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Cook This: Chicken Parm in 30 Minutes, from Mark Bittman


I've never been good at being told what to do. In the kitchen, that resistance is to blame for the testy relationship I have with cookbooks.

An Amazon Exclusive: Neil Patrick Harris Reveals Everything


It's not often that you get a behind-the-scenes peek at a book's creation. Read on to see what it took to write Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris (and some other guy).

Graphic Novel Friday: The Long Halloween


October is here, October is here! With the onslaught of all things pumpkin-flavored (but who can resist?

The New Trailer for the "Unbroken" Movie

For those who haven't read Unbroken (I realize a lot of us have read it), there's still time to read the book before seeing the movie.

10 Songs: Greil Marcus and the Culture of Surprise


If rock & roll has achieved institution status, Greil Marcus certainly qualifies as one of its pillars.

YA Wednesday: Meg Wolitzer on "Belzhar"


Back in June I read a book called Belzhar that I'd been hearing about.  Author Meg Wolitzer's The Interestings was one of our Best Books of 2013 and prior to that I'd loved her novel for middle graders, The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman, so I was eager to read her first book for young adults.  It's amazing.

National Book Award Finalists Announced


Drum roll, please. The National Book Awards shortlist was broadcast this morning. Celebrating the best in American literature, the winners will be announced at a ceremony on November 19 hosted by best-selling author, Daniel Handler (you might know him better by his other name--Lemony Snicket).

Where I Wrote It: John Twelve Hawks, on Writing his New Novel, "Spark"


Readers of Omnivoracious may be familiar with our "How I Wrote It" Q-&-A series, in which we ask authors to describe the writing of their book (including questions about their work space, their tools, their fuel--you can read them here).

"Apocalypse Now" Meets "Lord of the Rings" - An Interview with Fantasy Author Chris Evans


Fantasy author Chris Evans new novel Of Bone and Thunder goes on sale today. It's a book that, like many fantasies, revolves around war—but unlike most fantasies it focuses mainly on the grunts doing the fighting as opposed to the politicians moving the chess pieces.

Who Needs Pictures? B.J. Novak Tells the Story


From his work on The Office we already know B.J. Novak is funny, and we had a great time reading his book, One More Thing earlier this year.  It was when he came to our office for that book that I met Novak and he told me about the children's book he had coming out at the end of September.  A picture book format but with no pictures.

How I Wrote It: Walter Isaacson, on "The Innovators"


"We don’t often focus on how teamwork is key to innovation," says Walter Isaacson, whose new book explores the overlooked collaborations and breakthroughs that would eventually give us the personal computer and the Internet.  In The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, one of our Best Books of the Month, Isaacson shows how lone geniuses like Steve Jobs (the subject of his bestselling 2011 biography) didn't single-handedly create the digital age in which we now live.

The Best Books of October, Part One: Some Serious Reading


Maybe it's a fall publishing thing, but there is some pretty heady writing in the top 5 of our October Best Books of the Month.

Rumors of Tears: An Interview with Nicholas Sparks


If Stephen King is the King of Horror, Nicholas Sparks is, well, the King of Love. There’s no mystery to it, Sparks insists: “I just put people on dates and let them fall in love.” Across seventeen novels, nine of them adapted for film, that boy-meets-girl formula, which he's explored every angle, has worked amazingly well for Sparks.

Weekend Reading: Spies, Diggers, Some Murderers, and a Prig


As Chris mentioned last week, spring has been beautiful in Seattle, but the weather is starting to get dark out here.

Lawyers, Guns, and Money: Best Mysteries & Thrillers of the Month


I've always thought Warren Zevon's "Lawyers, Guns, and Money" sounded like the setup to a Graham Greene novel: I was gambling in Havana / I took a little risk ...

Grub for the Game: Tailgate Inspiration


According to Wikipedia, tailgating "often involves consuming alcoholic beverages and grilling food."  What's not to love about that kind of pre-game kick-off?

Chasing Paper: The Debt Collection Underground


“Creditors have better memories than debtors.” --Benjamin Franklin Everyone knows about collections agencies, but how they actually operate is much more interesting than you probably think.

"Some Monsters I Have Loved" by Keith Donohue


New York Times best-selling author Keith Donohue's The Boy Who Drew Monsters went on sale yesterday. It's a hypnotic literary horror novel about a young boy trapped inside his own world, a boy who nearly drowned a few years ago and since then refuses to go outside.

The Invisible Front: Depression, Suicide, and the Military


Interview with Mark and Carol Graham By Yochi Dreazen, managing editor of Foreign Policy and author of The Invisible Front Suicide is a personal issue for me.

Video: Ken Burns on the Making of "The Roosevelts"


Ken Burns is known for telling epic stories about events and achievements in American history, from Prohibition to the Civil War to baseball.


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