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Celebrity Picks: Debbie Macomber's Favorite Reads of 2017


Merry Knight is initially not so merry when she discovers that her mom and brother have created an online dating profile for her, hoping a handsome stranger will pique her interest and distract her from her stressful work life.

Celebrity Picks: Alex Prud'homme's Favorite Reads of 2017


Photo credit: Michael Lionstar Alex Prud'homme has covered a lot of territory in his writing. He has written about terrorism, he has written about hydrofracking, and he has co-written Julia Child's autobiography (the classic My Life in France).

Weekend Reading


In this week's edition, a slice of Julia Child's life in photographs, a new novel by the author of The Nightingale, lewd literary encounters, something for audiobook enthusiasts, and more.

Best Books of the Year: Science and Nature


A few of our selections for the best science and nature titles of 2017, along with some thoughts about why we liked them. See all 20 picks, or browse all of our Best Books of the Year across 15 categories.

When Book Covers Came of Age


  We take beautiful book covers for granted these days. Subtly or blatantly, they tell us so much about books' content and mood.

The Best Books of the Year: "This Is How It Always Is" by Laurie Frankel


When we read Laurie Frankel's novel, This is How It Always Is back in January, we knew it was Best of material.  In the months since then, much has happened in our world, our society, and the transgender community has never been more in the spotlight.

Celebrity Picks: Ken Follett's Favorite Reads of 2017


The Pillars of the Earth and Eye of the Needle are just two of the masterful novels that made Ken Follett a bestselling writer of historical fiction—that also happens to thrill.

The Best Romance Novels of 2017


In 2016, shelves and Kindles were stuffed to bursting with small-town romances. This year saw a slow shift from small-town to contemporary cowboy, at least as seen on the cover.

YA Wednesday: Maggie Stiefvater on "All the Crooked Saints"


It's always a pleasure to spend time with Maggie Stiefvater.  She's one of the most fan-engaged authors I know, and she writes books that get read quickly, talked about, and passed among friends.  Stiefvater wrapped up her Raven Cycle series last year and recently published a stand alone novel, All the Crooked Saints.  This novel has something a little different--Stiefvater venturing into magical realism and doing it well.

Celebrity Picks: John Green's Favorite Reads of 2017


John Green's last book, The Fault in Our Stars, was a huge bestseller and then an equally huge film.  How do you follow that?

Celebrity Picks: Alice Hoffman's Favorite Reads of 2017


I was very much looking forward to seeing Alice Hoffman's celebrity picks, and they did not disappoint.

An Excerpt from the Best Biography of the Year: Sherman Alexie's "You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me"


When the time came to compile our list of the Best Books of the Year, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me was an obvious top pick, and after some discussion, we decided it was the best biography published in 2017.

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


Our Spotlight Pick this month is Olaf Olafsson’s fifth novel, about a neurologist who struggles with a series of emotional disconnects with those who should be closest to him.

David Grann's "Killers of the Flower Moon" in Photographs


David Grann's Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI was our favorite book of the year (you can see all of our picks here).

Celebrity Picks: Mark Bittman's Favorite Reads of 2017


Ten years ago vegetarian cooking was not what it is today, and Mark Bittman broke new ground for home cooks with How to Cook Vegetarian (it also won the IACP award).  Fast forward to present day and Bittman has given How to Cook Everything Vegetarian a tenth anniversary makeover.

Best Books of the Year: Humor & Entertainment


A few of our selections for the best Humor and Entertainment titles of 2017, along with some thoughts about why we liked them. See all 20 picks, or browse all of our Best Books of the Year across 15 categories.  Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011 by Lizzy Goodman Please Kill Me documented the time when the Ramones, Blondie, and Talking Heads prowled the Bowery in the early 70s in search of success, someone to offend, or something to break.

Celebrity Picks: Lawrence O'Donnell's Favorite Reads of 2017


As host of The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell and a mainstay of the long-running (and deeply mourned) The McLaughlin Group, Lawrence O'Donnell has forged a career out of nuanced commentary, and in an increasingly shrill arena, his thoughtful and measured approach is a welcome throwback, regardless of which side of the aisle you sit.

Deck the Halls with Holiday Books for Kids


It's hard to believe, but the holidays are fast approaching...they've been approaching since the day after Halloween according to my local drugstore decor, but I've put on the blinders until now.   I always enjoy this time of year and the holiday-themed children's books are part of what I like.

Graphic Novel Friday: The Best Comics of 2017


To me, my comics fans! 2017 was a banner year for the medium, and our editors assembled to forge a list that covers the best in illustrated fiction and non-fiction, with 20 graphic novels spanning memoirs, family dramas, superheroes (both hopeful and downtrodden), pets, and subjects that defy classification.

Celebrity Picks: Rick Riordan’s Favorite Reads of 2017


A new Rick Riordan book is always an event that readers of many ages look forward to. Riordan is working on the third and fourth books in his series' right now, The Trials of Apollo: Book Two The Dark Prophecy released earlier this year and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: Book Three The Ship of the Dead in October.  We especially love this Norse mythology series and chose The Ship of the Dead as one of the top 10 children's books of 2017 Riordan's latest endeavor is his own publishing imprint with Disney, called Rick Riordan Presents!


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