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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS

Kim Edwards

A clue in a stained-glass window leads to a startling secret kept hidden for generations in The Lake of Dreams, a new novel from the author of The Memory Keeper's Daughter.

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Orson Scott Card

Mercurial gods are trapped on Earth in The Lost Gate, a new fantasy from a science fiction master. Card also shares an exclusive essay about the quirks of interstellar travel and his favorite space books.

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NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS

The 2011 Reading Challenge

How many books do you want to read this year? Set a custom reading goal for 2011, and Goodreads will help you meet it! You can track your progress and challenge your friends. Get started!

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IN BED WITH...

Dean Koontz's Favorite Ghost Stories

The craftsman of creepy shares his favorite ghost stories in honor of his new thriller, What the Night Knows, about a rampaging killer who reawakens from the dead.

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Laura Lippman's Favorite Crime Novels

Pregnant P.I. Tess Monaghan is stuck on bed rest but still fighting crime in The Girl in the Green Raincoat. The author shares her favorite crime novels.

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DEBUT AUTHOR SNAPSHOT

Matthew Gallaway

A tenor, a soprano, a lawyer, 1860s Paris, and post-9/11 New York City—all share a connection to the tragic opera Tristan and Isolde in The Metropolis Case. Gallaway shares some music that inspired his prose.

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FEATURED AUTHOR GROUPS

David Levithan

The trailblazer behind the young adult hit Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist chats about The Lover's Dictionary, a love story told alphabetically in dictionary-style entries.

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Amy Greene

Join the debut novelist for a discussion of folk magic, madness, and rural poverty in the Appalachian family saga Bloodroot.

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DO GOOD WITH GOODREADS

GO Campaign

Build a school in Ethiopia, launch mobile teachers in Haiti, support vocational training in Rwanda—this nonprofit raises awareness and funds for locally led grassroots programs serving children in need.

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MOVERS & SHAKERS

You Know When the Men Are Gone

by Siobhan Fallon (Goodreads Author)

When soldiers are deployed overseas, military spouses are left behind. Army wife Fallon tells eight short stories about domestic life on the base in Fort Hood, Texas, where women face the long absence of their dearest partners.

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Dog, Inc.: The Uncanny Inside Story of Cloning Man's Best Friend

Science fiction became reality when a pit bull named Booger became the first commercially cloned pet in 2008. Woestendiek investigates the nascent cloning industry—the scientists, the profiteers, and the potential customers hoping to bring back beloved canine companions.

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Left Neglected

by Lisa Genova (Goodreads Author)

Supermom Sarah Nickerson micromanages her hectic career and three children with gusto until a car accident brings her routine to an abrupt halt. Alive but with brain damage, Sarah must rebuild a simpler life.

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The October Killings

Abigail owes her life to Leon. Nearly 20 years ago the young soldier broke rank and spared her from the government massacre of anti-apartheid activists (including her parents). Now someone is seeking retribution, and Leon is the next target in this South African thriller.

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Memory Palace

by Mira Bartok (Goodreads Author)

This candid memoir explores Bartok's 17-year estrangement from her mother, a world-class pianist who becomes a homeless, paranoid schizophrenic. After suffering her own traumatic injury, Bartok is ready to reconcile.

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Across the Universe

by Beth Revis (Goodreads Author)

In this young adult adventure, 17-year-old Amy is cryogenically frozen on a spaceship on a 300-year-long trip to a new planet. When Amy awakens 50 years too soon, she realizes that someone must have tried to kill her.

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LITERATURE AT EVERY LATITUDE

Berlin, Germany:
52° 30' N
13° 23' E

Visitation

The changing face of 20th-century Germany is illuminated through the stories of the diverse inhabitants of a lake house.

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GOODREADS POETRY CONTEST

Want your words to reach 4 million people? Goodreads and the ¡POETRY! group have partnered to host an ongoing poetry contest. Join the ¡POETRY! group to vote each month to pick a winner from among the finalists. You can also submit a poem for consideration. Here is our January winner!

Monarch

The monarch flips slowly on the sidewalk
with the limp, wheezy struggles of its wings.
My three-year-old daughter asks,
What's wrong with it?
"It's dying."
She asks why, and I tell her,
"It's that time of year."

I'm surprised when she says,
She needs a name.
She's dying, Poppie.

"Give her a name," I say.
She crunches a twig with her shoe
and says, Sydney.
"But that's your name."
She nods.

We step over the spent butterfly.
The leaves whisper under our steps,
their final gasp before disappearing
beneath the coming snow.
Sydney's hand is in mine,
and I do not slow my pace
for her short stride.

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Jessica, Elizabeth, and the Goodreads Team

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TRIVIA

What was used to summon the boys for meetings in Lord of the Flies?

  1. a loud war cry
  2. a trumpet
  3. a conch
  4. a smoke signal

The To Kill a Mockingbird Quiz

Question 1 of 10:
What is Scout's real name?

  1. Jean Louise
  2. Josephine
  3. Margaret Ann
  4. Mayella

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