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Armchair Adventurer: A Road Trip through Yellowstone in Celine

Armchair Adventurer: A Road Trip through Yellowstone in Celine

In his latest novel, Peter Heller sends quirky Brooklynite and private eye Celine and her salt-of-the-earth partner, Pete, on a road trip from Denver to Yellowstone National Park to find …

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7 Books That Open Windows to New Perspectives

7 Books That Open Windows to New Perspectives

Here at the Reading Group Center, we believe that one of the greatest gifts that books offer us is the incredible opportunity to see the world through another person’s eyes, however temporarily.

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Peter Heller on the Woman Who Inspired Celine

Peter Heller on the Woman Who Inspired Celine

When we read Peter Heller’s Celine we were captivated by his quirky, gun-toting, blue-blooded private investigator who specializes in reuniting estranged families. She’s unlike Adam Dalgliesh, Harry Hole, Veronica Mars, …

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The Many Perspectives of Who Killed Piet Barol?

The Many Perspectives of Who Killed Piet Barol?

There are many sides to any story, especially one involving a mysterious death, and in Who Killed Piet Barol? Richard Mason makes sure we know them all. We are privy …

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Our Gift to You: The Books We’re Giving This Year

Our Gift to You: The Books We’re Giving This Year

There is no one we trust more for a book suggestion than our amazing colleagues, so we asked what they’ll be giving this year. Now we’re passing their recommendations along to you!

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6 Books Featuring Magical Realism That Aren’t One Hundred Years of Solitude

6 Books Featuring Magical Realism That Aren’t One Hundred Years of Solitude

Whether it was in high school or college, with a book club or based on a recommendation from a friend, many of us discovered the wonder of magical realism when we read One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. This sweeping novel defined the genre, but there are many other works to enjoy that feature supernatural events in mundane settings.

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Celebrating Human Connections with Alexander McCall Smith

Celebrating Human Connections with Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith has a real knack for capturing all of the best aspects of humanity. Love and friendship, kindness and joy, forgiveness and loyalty—these are just a few of the themes that he has explored in his impressively vast collection of work.

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Finding Inspiration in Upheaval: April Smith on the McCarthy Era

Finding Inspiration in Upheaval: April Smith on the McCarthy Era

Set in 1950, April Smith’s second historical novel Home Sweet Home follows a family from New York City to rural South Dakota, where they are caught up in the panic of McCarthyism, a smear campaign, a sensational trial, and, ultimately, murder.

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Stay Calm and Read a Book: Our Thanksgiving Survival Guide

Stay Calm and Read a Book: Our Thanksgiving Survival Guide

Thanksgiving is almost here! Chances are you’ve either been tasked with constructing a magnificent feast or asked to bring a delicious side. Don’t know what to make? We’ve got you …

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Celebrating Javier Marías

Celebrating Javier Marías

Javier Marías is widely regarded as Spain’s greatest living novelist. He was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and has garmered numerous accolades—including the IMPAC Dublin Literary …

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