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  • James I. Robertson Jr., Exacting Civil War Historian, Dies at 89
    Dr. Robinson, who wrote or edited dozens of books, was best known for his monumental biography of Stonewall Jackson. …
    Source: The New York Times – BooksPublished on 2019-11-14
  • Randall Munroe Loves Outdated Views of the Future
    “Seeing what people worried about or complained about a hundred years ago always gives a lot of perspective,” says the creator of the web comic XKCD, whose new book is “How To.” …
    Source: The New York Times – BooksPublished on 2019-11-14
  • Home for the Holidays, for Better or Worse
    In his latest novel, Benjamin Markovits revisits the Essinger family, this time at their home in Texas. Luckily for the reader, their lives are far from perfect. …
    Source: The New York Times – BooksPublished on 2019-11-14
  • Book Riot’s Deals of the Day for November 14th, 2019

    Sponsored by JIMMY Patterson Books. These deals were active as of this writing, but may expire soon, so get them while they’re hot! Today’s Featured Deals Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige for $1.99. Get it here, or just click on the cover image below. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to
    Source: Book RiotPublished on 2019-11-14By S. Zainab Williams
  • 10 of the Best Nonfiction Comics on Hoopla

    If you are blessed with a library with a Hoopla subscription, you really have no excuse to not try out comics. Here are just a few of my favorite, must-read nonfiction comics on Hoopla. They cover gender, mental illness, racism, family histories, war, and so many more important topics about …
    Source: Book RiotPublished on 2019-11-14By Ashley Holstrom
  • The Life Cycle of a Library Book

    It’s not unusual for the sight of library books in a dumpster to throw the public into a tizzy. The reality is, however, that this is part of the natural life cycle of a library book. Whether the book is beyond repair or simply outdated, the dumpster is often—though not …
    Source: Book RiotPublished on 2019-11-14By Abby Hargreaves
  • How Trauma Bonds Drive the BROKEN EARTH Trilogy

    (Note: this essay contains spoilers for the Broken Earth trilogy and details of physical, medical, and emotional abuse of children in fiction.) N. K. Jemisin’s Hugo- and Nebula-winning Broken Earth series is one of my favorite works of fantasy. It’s a cohesive, diverse, fully developed world, with its own races, …
    Source: Book RiotPublished on 2019-11-14By Grace Lapointe
  • 50 Famous Book Titles Taken From Literature

    What’s one thing that immediately marks out a literary novel as ‘literary’?  Having a title which declares I’m taken from a famous work of literature, of course. Shakespeare and the Bible are, unsurprisingly, the greatest works of titular inspiration, but here are 50 famous book titles whose authors drew on a …
    Source: Book RiotPublished on 2019-11-14By Namera Tanjeem
  • The History and Current Decline of Abridged Audiobooks

    Let’s start with defining the difference between unabridged and abridged audiobooks. Simply put, an abridged audiobook is a shortened version of the full text. If done right, the themes, tones, and mood should all line up with the original text. Conversely, unabridged audiobooks consist of the full literary text, kept …
    Source: Book RiotPublished on 2019-11-14By Christine Ro
  • 25 Must-Read 2019 YA and Middle Grade Books With Asians on the Cover

    When I sat down to make this list last year, I focused on East Asian representation on book covers because, well, I’m Korean-American and I was desperate to find myself on a cover. This year, I am including everyone who falls under the “umbrella” of being Asian because  everyone deserves …
    Source: Book RiotPublished on 2019-11-14By Kate Krug

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