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Sarah Vowell

The social observer known for the nonfiction romp Assasination Vacation turns her wit to the unusual history of Hawaii's statehood in Unfamiliar Fishes.


Kristin Hannah

The author of Winter Garden channels her own anxiety as a helicopter mom in Night Road, her new novel about a war between willful teens and protective parents.



iPhone App Update

Two exciting improvements! Now you can browse discussions and comment in groups. Also, try out the new bar code scanner. Scan your home library or quickly access book reviews on the go!

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Harlan Coben's Favorite Sleuths

The thriller writer picks his favorite detective series in honor of his best-selling character, nice-guy sports agent Myron Bolitar, the star of his new mystery, Live Wire.



Emma Donoghue

The winner of the 2010 Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction is answering questions about Room, the gripping story of a mother and son held captive in an 11-by-11-foot space.


Julie Orringer

Join in the discussion about The Invisible Bridge, a sweeping World War II epic about a Hungarian Jewish student who falls in love with another expatriate in Paris.


Spring Short Story Panel

Four writers—Danielle Evans, Alan Heathcock, Valerie Laken, and Emma Straub—are swapping ideas about the precise art and tricky business of writing short fiction.



Téa Obreht

In The Tiger's Wife, a young doctor investigates her grandfather's mysterious death. Obreht shares an image of the Balkan region that inspired her prose.



The Paris Wife

Young Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley, embraced a decadent lifestyle, with absinthe-fueled nights on the Left Bank. In this historical novel Hadley narrates the story of her marriage to a talented but flawed man.


Townie: A Memoir

The author of House of Sand and Fog reflects on his brutal formative years. Raised by a single mother in a crime-riddled Massachusetts neighborhood, Dubus learned to talk with his fists before he found an outlet through writing.


So Much Pretty

by Cara Hoffman (Goodreads Author)

In this literary whodunit a reporter tries to crack the case of a missing waitress in a run-down dairy community. The mystery evolves into a searing indictment of the small town's passive acceptance of violence against women.


Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

From preteen dishwasher to catering grunt to esteemed New York restaurateur, this anti-foodie chef describes her unlikely career in the business of eating. Hamilton eschews pretense for comfort food.



by Alexander Yates (Goodreads Author)

When a meth-addicted cab driver and a cigarette-smoking rooster kidnap Benicio's father in the Philippines, our hero careens through a motley crew of characters and reveals his dad's shady past.


Between Shades of Gray

by Ruta Sepetys (Goodreads Author)

In 1941, arty Lithuanian teen Lina was deported to a Siberian work camp. One among Stalin's millions of targets, Lina battles horrific conditions, stealing time to document her life in drawings in this young adult novel.



Live with Gary Vaynerchuk

Tune in for a one-hour video chat with the social media guru of Wine Library TV about business trends, personal branding, and his new book, The Thank You Economy.



Beau-Bassin, Mauritius:
20° 14' S
57° 28' E

The Last Brother

A lonely Mauritian boy named Raj befriends David, a young Jewish prisoner stranded on the island nation in 1944.



Header 2.0—A New Look and Search

The Goodreads header recently got a face-lift! The new drop-down lists give you quicker access to your favorite spots on the site. Also, the search box now uses auto-complete: Start typing and you'll find what you need with one easy click!


Series Listings on Author Profiles

Can't remember whether Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot solved the crime? Now you can easily locate any literary series! Click on an author's name, such as Agatha Christie, and find all of his or her series listed on the author profile.



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 March winner!

A moment

by Peycho Kanev (Goodreads Author)
The black steel. The blistered paint. The brownish dust.
The rust. The humming. The wires mixed up like wet
spider web. The yellow tape around. The hot, orange sun.
The lonely birds. The gentle breeze. The young man
approaching carefully. The heavy boots. The small, grey
rocks. The shrieking of the gods. The fear. The young man
leaning forward. The eyes and the sweat. The trembling
fingers. The heavy suit. The memories of the high-minded
knights. The helmet. The pliers. The uncertainty. The seconds.
The hesitation. The vacillation. The flash of the Gordian
knot. The silence. The bomb disposal robot. The mechanical
sound. The extending of the metallic arm. The heavy body.
The lifting. The seconds. The beads of sweat dripping from
the forehead. The jamming. The silence. The static in the radio.
The orders. The memories of home and the baby crib. The pliers.
The decision. The short prayer. The stillness. The moment.
The cut. The blast. The silence. The silence. The silence.

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With love,

Jessica, Elizabeth, and the Goodreads Team

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In Memoirs of a Geisha, what is Chiyo's geisha name?

  1. Satsu
  2. Sayuri
  3. Mehema
  4. Hatsumomo

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The Of Mice and Men Quiz

Question 1 of 9:
In what period does the story take place?

  1. The Great Depression
  2. The Cold War
  3. World War I

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