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thank you mom
The 10 Best Moms in Fiction
There are lots of lists out there about literature’s worst mothers. The Mrs. Bennets of the world seem to suck up all the oxygen. (Something with which...
what it says on the tin
How to Judge a Book by Its Cover
You’re not supposed to do it, but judging a book by its cover is a skill we all employ from time to time; whether we’re standing in a busy Barnes...
Thanksgiving Eve Is the Busiest Reading Day of the Year, and We Know Why
Being the world’s largest retail bookseller is a heavy responsibility—and Barnes and Noble takes this stuff seriously. We’re always trying to learn...
6 Novel Novels About Novelists
Films-within-films (Tropic Thunder; Singin’ in the Rain), plays-within-plays (Shakespeare does this a lot), and songs referencing songs (“You...
behind the scenes
15 of the Most Infamous Deleted Chapters in History
Revision is a vital aspect of creation; all authors delete, re-write, and occasionally burn entire manuscripts with tears streaming down their faces. Most...
read it or i will weep
How to Sell Your Favorite Book to Someone Who Doesn’t Read
As Gary Coleman once taught us, it takes different strokes to move this world, and that means that people who love to read must work hand-in-hand with...
These 20 Books Are Absolute Dorm Room Essentials
So you’re headed off to college in the fall. Congratulations! It’s going to be both a lot of work and a tremendous karmic shift! You’ll...
7 Ways to Secretly Read on The Job
Employers can be so unreasonable; just because they pay you life-sustaining money they think you should devote a full eight hours a day to their needs. But...
be the book club you wish to see in the world
The Introvert’s Guide to Being a Book Club for One
Reading is usually a solitary activity (unless you live in New York City and ride the subways, in which case you have been subjected to either some...
who's a good boy?
6 Fictional Dogs We Wish Were Our Dogs
Dogs are like coffee—not exactly rare, but nonetheless incredibly wonderful and never tiresome. It is absolutely delightful to encounter a cute and...
the play's the thing
Remembering Edward Albee: 5 Plays to Read Now
Last September, Edward Albee passed away at the age of 88. Among the last great major American playwrights of the 20th century, he won three Pulitzer...
the book nerd's guide to life
The Book Nerd’s Guide to Non-Readers
Welcome to the Book Nerd’s Guide to Life! Every other week, we convene in this safe place to discuss the unique challenges of life for people whose...