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The Only Family More Notorious than the Lannisters

In City of God, Cecelia Holland explores the dark and powerful world of Italy's original crime family: The Borgias.

By Greta Shull

Literary Pilgrimage: Virginia Woolf’s England

Take a tour of England through the life and work of Virginia Woolf.

By Jessica Ferri

Authors Read Their Meanest Online Reviews

"This is a satanic book, and should be banned."

By Kat Sherbo

15 Famous Books That Were Initially Rejected

As Samuel Beckett once said: "Try again. Fail again. Fail better."

By Jessica Ferri

8 Haunted Libraries That Will Make You Whisper-Scream

The ghost in the library ate my homework, I swear.

By DeAnna Janes

9 Shocking Things You Didn’t Know About the Suffrage Movement

You know they battled for a woman’s right to vote, but did you know they also faced feeding tubes, macho critics, and police brutality?

By DeAnna Janes

Library Borrower Returns Books More Than 50 Years Late

Outdated textbooks return to Portland State University half a century after first being borrowed.

By The Reading Room

The Re-Read: Little House on the Prairie’s The Long Winter

A writer revisits a childhood favorite and finds it's not all butter churning and buggy rides.

By Sharon Steel

All The Dead Literary Ladies (And Some Dudes, Too)

Jessa Crispin, in the midst of an existential crisis, follows the lives of exiled writers and artists.

By Jessica Ferri

National Book Awards Short-List Finalists Announced

Which books are your favorites to win on November 18?

By Jessica Ferri

National Book Awards Announce Long List Finalists

The National Book Awards announce their complete list of finalists for 2015. Which books will you read?

By Jessica Ferri

Life Lessons from a Warhol Superstar

Author and filmmaker Catherine O’Sullivan Shorr first met singer and Warhol star Nico one brief summer day, when she was making the biggest decision of her life.

By Catherine O’Sullivan Shorr

The Guardian Wants You to Help Name the Greatest English-Language Novels

The British newspaper is inviting readers to amend its list of 100 great novels.

By The Reading Room

7 Fascinating Facts You Didn’t Know About Cats

Read what anthropologist and author Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has to say right meow!

By Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

This Book’s Got Heart

Rock stars Ann and Nancy Wilson discuss their new children's book, Dog & Butterfly.

By Mary McAveney

An Iconic Character Changes in Go Set A Watchman

According to early reviews, Atticus Finch is different from the man we knew in To Kill A Mockingbird.

By The Reading Room

Books Behind the Headlines

Dive deeper into this week's top stories.

By Kyle Davis

15 Cuba Travel Tips Every Tourist Needs to Know

Author Andrei Codrescu tells it like it is: Headed to the island? Pack aspirin and chocolate. And more.

By Early Bird Books Staff

5 Tips for Adopting Rescue Pets

Author Susan Morse and greyhound rescuer Claudia Presto get to the nitty-gritty of giving an animal a forever home.

By Susan Morse

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