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40 Essential Books For Any #BlackChurchSyllabus

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.24.2015 | Religion

The black church has a long and important history in the United States, and it continues to serve as a driver of social justice work in many...

17 Memoirs By Women You Should Add To Your Reading List

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 07.21.2015 | Women

Looking for some end-of-summer reading? We have some women's stories to suggest -- 17 of them, in fact.  The remarkable women on this list of un...

9 Books That Redefine 'Crazy'

Sandra Block | Posted 06.01.2015 | Books
Sandra Block

Instead of using labels like 'crazy' to define a complex human being, these books present complicated characters who show us the nuances of mental illness.

21 Books From The Last 5 Years That Every Woman Should Read

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 05.22.2015 | Women

The one struggle of being a woman who reads is that you want to read everything. It's easy to get overwhelmed by bestseller lists, because t...

'Tis the Season for Reading: My Favorite Holiday Books

Allison Pataki | Posted 02.16.2015 | Books
Allison Pataki

There's perhaps nothing cozier and more likely to get you into the holiday spirit than to curl up beside the Christmas tree, nestle under a blanket with a mug of something warm to drink and dive into the pages of a beloved book.

Reasons Why Reading With Your Child Is a Habit Worth Keeping

Adriana & George Sifakis | Posted 01.06.2015 | Books
Adriana & George Sifakis

I have had great success with reading with my children and will continue the habit and routine of reading together daily, to promote and encourage literacy and confidence.

The Truth About Outside Reading: Why It's Important and What to Read

Kat Cohen | Posted 12.17.2014 | College
Kat Cohen

Educators have always stressed the importance of reading for pleasure outside of class, but how does this benefit students preparing for the college admissions process?

The Reading List Classic You Should Have On Your Shelf

Off The Shelf | Posted 11.16.2014 | Books
Off The Shelf

I have a confession. Somehow I made it through most of my adult life without reading John Knowles's 'A Separate Peace'

10 Best Lois Lowry: Classics From the Reigning Queen of YA

Oyster Books | Posted 10.15.2014 | Books
Oyster Books

With 45 books to her name, it's hard to pick just one favorite, so we're bringing you our top 10 Lois Lowry titles instead. Consider your childhood revisited.

13 Dark And Stormy Books

Oyster Books | Posted 09.06.2014 | Books
Oyster Books

Psychosis, codependence, grief. Deviants, tempests, feuding lovers. We think the only thing better than a rum & ginger beer is sipping it while reading a Dark & Stormy book. Added bonus: unlike the rum, we bet you'll never run out of pages.

18 Incredible Books That Inspired Highly Successful People

Oyster Books | Posted 08.20.2014 | Books
Oyster Books

How did Oprah become so wise, Bill Gates so successful, and J.K. Rowling so creative? We think the answer is something along the lines of "you are what you read."

Reading to Feed the Soul

Cindy Tansin | Posted 07.30.2014 | Books
Cindy Tansin

Wouldn't you rather be climbing Mt. Everest or fighting off a rogue wave or falling in love with a time traveler? And what better to beat rush hour traffic than a great audio book?

Successful Summer Reading In 6.5 Steps

Oyster Books | Posted 07.23.2014 | Books
Oyster Books

Whether you're beach-bound or couch-bound this weekend, start the season off right. Need a book recommendation? Our Memorial Day reading list has got you covered.

Literature's Most Horrifying Mothers

Oyster Books | Posted 07.09.2014 | Books
Oyster Books

With Mother's Day right around the corner, we've taken this occasion to award literature's most horrifying mothers the accolades they deserve.

9 Totally Amazing Authors You Should Be Reading Right Now

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 05.09.2014 | Books

Despite rumors about the death of the literary novel, there's never been more fantastic literary fiction and non-fiction being produced. As readers, i...

Our Girl in Havana: Cuba Reading List

Tyler Wetherall | Posted 06.04.2014 | Books
Tyler Wetherall

Cuban and otherwise have brought its past to life with stunning and compelling narratives. There is no more immersive way to experience a country without traveling there than through their stories and sagas, their collective imagination and memory.

11 Must-Read Books You Won't Want To Put Down This Spring

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Sloane Tanen | Posted 03.28.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Ready for a some new must-reads? Our books editor has found these gems you won't want to put down. Read more from ...

Get Out Your Work Books

Carl Fillichio | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

In honor of our centennial this year, the U.S. Department of Labor, in partnership with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, has created an exciting project called Books that Shaped Work in America.

25 Books You Should Read While You're Single

HowAboutWe | Posted 08.04.2013 | Women

One of the great perks of being unattached is the free time -- time that can be spent catching up on all the great reading you've been meaning to do for the last five years. Here's a list of the best choices for those blissfully quiet summer evenings.

Best Books To Read Over Spring Break

Posted 03.27.2013 | Fifty

Long gone are the jello shooters and baby oil tans that characterized spring breaks past. But even if you can't hit a beach, you can still participate...

4 New Books to Help You Make It Until Spring

Gina Barreca | Posted 04.23.2013 | Books
Gina Barreca

While there are more terrible books being published than ever, some writers continue to offer us novels reminding us why the written word -- when used with grace, wit, wisdom, and fierce intelligence -- matters.

9 Books You Should Have Read In High School

Maddie Crum | Posted 11.28.2012 | Books
Maddie Crum

I packed my bags for college having read every single one of Shakespeare's plays and Twain's novels, but not knowing who Jorge Luis Borges or Doris Lessing were. This is a huge problem.

Great New Books for Kids of All Ages

Common Sense Media | Posted 10.16.2012 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Every month we highlight a few exceptional books for different ages -- the perfect thing to get your reader hooked on a new author or rediscover an old favorite. Here are our picks for August.

Why Storytime Matters

Flavia Colgan | Posted 09.16.2012 | Education
Flavia Colgan

Whether a child is drawn to tales of medieval wizards or stories about the simple lives of everyday children -- storytime encapsulates the way books can channel the young imagination into intellectual growth.

Samuel Beckett's Reading List

Posted 12.20.2011 | Books

From This Side of the Pond, Cambridge University Press' Blog Samuel Beckett’s letters are full of the literary names he encountered through his w...