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Dee Williams's Essential "Big Tiny" Library
Ten years ago, Dee Williams had a charming older house in Portland with "the beautiful gardens and the accommodating floor plan, along with the mortgage, utility bills, the hours spent laboring to keep things from falling under the weight of...


Five Questions with Elaine Lui and the Squawking Chicken
The Squawking Chicken's opinions are not for the thin skinned or weak willed. Canadian gossip blogger and TV talk show host Elaine Lui has spent her life getting to know the woman who raised her. She makes no apologies for...


100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime
The Amazon editors have spent the last few months putting together a list of what we're calling 100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime-- a list of books that will make any person well-read in the genre. As...


Reading About Climbing with Steve House and Scott Johnson
As a writer for a blog that is somewhat preoccupied with literary fiction and popular nonfiction, it's not often that I have the opportunity (or reason) to go off-topic and talk about a fitness book. Training for the New Alpinism:...


Amazon Asks: Daryl Gregory on "Afterparty," Comic Book Geekery, and Plagiarizing His First "Novel"
My excitement for Afterparty has been growing since the moment I read the book's synopsis back in December. It was a lock for my most anticipated Science Fiction & Fantasy books of 2014. Then, I started reading... and I just...


Amazon Asks: Francine Prose on Advice from Mavis Gallant, Negotiating Her First Advance, and the "Ultimate Empowered Little Girl"
Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 is Francine Prose's 17th novel (and 27th book, counting nonfiction and young adult titles). And even this longtime fan considers it one of her very best. The story of bohemian Paris between the...


Brigid Schulte on Taming the To-Do List: "Put Joy First"
To do list: Get the snow tires exchanged Renew tabs on Sean’s car; schedule Leo’s practice drives Call the landscaper – what’s with those weeds? Get rid of the damn woodpecker poking a hole in the house at 6am each...


Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014)
Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian-born author known for his stories that blurred the lines between fantasy and reality--as well as the lines between tragedy and comedy--has died following a bout with pneumonia. As the author of novels including One Hundred...


Lay of the Land: Photos from Arlo Crawford's "A Farm Dies Once a Year"
After finishing Arlo Crawford's memoir A Farm Dies Once a Year, I found myself wanting to quit my desk job and do something that involves working with my hands. The book details Crawford's decision to leave his city life to...


YA Wednesday: Dreaming of Gods & Monsters with Laini Taylor
At the beginning of this month Laini Taylor came to town and we got together to talk about Dreams of Gods & Monsters, the final book in her trilogy. I first met Taylor in 2011 when I interviewed her here...


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