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Jeff Somers is the author of We Are Not Good People, the Avery Cates series, Lifers, and Chum. He was first sighted in Jersey City, New Jersey, after the destruction of a classified government installation in the early 1970s; the area in question is still too radioactive to go near. Jeff has published over thirty short stories, including “Ringing the Changes,” which appeared in the Best American Mystery Stories 2006 anthology.

The 5 Most Brain-Warping Fan Theories About Books

what if?

The 5 Most Brain-Warping Fan Theories About Books

Where once delirious theorizing about novels was the province of English professors and their students, safely locked away in the ivory tower of academia,...
The 6 Most Deceptive Marriages in Fiction

from the outside

The 6 Most Deceptive Marriages in Fiction

It’s all too easy to look at someone else’s love from the outside and think it looks perfect—after all, in the age of social media,...
10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Ian Fleming’s James Bond

who knew?

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Ian Fleming’s James Bond

Few literary characters are as famous as James Bond—but much of what we think we know about the character stems from the film adaptations, not the...
Ten Amazing Novels That Begin “Dear Diary”

Fiction

Ten Amazing Novels That Begin “Dear Diary”

Reading a novel is kind of a strange experience: there are voices in your head telling you a story, often pretending you’re there in the room with...
5 Novels that Tell a Complete Life Story

a life

5 Novels that Tell a Complete Life Story

Every novel is ambitious, but some are more ambitious than others, especially when it comes to scope and timeline. Where the majority of novels focus...
5 Novels Whose First Drafts Were Scrapped Entirely

take two

5 Novels Whose First Drafts Were Scrapped Entirely

When a book has been celebrated as a classic for years, it can be difficult to remember that it was once just a rough draft unspooling from the mind of its...
February’s Best New Thrillers

top picks

February’s Best New Thrillers

Humans, Bow Down, by James Patterson and Emily Raymond Patterson brings his razor-sharp sense of pacing and drama to a sci-fi thriller unlike anything...
February’s Best History Books

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February’s Best History Books

The Blood of Emmett Till, by Timothy B. Tyson The horrific 1955 lynching of Emmett Till and the trial that followed—which resulted in acquittal from the...
6 Great Novels You Can Read in One Day

take a break

6 Great Novels You Can Read in One Day

The modern world is full of distractions. Finding the time to dedicated to plowing through a lengthy tome can be difficult—and maintaining the thread of...
Celebrate Black History Month with These Great Books

black history month

Celebrate Black History Month with These Great Books

Once a year, we as a nation dedicate a month to celebrate the incredible achievements and contributions of black Americans. This is not only an opportunity...

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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Infinite Jest

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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Infinite Jest

Just over twenty years ago, David Foster Wallace published his best-known and most frustrating novel, Infinite Jest. It’s a big (very big), bold, complex...

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The Most Kick-Butt Queens in History

her majesty

The Most Kick-Butt Queens in History

Royalty is one of the world’s fastest-shrinking resources. Where once every nation on the planet had a king, queen, emperor, or tsarina, today there...

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