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The Bear Necessities: What to Read if You’re Obsessed with The Jungle Book

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In 1894, English author Rudyard Kipling created a novel that conveyed moral lessons within it’s story using wild animals and a feral orphan child. It wasn’t until Kipling’s tales grabbed the attention of Walt Disney himself in 1967 that the story catapulted to fame. The Jungle Book animation was the last film produced by Walt Disney and one, it’s safe to say, we all hold dear. While the original movie holds a special place in my heart, I’ve been awaiting Disney’s live-action The Jungle Book film since the moment I first heard it’s creation was a possibility. And now that it’s actually a reality, I’m beside myself with anticipation. Looks amazing, riiiight?! Listen, I love animals. I mean, who doesn’t?…

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2015 National Book Award Nominees

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The National Book Foundation’s list of nominees for the prestigious National Book Award was released today and we’ve got the full list of Fiction authors who are up for the prize. Receiving the National Book Award is a huge deal as a win would place the recipient beside such literary icons like Flannery O’Connor, John Updike, Alice Walker and Don DeLillo. Ten authors make up the list and this year’s selection couldn’t be more varied. Two debut novelists are making their appearance in the book, Angela Flournoy and Bill Clegg. But the nominees also include staples like Adam Johnson (a Pulitzer Prize winner) and Lauren Groff. All in all, this year’s selection is pretty exciting and we can’t wait to…

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Man Booker Prize 2015 Shortlist Announced

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On Tuesday, September 15, six novels were chosen and put on the shortlist that are currently in contention for the 47th Annual Man Booker Prize. On October 13, the winner will be chosen at the annual ceremony taking place at London’s Guildhall and will be broadcast by BBC. A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James (Oneworld Publications, September 2015)             Satin Island, Tom McCarthy (Jonathan Cape, February 2015)             The Fishermen, Chigozie Obioma (Pushkin Press, April 2015)           The Year of the Runaways, Sunjeev Sahota (Picador, June 2015)             A Spool of Blue Thread, Anne Tyler (Chatto & Windus, February 2015)             A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara (Picador, March…

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So Gorgeous They Hurt: 3 Tough Tearjerkers Worth Every Tissue

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Sometimes you just want a book that shreds your heart and sheds your tears. This week BookPeople in Austin, Texas recommends three gorgeous books that will bring the feels in a major way. BookPeople is a well-loved landmark in Austin voted the best bookstore in Austin for 20 years, and voted Bookstore of the Year by Publisher’s Weekly in 2005. Their booksellers recommended these titles: Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg (Gallery/Scout Press, September 1, 2015) Recommended by Raul Chapa, inventory manager, who said: “This great work encompasses the vast emotional range brought on by considerations of mortality and a hopeful awareness: we are stories that live on in others. We are aware of some of them…

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