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From books that make us nostalgic to stories every bibliophile can relate to, we celebrate books and their lasting impact on our lives.

The 38 Most Famous Poems Ever Written in the English Language

“To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.” —Robert Graves

Why F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Vegetable Was So Rotten

His oft-forgotten foray into playwriting that failed to take root.

Remembering Dan Wakefield, 1932-2024

Prolific, acclaimed, and multi-faceted: three commonly-used descriptors of Dan Wakefield that any writer would sell their soul to be described as. 

Read an Interview with Mary McGarry Morris

"What some may label ‘dark stories’ are usually the stories of people all around us." —Mary McGarry Morris

8 Ways to Meet Your Reading Goals

Don’t let a lack of a strategy stop you.

Remembering Iris Apfel; Accidental Icon and Self-Dubbed Geriatric Starlet, 1921-2024

Read an excerpt from Iris Apfel’s memoir that is just as authentic and vivacious as she was.

The Best Bookshelves for Book Worms

The only thing as important as a good book is a safe place to store it. 

Remembering Ellen Gilchrist, 1935-2024

The National Book Award Winner was known for her sharp writing.

The Depressing Love Triangle of the Romantics 

“I was caught in a love triangle with one dead side.”John Green, Looking for Alaska. 

3 Reasons Why Outlander Is Smarter Than You Think

There's more to Outlander than hot Scottish men. Not that we have a problem with hot Scots.

The Best Adaptations of A Christmas Carol 

Ward off the bah humbugs with these amazing adaptations of Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol.

The Real-Life Inspirations Behind Scrooge

“Since you ask me what I wish, gentlemen, that is my answer. I don’t make merry myself at Christmas and I can’t afford to make idle people merry.” –Ebenezer Scrooge, A Christmas Carol, pre-ghosts. 

[CLOSED] Enter to Win 10 Classic Books From Modern Library

Five lucky winners will receive an incredible prize pack of books.

Justin Torres' Blackouts Has Won the National Book Award

The must-read novel is a meditation on storytelling and queer history.

Did Voltaire Start the Caffeine-Addicted Writer Stereotype?

The Candide author was known to drink copious amounts of coffee.

Watch the Trailer for the Newest Adaptation of The Color Purple

The musical remake sees Fantasia Barrino reprising her Broadway role.