February 11, 2013

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Jamaica Kincaid

The celebrated author discusses the intersection between autobiography and fiction in See Now Then, her new novel about marriage, love, and hate.


Melanie Benjamin

Anne Morrow Lindbergh emerges from her famous husband's shadow in The Aviator's Wife, a historical novel that covers her many triumphs and shockingly tragic life.



David Shields's Favorite Books That Can Save a Life

Why do we read? The nonfiction writer offers insight in How Literature Saved My Life and shares his list of life-changing books.


Amy Webb's Favorite Books About Dating

Online dating unmasked! The digital media expert decodes finding love in Data, A Love Story and offers further reading for singles.


Manil Suri's Favorite Books About India's New Soul

India's burgeoning future becomes clear in these top five recs from the author of a new novel set in Mumbai, The City of Devi.



Roger Hobbs

A man with no name, no connections—not even any fingerprints—heads to Atlantic City to "fix" a casino heist gone spectacularly wrong in the crime thriller, Ghostman.



The Love Song of Jonny Valentine

by Teddy Wayne (Goodreads Author)

Fame comes at a price for narrator Jonny Valentine, age 11, a pop star with a legion of tween fans, a drug-addled "momager," and one wish—to meet his absent father. That quest shatters his sheltered world in this literary novel.


Bad Pharma

Dr. Ben Goldacre outlines in damning detail how drug companies rig their results, jeopardizing patients' lives and padding their own pockets, while doctors are dangerously ignorant of a drug's true effectiveness—and side effects.


The House Girl

by Tara Conklin (Goodreads Author)

This novel connects the lives of two women: a slave in 1852 Virginia and a modern-day New York lawyer tasked with finding a slave descendent who's willing to be the plaintiff in a reparations lawsuit for African Americans.


Eighty Days

In 1889, gutsy journalists Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland left New York City in opposite directions, each hoping to circumnavigate the globe in under 80 days. Their frenzied race is chronicled in this nonfiction Victorian adventure.


Man in the Empty Suit

by Sean Ferrell (Goodreads Author)

Every year for his birthday, a time traveler hops to 2071 to party with all the younger and older versions of himself. But at age 39, he discovers his 40-year-old self shot dead in the hotel elevator in this mind-bending thriller.


The Madman's Daughter

by Megan Shepherd (Goodreads Author)

In this gothic tale for young adults, H.G. Wells's The Island of Dr. Moreau is revisited through the eyes of Juliet, the teen daughter of Wells's mad scientist. She voyages to his tropical island to stop his monstrous experimentation.



Want your words to reach 11 million people? Goodreads and the ¡POETRY! group have partnered to host an ongoing poetry contest. Join the ¡POETRY! group and vote each month to pick a winner from among the finalists. You can also submit a poem for consideration. Here is our February winner!

The World Was Old When We Got Here

we could see that, easy. Paint and birch
bark curling, dried up wells and leaky
faucets, weeping willows and bent windmills
shrieking in the breeze. Driven outside, we swung
our legs from the seats of rusted tractors tangled
in dead branches, crept into abandoned
houses graffitied by trees. We wove sticks
with bale twine to make shelters, fished
the hood of a car from the river
for a roof, used bricks from the crumbled
cookhouse for a makeshift wall.

Inheriting ruins,
we made ruins.

Blue jeans in the wash still came out dirty. The breath
of grown-ups fermented with things unsaid. Someday
we'd understand "farm crisis," foreclosure, FDIC. We'd see
people driving Cadillacs, rest our faces on the plush
white carpet of our own remodeled homes, remember
clover by the chicken pen, how each spring we rolled
in it, each spring it was new.

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Who wrote the opening line, "Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary"?

  1. Nathaniel Hawthorne
  2. Charles Dickens
  3. Edgar Allan Poe

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