What We’re Reading: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

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!…


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The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof on the Importance of Getting Outdoors

No Comments September 12, 2011 • No Comments

The New York Times‘ Nicholas Kristof is one of our favorite columnists. Each year he writes about his family’s backpacking vacation trips, reflecting on the importance of preserving our environment and experiencing nature. In all…


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Happy Grandparents’ Day!

4 Comments September 9, 2011 • 4 Comments

This Sunday is Grandparents’ Day, which means we all get a chance to show our grandparents how much we love them by mailing them hand-knitted sweater vests or taking them fly-fishing. If that’s not your…


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Giveaway: The Future of Love by Shirley Abbott

36 Comments September 8, 2011 • 36 Comments

To commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11th, we’re offering our devoted fans a chance to win one of three copies of Shirley Abbott’s novel, The Future of Love. If you’d like to enter the…


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Algonquin Talks with Laurie Hertzel, Minneapolis Star-Tribune Book Review Editor

4 Comments September 7, 2011 • 4 Comments

For our latest installment in the Algonquin Talks series, we hear from Laurie Hertzel, book editor for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and author of News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist.

Minneapolis is consistently voted…


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Joseph Skibell, Guitarist Extraordinaire

No Comments September 2, 2011 • No Comments

Joseph Skibell, author of A Curable Romantic, isn’t just a talented writer–he’s also a virtuoso guitarist.  He recently published an article in The Forward about his week-long seminar at the home of the acclaimed musician…