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1,000 Books To Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List

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If you visit the BookTrib.com website primarily for book discovery, we’re here to tell you about a book that can only be described as the consummate book discovery source. What’s so much fun about 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List (Workman Publishing) is you can start reading it on any of its almost 900 pages, and you don’t even have to finish it to thoroughly enjoy it. Want more BookTrib? Sign up NOW for news and giveaways! It took author and veteran bookseller James Mustich 14 years to compile and write 1,000 Books, which leads to an obvious question: why only 14 years? Understand up front this was not conceived as a book of the 1,000 Greatest Hits…

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Real-Life Mysteries Set Stage for “Black Diamond Fall”

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The disappearance of a college student. The vandalism of a famous poet’s residence. Throw in a frightful skiing accident and you’ve got the setup for Black Diamond Fall, a literary mystery by Joseph Olshan (Polis Books), best known for his works Clara’s Heart and Cloudland. The story takes place in wintry Vermont, where the author spends much of his time, and the book’s central themes are drawn from his own real-life experiences. Olshan offered some insight into the book, the plot, the characters and his writing in this BookTrib interview: BookTrib: Black Diamond Fall is based on two real events that happened in Vermont. Tell us about those events and how you tread the line between facts and literary fiction. Joseph…

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Love Classic Books? We Have Free Kindle Suggestions for You!

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If you love books as much as we do, then you’re always up for a good read – no matter what time, what weather, or what day. What’s the best way to feed your book obsession? Free books, of course! At BookTrib, we are constantly suggesting new reads to people who love all genres – from romance, to mystery, to horror and beyond! And when you subscribe to BookTrib.com you will get our weekly free book giveaways right in your inbox! If you are a lover of all things classical, including your favorite books, then you’ve come to the right place because today we have many suggestions for some of your classical faves that we want to share with you.…

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We’re Wild for Tilda Swinton’s Book List

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Refinery 29 recently caught up with the amazing Tilda Swinton and asked her to compile a list of her favorite books this summer. We couldn’t help but jump for joy after seeing her final list of 12 fun, enlightening and classic page-turners. Be sure to pick up as many of these as possible. For the full article, click here. 1. Auntie Mame, Patrick Denise 2. A Time of Gifts, Patrick Leigh Fermor 3. Love in a Cold Climate, Nancy Mitford 4. Light Years, James Salter 5. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens 6. Owning Your Own Shadow, Robert A. Johnson 7. The Child, the Family, and the Outside World, D.W. Winnicott 8. The Essential, P.G. Wodehouse 9. The Collected Poems of Frank…

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New wives’ tales: ‘Significant others’ are filling bookstore shelves

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‘Significant others’ are filling the bookstore shelves. With subjects ranging from Dickens to the American presidents, a burgeoning literary subgenre investigates the influence women have had on famous men. Especially now, with Hillary Rodham Clinton’s memoir, Hard Choices, topping the New York Times bestseller list, it’s high time the women had their say. Hail to the First Lady Curtis Sittenfeld’s American Wife (2008) is one of my very favorite novels. Laura Bush’s life might not sound like promising material, but this fictional autobiography is a pure delight. When shy librarian Alice falls for Charlie, heir to the Blackwell political dynasty, private tragedies from her past—and her disagreement with her husband’s policies—threaten to emerge. The well-drawn characters defy caricature, but it’s…

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My dear, you SHOULD give a damn

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Lists are everywhere. Books are everywhere. So it makes sense that lists about books are omnipresent. There are lists of the best books ever written, the worst books ever written, the books you should read before you die, the books you should read to make sure you never die (immortal vampires, anyone?), and everything in between. I hate to be the one to break it to you that it is impossible for you to read all the books currently in publication, let alone the thousands coming down the pike. Even with that new-fangled app that purports to let you read a novel in 90 minutes (that’s a gripe for another time), you simply won’t get to turn every page of…

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I dreamt I went to Manderley again. Or was it Miss Havisham’s house?

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The time is ripe for backstories and sequels. We can’t get enough of extending a beloved story as far as possible. No, not the latest Hobbit movie, or the long-heralded return of the Star Wars saga in 2015; I’m talking about the perennial draw of literary updates. There are many fraught questions to consider when modernizing a classic: how true will this be to the original when it comes to chronology, voice, incident, and character? Will it be history, future story (sequel), or deeper, contemporaneous story? How much is invented, and are any additions warranted? Is the new interpretation relevant, contemporary, and believable? In sum, is this new version necessary? In my view, it must either add something to the…

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Go to the post office or write a novel?

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Let’s guess what you did today. Did it involve long lines at a) the post office, b) any store that sells items that are gift-able (not gift-worthy, just physically able to be purchased, wrapped, and presented as a holiday token) or c) both? Perhaps the only lines you accrued were the number of purchases now pending on your credit card statement, after you spent the day surfing the Internet and buying things for other people (and yourself, because, well, you deserve it after all that website navigation). Now, let’s take a look back at what some familiar names accomplished on this date in years past . Because, really, the holidays are all about comparing how cool your new toy is versus…

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