Staff Picks

The 5 Best Dads in Fiction

Fathers sometimes get a bad rap in literature. They are an easy villain, moving the plot along and offering a protagonist the behavioral causation needed to overcome, persevere, or in some cases, become evil themselves. Other times, dads play the buffoon (Mr. Bennet), the tyrant (Tywin Lannister), or the absent martyr (Mr. March). But really,… Read More »

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10 Books All New Grads Should Read

Oh, The Places You’ll Go is standard issue graduation gift book, and for very good reason. The wisdom of Dr. Seuss is unwavering, but the scholar in your life only needs one copy, so leave it to someone else and think outside the rhymes. Here are some geared-to-field, thoughtful choices for the perfect graduation gift… Read More »

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May is Short Story Month

May is Short Story Month, and it really does seem like the short story is having a moment. From acclaimed recent releases by Junot Díaz, George Saunders, and Lorrie Moore, to Alice Munro’s 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature, short stories have been able to break free from their diffident standing as a writer’s first dance,… Read More »

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Can’t Fight This Feeling

I’m a weeper—a stage-five crier. I get emotional during Folgers commercials and while singing “Happy Birthday.” So it’s probably not a surprise that my favorite books are those that can make me feel something. Anything. Whether I’m crying or laughing, creeped out or surprised, I love it when a novel can make me experience something… Read More »

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