We’re celebrating another terrific year of great reads by giving away our 12 favorite books of 2013. Among these RIFer favorites are books that got rave reviews and hit the bestseller and ‘Best of 2013′ lists. You read them here first!
From Anthony Marra’s astounding debut novel A Constellation of Vital Phenomena to the bestselling expose Five Days at Memorial to thrillers like The Andalucian Friend – our Box o’ Books has something for everyone.
Just in time for the holidays, so you can pass them on to family and friends (after you read them yourself, of course!).
We love learning about what inspires authors when they write. We often hear about books that inspire or even music, but images? This is a cool twist.
Novelist Therese Walsh has gathered images on Pinterest – “visual inspirations” of her new novel The Moon Sisters.
The images are haunting, gorgeous, disturbing, inspiring, sad, puzzling. They inspire curiosity. They capture the near-magical realism of this stunning coming-of-age novel, the story of two sisters who take steps to move on with their lives after their mother’s probable suicide.
From the authors of the New York Times bestsellers Awkward Family Photos and Awkward Family Pet Photos comes a celebration of those special times throughout the year when our families embarrass us the most . . . the holidays.
From Mom’s homemade Halloween costumes to re-creating a Nativity scene for the Christmas card to that overly patriotic uncle who literally wears the flag on the Fourth, holidays make for humiliating memories that we carry in our hearts for years to come.
“The book was better,” is a cultural phenomena that readers have embraced for decades, but that old adage might need a rewrite. When done well, films can maintain the artistic vision of the original book to become smash successes.
“Out of all the novels I’ve read recently,” says Rachel Goldberg, “Freedom possesses one of the most captivating narratives set in contemporary America. The details are so vivid, the characterizations so rich, that reading the book itself almost played out as a movie in my head.”
Alcohol and literature go together like gin and tonic. While authors have a reputation for hitting the bottle – thanks for that, Hemingway – the relationship between readers and a good tipple often goes unremarked.
Dracula and a Bloody Mary, anyone? What do you imbibe when you’re curled up with your favorite book? Do you read Wuthering Heights with a highball of Dark n’ Stormy, or enjoy Fifty Shades of Grey with a Ménage à Trois? Drop us your recommendations and cocktail recipes in the comments!
It was our most lively book club debate. It also ended with the woman bursting into tears and running out of the room. Book club soon disbanded afterwards.
“If the book had been a person,” recalls Emily Ansara Baines, “it would have been reduced to tears—instead, the recommender was. It ended up that the woman had suggested the book because she really, really related to its story: and with every complaint we lodged against the writing or the story, this woman felt like it was a complaint against herself.”
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