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Michael Pollan

From BBQ to fermenting cheese to brewing beer, the influential food journalist attempts to master a wide range of recipes in his new nonfiction experiment, Cooked.


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The celebrated author tackles race and culture in Nigeria, the United States, and England in her latest novel, Americanah, told through the eyes of young lovers.


Audrey Niffenegger

The Raven Girl longs to escape the constraints of her human body in this dark fairy tale, written and illustrated by the author of The Time Traveler's Wife.



Debbie Macomber

Join the best-selling romance writer May 6 for a live chat about knitting, relationships, and Starting Now, the latest in her Seattle-based series, Blossom Street.


Cheryl Strayed

Planning an epic trek into the wilderness? The Goodreads Choice Award winner will be answering your questions May 15 in a live chat about her runaway hit memoir, Wild.



Joe Hill's Favorite Horror Villains

Try not to shudder as you read this fiendish lineup selected by the twisted creator of NOS4A2, a chilling tale of a child kidnapper.


Anchee Min's Favorite Immigrant Stories

Change can be both harrowing and freeing in these picks from the memoirist who left Shanghai for Chicago in The Cooked Seed.



Suzanne Rindell

Short skirts, short hair, and even shorter love affairs—channel the deliciously scandalous lives of 1920s flappers in the Manhattan-based historical mystery The Other Typist.



The Perfume Collector

by Kathleen Tessaro (Goodreads Author)

In this historical novel a London newlywed investigates the inheritance she receives from a woman she never met, tracking her benefactor's past from 1920s New York to Monte Carlo's betting tables and a Parisian perfumery.


The Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys

by Dean King (Goodreads Author)

King chronicles 19th-century Appalachia's infamous tale of vengeance: The Hatfield and McCoy families battled for decades, topping each murder with more violence and mayhem, fueling a story of mythic proportions in the press.


Golden Boy

by Abigail Tarttelin (Goodreads Author)

Max has lived 15 years as a boy, carefully hiding his intersex status, having both male and female chromosomes. After he is assaulted, he and his parents reevaluate the meaning of sexual identity in this coming-of-age novel.


The World's Strongest Librarian

by Josh Hanagarne (Goodreads Author)

He can rip a phonebook in half or recommend a great book. Six foot seven and with Tourette's, a bodybuilding librarian describes how strength training and books have helped him take control of his tics in this unusual memoir.


A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

by Anthony Marra (Goodreads Author)

Chechnya, 2004: Eight-year-old Havaa takes refuge at a bombed-out hospital with one lone surgeon when the Russians take her father. Marra's brutal literary novel exposes the toll of persistent war on ordinary lives.


The 5th Wave

A survivor of the first four waves of alien invasion that decimated the planet, 16-year-old Cassie sets out on her own, armed with an M16 rifle and a teddy bear, searching for her little brother in this science fiction thriller for teens.



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give me the drag queens, dolled up and delicious
the two moms bickering over the dishes
the orphans, adopted, the chosen, the trannies
the witches, the protestors, tattooed laughing grannies
the boys wearing tutus and all the shirtless
daughters of the revolution playing basketball
on the broken courts of lost fathers
the failures, the forgotten, the throwdown, the freak show
the hurts and the heartbreaks, the hassles and headaches
the beggar, the baron, the shelter, the clambake
trade in the cynical, the stubborn, the splintering showdown
because it's time to unite now, yes it's time to ignite now
it's time to pick up the phone to say, It's me and I love you

Read more poetry

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The Goodreads Edit Team

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In Heart of Darkness, where is the river that Marlow travels?

  1. Brazil
  2. The Congo
  3. China

FIRST READS: Win prerelease books!

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Anita Amirrezvani
Author, Equal of the Sun
Monday, May 6 Join discussion

Isabel Allende
Author, Maya's Notebook
Wednesday, May 8 Join discussion

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Author, Oleander Girl
Wednesday, May 15 Join discussion

The Outlander Quiz

Question 1 of 12:
Claire time traveled to the 1700s by way of...

  1. a henge.
  2. a harp.
  3. a history book.

QUOTE of the DAY

Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people
we've ever met.

—Marguerite Duras

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