Clive Cussler (1931-2020)

Cussler's journey from college dropout to celebrated author and explorer could have been the stuff of his own novels.

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Favorite first lines from spring and summer books

These are some of the first lines that stopped us in our tracks and made us sit down and read.

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International books of mystery

From France to South Africa, from Germany to China, here are a few of our favorite mysteries from around the world.

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Best literature and fiction of February

A historical novel that finds accusations of witchcraft quickly infecting a grieving but resourceful community; a fantastical historical whodunit; a novel that's a blend of Etaf Rum's A Woman Is No Man and Tara Westover's Educated, and more...

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Emily Winfield Martin's wild and wonderful imagination

A beautiful illustrated book that shows us how remarkable a single sentence can become when art and imagination fills in the blanks.

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Amazon's best books of February: Today's releases

A heart-wrenching story of two fathers, united in grief and a sense of purpose, to combat the violence that stole what was most precious to them; and a fun romp through the adage “youth is wasted on the young.” 

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Katherine Johnson (1918-2020)

Johnson, who was chronicled in “Hidden Figures,” was responsible for working out the trajectory of John Glenn’s spaceflight.

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8 new can’t-miss fantasy series launching in 2020

From The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin to Naomi Novik's A Deadly Education, 2020 brings new epic stories to fantasy readers.

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The Unexpected Spy

Tracy Walder shares how she went from "Zidiot" and sorority girl to traveling the world under a false name to track down enemies, terrorists and Weapons of Mass Destruction as a CIA and FBI agent. 

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Working titles of iconic tomes

War & Peace was originally titled All's Well that Ends Well; Lord of the Flies was called Strangers from Within...Indulge in a little literary trivia by identifying the temporary titles for these famous works...

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Weekend reading

Texas towns, basketball, award-winning authors, and a Whole Foods deli maid. That's just the tip of the reading iceberg for Amazon's book editors this weekend. 

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Ooh la la: new French cookbooks to savor

From rustic, regional, fare to glorious Parisian pastry--six new cookbooks to take you on a culinary journey to France.

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"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times": the best first sentences

It is often said that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover; but what about first lines? 

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6 books to cozy up with in February

Dogs, noodles, books, and impoverished aristocrats--our favorite cozy mysteries have something for everyone.

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Erik Larson’s favorite recent reads

Discover what one of today's most famous historians reads when he's not researching and writing.

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