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BookTrib Best of 2017: 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards: BookTrib’s Top Picks in Every Category

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Today we take a look at previous BookTrib posts that engaged hundreds to thousands of readers this past year. We’re taking a look back at some of your favorite posts before we kick off the new year! The Goodreads Choice Awards are here once again, and we’re already knee-deep in the semifinal rounds. The books have been narrowed down to 20 choices in each category, and the competition is tougher than ever. Semifinals last until November 12th, with the final round of voting open from the 14th to the 27th. Winners will be announced December 5th. In the spirit of friendly competition, two of us are comparing our choices and arguing for our faves— Siskel & Ebert style! Here, BookTrib’s…

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Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here Nails the 1970s Robin Williams-Era Comedy Scene

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Who doesn’t love watching stand-up comedy? The jokes, the atmosphere, the performance – there’s nothing quite like seeing your favorite comedians get up on stage, knowing that you’re going to laugh so hard you’ll cry. But there’s a lot going on behind the scenes of comedy too, which is exactly the premise of I’m Dying Up Here, a new Showtime series that focuses on stand-up comedy in the 1970s. The new series is loosely based on the nonfiction book, I’m Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-Up Comedy’s Golden Era (PublicAffairs Paperback, May 23, 2017) by William Knoedelseder, that chronicles the real-life comedy scene of the mid-70s, when rising stars like Andy Kaufman and Robin Williams flocked to LA…

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