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Since 2002, Claire Zulkey has run the blog Zulkey.com, which has been mentioned in the New York Times, the New Yorker and by Anderson Cooper himself. Claire is the author of An Off Year, published by Dutton in 2009 and selected by Indie Booksellers for the Autumn 2009 Kids' Indie Next List and nominated as one of the ALA’s 2010 Best Books for Young Adults. Since 2003 Claire has run the blog Zulkey.com, which has been mentioned in places like the New Yorker and USA. She lives in Chicago with her husband and young son, where she runs the literary humor reading series Funny Ha-Ha and works by day for the University of Chicago.

The Juiciest Revelations from Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations

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The Juiciest Revelations from Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations

Hollywood legend Ava Gardner spilled her guts to biographer Peter Evans—for a bit—until the plug got pulled on their collaboration on her memoirs. Both...
The 5 Best Places to Leave Books Behind

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The 5 Best Places to Leave Books Behind

In 2005, my friend Amy Krouse Rosenthal published her quirky memoir Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life. In order to get word out about the book, she asked...

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6 Books That Are Even Better as Audiobooks

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6 Books That Are Even Better as Audiobooks

Whether you’re driving, walking, doing mindless busywork, or just don’t feel like carrying around something larger than an MP3 player, sometimes an...

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13 Great YA Novels With Male Protagonists

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13 Great YA Novels With Male Protagonists

In order to compile this list, I asked two YA writer friends of mine, Molly Backes (The Princesses of Iowa) and James Klise (Love Drugged; also a school...

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7 Books That We’re Pretty Sure Are On Beyoncé’s Bookshelf

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7 Books That We’re Pretty Sure Are On Beyoncé’s Bookshelf

It’s unlikely that Beyonce has a ton of time to read between promoting her new album, chasing that little kid around, and managing her various...

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Seven Books for Sports Fans

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Seven Books for Sports Fans

I know a guy who cried while watching the recent halftime ceremony at Soldier Field commemorating the retirement of Mike Ditka’s number. Why do...
Non-Book Gifts For Book Lovers

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Non-Book Gifts For Book Lovers

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7 Great Gifts for Your Friend Who LOVES The Pioneer Woman

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7 Great Gifts for Your Friend Who LOVES The Pioneer Woman

Throughout the holiday season, we’re gathering books that make the perfect gifts for everyone on your list—from your mother and the teen in your life...
6 Nonfiction Books That Will Give You Nightmares

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6 Nonfiction Books That Will Give You Nightmares

Even though I tend to avoid horror movies and books, I have no problem diving into some of the creepiest, most horrific true tales that have been captured...

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Our Favorite Books Written By Musicians

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Our Favorite Books Written By Musicians

Though published in 2010, rocker Patti Smith’s National Book Award–winning memoir Just Kids is still riding high, most recently as the topic of a New...

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The Book-Lover’s Guide to the Emmys

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The Book-Lover’s Guide to the Emmys

Got Emmy fever? The only cure is to check out these books before Sunday’s Emmy broadcast, written by nominees or giving background on some of your...

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Some Laid-Back Pregnancy Book Recommendations from a (Somewhat) Laid-Back Newish Mom

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Some Laid-Back Pregnancy Book Recommendations from a (Somewhat) Laid-Back Newish Mom

My son turned one recently, so pregnancy books are in my rearview (for now), but I read with interest about the upcoming book Expecting Better: Why the...

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