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Stop Action Book Trailer: "Chibi Samarai Wants a Pet"

Sanae Ishida is the author and illustrator of Chibi Samurai Wants a Pet and Little Kunoichi the Ninja Girl and I'm a huge fan of her artistic style.  Ishida's illustrations are done using origami paper which she layers and then enhances with digital painting later.  In her latest book Ishida let her imagination run wild as Chibi Samurai searches for the perfect pet--will it be a creature from Japanese folklore or an animal like his ninja girl pal Kunoichi's bunny?

Matt Bellassai: 10 Books That Make Me Laugh Every Single Time

Matt Bellassai’s name probably rings a bell for many of you; he is the first ever recipient of the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Social Media Star and host of the hit web series "Whine About It,” where he complains about various and sundry things while swilling wine (of course).

Ten Years after "The Name of the Wind," Patrick Rothfuss Talks about What Brings Him Joy

In 2007, fantasy readers were mesmerized by Patrick Rothfuss's expansive and electrifying debut novel, The Name of the Wind.

The Best Mysteries And Thrillers of October

It's a big month for Mysteries & Thrillers. Here are four to look forward to--and as always you can go here to see our complete list.

A Great Undertaking

In her campy web series “Ask a Mortician,” best-selling author Caitlin Doughty fields some pretty intense questions from her more than 200,000 subscribers.

More Picture Books to Inspire Artists of Any Age

Recent children's books about female artists can inspire artists of any age. From Ukrainian-born designer Sonia Delaunay to Iranian architect Zaha Hadid, American painter Georgia O'Keefe, photographer Dorothea Lange and self-portrait "chameleon" Cindy Sherman, these women demonstrate that vision, when accompanied by perseverance, hard work, and independence, can take women where they want to go -- even into the pages of a picture book.

Weekend Reading

In this edition, something for Star Wars and superhero fans, a modern-day retelling of King Lear, a chilling exposé from a storied whistle-blower, and more.

Five New Picture Books About Women Artists

This season, new picture books about female artists highlight their strength, talent and perseverance.

The Best Biographies & Memoirs of October

Here are a few of our favorite biographies and memoirs for October. See more of our picks, and all of the Best Books of the Month.

Legal Thriller Legend: Scott Turow

This year I got to meet an author I've long admired: Scott Turow.  I've read all of Turow's books, and still consider Presumed Innocent the best legal thriller out there.  In Testimony, Turow leaves the States behind for the courtroom drama of The Hague, in a novel that examines a brutal but important piece of recent history--the Bosnian war and it's chaotic aftermath.

A Brave Graphic Memoir Throws a Light on the Shadow of Mental Illness

Katie Green didn’t originally plan to be an artist or the author of an acclaimed and rivetingly personal graphic memoir.

What's Kept "A Gentleman in Moscow" on the Bestseller Lists?

If you watch the hardcover fiction bestseller lists, you see a lot of change as new books swap in and out.

Are You Hangry? Trim Healthy Mama's Hangry Pocket Recipe

Sisters Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison became a self-publishing success story when their book, Trim Healthy Mama took off and became a bestseller.  In 2015 they published their first cookbook, Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook --another huge hit--and now we have Trim Healthy Mama's Trim Healthy Table: More Than 300 All-New Healthy and Delicious Recipes from Our Homes to Yours, which has already garnered rave reviews.  The Mama's are all about a new way of eating--healthful and satisfying meals, separating fats and carbs for weight loss, and balancing blood sugar.  In their new cookbook Barrett and Allison created recipes that can be easily adjusted for all the ways individuals within a family may be eating.  The recipe below is from Trim Healthy Mama's Trim Healthy Table and addresses a universal need--how to keep from losing it when the tide turns from hungry to hangry.  In the book the different meal types are addressed in the beginning, but I've added some info to the recipe below for anyone who isn't already familiar with their recipe types.   I'm going to stock my own freezer with some of these quick-at-the-ready pockets, since a little advance planning goes a long way to familial harmony...

Best Books of the Month: Literature and Fiction

October is always a big month in the book world, but with new fiction releases from the likes of Jennifer Egan, James McBride, Mark Helprin and more, this seems especially true.

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of October: Our Top 6 Picks

Two very different debut fantasy novels, a brilliant overturning of social hierarchy, monsters galore, an insidious fungus, and Ann Leckie's return to the universe of the Imperial Radch are among our top picks of the month of October.

Family Portraits - from Beyond the Grave!

According to P.T. Barnum, "There's a sucker born every minute." It's not hard to figure out why people fall for seemingly obvious scams, and nearly impossible to prevent: The bad guys are almost always ahead of the curve, and even the softest swindle carries solid odds for working at least the first time.

Adam Rutherford on Surprises in Our Genetic Past (Like: Interbreeding!)

Adam Rutherford's fascinating and lively exploration of humankind's roots in A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived includes the surprise that our own personal genetic history is far more closely intertwined with, well, everyone on the planet than you'd think.

Colleen Hoover Explores Family Secrets in "Without Merit"

As bestselling author Colleen Hoover explains about her novels, "My personal goal is to make them as different as they can be so that readers don't know what to expect." This is a hard trick to successfully pull off, as readers tend to return to their favorite authors because they do know what to expect.

Weekend Reading

In this edition, Robert Langdon is smitten with Spain, the mysteries of the modern human, Eleanor and her side-Hick, and more.

Kazuo Ishiguro wins the Nobel Prize for Literature

At 1 p.m. today in Stockholm, the doors to the Swedish Academy opened and Sara Danius, a literary scholar who is permanent secretary of the Academy, came out to announce that the Nobel Prize in literature 2017 was awarded to the English writer Kazuo Ishiguro.  Darius said Ishiguro “uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world” in novels “in novels of great emotional force.” Ishiguro, who was born in Japan and moved to the United Kingdom as a child, is the author of eight novels.