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O Christmas Tree by Jill McCorkle

No Comments It’s the week between Christmas and New Years. The joy and excitement (and stress) of Christmas are over, but the decorations can still be left alone. For now, at least. The New Year is just…

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What We’re Reading: At Home: A History of Private Life

3 Comments 3 Comments I am the unlikeliest person to be reading this book, for three reasons: 1) as anyone who knows me well can report, I have a certain deficiency in the housekeeping department; 2) I’m more inclined…

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Booksellers Rock! Rob Dougherty, Clinton Book Shop

No Comments No Comments Rob Dougherty What books recently rocked my world: Nothing Left To Burn by Jay Varner (suck-up alert), Room by Emma Donoghue, Innocent Monster by Reed Farrel Coleman, and Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King.…

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Win This: Wicked Plants Seed Collection

39 Comments 39 Comments As some of you know, I planted a poison garden while I was working on Wicked Plants.  I’d never grown, much less seen, some of the plants in the book, and it’s just too weird…

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READ THIS: A Chanukah Essay

No Comments No Comments December is one of my favorite times of year. For many of us, it means time to bring out the Bing Crosby songbook, time to unearth the scary Christmas napkins that look as if Santa’s…

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Booksellers Rock! Emma Straub, BookCourt

No Comments No Comments Emma Straub is a native New Yorker. Her debut collection of short stories, Other People We Married, will be published by FiveChapters Books in February. She works at BookCourt, one of Brooklyn’s finest independent bookstores,…

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In Memoriam: In the Time of the Butterflies

No Comments No Comments . “After the fighting was over and we were a broken people…that’s when I opened my doors, and instead of listening, I started talking. We had lost hope, and we needed a story to understand…

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Happy Thanksgiving! From my mom…

1 Comment 1 Comment Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! I’m flying out to see my parents this afternoon, but wanted to get in one last post before the holiday. Thinking about the best parts of Thanksgiving, what I’m thankful for, and…

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Booksellers Rock! Michele Filgate, RiverRun Books

1 Comment 1 Comment Michele Filgate is the Events Coordinator at RiverRun Books in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She recently made New Hampshire Magazine‘s “It List” for 2010. Michele is a writer and a book critic, and a member of…

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Like My Jacket? Paperback versus Hardback

13 Comments 13 Comments This month marks the publication of the beautiful paperback edition of Lauren Grodstein’s critically acclaimed novel A FRIEND OF THE FAMILY, an Algonquin staff favorite. Lauren’s suburban tragedy charts a father’s fall from grace as…

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