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13 Dark And Stormy Books

Oyster Books | Posted 07.07.2014 | 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 06.20.2014 | 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 05.30.2014 | 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 Grandparents.com 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
HowAboutWe

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...

Time for a Good Book

Roger Fransecky | Posted 09.04.2011 | Books
Roger Fransecky

I confess to liking, collecting, sharing and savoring both mysteries and thrillers. My favorite sleuths are, like me, flawed and curious in an often dark, confusing and fallen world.

A Literary Sin: On Giving Away Books

Maegan Carberry | Posted 07.24.2011 | Books
Maegan Carberry

I am having a hard time coming to grips with whether I will ever read The Unbearable Lightness of Being. In some respects, I believe a good book finds you at the exact moment in your life when you need to read it.

Guys Read

The Wall Street Journal | THOMAS SPENCE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

When I was a young boy, America's elite schools and universities were almost entirely reserved for males. That seems incredible now, in an era when he...

'Chicka Chicka Boom Boom' Makes 'Most Read' Library List

Lancaster Eagle Gazette | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Well, that's one of the most-read first-lines to come out of the Fairfield County District Library. As one of the library's most-read titles, "Chicka ...

50 Cent Memoir On Rochester School District Reading List

Democrat and Chronicle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Getting teens to pick up a book can be tough, especially during the summer months when school isn't in session. So in an attempt to get more students...

Vatican Library Exposed

The Guardian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The 85km of shelving in the Vatican's Secret Archives holds manuscripts and publications accumulated over more than 800 years. On the day of his visit...

The Austerity Reading List

PBS | Jessa Crispin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

If we're going to do this, if we're going to "make do," and "do more with less," then we are going to need better inspiration than the guides they han...

Books Keep The Obamas Busy On Vacation

New York Times | JACKIE CALMES | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The president and his daughters have books to keep them company; they bought two bags' worth at a bookstore here over the sunny weekend....

Contemporary Literature's Most Memorable Moms

Flavorwire | Caroline Stanley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

As James Joyce once wrote, "Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother's love is not." Sweet, right? While we'd agree that ...