Holla for Challah! Rosh Hashanah Recipe

September 29, 2011 • 2 Comments

Baking has always been a family activity. Now that we’re grown and live all over the country, recipes are shared across e-mail, dinner ideas through text message. I have my mother’s chocolate chip cookie recipe…


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Giveaway: Naomi Benaron’s Running the Rift

46 Comments September 28, 2011 • 46 Comments

Naomi Benaron’s riveting debut novel, Running the Rift (pub. date: January 17, 2012), chronicles the story of a gifted Rwandan boy, Jean Patrick Nkuba, from the day he knows that running will be his life…


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On Writing: Hillary Jordan and Michael Dahlie

2 Comments September 26, 2011 • 2 Comments

Hillary Jordan is the author of two novels: Mudbound, which won the 2006 Bellwether Prize and a 2009 Alex Award from the American Library Association, and When She Woke, publishing October 4, 2011.
Michael Dahlie…


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Goodbye, Sarah Rose

7 Comments September 23, 2011 • 7 Comments

This isn’t goodbye, this is only farewell
I’m having a hard time writing this. In a few short days, Sarah Rose Nordgren–Algonquin’s beloved publicity assistant and one of my closest friends–will be leaving us to…


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Booksellers Rock! Josh Christie, Sherman’s Books and Stationery

2 Comments September 21, 2011 • 2 Comments

Name: Josh Christie
Bookstore: Sherman’s Books and Stationery, Freeport
Title: Bookseller
Brief Bio: Josh Christie started his career in bookselling in 2004, working as a frontline bookseller at Sherman’s Books and Stationery in Camden, Maine.…


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What We’re Reading: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

3 Comments September 19, 2011 • 3 Comments

Unlike some of my illustrious colleagues, I’m not a super-fast reading machine. I tend to move between reading poetry, novels, nonfiction, and spiritual writings, and I take my reading choices very seriously in part because…


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KIPP Schools in the New York Times

No Comments September 19, 2011 • No Comments

The New York Times Magazine just featured a fantastic article on KIPP Charter Schools. (Read the full article here.) We recently published Jay Mathew’s book Work Hard, Be Nice on the KIPP founders, Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin–two twenty-somethings…


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What We’re Reading: The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson

1 Comment September 15, 2011 • 1 Comment

 “Art, if you loved it, was worth any amount of unhappiness and pain.”–Caleb and Camille Fang
The cover of Kevin Wilson’s The Family Fang proudly displays a quote from bestselling author Ann Patchett: “The Family…


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At Home With Algonquin: Cocoa Pound Cake from Maman’s Homesick Pie

5 Comments September 14, 2011 • 5 Comments

Madame’s Cocoa Pound Cake
Madame, the lady who ran the lunch kiosk at my school in Iran, made two simple cakes every day, spice and cocoa. She displayed them under a cake dome, lightly dusted…


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“10 Titles to Pick Up Now” in O: The Oprah Magazine

1 Comment September 13, 2011 • 1 Comment

Martha Southgate’s The Taste of Salt and Hillary Jordan’s When She Woke are featured in O: The Oprah Magazine‘s “10 Titles to Pick Up Now.” Thanks, Oprah!…