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Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Jacket Design
Peter Mendelsund, over a long and influential career as a book jacket designer, has added his deft touch to many volumes--many of which would be recognizable to any book lover. Martin Amis, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Jo Nesbø, and James...


MacGyver Your Food
My family jokes that I can make always make somethin' out of nothin' in the kitchen, but what I usually come up with is pretty pedestrian. Peggy Wang's Amazing Food Hacks is going to make me look like a kitchen...


YA Wednesday: Talking to Chris Weitz and Jennifer E. Smith
Earlier this year I had the great pleasure to sit down with two delightful YA authors to talk books. Chris Weitz, best known for his work in film including the movie adaptations of The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The...


Smoking Gun: 5 Crime Novels Elmore Leonard Might Have Loved
A year ago, we lost a legend of American crime and suspense writing. Elmore Leonard died on this day at the age of 87, after a six-decade career that produced dozens of crime novels, westerns, and short stories, many of...


Matthew Thomas Is Going to Carry That Weight
Every year, a handful of books are singled out for big advance buzz months in advance of the fall season: debuts and "break-out" titles carrying the burdens of hope (the author's) and expectation (the publisher's). Needless to say, not all...


How I Wrote It: Karen Abbott, on Maverick Women and the Civil War
While sitting in Atlanta traffic years ago, Karen Abbott noticed the bumper sticker on the pickup truck in front of her: "Don't blame me, I voted for Jeff Davis." She realized that many southerners not only felt residual pride for...


Even More End-of-the-World Books: Customer Picks
Last week I wrote about a few doomsday books out this summer, including Emily St. John Mandel’s forthcoming Station Eleven, Edan Lepucki’s California and Ben Winters’s World of Trouble. I also asked for some suggestions from our Omnivoracious readers and...


Daniel Levitin on Getting Organized, Choosing Priorities, and the Importance of Daydreaming
Daniel Levitin's The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload is a comprehensive look at the evolution of information, the neurobiology behind how we think, and how we can become better organized in a world of distractions....


"Crusty Pandy" and the Art of Modern Taxidermy
There is something going on. Four years ago, we selected Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy as a Best Book of the Month for March 2010. I quote myself: "[Still Life] will tell most readers as much as they need to...


Graphic Novel Friday: Gilbert Hernandez's Big Year
At the end of July, hard-working and prolific artist and writer Gilbert Hernandez won the Eisner Award for Best Short Story (“Untitled” in Love and Rockets: New Stories #6), to which he stated, “The biggest surprise was the story they...


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