The Best History Books of September

Make history this month, or at least read some. 

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Good 'Stuff'

Imogen Hermes Gowar, the author of Best of the Month pick The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock, on the importance, and power, of objects in storytelling.

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No Sympathy for the Devil

Fright-meister Grady Hendrix—author of Paperbacks from Hell and the new novel, We Sold Our Souls—examines the long-running relationship between heavy metal music and horror, with all of the pulp, camp, and histrionics that surround it.

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Behind a Great Cover: Lisa Brennan-Jobs's Memoir, "Small Fry"

The author hoped the cover design would convey her memoir's "joy and lightness" as well as its "struggles and difficulties." 

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Amazon's Best Books of September: Today's Releases

An unusual adventure tale, two astute American history reads, and a memoir that demonstrates that the "hard work pays off" adage doesn’t always hold true....

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"Whiskey in a Teacup": Reese Witherspoon's Gospel of Southern Charm

Reese Witherspoon's first book is a delightful hybrid of memoir, cookbook, and Southern lifestyle guide.  We caught up with her via email to talk about recipes, tradition, and more.

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2018 Science Fiction and Fantasy Award Winners Roundup

Science fiction and fantasy covers a vast range of territory and ideas, so it's no wonder that it also sparks a lot of awards. Here are the 2018 winners of more than a dozen different awards—including one novel that swept three of the most prestigious awards in the genre.

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The Best Books of the Month: Nonfiction

September marks the advent of the high season for publishing, a cavalcade of noteworthy and much-anticipated books hitting the shelves, as well as our reading lists. Here are 14 of our favorite true tales of the month, including the latest from Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jill Lepore, and Noah Yuval Harari.

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The National Book Awards Longlist for Fiction

Young People's Literature and Nonfiction are great, but there's a reason the National Book Foundation releases their Fiction list last. And this year's selections don't disappoint.

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Weekend Reading

With the onslaught of the rainy season in Seattle, we have plenty of reasons to hang out inside and read. Here are six books that will keep us happily pinned to the couch this weekend.

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The National Book Awards Announces the Longlist for Nonfiction

Here is the NBA longlist for nonfiction. Fiction will be announced tomorrow.

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Inside the Artist's Studio: "Dreamers"

Award-winning author and illustrator Yuyi Morales let us peek inside the studio where she created her gorgeous new picture book, Dreamers, and shares a few early sketches from the book.

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Books About Books Are the Best Kind of Books

And  Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany is all about books. Take a peek inside with samples from this "Illustrated Miscellany" by artist Jane Mount.

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The National Book Awards Announces the Longlist for Young People's Literature

Which of the ten finalists have you read?

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Books We Are Talking About

Here are some of the books we have been talking about this week. 

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