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Top Ten Best-Selling Ebooks -- Week of December 13

Penguin Random House appears headed to a strong finish as 2014 winds down. The publisher has roundly dominated the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List over the course of the year and continues to do so in the thick of the holiday...Show More Summary

A Year in Reading: Darcey Steinke

Hathaway writes with precision and spiritual dignity, giving advice that jumps off the page and directly into the heart.

For Writers Struggling to Accept They Have a Hero's Journey: Own Your Story, Not Yourself

Each time I sit to write a scene for my memoir, Accidental Soldier: What My Service in the Israel Defense Forces Taught Me about Faith, Courage and Love, I have to battle a thousand different voices running me over. Don't you know it's...Show More Summary

Tombo by W. S. DiPiero

A.V. Christie reviews W.S. DiPiero's Tombo today in Rumpus Poetry.


Interstellar (2014) Directed By : Christopher Nolan Written By: Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan Genre : SCI-FI/ADVENTURE Rated : PG-13 Time : 169 min Starring : Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Michael Caine, and Wes Bentley Plot : In the near future, Earth is no longer sustainable for human life. Show More Summary

Stars of Old Russia

In 1913, four years before the Russian Revolution, Tsar Nicholas II made the now-baffling claim that a writer named Teffi was the only major Russian writer. At the time, however, his endorsement made sense, because everybody in Russia, from royalty on down, read Teffi’s work and “delighted” in it. Until the revolution, at which point […]

Pottermore Christmas, day 6: Is Snape a vampire?

Judging from the past few days, it seemed like the new material in this “12 days of Pottermore Christmas” was probably just

11 Books Strand's Booksellers Loved Most In 2014

With 87 years of bookselling experience, we think we know a thing or two about books. This year, for the first time in Strand's history, we asked our 150+ booksellers for their top picks. These are the 11 books Strand's booksellers loved most in 2014 (in no particular order). 10:04 - Ben Lerner Main Floor manager Cale H. Show More Summary

Amazon's Best Books of December: Part One

This is the time of year at Amazon when The Best Book of the Year program takes center stage, which is as it should be. But we're still reading and choosing the Best Books of the Month during this time,...

What Yoga Is Teaching Me about Writing a Novel

I lowered myself to the mat and felt every joint complaining. "Honor your intentions," the instructor was saying. "What intention are you bringing to the mat today?" "Just to be able to get off the damn mat again," I muttered. I never intended to be here, on this yoga mat. Show More Summary

Collection Dinosaurs

Tyrannosaurus Rex: The Fierce Dinosaur Sandell 1988 Submitter: I recently found this severely outdated book about the “ferocious” Tyrannosaurus Rex in the collection of the public library where I work. It’s from 1988, making it old enough that the king of the dinosaurs is depicted as walking upright like a person in a T-Rex costume. […]

A Year in Reading: Ron Rash

The writing throughout is superb, and at times so vivid that I felt unmoored from my own world and completely in the author’s.

Into the Woods We Go Again

I’m gearing up to see the Hollywood adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. I’m excited for this. I like musicals. I like that one in particular, ever since my college theater troupe put it on while I was living … Continue reading ?

Interview with Narrator Robert Fass with Giveaway

It’s no secret that I love audiobook narrators. I love what they do to me when they channel just the right book. I also love their passion for what they do. Robert Fass, a narrator I had the good fortune to meet in person a couple of years ago in New York, is no exception. […]

2014 Gift Guide, Part V

Christmas is almost here, and Hanukkah has already begun, so it’s last-minute time for a lot of shoppers. No worries! I have a bunch of ideas to help. First, Knock Knock has a coupon for you! Knock Knock is fine purveyors of paper goods, including the shopping list I use every week. Show More Summary

Library of Congress Likes ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ and ‘The Big Lebowski’

"Rosemary's Baby" and "The Big Lebowski" are two of 25 films being added to the National Film Registry.

AVQ&A: What book did you finally get around to reading in 2014?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Show More Summary

‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ creator Norman Bridwell dies at 86

Author and illustrator Norman Bridwell died on Friday, Dec. 12, in Martha’s Vineyard at age 86. His publisher, Scholastic, announced the news

A Year in Reading: Emma Straub

Four of my favorites this year were story collections, which I suppose makes sense, given that stories take less time to read and are therefore a less intimidating enterprise for a new mother operating on very little sleep.

Newswire: R.I.P. Norman Bridwell, creator of Clifford The Big Red Dog

Norman Bridwell, creator of Clifford The Big Red Dog, has died. He was 86. Bridwell published the first Clifford book in 1963, landing at Scholastic after being rejected by nine other publishing houses. Ultimately, he wrote more than 150 books for the publisher, and more than 129 million copies of those books are in print in more than 13 languages. Show More Summary

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