Yann Martel

Pet Projects: 8 Animal Companions in Literature

Old Yeller, Black Beauty and Lassie are so ensconced in popular culture that it feels like they belong to our childhoods—that they are as close to our own family pet as any animal can get without us having to poop and scoop after them. Not only did they help open our hearts and our minds… Read More »

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Books Where Things Aren’t As They Seem

I love being taken by surprise by a book. While that often means low expectations that are shattered by an unexpected gem, it can also mean those books where you never see the ending coming, or that moment when everything you thought you knew about the story turned out to be wrong. Here are nine… Read More »

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Books to Get You Pumped for Shark Week

Shark aficionados, your favorite time of the year has come: Shark Week! This great tradition started back in 1988 thanks to the Discovery Channel, and since then Shark Week has chum every year. Get your sea legs ready (warning: puns ahead) because to get you hooked, we’ve come up with a few books that are… Read More »

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In the Beginning: Overlooked Debuts from Our Favorite Authors

Most writers toil for years before achieving the critical and commercial recognition that pass for success, which means that lots of great early work often goes unnoticed. Sure, the breakout novels, infused with the perfect alchemy of talent, cultural climate and luck, may be amazing, but it’s definitely worth it to delve a little deeper… Read More »

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