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52 Books in 52 Weeks, Week 28: The Science of Sisters

Catherine McKenzie | Posted 09.14.2013 | Books
Catherine McKenzie

Sisterland is the story of two sisters, identical twins. Both twins are afflicted/gifted (depending on which sister you're talking to) with a form of ESP.

52 Books in 52 Weeks, Week 26: The Halfway Mark

Catherine McKenzie | Posted 09.06.2013 | Books
Catherine McKenzie

Twenty-six weeks ago I set myself a task: I would read a New York Times Bestseller a week and blog about it in the hopes of re-connecting myself to popular book culture and (hopefully) read some great books. It hasn't quite worked out as I planned.

Orphans in Literature

Dave Astor | Posted 09.01.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

After reading Uncle Tom's Cabin I thought about other orphans in literature, and why those characters can make novels so compelling.

Sarah Harrison Smith, the New NYTBR Children's Book Editor

Monica Edinger | Posted 09.01.2013 | Books
Monica Edinger

Recognizing the importance of the youngest readers of all, Sarah is continuing the weekly online picture book reviews begun by her predecessor Pamela Paul, and paying close attention to titles from publishers small and large, near and far.

Orchestra Sweatshop

Paul Ratner | Posted 08.28.2013 | Books
Paul Ratner

This story is taken from my upcoming book of surreal anecdotes and very short fairy tales for adults called "The Mundane Uses of Magical Objects" Th...

52 Books in 52 Weeks, Week 25: The Devil Is in the Details

Catherine McKenzie | Posted 08.23.2013 | Books
Catherine McKenzie

Writing sequels to books that were never meant to have a sequel is hard. This is especially true in commercial fiction because the genre provides, and readers expect, that the story is be wrapped up in a nice bow by the end. And a sequel necessarily means unraveling that nice bow.

Literature in Literature

Dave Astor | Posted 08.20.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

Literature in literature happens more often than we might think, and it's an effective device. We get a sense of a character's tastes, which helps open a window into her or his psyche and intellect. Heck, people who love books are usually smart and curious.

I Know What You Should Be Reading This Summer: Part Deux

Catherine McKenzie | Posted 08.20.2013 | Books
Catherine McKenzie

If you haven't read this book yet, you are missing something. Like awesome writing and beautiful characters and, yes, the potential of crying in public.

Greatest Love of All: Royal Young's Fame Shark

Jaime Lubin | Posted 08.17.2013 | Books
Jaime Lubin

There's something undeniably timeless about Royal Young. Perhaps it's the author's piercing blue eyes, already filled with worldly wisdom at 28 or maybe it's the actual wisdom that comes from living as a celebrity-seeking "hustler."

I Know What You Should Be Reading This Summer

Catherine McKenzie | Posted 08.15.2013 | Books
Catherine McKenzie

Ah, summer. I believe it is finally here, and so I thought I'd put together a list of books I'd be reading this summer if I hadn't already read them. Trust me, each of these books is a pure, page-turning pleasure and beautifully written to boot. Not to be missed.

52 Books, 52 Weeks, Week 23: The Wednesday Sisters

Catherine McKenzie | Posted 08.09.2013 | Books
Catherine McKenzie

For week 23 of 52 books in 52 weeks I read The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton, a bestseller that was originally released in 2009, which tells the story of five women who meet in the sixties and form a writing club and, eventually, deep ties of friendship.

The Most Adorable Animal And Baby Books We've Ever Seen

Posted 06.07.2013 | OWN

By Amy Shearn New books that prove, once and for all, that along with significant advances in photography, there've been significant advances in cu...

Books To Read Before You See The Movie This Summer

Posted 06.03.2013 | OWN

By Leigh Newman Before you rush off to grab popcorn and chocolate-covered pretzels, sink your teeth into the majestic prose that's being adapted in...

52 books, 52 weeks, Week 22: A Red Moon Rising

Catherine McKenzie | Posted 08.03.2013 | Books
Catherine McKenzie

The book is a re-imagination of the werewolf myth, where werewolves -- called lycans here -- live among us but are subject to scrutiny, controls and suspicion. The story is told from multiple points of view, both lycan and regular-human.

Wooden & Me Reads Like Coach & You

Greg Woodburn | Posted 08.02.2013 | Books
Greg Woodburn

In 1987, as a young sports writer and newlywed, my dad met John Wooden while covering a talk Coach gave. A thank-you note from Wooden for the column my dad wrote led to a shared morning walk.

David Shields: In His Own Sampled Words

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 07.22.2013 | Books
Davis Schneiderman

"Then the excitement for me in really brilliantly done bricolage...is that the pieces come together as intellectual and emotional investigating. The shards have not only speed and magic, but they have momentum qua excavation."

Les Enfants Fantastiques! A Review of Pamela Druckerman's Bébé Day by Day'

Emma Jenner | Posted 07.21.2013 | Parents
Emma Jenner

They say that those who fight the hardest are those who are the most alike, so perhaps it shouldn't have surprised me that when it comes to parenting, the English and the French have quite a bit in common.

52 Books, 52 Weeks, Week 20: Divergent?

Catherine McKenzie | Posted 07.20.2013 | Books
Catherine McKenzie

've always believed that a quick read is a sign of a book that is well-paced, plot driven and engaging. And so Divergent proved to be.

How Does Word of Mouth Work, Anyway?

Catherine McKenzie | Posted 07.06.2013 | Books
Catherine McKenzie

Te idea of how people choose the books they read, and what role word of mouth (in whatever form) plays in that has been on my mind. And that got me thinking: what does word of mouth mean, really? And, more importantly, how does it work?

Shanghai Girls Gone Copy-Catty

Tom_Carter | Posted 07.01.2013 | Arts
Tom_Carter

What does it say about the state of literature in China when writers are so desperate for readers that they resort to copycatting even the most superficial aspects of another author's book: the title and cover art?

Neil Gaiman's Fortunately, the Milk

Monica Edinger | Posted 06.30.2013 | Books
Monica Edinger

After receiving an advanced reader's copy of Neil Gaiman's Fortunately, the Milk, I asked my class if they'd like me to read it aloud. Now keep in mind that while Neil Gaiman may have a huge adult fan base, he isn't particularly well-known among young kids. Actually, I'd say he isn't known at all.

The Brilliant E. L. Konigsburg

Monica Edinger | Posted 06.22.2013 | Books
Monica Edinger

I was fortunate enough to meet Mrs. Konigsburg a few times. My favorite memory of these was at a late evening drinks reception where I sat with her and a handful of others on bar stools around a small high table, quite starry-eyed to be included.

52 Books, 52 Weeks, Week 15: A Roaring Zelda

Catherine McKenzie | Posted 06.15.2013 | Books
Catherine McKenzie

Zelda and Fitzgerald meet at a country club dance in her hometown in Alabama 1918 when she's just seventeen years old. He's a young army officer full of ambition to become a famous writer, and she's a restless and slightly spoiled girl with an overwhelming sense of fun.

Congratulations to New New York Times Book Review Editor, Pamela Paul

Monica Edinger | Posted 06.10.2013 | Books
Monica Edinger

I was delighted to see yesterday's announcement that Pamela Paul was assuming the editorship of the New York Times Book Review.

52 Books, 52 Weeks, Week 14: Six Long Years

Catherine McKenzie | Posted 06.06.2013 | Books
Catherine McKenzie

I had never read, or even heard of, Harlan Coben before, and this despite the fact that he's sold more than 50 million books worldwide. My bad.