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Armchair Adventurer: Political Unrest Overtakes Calcutta in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland

Armchair Adventurer: Political Unrest Overtakes Calcutta in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland

Jhumpa Lahiri’s latest novel, The Lowland, chronicles the lives of two very different brothers in post-Independence India. To understand her characters’ lives, we turn to the annals of mid-twentieth-century Indian history, and the history of the Naxalite movement in particular.

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Downstairs at Longbourn: The Bennet Sisters Through the Eyes of the Help

Downstairs at Longbourn: The Bennet Sisters Through the Eyes of the Help

With Jo Baker’s Longbourn, an irresistibly imagined below stairs response to Pride and Prejudice, we get a new perspective on the Bennet sisters through the eyes of their servants. From personal habits to social interactions, servants—like Longbourn’s housemaid Sarah—provide astute observations, adding color and texture to the familiar story.

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Anne Rice on Crafting the Cosmology of Her Bestselling Werewolf Series

Anne Rice on Crafting the Cosmology of Her Bestselling Werewolf Series

Read an excerpt from a Q&A with Anne Rice—arguably the best world builder of our time—in which she talks about the joys of crafting the new cosmology of The Wolf Chronicles series, fitting the fantasy elements into a modern setting, as well as her future plans for the series.

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How Editor Jennifer Jackson Got Carried Away with Crazy Rich Asians

How Editor Jennifer Jackson Got Carried Away with Crazy Rich Asians

In a note to readers, Knopf editor Jennifer Jackson introduces Kevin Kwan’s fantastic debut novel Crazy Rich Asians, now in paperback from Anchor.

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Bridget Jones: Her World Then and Now

Bridget Jones: Her World Then and Now

Since landing Marc Darcy fourteen years ago, Bridget’s life has taken some unexpected turns. In Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy finds herself in a brave new world—battling the vicissitudes of tweeting, texting, and online dating. So how has the dating rulebook changed, along with the cultural landscape that’s shaped it? In this post, we take a look at Bridget’s world in 1997 and now.

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Bridget Jones Joins Twitter in Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

Bridget Jones Joins Twitter in Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

In Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, Bridget is as hilariously blundering as ever, but the effect becomes dangerously amplified when she amasses 752 Twitter followers. Let’s take a look at one of her momentous forays into Twitter—enjoy an exclusive excerpt from the book!

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Beauty Tips from Alexander McCall Smith’s The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon

Beauty Tips from Alexander McCall Smith’s The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon

In this excerpt from The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, while enjoying Mma Soleti’s ministrations and learning about skin care, Mma Ramotswe reflects on the workings of outer—and inner—beauty.

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Discover New Reads With The 2014 Reading Group Planner

Discover New Reads With The 2014 Reading Group Planner

Our 2014 Reading Group Planner will inspire a lively discussion among diverse groups of readers! Chock-full of content, it is a resource that will allow you to organize your book club meetings, discover new reads, and enrich your understanding of the books.

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Sarah Bird on Researching Above the East China Sea

Sarah Bird on Researching Above the East China Sea

Setting Above the East China Sea on the island of Okinawa meant that author Sarah Bird had to carry out a great deal of research. In this exclusive essay for the Reading Group Center, she recalls an entertaining story about one of the ways in which she familiarized herself with the local culture of the Ryūkyū Islands.

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J. Courtney Sullivan on Love and Marriage in The Engagements

J. Courtney Sullivan on Love and Marriage in The Engagements

In this essay exclusive to the Reading Group Center, J. Courtney Sullivan talks about how interweaving the four couples’ storylines in The Engagements allowed her to tell a more complex tale about what is means to find—and keep—“the one.”

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