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Illustration by Ana Juan from The Boy Who Lost Fairyland

Excerpt from Best-selling YA Author Catherynne Valente: The Boy Who Lost Fairyland

I could spend all day serving you examples of whimsy and humor from these books. From page 93, “Some magic never bends, even if you tear at it with your own teeth.” From page 138, “But it’s their wedding night!” protested September. “Surely they would like to retire with milk and a nice book!” These are random examples found from flipping through the first book. (I normally mark my favorite passages as I read, but was not able to in this case.) But rather than regaling you with further quotes, I’ve brought you an excerpt from the latest book in the series, The Boy Who Lost Fairyland.

by × April 6, 2015 ×

Interview with YA Author Corina Vacco, and an Excerpt from her Debut My Chemical Mountain

Interview with YA Author Corina Vacco, and an Excerpt from her Debut My Chemical Mountain

Before the interview I must disclose that I know Corina Vacco from a writers group in Berkeley. But please don’t think this is a situation where I’m eager to share the writing of a friend. No! It’s quite the opposite: from my first exposure to her prose I determined to[…]

by × March 30, 2015 ×

A graphic we made for our excerpt from Anais Nin's classic A Spy in the House of Love

Can Classic Lit Be Steamy? An Excerpt from A Spy in the House of Love

Today we’re sharing the first chapter from Nin’s breakout novel, A Spy in the House of Love. The story takes place in New York during the age of Mad Men. Like Nin, the lead character Sabina is leading a double life. She tells her secrets to a professional lie detector, a man she found by dialing a random number.

by × March 24, 2015 ×

Duane Swierczynski, The Quentin Tarantino of Authors

Duane Swierczynski, The Quentin Tarantino of Authors

Duane Swierczynski is the Quentin Tarantino of story writers.  His books are straight-up action, with a salt shaker sprinkle of violence, after somebody unscrewed the top off the salt shaker.  Duane Swierczynski does not hold back.  A receipt for This Here’s a Stick-Up, Duane’s nonfiction book on American bank robbery, was[…]

by × March 17, 2015 ×

Women’s Fiction You Don’t Want to Miss: Bailey’s Women’s Prize

Women’s Fiction You Don’t Want to Miss: Bailey’s Women’s Prize

If you haven’t heard of the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, that may be because it has changed its name. It was formerly the Orange Prize, but also the straightforward Women’s Prize for Fiction. But now everyone’s favorite Irish liqueur has offered to help sponsor it, and the Bailey’s Women’s[…]

by × March 13, 2015 ×

Hard-Boiled Crime Fiction at its Best

Hard-Boiled Crime Fiction at its Best

From the 1940s through the 1960s, readers loved to read cheap paperback crime fiction novels. From its earliest days, hard-boiled crime fiction was published in and closely associated with so-called pulp magazines and inexpensive dime novels.  Books by well-known authors like Erle Stanley Gardner, Dashiell Hammett, and Mickey Spillane, as well as by[…]

by × February 5, 2015 ×

What Were the BEST books in 2014?

What Were the BEST books in 2014?

There were some amazing books in 2014! We recently came across this list as selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.If you haven’t read these books you still have time to buy them for yourself or even give as gifts for the holiday season! FICTION ALL THE[…]

by × December 5, 2014 ×

Holiday

Fiction Deals for the Holidays

Fiction Deals for the Holidays

It’s about that time – holiday time! When everyone is shopping for a gift for their loved ones and we think there is no greater gift than a great fiction book and story. But there is nothing wrong with a splurge on yourself too – especially when it will help[…]

by × November 25, 2014 ×

Winner Winner

2014 National Book Awards for Fiction

2014 National Book Awards for Fiction

This week the National Book Award Winner was announced. We love book awards because it helps us if we need a little extra push deciding on a book to read! With awards to celebrate everything from high brow fiction to mysteries to children’s books you’d be hard-pressed not to find[…]

by × November 21, 2014 ×