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The Big Idea: Clone Ancient Trees to Save Planet Earth
The Big Idea: Clone Ancient Trees to Save Planet Earth

David Milarch is a pioneering spirit who believes that cloning huge ancient trees—such as the… >>

The Best New Gift-Shopping Site
The Best New Gift-Shopping Site

I've never been one for online shopping. I prefer tactile gift-buying, going through rows of… >>

The Best Damn Book About Politics Ever
The Best Damn Book About Politics Ever

Every now and then a great writer finds his ideal subject. Herman Melville on whaling. F… >>

The Art of Fielding
The Art of Fielding

Henry Skrimshander arrives at Westish College on the shores of Lake Michigan with a book called The… >>

The 50 Worst Words in Fifty Shades of Grey
The 50 Worst Words in Fifty Shades of Grey

There’s been no shortage of media coverage of this erotica-lite trilogy, and frankly, it’s… >>

Still Worth the Hype: Gillian Flynn's 'Gone Girl'
Still Worth the Hype: Gillian Flynn’s ‘Gone Girl’

I tend to be wary of books that everyone’s talking about. Too often, all that buzz ends in… >>

Stay Awake
Stay Awake

National Book Award finalist Dan Chaon writes truly unnerving stories—and that is meant as a… >>

Nobel Lit Pick: Inspired and Inspiring
Nobel Lit Pick: Inspired and Inspiring

Literary awards season is upon us, with National Book Award finalists named yesterday and the Nobel… >>

No One Is Here Except All of Us
No One Is Here Except All of Us

This beautifully written debut novel takes us to a remote Romanian village in 1939, where the… >>

New Book Reveals Hidden Side of Bram Stoker
New Book Reveals Hidden Side of Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker is a legend thanks to his most famous work, Dracula, but there's more to the author… >>

Need To Chill?
Need To Chill?

This won't help you with the Fahrenheit, but if you're like me and you get strung out about… >>

Must-Read Book: 'Bringing in Finn'
Must-Read Book: ‘Bringing in Finn’

Most births don't make headlines unless the mother is, say, Snooki. But the arrival of Chicago mom… >>

Must Read: Short Story Genius George Saunders Does It Again
Must Read: Short Story Genius George Saunders Does It Again

Ever since I first read "The Falls," the dark and powerful final short story in George Saunders… >>

Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War
Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War

You might not expect the autobiography of a Liberian political activist to be a page-turner… >>

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War
Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

Modern American war novels, including Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, Norman Mailer’s… >>

Mark Bittman’s New Book Makes Vegan Easy
Mark Bittman’s New Book Makes Vegan Easy

A few months ago, I wrote 11 Convincing Reasons Eating Vegan Isn't Crazy. I knew all the white… >>

Looking for the Perfect Book? There's an App For That
Looking for the Perfect Book? There’s an App For That

Today BookScout makes its official debut on Facebook. This free app susses out your timeline and… >>

Life Sentences: Literary Judgments and Accounts
Life Sentences: Literary Judgments and Accounts

Essayist, novelist, and literary critic William Gass is one of our most original and brilliant… >>

Laura and Louis, A Love Story
Laura and Louis, A Love Story

Sometimes a book, a story, insinuates itself into my heart and I want to tell the world. In my… >>

Jane Austen, Frankenstein Go Graphic
Jane Austen, Frankenstein Go Graphic

A bold, brilliant new series presents the Great Books as interpreted by critically acclaimed… >>