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Vote now in the 3rd annual Goodreads Choice Awards, the only major book awards entirely decided by readers. Choose any book published in 2011 during the opening round, then come back to vote again as we narrow the field to semifinalists and finalists later this month. Select your favorite books in 22 categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Mystery & Thriller, Memoir, Young Adult Fantasy, and many more!

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS

Sue Grafton

A Is for Alibi introduced P.I. heroine Kinsey Millhone almost 30 years ago. The crime writer reveals what lies ahead as the end of the alphabet looms in V Is for Vengeance.

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David Guterson

A cavalier Internet billionaire meets his nightmarish fate in Ed King, a 21st-century take on the Oedipus myth by the author of Snow Falling on Cedars.

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Umberto Eco

In The Prague Cemetery, a new novel from the Renaissance man who gave us The Name of the Rose, a master forger stokes the flames of conspiracy in 19th-century Europe.

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GOODREADS LIVE

Téa Obreht

A young woman probes her grandfather's enigmatic death in The Tiger's Wife. Join us on November 10 for a live chat with the National Book Award-nominated novelist.

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Gregory Maguire

On November 11 join the author of Wicked for a live chat about Out of Oz, the conclusion to his fantasy series that extends the story of Dorothy, Glinda, and even the Munchkins.

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IN BED WITH...

John Hodgman's Favorite Almanacs

The Daily Show resident expert itemizes his top five works of miscellany in honor of That Is All, his new compendium of false facts.

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Michael Cannell's Favorite Books About Daredevils

Brace yourself for the adrenaline rush of these picks from the nonfiction author of The Limit, about the 1961 Grand Prix Circuit.

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Kate Ascher's Favorite Books About Architecture

The urban planner demystifies the skyscraper in her new work, The Heights, and offers five books about buildings.

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DEBUT AUTHOR SNAPSHOT

Megan Boyle

The blogger and essayist lays bare her emotions in Selected Unpublished Blog Posts of a Mexican Panda Express Employee, her intimate debut collection of poetry.

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MOVERS & SHAKERS

The Time In Between

Abandoned by her lover in 1930s Morocco, a Spanish seamstress reinvents herself as a couture dressmaker for the wives of Nazi officers. Her skills turn to espionage when she begins stitching in code for British Intelligence.

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11/22/63

A well-meaning English teacher travels back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Transported to 1958, he begins to investigate Lee Harvey Oswald but finds that history can react violently to change.

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Blue Nights

The celebrated author of The Year of Magical Thinking offers another memoir brimming with emotion. She reflects on her grief about her daughter's death, her guilt about her choices as a mother, and her fear of mortality.

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The Boy in the Suitcase

by Lene Kaaberbøl & Agnete Friis (Goodreads Author)

When asked to retrieve a suitcase from the Copenhagen train station, Nina is shocked to find a drugged three-year-old boy inside. Too scared to go to the police, she risks her life to protect a child in this tense Danish thriller.

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Catherine the Great

Notorious for her parade of lovers but respected for revitalizing Russia, Catherine the Great rose from obscurity to reign as empress. This narrative biography relates the life of a tenacious woman, loyal to her adopted country.

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The Sharp Time

by Mary O'Connell (Goodreads Author)

Enter an intense week-in-the-life of Sandinista Jones, a teen who is now alone in the world after her mother's death. Reeling with grief, she clashes with a teacher but finds friendship at a vintage shop in this young adult novel.

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DO GOOD WITH GOODREADS

Tostan

Operating in ten African countries, Tostan offers specialized education to people living in remote areas. The curriculum encompasses literacy and human rights.

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Refine Your Recommendations: Meet Your Next Favorite Book!

We launched personalized recommendations last month, and in the first two weeks Goodreads members found 10 million books to add to their shelves. Find your next good read by viewing your recommendations or get even better results by rating more books. Every time you rate a book, we'll immediately show you more like it. Explore your favorite genres and discover something new!

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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 November winner!

My Mother Demonstrates How To Escape From A Plane Crash

by Collin Kelley (Goodreads Author)
Although she has never flown on an airplane, my mother sits on a low stone wall at the entrance to the cemetery and tells me she wanted to move to New York City and become a flight attendant. I am kneeling in green grass in front of a chest of drawers searching for socks not worn at the heel, the sky above us blue and tufted with motionless clouds.

My mother will die never having her stomach drop, never feel ears popping from the altitude, the heaviness that settles into limbs, the shallow breath that comes with thin re-circulated air, the way a body adapts to unnatural, human flight.

When she was a girl, a flight attendant was one of the most glamorous jobs in the world. The crisp uniform, jaunty hat, kid gloves and matching luggage all reeked of worldliness, something to benevolently hold over the heads of those other girls who spread legs instead of wings, invited high school sweethearts to climb aboard and permanently ground them.

In this place where I will bury her, my mother stands at attention, mended socks on her hands, and demonstrates the drill she learned from a manual: The exit doors at the front and rear of the plane, and with her arms outstretched as if poised to fly, the escape hatch over each wing.

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TRIVIA

In Watership Down, the main characters are what type of animal?

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  2. rabbit
  3. squirrel
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