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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Kiley Reid: "It takes a village to write a book"

An exclusive essay from Kiley Reid, author of Such a Fun Age, on the process of writing her book at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. 

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Matt Salinger on his father’s books now available in Kindle

Today would have been J.D. Salinger's 101st birthday. His son, Matt Salinger, shares some thoughts on why his books finally made it to Kindle, which of his father's books is his favorite, and why.

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Top 5 dysfunctional families I’d invite home for the holidays

If you read Kristen Arnett’s wry and heartrending debut, Mostly Dead Things, the Morton family will top your list...

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The Outlaw Ocean - Five Notorious Characters on the High Seas

Pulitzer Prize-winner Ian Urbina outlines a few of the characters who populate "The Outlaw Ocean."

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Sean Gandert on "American Saint"

The author of Lost in Arcadia on the power, and magic, of stories, and the family folklore that spurred the writing of his latest novel.   

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Philippa Gregory on "Tidelands"

The bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl and other tales of Tudor-era intrigue untethers herself from a specific historical muse in a fascinating new family saga...

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Writer Steve Cavanagh, author of "Thirteen," on being a quitter

What day job?

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Why I Wrote "Daisy Jones" the Way I Did

The author of "Daisy Jones & the Six" tells us why she wrote the book as an oral history. And why it worked. 

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Don Winslow on "The Border"

Write about what you love, "or else you probably shouldn’t write at all"...

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Sage Advice on Reading...& Living

D. Wystan Owen, author of Other People's Love Affairs, on the virtues of slowing down, and piping down.

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Mara Altman on "Gross Anatomy"

She does embarrassing things so you don't have to, all in service of "[celebrating] our bodies in all of their heinous glory."

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"Go West, Young Man, and Take Something"

Maxim Loskutoff grew up among the disenfranchised and angry rebels of the American West's "Sagebrush Rebellion," and his his short story collection, Come West and See, is filled with them. He talks with us about the past, present, and future of "our national release valve"—and what might happen if we choose not to reckon with our growing divide.

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A Sex Money Murder Exclusive

Jonathan Green spent years researching one of the most powerful and ruthless gangs of the crack-fueled '80s and '90s that is still referenced in rap songs decades later.  In this exclusive piece, Green talks about the cultural power of Sex Money Murder.

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A.G. Riddle's Most Memorable Reads

Bestselling SF thriller writer A.G. Riddle names the novels that have stuck with him—and why.

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