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Excerpt: "The Fall: A Father's Memoir in 424 Steps," by Diogo Mainardi


Brazilian author and journalist Diogo Mainardi's unflinching story about raising a son, Tito, with cerebral palsy, The Fall: A Father's Memoir in 424 Steps is comprised of 424 short passages, each representing Tito's steps walking toward the hospital whose errors caused his disability.  ------ Just before he was 6 months old, Tito went for another examination at Padua Hospital.

Punk Rock Girl


Viv Albertine's new memoir, Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. is a book is divided almost straight down the middle.

Moosewood Cookbook 40 Years Later: Guest Post by Mollie Katzen


It's hard to believe, but the Moosewood Cookbook turns 40 this year with a beautiful commemorative edition that includes a new introduction by author Mollie Katzen.   According to the New York Times, Moosewood Cookbook is one of the top ten best-selling cookbooks of all time and for many of us it revolutionized the way we think about vegetarian cooking.  First published as a spiral-bound notebook with hand-written recipes and simple illustrations,  this classic cookbook has stood the test of time and is still one of the most popular guides to making delicious home-cooked vegetarian dishes.  Restaurants today pride themselves on menus highlighting seasonal ingredients, but in the pages of this cookbook Mollie Katzen has been showing home cooks how to make the most of in season fruits and vegetables for decades.

Best Children's Books of 2014


This year there seemed to be as many great children's books in the first half of the year as the second, great news for all of us book lovers who didn't have to wait until the big fall books to find the gems.  Case in point, The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems--our top pick for 2014 that released in April--is hilarious whether you're 4 or 44.  Deciding on the top 20 children's books is always difficult, but I won't complain about having so many beloved books to choose from over the course of 2014.  Below is a sampling of the Best Children's Books of 2014, the top five (of a total of 20) across all ages.  You can also see the top 20 for each category: Baby-Age 2  Ages 3-5  Ages 6-8  Ages 9-12  Nonfiction Top 5 Children's Books of 2014: 1.

Guest Essay: David Baldacci, on the Origins of "The Escape"


In David Baldacci's latest novel, special agent John Puller hunts down an escaped prisoner who's become the most wanted man in America--his own brother. The Escape is an Amazon Best Book of the Month for November.

Amazon Asks: Patricia Cornwell, on Her New Novel, "Flesh and Blood"


Flesh and Blood is Patricia Cornwell's twenty-second novel featuring forensic sleuth Dr. Kay Scarpetta.

Graphic Novel Friday: Grant Morrison's Tragic Triumph


A few hours after I finished The Multiversity: Pax Americana #1 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, something happened: I got it.

Recipe Road Test: The Slanted Door's Ginger Braised Chicken


2014 has been a really big year for cookbooks so deciding which one would be in the top spot for Best of the Year was tough.

2014 National Book Award Winners


At an event in Manhattan yesterday evening, the National Book Foundation announced the winners of the 2014 National Book Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, Young People's Literature, and Poetry.

Excerpts from "BOMB: The Author Interviews" - Featuring Colm Toibin, Chris Abani, Patrick McGrath, and Martin Amis


For more than thirty years, BOMB magazine has been pairing artists, authors, poets, and painters together for intimate artist-on-artist conversations, more than 1,200 of them so far.

"Like a Mix of Don Draper and Rasputin": Moving & Shaking in 21st-Century Russia


When the Soviet Union collapsed in the early 90s, the West rejoiced with the relief that came with the end of the Cold War and the possibility of an era of peace and cooperation.

Martin Short: Humble Comedy Legend


You might know him best as Ed Grimley, the grimacing, high-trousered pop-culture nerd of the rhinoceros-worthy quiff.

Raise Your Voice: A Conversation with Senator Kirsten Hillibrand


A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for a discussion about her book Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World.

YA Wednesday: Best Books of 2014


Back in January I thought 2013 was going to be tough to beat in terms of great YA but here it is, mid-November, and I just got over the trama of having to narrow down my favorites to a list of 20.  Interestingly enough, the last couple of years have had the top picks release in the first half of the year.  Typically it's the fall that brings the "big" books, but not so in YA.  At the end of the day, and basically the year, I'm still most in love with We Were Liars (as an aside, in our Celebrity Picks Martin Short chose We Were Liars as one of his favorite books this year, too).   Below are the top 5 titles for the Best Young Adult Books of 2014: 1.

Video: An Interview with Author and "Font Nerd" Lena Dunham
-- "I Love the World of Books"


Praise for Lena Dunham’s memoir, Not That Kind of Girl, has come from all angles: David Sedaris (“A fine, subversive book”), Judy Blume (“Always funny, sometimes wrenching”), George Saunders (“smart, honest, sophisticated, dangerous, and charming”), Miranda July (“hilarious, artful, and staggeringly intimate.”) At Amazon, our reviewer Brittany Pirozzolo called it “Thoughtful, hilarious, and exquisitely-written … like reading your quirky big sister's diary.”  In this interview (taped at Book Expo America in New York back in May), the writer, creator, and star of HBO’s hit show Girls discusses how writing was actually her first love, and has remained a passion, as has reading.

How I Wrote It: Frederick Barthelme, on Dictation, Tornados, Dishwashers--and Chocolate


Frederick Barthelme's new novel is There Must Be Some Mistake. ~ How When starting a new project I first gather all I’ve got in the way of unused text--fragments of stories, scenes cut from novels, sketches, characters, complaints I’ve jotted down, jokes once-loved, whatever.

Best of the Year: Celebrity Authors Pick Their Favorite Books of 2014


It's becoming a thing: Each of the past few years, when we announce our editors' picks for Best Books of the Year, we also share a list of our favorite writers' favorite books.

Announcing the Amazon Editors' Best Books of the Year


It's been another phenomenal year in books, and we've just released our list of the Best Books of the Year.

Graphic Novel Friday: All Super, No Baggage


We are in a superhero pop culture comics renaissance! With so many characters, properties, and super powers hitting big and small screens, maneuvering the various masks and origins can be challenging.

"Fog Island Mountains" by Michelle Bailat-Jones wins Inaugural Christopher Doheny Prize


Michelle Bailat-Jones's novel Fog Island Mountains has won the first-ever Christopher Doheny Prize, which recognizes excellence in writing about serious illness.


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