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Bret Easton Ellis

In Imperial Bedrooms, Ellis returns to the malcontent teenagers of Less Than Zero, but now they're all miserably middle-aged.

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Tony Hsieh

The CEO of Zappos.com talks shop and reveals how to grow a $1.2 billion business in his new book, Delivering Happiness.

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AUTHOR Q&A GROUPS

Garth Stein

The author of The Art of Racing in the Rain answers questions about his unforgettable narrator Enzo, the intellectual family dog.

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Kathryn Wagner

The debut novelist chats about Dancing for Degas, the story of a Parisian ballerina who inspired the Impressionist painter.

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Julie Metz

Her memoir, Perfection, relates how she discovered her husband's secret life of lies and infidelity after his death.

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IN BED WITH...

Anthony Bourdain

The Kitchen Confidential author and celebrity chef serves up searing culinary observations in Medium Raw. He recommends five books that celebrate food.

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MOVERS & SHAKERS

The Passage

A paranoid U.S. government injects death-row inmates with a virus designed to turn them into superhuman soldiers. But the inmates escape and spread a nightmarish plague to the population—and the infected are out for blood.

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The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

The Internet has accelerated our way of life, but is it remapping our brains? The author of The Atlantic article "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" digs deeper into the Internet's intellectual consequences.

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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

Little Rose Edelstein can taste the emotions of those who prepare her food: lunch ladies, cooks, and most painfully, her mother. A tale of the confusion and mystery of growing up.

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How Did You Get This Number

Crosley's debut collection of essays, I Was Told There'd Be Cake, established her as a quintessential young New Yorker. Her new collection of stories takes her farther afield to the streets of Lisbon and the grizzly bears of Alaska.

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Backseat Saints

Trapped in rural Texas, Rose Mae Lolley submerges her feisty personality to survive in an abusive marriage. Fate intervenes when a gypsy's tarot reading issues a warning: Her husband will kill her unless she can kill him first.

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Sea

by Heidi R. Kling (Goodreads Author)

In this young adult novel, 15-year-old Sienna travels to Indonesia to help survivors of the tsunami and unexpectedly falls in love with a local orphaned boy.

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Books for Asia

The Asia Foundation's Books for Asia project has distributed more than 40 million books in 18 countries, from Afghanistan to Vietnam.

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AUTHOR SNAPSHOT

Hilary Thayer Hamann

This debut author sets out to understand the forces that shape a modern heroine in Anthropology of an American Girl.

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LITERATURE AT EVERY LATITUDE

Beirut, Lebanon:
33 ° 53' N
35 ° 30' E

White Masks

A journalist investigates the murder of an ordinary man during the Lebanese Civil War, a conflict that claimed thousands of lives.

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GOODREADS POETRY CONTEST

Want your words to reach 3 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 June winner!

Carpe, Carpe

I'm sawing off the limb I'm on.
A cartoon in a three-D scene,
I'm on this branch until it's gone,

Like men who dam where salmon spawn
To keep a desert golf course green.
They're sawing off the limb they're on,

As I've shirked sleep, as if élan
Were made of rye and nicotine.
I'm on this branch until it's gone,

But poison weeds and feed the lawn
And hope my drinking water's clean,
Still sawing off the limb I'm on,

And sprinting in a marathon
Whose finish line is still unseen.
I'm on that branch until it's gone.

Why work when there are rings to pawn?
We'll live off fat, and then on lean.
I'm sawing off the limb I'm on.
I'm on this branch until it's gone.

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TRIVIA

Who is the object of Jay Gatsby's affection in The Great Gatsby?

  1. Myrtle Wilson
  2. Daisy Buchanan
  3. Jordan Baker
  4. Zelda Sayre

Guess the First Sentence Quiz

1 of 22: "When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow."

  1. Catcher in the Rye
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird
  3. Of Mice and Men
  4. Lord of the Flies

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