The Lure of the Gurus

The riveting six-part documentary series Wild Wild Country recounts the weird, dark tale of "the Bhagwan," his thousands of maroon-clad acolytes, and their takeover of a tiny Oregon town. How did this happen, and why are people drawn to megalomaniacs, over and over again? Here are four books exploring cults of personality, from family-size to village-scale, with endings ranging from uplifting to disastrous. 

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"Be Prepared": Vera Brosgol Shows Us How It's Done

Her new graphic novel is a memoir of camp that is a must-read as we head into summer; Vera Brosgol let's us inside her creation process and some pretty funny letters home from camp... 

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Sloane Crosley on "Look Alive Out There"

The ever clever and delightfully cheeky author discusses having her cake and eating it too, cheating death, and finding the funny where you think there would be none...

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The Best Mysteries & Thrillers of April

This month, the death of a wonderful writer overshadows the list. 

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A Family Favorite from Joanna Gaines' "Magnolia Table" Cookbook

What can be better than the perfect chocolate chip cookie?  In her cookbook , Magnolia Table, and here on the Amazon Book Review,  Joanna Gaines shares her recipe for a family favorite.

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New Poems for New People

Though the great poets of the past have a special place in the pantheon, there's room for more timely verse. New people -- children, that is -- require new poems. These three recent books of poetry, for toddlers through teenagers, deserve space on their shelves.

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Glam Rock Explodes inside Science Fiction with "Space Opera"

Catherynne M. Valente talks with us about sentience, Eurovision, the dark roots of glam rock, and making jokes in space.

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Happy World Book Day!

Celebrate the authors, illustrators and books that have added magic to, and enriched your life...

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Your Earth-Day Inspiration: Nicola Davies on Writing for Kids About Our "Extraordinary" Planet

Davies, one of the most prolific and beloved writers of children's books about the natural world, talks about her work, her sources of inspiration, and what kids don't know about the environment around them.

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Weekend Reading

Here's what we're reading this weekend.

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Best Books of the Year: Where Are They Now?

What makes a great book? That's difficult to quantify, and it doesn't necessarily have anything to do with whether it's a best seller. Still, we took a look at how our 2017 top picks in fiction and nonfiction have fared.

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An Excerpt from Julian Barnes's New Novel, "The Only Story"

In Barnes’s ruminative, finely wrought, and often wryly funny novel,  The Only Story is the story of love: the ideal of love, and love as it is lived. 

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The Best Nonfiction of April

Misadventures sardonically told, the wisdom of natural disasters, and the wacky world of animal depravity highlight our picks for the best fact-based writing of the month.

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YA Wednesday: Most Anticipated Young Adult Books for Spring

Besides the daffodils and tulips, spring is turning up loads of exciting new young adult novels.  Here are some of the ones we're most looking forward to.

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Announcing the Pulitzers for Books

The Pulitzers were announced this week. Here's a roundup of the books and authors who were honored.

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