This week's links include the Nobel Prize, books you need to read and more!
For two girls on opposite ends of the world, adventure begins with a mysterious book. The Author's Note at the beginning of A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic reveals author Lisa Papademetriou's inspiration for this sparkling novel—a beautiful book in the author's own life. We contacted Papademetriou to find out more about this personal back story, the universal language of storytelling and more.
'Tis the season for spooky reads! As the days in October get a little colder and the nights get a little longer, it's the perfect time to curl up with best-selling author Audrey Niffenegger's new and lovingly curated collection of ghost stories, Ghostly. Featuring Niffenegger's original illustrations and a few of her own stories alongside classics (Poe's "The Black Cat") and newer works by Neil Gaiman and Kelly Link, readers are sure to find something that moves and quietly haunts them in this book.
Cammie McGovern's debut YA novel, Say What You Will, told the honest and heartbreaking love story of a girl with cerebral palsy and a boy with obsessive-compulsive disorder. With her new novel, A Step Toward Falling, McGovern once again drives straight to readers' hearts with a tale that unfolds through alternating viewpoints of classmates Emily and Belinda. Emily witnesses an attack on Belinda, who has developmental disabilities, but doesn't report the incident. In a Behind the Book essay, McGovern shares the inspiration behind this unforgettable story.
It seems I have been reading about the death of the printed book for half my life. And still we keep reading real books and writing about them, too. And now I find myself picking up so many wonderful picture books where the main character is a book. It’s enough to bring a tear to this book lover’s eye and a smile to teachers and librarians everywhere.
Suzanne Enoch closes her Scandalous Highlanders series with Some Like It Scot, the tale of two stubborn souls who find each other in the beautiful yet treacherous Scottish Highlands. In this 7 Questions interview, Enoch talks about the appeal of a kilt, her favorite romances and what's next for her.
It’s October, which means it’s time for spooky, sexy, supernatural romances in the spirit of Halloween. These three title have enough romantic danger, mayhem and eeriness to satisfy the most demanding paranormal romance reader. Settle into your favorite comfy chair and enjoy!
Create your own wild garden, learn to knit without knitting and cut down on your household's food waste with this month's Lifestyles picks.
Gary D. Schmidt’s new novel, Orbiting Jupiter, is a moving story about love, family and loyalty. Readers likely will cry here and there; they’ll also laugh from time to time and revel in the book’s pulses of beauty—whether it’s flashes of a striking winter landscape, touching moments of kinship or grace felt after wrenching grief.
Some people would have you believe that short stories are the literary equivalent of baseball’s minor leagues, a place to hone your skills until you’re ready for a bigger and more prestigious stage. But as masters such as Alice Munro have proven, a great short story is no less of an achievement than a great novel. These four collections demonstrate that a new generation of authors is happy to experiment with the possibilities of the short form.
Joseph Fink claims he’s calling from a New Jersey beach. I prefer to imagine that his spotty cell reception is actually because he’s calling from a dark bunker in an undisclosed location. That somehow seems more appropriate for a co-author of Welcome to Night Vale, the new novel based on the wildly popular podcast of the same name.
A large-animal veterinarian, the first female Major League pitcher, Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. Like many kids, I had a lot of far-flung ideas about what I wanted to be when I grew up. But what I really wanted to be was my older sister.
Two masterful mysteries and a fearless addiction memoir make for great listening this month.
A surprisingly robust collection of vegan recipes and new collections from two master chefs make up the best new cookbooks this month.
Richard Ford's latest chapter in the life of Frank Bascombe, an inventive novel in two versions and a National Book Award nominee make for great group discussion this month.