Are Perfect for Your Book Club

There’s something so compelling about the idea of an author taking a classic novel and reimagining it in a modern—or simply altered—context. In the right hands, stories like Hamlet, Pride …

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The Most Poetic Passages in Tracy K. Smith’s Memoir Ordinary Light

The Most Poetic Passages in Tracy K. Smith’s Memoir Ordinary Light

April is National Poetry Month so it’s the perfect time to share our favorite passages from the memoir of one of the most talented young poets of our time, Pulitzer …

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10 Books Guaranteed to Feed Your Wanderlust

10 Books Guaranteed to Feed Your Wanderlust

Whenever we get bitten by the travel bug we turn to books to satiate our need for adventure. Check out our list of books that are sure to feed your wanderlust—no packing involved!

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The Observer and the Hero in Holly LeCraw’s The Half Brother

The Observer and the Hero in Holly LeCraw’s The Half Brother

The richness of the hero/observer dynamic in literature is the subject of our latest author essay from Holly LeCraw. Keep reading for her fascinating take on the tension generated by such a relationship and her explanation of why she wove it into her latest novel.

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Armchair Adventurer: Getting to Know Kim Barker’s Afghanistan

Armchair Adventurer: Getting to Know Kim Barker’s Afghanistan

Kim Barker’s experiences as a foreign correspondent in Afghanistan and Pakistan gave rise to a memoir, The Taliban Shuffle—recently adapted into a film starring Tiny Fey called Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. And while it’s impossible to condense such a complex conflict into a short history, in this new edition of Armchair Adventurer we explore some of that history as background for reading Barker’s fascinating book.

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Lean In with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists

Lean In with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists

Our friends at LeanIn.org have collected tons of expert talks and lectures to inspire discussion among Circles, but we wanted to draw your attention to one of our favorites: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “We Should All Be Feminists” TEDTalk. Adichie’s discourse offers a definition of feminism rooted in inclusion and awareness and encourages everyone to take up the cause of equality for women.

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The Real Wild West Explorers Who Inspired Into the Savage Country

The Real Wild West Explorers Who Inspired Into the Savage Country

Tales of the American West in the 1820s are having a moment. Coinciding with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Academy Award win for his portrayal of a trapper bent on revenge in The Revenant, Shannon Burke’s Into the Savage Country is also a gripping story of love and survival. Read on as the author discusses the real-life men who inspired his novel.

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Thrills and Chills: Crafting an Unforgettable Story with Jennifer McMahon

Thrills and Chills: Crafting an Unforgettable Story with Jennifer McMahon

Jennifer McMahon never fails to deliver the thrills, so we asked her to share some of her best tips for writing suspense. Not only is this great advice for writers, but it also offers an exclusive look at how she crafts such gripping stories.

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Uncovered: A Look Inside the Design Process for Half a Lifelong Romance

Uncovered: A Look Inside the Design Process for Half a Lifelong Romance

Half a Lifelong Romance is a sweeping tale of star-crossed lovers battling the twists of fate determined to keep them apart. Set against the glittering backdrop of 1930s Shanghai, this …

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