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Bookish: Nailed It: Book Covers Paired with Stylish Manicures

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. You’re never fully dressed without a book in your hand. But if you want to feel extra stylish, why not match your polished fingertips to whatever book you’re enjoying at the moment? To get you started, we’ve taken book covers as our inspiration and let our imagination run wild. These are some of the eye-popping combinations we loved and would particularly excited to sport to our next book club meeting. We can’t wait to get out our polish and don these literary nails!     Picture yourself sporting these playful multicolored nails. We love the subtle touches of camo that these nails and this book cover share.   With these regal blue and gold…

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20 of the Best New York Times Notable Books

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Every December, the New York Times releases their annual “Notable Books” list, which celebrates the year’s greatest literary achievements. Studded with big names and remarkable first-time authors, it represents the cream-of-the-crop in literary talent, and serves as a touchstone for what—or whom—belongs in everyone’s TBR piles. Earlier this month, the Times announced their 2017 honorees. Among the 100 chosen were Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Book of Joan and Naomi Alderman’s The Power—both of which echo the year’s biggest pop culture talking point, The Handmaid’s Tale. Recent award-winners also made the list: Lincoln in the Bardo (Man Booker Prize), Sing, Unburied, Sing (National Book Award, Fiction), and The Future is History (National Book Award, Nonfifction) all earned spots. At the same time,…

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Announcing BookTrib’s Best Books of 2015

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The best books of 2015 immersed us in richly imagined stories about marriages, murders and general mayhem, as well as the grim reality of racism in America, memories of a life infused with music and advice on how to tap into our inner creativity. Condensing the year’s great books into a manageable list was challenging, but here’s a look at some you should read or give as gifts as 2015 draws to a close: Best novel: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (Riverhead) Why it’s a winner: This sharp-edged dissection of a marriage was a finalist for this year’s National Book Award, but surely there was no book published in 2015 that so deftly cut into gritty pieces the complicated…

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All in the Family: 3 Books that Explore the Ties that Bind

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There’s no getting around it—as we build toward the holidays we’re going to have to spend at least some time with family. To put it all in perspective we have three books about families in emotional crisis. There’s nothing like peeking at someone else’s family drama to appreciate your own family. This week’s recommendations are brought to us by Jill Miner, owner of Saturn Booksellers, a popular independent bookstore that has won the Michigan Retailer of the Year Award for small businesses and the local Chamber of Commerce’s Golden Pineapple Award for Best Customer Service. The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro (Algonquin Books, November 3, 2015) “During Roosevelt’s WPA program, artists were put to work creating large-scale pieces for public spaces.…

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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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More Than They Seem: 3 Books That Explore Backstory

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We love to imagine backstories for our favorite fictitious characters as we wonder, what from their past made them the way they are?  Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee recommended three books that explore “Backstory: We Are More Than We Seem.” This week’s selections were chose by Parnassus’ Social Media Director Mary Laura Philpott, whose work has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today and the Huffington Post and is the founder of the online magazine MUSING. Parnassus opened in 2011 when author Ann Patchett and publishing veteran Karen Hayes realized that bookstores were disappearing from Nashville, a city with a rich cultural tradition. “I have no interest in retail…but I also have no interest in living in a city…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Mysteries That Left Us Shaking

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We’ve got another installment of the Heat Index this week and we just had to make it a creepy one! You know how when you sit around a campfire there’s just something about the darkness around you that makes everyone want to start telling scary stories? Maybe it’s the Goosebumps lover in me, but I like the thrill of getting scared. So when a few of these mysterious reads crossed the BookTrib desk, we just had to give them a try. Well, we’re here to tell you, we weren’t disappointed! Check out these fabulous thrillers that forced us to keep the lights on a little longer than normal. Long Upon the Land, Margaret Maron (Grand Central Publishing, August 11) “Combines a superb…

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