New work from Jennifer Weiner and Maria Semple, the best books of the month, and more! New work from Jennifer Weiner and Maria Semple, the best books of the month, and more!

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS

Jennifer Weiner

The Good in Bed author pours her soul (and, yes, heart) into her memoir, Hungry Heart, which explores stories about sex, weight, and more with Weiner's signature wit.

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Maria Semple

"I want my readers to be thinking, 'Wait, did that just really happen?'" The Where'd You Go, Bernadette author talks mom guilt, fear, and her new book, Today Will Be Different.

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GOOD MINDS SUGGEST

Ken Liu's Favorite Books About Fantastic Technology

How would you deploy an army of flying creatures? Think about tech differently in these picks from The Wall of Storms author.

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Charlaine Harris's Favorite Cozy Mysteries

Murder has never been so charming. Curl up with these irresistible mystery recs from the author of All the Little Liars.

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Brit Bennett's Favorite Books About California

It's California or bust! The author of The Mothers shares the bold and beautiful books that capture her home state.

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DEBUT AUTHOR SNAPSHOT

Jade Chang

A Chinese immigrant family whose fabulous life is razed by the financial crash must rediscover themselves—and one another—in The Wangs vs. the World, a vibrant debut.

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BEST BOOKS OF THE MONTH

Hag-Seed

by Margaret Atwood (Goodreads Author)

Margaret Atwood takes her readers to a remote prison in this literary retelling of a Shakespeare classic. Here we meet Felix, an ousted theater director who has landed a job producing The Tempest. Drama ensues.

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Fractured

by Catherine McKenzie (Goodreads Author)

In this taut thriller Julie Prentice has a stalker. Ever since she published her bestselling novel, she hasn't been safe. But now that her family has moved, they can rest easy. That is, until they discover their new neighbor's secret.

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News of the World

by Paulette Jiles (Goodreads Author)

For $50 Jefferson Kyle Kidd has agreed to deliver a young orphan to her only living relatives 400 miles away. The only problem? They don't want her. The journey truly is the destination in this masterwork of historical fiction.

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Another Day in the Death of America

Journalist Gary Younge captures what is currently happening in America, a country where on any given day seven children are shot to death. Younge delves into one such day and tells the true tale of all of the lives lost.

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Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places

If you're searching for the perfect book to read around All Hallows' Eve, look no further than Colin Dickey's Ghostland. In it Dickey investigates the "true stories" behind America's most notoriously haunted houses.

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Holding Up the Universe

by Jennifer Niven (Goodreads Author)

Libby Strout feels invisible; all she wants is someone to see her for who she is. Enter Jack, a boy with his own issue—he can't recognize faces. Expectedly fate has a way of bringing these two together in this novel for teens.

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GOODREADS POETRY CONTEST

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

Emergency Department

by Kat Lehmann (Goodreads Author)
wheeled like dim sum (I make offerings)

my red rivers spill
in the tapping of the one good vein

while repetitive beeps of wayward machines
rehearse their uninspired 1980s electronica
and me, writing these words on the back
of an envelope with a borrowed dry erase marker

(don't second guess yourself, you did the right thing)

a night without my children—
I watch them round a distant corner with their father

"Irregular EKG," the doctor said.
"It's like your heart doesn't know what to do."

"Whose does?" I ask. Whose does.


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