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Weekend Reading


In this edition, possibly the last work from the late, great Oliver Sacks, vacation and back to school reading, viva la Western, and more.

This Week in Books


Lights out: Solar eclipse sets course for US heartland Look to the skies (with approved eclipse glasses, of course) on Aug.

Kamila Shamsie talks to the Amazon Book Review about her new novel, "Home Fire."


Even before Riverhead Books published Kamila Shamsie’s latest novel, Home Fire, in the United States this week, the Man Booker Prize committee had announced it was one of thirteen books on the longlist for its prestigious award.

Kamila Shamsie talks to the Amazon Book Review about her new novel, "Home Fire."


Even before Riverhead Books published Kamila Shamsie’s latest novel, Home Fire, in the United States this week, the Man Booker Prize committee had announced it was one of thirteen books on the longlist for its prestigious award.

The Rich are Different: A Book List


The rich provide an endless stream of material for writers. Maybe it's because their highs are so high and their lows so low.

An Excerpt of "The X-Files"...for Kids


When it ended last year the X-Files was one of the longest-running shows on network television with undeniably devoted fans.  The show may be done, but FBI agents Scully and Mulder are cemented in our pop culture history and illustrator Kim Smith is bringing them to a new audience--kids.   The X-Files Earth Children Are Weird is a bright, fun, picture book, and in it Smith shows young Scully and Mulder already engaged in their believer/skeptic dynamic during a backyard sleepover.  While the characters try to sort out the evidence, readers will already be in the know, and the end has a funny twist that should produce a few chuckles.  Below are a couple of pages from the book, and below that, a special illustration that Smith created exclusively for the Amazon Book Review.  Here's what Smith has to say about the X-Files...

Celebrity Picks: Bruce Campbell's Favorite Recent Reads


You might know Bruce Campbell from the films or TV shows Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., Burn Notice, or (one of my personal favorites) Bubba Ho-Tep.

Inside North Korea, Last Week's Looming Threat


A still from Pulgasari (Kim Jong-il, producer) North Korea is called the Hermit Kingdom for a reason.

An Excerpt from Jonathan Dee’s New Novel, "The Locals"


Jonathan Dee, whose novel The Privileges was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize, has always been a writer to watch, and sure enough, his seventh book of fiction, The Locals, is a stunner: ambitious in scope, serious and funny, compassionate, but unsentimental.

Suzanne Brockmann: "Romance readers are actively looking for different"


Action/adventure/military romances abound—who doesn't have a fondness for a hero in uniform?—but author Suzanne Brockmann has always brought something of her own to the game.

The 2017 Hugo Awards for the Best in Science Fiction


Over the weekend in Helsinki, Finland, the 75th World Science Fiction Convention announced the winners of the Hugo Awards, one of the genre's most prestigious awards.

The Best Mysteries And Thrillers of August


Here are four of our favorite thrillers of August. You can find all ten favorites in our list of the Best Mysteries & Thrillers of August.

Weekend Reading


In this edition, Renaissance men, witches, the beef on big-scale farming, and more. Jon Foro: Remember when a famous rock singer said I hope I die before I get old?

This Week in Books: Students head to campus, North Korea tensions grow, NASA has a hero-like opening


Back to school: college edition You may still be sweltering in the heat of summer, but on many college campuses the fall semester is just about to get under way.

Who Are You Calling A Narcissist? Wendy Walker Names Names.


Wendy Walker is a talented suspense writer and her new book, Emma in the Night, had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through.  In this psychological thriller, Walker uses one of her characters to delve into the mental disorder of narcissism.  Not just overblown vanity and hubris but something much more sinister.  Walker learned that female narcissists are rare in the real world, but she created one in Emma in the Night and we've seen them portrayed in some of our favorite books.  In the exclusive piece below, she talks about five of these women...

Five New Fall TV Shows Ripped from the Pages of Books


Give television writers and producers credit: They have made fantastic shows out of some of our favorite books (Game of Thrones, Outlander), and comic book culture especially has given TV a pop-culture boost through The Walking Dead and the Marvel and DC characters that have spun out into TV dramas.

Evermore! New Life for Gothic Tales.


“It was both a challenge and a pleasure to illustrate the vivid, macabre imagery of Poe’s stories and poems, and to translate his florid descriptive prose into the medium of comics,” says Gareth Hinds, whose Poe: Stories and Poems was just published by Candlewick.

Coloring Books for Adults: Is That Still a Thing?


A few years ago there was an explosion of coloring books for adults.  It became a category unto itself and publishers were cranking them out after the surprise success of Scottish artist Johanna Basford's Secret Garden.

The Best History Books of August


Summer is always an interesting time for history books. While the classic season for history books arrives in the fall--a time that could be referred to as "serious book season"--the summer history list is a bit more eclectic, even a bit less serious.

Burning Girl


“I’m somewhere in the sprawling mess of suburban New Jersey, sitting on damp earth,” begins Cree LeFavour’s new memoir, Lights On, Rats Out.


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