Enter the Abyss with Claire Nouvian’s The Deep

Enter the Abyss with Claire Nouvian’s The Deep

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We all had a fish once. A beta, perhaps, that sat in a bowl on our dresser, or in a tank whose comforting whirr lulled us to sleep at night. We loved their fluid grace and their brilliant colors,...
Fantastical, Funny Bedtime Reads

Fantastical, Funny Bedtime Reads

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Your best friend’s kid (or your own) may not be as wildly anticipated and crazily commemorated as little George Alexander Louis, but he or she still deserves a creative stack of books to curl...
Eyewitness Books: Kids’ Reads that You’ll Love, Too

Eyewitness Books: Kids’ Reads that You’ll Love, Too

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  I would like to preface this post by pointing out that I find nothing less interesting than a farm. Dirt, smells, poop, the threat of back-breaking labor, all send me scurrying toward the...
Revisiting the Gothic Children’s Books of John Bellairs

Revisiting the Gothic Children’s Books of John Bellairs

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What happens to a diehard fan of children’s fantasy when the whole Harry Potter series has been re-read twice? When the Lemony Snickets are gone and all four volumes of the The Mysterious...
Five Great Travel Books about Places You May Never Go

Five Great Travel Books about Places You May Never Go

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Summer, as we all know, is the season for travel—unless you are a semi-agorophobic bookworm addicted to armchair travel, natch. But what about those mosquito- or bullet-riddled places...
Seven Tips From a Rare Bookseller

Seven Tips From a Rare Bookseller

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Most people buy books to appreciate their contents, not to watch them appreciate—but had you been one of the lucky few to snag a first edition of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the...
Five Books Guaranteed to Make You Sound Brilliant

Five Books Guaranteed to Make You Sound Brilliant

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Reading is a solitary pursuit. There’s no better shield from the outside world than a book, and no more trusted witness to our terrible snack habits and bedtime hygiene. Paradoxically,...