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Kia Corthron Wins the 2016 First Novel Prize

Kia Corthron Wins the 2016 First Novel Prize

Last night, Kia Corthron won the Center for Fiction’s 2016 First Novel Prize for The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter, a book about two pairs of brothers involved in the early Civil Rights Movement. (Did we review it? No we did not. You win some, you lose some Sorry, Kia Corthron!) This year’s winner was selected […]

1 + 1 = 2 Fun Counting Books

1 + 1 = 2 Fun Counting Books

Cindy: Children are often told not to play with their food, but don’t tell that to author/illustrator Juana Medina. 1 Big Salad: A Delicious Counting Book (2016) combines math and art, turning veggies into animals via black, squiggly lines. The fun starts with half an avocado: the pit becomes a nose, the fruit a deer. Two Radish Mice uses radish […]

Instant Cult Classic: STORIES FOR WAYS & MEANS

Instant Cult Classic: STORIES FOR WAYS & MEANS

Have you ever wanted to hear Danny DeVito narrate a pseudo-children’s story written by the Pixies’ Frank Black? Jeff Antebi, founder of Waxploitation Records and mastermind behind the upcoming “deluxe art book” Stories for Ways & Means, has. Ten years in the making, Stories for Ways & Means features short stories and illustrations from 29 songwriter/painter […]

13 Espionage Titles for Reacher Creatures

13 Espionage Titles for Reacher Creatures

In Lee Child’s latest bestseller, Night School, we see where ex-MP Jack Reacher cut his cloak-and-dagger teeth alongside FBI and CIA agents. Readers interested in intelligence agency thrillers will snap up these other intriguing tales. The Berlin Game, by Len Deighton The Bourne Identity, by Robert Ludlum The Cairo Affair, by Olen Steinhauer The Company, by […]

Get Ready for LA LA LAND with These Books about Musicals

Get Ready for LA LA LAND with These Books about Musicals

Fans of musicals on stage and screen are cheering the recent New York Times headline, “‘La La Land’ Makes Musicals Matter Again.” And why not? What better antidote to hard times than the pleasure of singing (and possibly even dancing) along with hero and heroine on their way to better days? While we’re waiting to […]

The Westworld Finale: A Reading List for Dolores

The Westworld Finale: A Reading List for Dolores

Warning: this post contains spoilers for and will mean nothing to those who haven’t watched the season finale of Westworld. Proceed at your own risk! Ready to wake up, Dolores? There’s a reason Arnold named you Dolores, you know. Dolor means suffering in Latin. But it can also be interpreted as resentment—and you have a lot […]