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Links: The Baby-Sitters Club, Marvel Maps, & Mothers

It’s Wednesday! Which means that it’s time for Wednesday links. We hope these things we’ve discovered around the internet help you kill some time during your afternoon Hump-day slump. … Mother’s Day was Sunday and I know for some of us (myself included) it can often be a complicated holiday to celebrate. Show More Summary

Keeper of the Stars by Robin Lee Hatcher

When the RITA finalists were announced, I found I’d already read and reviewed three of the four finalists for my favourite genre, Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements. And three worthy finalists they are. I will admit to a natural bias in favour of Close to You by Kara Isaac, because she’s a fellow Kiwi and the novel is set in New Zealand. Show More Summary

Newswire: Jordan Peele and Underground’s Misha Green team up for HBO’s Lovecraft Country

HBO is making an adaptation of author Matt Ruff’s socially conscious horror novel Lovecraft Country, so it’s naturally looking to get a little assistance from Jordan Peele, a guy with experience making a ton of money from socially conscious horror by writing and directing Get Out. Show More Summary

The Ballad of Thom and Joseles: Communities of the Carnal Heart

Gunn lived much of his life by the principle of free love: a deliberate transcendence of socially prescribed coupling practices. The post The Ballad of Thom and Joseles: Communities of the Carnal Heart appeared first on The Millions...

Tuesday New Release Day: Chevalier; Makumbi; Segal; Smith-Stevens; Southwood; Bell; Hadley

Out this week: New Boy by Tracy Chevalier; Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi; The Awkward Age by Francesca Segal; The Australian by Emma Smith-Stevens; Evensong by Kate Southwood; Behind the Moon by Madison Smartt Bell; and Bad Dreams and Other Stories by Tessa Hadley. Show More Summary

Match Book: This Boy’s Life, Reflected in Picture Books

“I’m looking for books in which the main character is a young boy of color. I want him to be doing the normal, funny things that kids do.”

Family Is the Deepest Scar: Minae Mizumura’s Inheritance from Mother

With each word, I found myself thinking of my own grandmother’s journey, escaping war to America with no money, no education, and six children, the pain of this experience inevitably hardening the whole family.

Searching for Disaster by Jennifer Probst

Searching For Disaster had a premise that I was excited for, but then everything spiraled into a disappointing into a pile of WTF and alphahole nonsense. I will put a disclaimer here – Searching For Disaster is the seventh and final part of the “Searching For” series so I’m sure there’s things I’m missing. Show More Summary

Books by Kylie Scott, Emma Chase, & Others!

Sarah: There’s a deal at AppSumo for WiseStamp Pro right now, which gives you a pretty spiffy email signature that’s very customizable and also nifty. I think so. Here is mine: Mine is pretty simple – there are some even more elaborate options available, too. Show More Summary

HaBO: Hero Horrified by Heroine’s Orange Dress

This HaBO request comes from Kathleen, who is trying to find her first romance: This was the first romance that I read outside of the Georgette Heyer books in my high school library, so I’m guessing the publication date was no later than 1995 but was probably earlier than that. Show More Summary

Comparing Oranges to Giraffes: A Conversation with Dennis Lehane

It was good to sit down with Lehane to talk about his new psychological thriller--we also discussed film and tv writing, his move from Boston to LA, and where his ideas come from (or don't come from).

Amazon's Best Books of May: Today's Releases

A compelling nonfiction read about the first mission to the moon, and a psychological thriller that gives new meaning to house of horrors...

Newswire: Alien domination is the new normal in this Shattered Warrior exclusive

How do you survive in a world that has completely fallen apart? Most of Colleen Cavanaugh’s family died when aliens took over her home planet, but she’s about to find an escape from her life of servitude in the new First Second graphic novel Shattered Warrior by writer Sharon Shinn and artist Molly Knox Ostertag. Show More Summary

Hand and Rod Puppets

Hand and Rod Puppets: A Handbook of Technique Fettig translated by Susanne Forster 1973 Submitter: This was in the children’s section. I hate to say “just look at it” but… yeah. It’s ugly as sin, it’s pointless, and I’m pretty sure that if it could talk, it would tell me stories about paying ten cents […]

After Bill Gates recommended a book on Twitter, it shot to the top of Amazon's bestseller list

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates took to Twitter to recommend a book on Monday, quickly sending it to the top of Amazon's bestseller list. As the Washington Post noted, Steven Pinker's 2011 “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined” was the No. 1 bestselling book on the online...

Pop culture, considered: Chuck Klosterman on his new book of essays

Chuck Klosterman talks about his new collection of essays about... is "pop culture" the right term?

Rumpus Exclusive: An Excerpt from Jessie Chaffee’s Florence in Ecstasy

I look over my shoulder and watch as he and the boat become a single form again and pass under the next bridge. He is a bird, he and that silver scull, a bird. Would I ever have that grace?

Where the Past Intermingles with the Present: Jessie Chaffee Discusses Florence in Ecstasy

Jessie Chaffee discusses the process of writing her debut novel, Florence in Italy, over the course of a decade, understanding the world through writing, and the role of mythology in the novel.

Newswire: Marvel cancels one of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Black Panther comics

In 2015, Marvel announced that it was handing the keys to Wakanda over to writer Ta-Nehisi Coates by letting him take on the Black Panther comic in advance of the eponymous character’s first big-screen appearance in Captain America: Civil War and eventual solo movie. Show More Summary

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