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Weekend Reading

In this edition of Weekend Reading, high-stakes Survivor, an unsung 60s icon, and the Twelve Days of Christmas (you read that right).

Furiously Funny: Luvvie Ajayi and Jenny Lawson on "I'm Judging You"

"I'm the person who says what you’re thinking but might be afraid to." On her wildly popular blog of all things culture, pop and otherwise, Luvvie Ajayi covers a bit of everything: from tech to shoes, race, the Kardashians, and politics, no topic is off-limits to her incisive and direct wit, "and there is never a shortage of people and foolishness to judge." Jenny Lawson wrote the bestselling Furiously Happy, a genuinely funny book about her lifelong struggle with mental illness, and the forthcoming You Are Here: An Owner's Manual for Dangerous Minds (March 2017), a coloring book of sorts promising humor, advice, and inspiration.

After Yorktown: The War Without End

How much do we really know about the Revolutionary War? Most of us learned the highlight reel moments in school: Paul Revere's ride, the Battle of Bunker Hill, Washington crossing the Delaware, and the British surrender at Yorktown, but the real story is never that simple.

The Best Man (can mean a few different things)

One of my favorite books of September for middle graders is Richard Peck's The Best Man.  Peck has authored several books for young readers and won multiple awards including the venerable Newbery Medal, but I feel like this is one of his best.  The story is about Archer Magill, a thoughtful boy who is working out who he wants to be when he grows up.  He is close to his family, and his grandfather, his dad, and his Uncle Paul all have qualities he would like to emulate.  Then with the start of middle school a new male role model enters his life, a student teacher named Mr.

Ms. - and Mister! - Paige Tyler Reveal the Secrets of Their Romance Writing Partnership

It's not uncommon for authors to write together under a single nom de plume, but a husband-and-wife partnership is more unusual.

An Excerpt from Elizabeth Lesser's "Marrow: A Love Story"

I'll admit that when I first heard about Elizabeth Lesser's memoir, Marrow: A Love Story, I didn't want to touch it with a ten foot pole.

The Best Mysteries & Thrillers of September

Here's a selection from our Best Mysteries & Thrillers of September. There are lots of recognizable names this month.

Dav Pilkey on "Dog Man," Mind-Blowing Graphic Novels, and More...

It's a big event when Dav Pilkey, the creator of the children's book phenomenon Captain Underpants starts a new series, and that day has arrived.  In Dog Man we meet a main character who is part man, part dog, and all funny.  I think the Dog Man series will appeal to a whole new generation of young readers, and, like Captain Underpants, will show kids who don't think they like reading that it really is fun, after all.

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of September: Our Top 5 Picks

Upfront, I have to admit that there's not a whole lot of science fiction on this shortlist of best books of September.

Behind the Scenes of the "Most Wonderful, Wacky Times" of Carol Burnett's Life

Who doesn't love Carol Burnett? The first time I remember seeing her onscreen was her incomparable performance as the hilariously menacing (and highly intoxicated) Miss Hannigan in Annie, but she is also beloved for her long-running variety series, The Carol Burnett Show.

Weekend Reading

In this edition of Weekend Reading, Putin, body-snatching aliens, and...hamsters! (you need a palate cleanser after the first two).

"Skinnytaste" Weeknight Back-to-School Recipes: Day 5

At last, we've made it to the end of the week and have a couple of days respite from packing lunches and wrangling kids out the door.  Still feel like cooking?

Announcing the National Book Award Longlists for Fiction and Nonfiction

The 2016 National Book Award longlists for Fiction and Nonfiction have been announced. Finalists will be revealed on October 13.    2016 Longlist for the National Book Award for Fiction For fiction, the judges are James English (Chair), Karen Joy Fowler, T.

Your Guide to Hacking the Bestseller List

My desk is something of a Dead Letter Office around these halls, the final destination for incoming mail not addressed to a specific person.

"Skinnytaste" Weeknight Back-to-School Recipes: Day 4

Tacos have a weekly reservation on my dinner table but I get tired of the same old meat and toppings--hooray for our Day 4 back-to-school recipe from Gina Homolka.

From Stage to Page: 5 Fabulous Romances Inspired by Plays or Musicals

There's been a surge lately of romances riffing off stage productions such as My Fair Lady or Much Ado About Nothing.

The 2016 Man Booker Prize Shortlist

Yesterday morning, the Booker Prize Foundation announced their shortlist for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

"Skinnytaste" Weeknight Back-to-School Recipes: Day 3

We all have our restaurant favorites, the things we start craving and have to have on every visit.  But sometimes (well, frequently in my case) those are the very items that are not exactly diet food (like the tater tots at a favorite watering hole near the office...).  Such was the inspiration for today's back-to-school dinner recipe from The Skinnytaste Cookbook.  Bangin' Good Shrimp began as a restaurant appetizer, but in Gina Homolka's version below you can serve it over rice for a delicious--and easy--weeknight dinner.

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

The Best of the Month selections released today happen to both be memoirs--one that will make you laugh, and one that will make you cry (like, messy cry, on page three).  Here are the best books of September available starting today.

September's Celebrity Picks: Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming. Renaissance Man. Most recently he portrayed the always impeccably groomed Eli Gold on The Good Wife, but the beloved Scottish actor's resume also includes winning a Tony, voicing a Smurf, and making films with distinguished individuals like Stanley Kubrick, and the Spice Girls.