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6 Books That Will Inspire You to Lace Up Your Hiking Boots
There is no greater celebration of the summer season than getting outdoors and immersing ourselves in nature. No matter what region you call home, there is...
into the wild
5 Books Where Nature is the Antagonist
“Antagonist” is one of the most frequently misunderstood words in the literary world. Many make the mistake of assuming a...
Books to Improve Your Life and Library
Shelf Improvement is a monthly column that features three books guaranteed to improve both your library and your life. From literary fiction, young...
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Books Lead This Year's Oscar® Nominations
A quick glance at the list of Oscar® nominees confirms that 2014 was a great year at the movies. It was also a very good year for moviegoing readers: of...
at the Spa
I took Roxane Gay’s collection of essays, Bad Feminist, to a nail salon and read it while getting a pedicure. Though she confesses in an epilogue that...
9 Great Book Recommendations For Magazine Lovers
Does your mailman scowl when he comes to your house? Maybe it’s because you subscribe to enough magazines to cover a doctor’s office. Of course, we get...
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What to Read Next if You Liked
The Cuckoo’s Calling, The One & Only, Into the Wild, A Shiver of Light
A Shiver of Light, by Laurell K. Hamilton, is the long-awaited (five years!) new installment in her Merry Gentry series, about a former faerie princess who...
9 Indispensable Books for College Grads
It’s that time of year. All around the world, college grads are stepping out into the real world, squinting in the sunlight, and wondering...
5 More Books to Read Before They Come to a Theater Near You
There’s nothing worse than going to a movie with a group of friends, only to come out of it and have the Debbie Downer of the group lecture the rest of...
Celebrated Reading From The University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program
“Iowa: Fields Of Opportunities” reads the sign that welcomes you, and the joke when I moved out there for graduate school was, Yeah, and...