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order in the court
Features His Most Fascinating Protagonist Yet
There’s a reason so many television shows, films, and novels have lawyers for protagonists: we love the way they simultaneously defend the rules that...
new for fall
Exciting New Fall Releases
We love summer, and few things are as satisfying as lazing on the beach with a great book, but we must admit, we’re thrilled it’s finally fall...
Star Reese Witherspoon Should Option Next
You may have noticed actress Reese Witherspoon has been on a bit of a tear recently, not only as an actress, but as a producer. Aside from Wild (in which...
some houses are born bad
The Murder House
is One of the Twistiest Thrillers of 2015
A lot of thrillers live and die by their twists, those shocking revelations that change our scorecard of suspects and rearrange all the pieces on the...
6 Coming-of-Age Novels for Grownups
Coming of age: it’s not just for kids anymore. Because, let’s face it, we all still have quite a bit of growing up to do, whether we’re...
ask a literary lady
Can Reading Help the New York City Blues?
Dear Literary Lady, I’ve grown weary of New York City over the years, but I’m trapped here because of work, family, and other obligations. What can I...
October’s Top Picks in History
October’s top picks in history are all about people, the best and the worst of them. From the mass hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials, to the...
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the Adventures of
Ladies and gentlemen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has entered the arena—though it might not be the one you’d expect. The NBA All-Star has cowritten, with...
careful they spit
The Author of
Last Chance Llama Ranch
on Writing, Resilience, and Reinvention
Hilary Fields’ rollicking new novel, Last Chance Llama Ranch, is the story of Merry Manning, an Olympic hopeful who is forced to completely change...
we're all mad here
4 Reasons You’d Be Crazy Not to Read Jenny Lawson’s
Jenny Lawson is crazy, and she knows it. She has a taxidermied pegasus. She brought a koala costume all the way to Australia in hopes of wearing it while...
postcards from the edge
Memoirs from People We’re Amazed are Still Sane (and Alive)
The memoir remains a powerful literary format, as evinced by the deluge of new titles arriving in the category every month. Some are penned (or...
Just Enough Amazing Art from
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition
to Leave You Longing for More
Waiting for October 6 to roll around and bring me my copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition is making me feel like...