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Book Santa

1 Comment Santa and the Algonquin elves did a special holiday mailing to 600 booksellers (both naughty and nice) that included a galley of the much-buzzed-about novel The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.…

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The Return to the Nest Syndrome

1 Comment 1 Comment Growing up is terrifying. No one told me when I was a wee young thing that once I hit 21, gone would be the days of sleeping past noon, purchasing frivolous items at the local…

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What We’re Reading: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

No Comments No Comments When I was a kid, my dad–a doctor–worked insane hours, as doctors are wont to do. When he was home, our time together primarily consisted of his reading to me and my little sister. He…

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What We’re Reading: The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

2 Comments 2 Comments North Koreans have only seven options of government-approved hair cuts. They have loudspeakers in their homes that relay government propaganda 24/7 (“The Inuit people are a tribe of isolated savages that live near the North…

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Algonquin Staff Picks of 2011

6 Comments 6 Comments 2011 was definitely a banner year for books. For this year’s roundup of our favorites, many of us selected Kevin Wilson’s hilarious and brilliant novel, The Family Fang. (Kevin, come back and visit us soon!)…

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What We’re Reading: Crafting with Cat Hair

No Comments No Comments A few weeks ago, my Facebook feed lit up with links to a new book called Crafting with Cat Hair. Originally published in Japan, Crafting with Cat Hair was translated by Amy Hirschman and was…

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Algonquin Authors Pick Their Favorite Books of 2011 (Part 1)

1 Comment 1 Comment Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow The Love Wife by Gish Jen:  This novel takes us to the heart of the most complicated–and a complicating–American family. It broke my heart and then put it back…

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What We’re Reading: Spousonomics by Paula Szhuchman and Jenny Anderson

1 Comment 1 Comment Happy October! It’s fall, which means shorter daylight hours (boo!) and longer hours of reading at home on the couch (yay!). As some of you may already know from my earlier posts, I’m on a…

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What We’re Reading: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

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

1 Comment 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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