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The Best Thing I Ever Found Tucked in a Book

I worked in a bookshop between 1996 and 2002. What a brilliant job that was for a book nerd like me! To my mind, there is something almost sacred and spiritual about books, and walking into a beautiful bookshop is akin to entering a church. Books are my religion, I have to admit.

One of the best parts of my job was looking through the secondhand books (the shop sold both new and used books), cleaning and dusting them before placing them on the shelves for sale. I found many forgotten bookmarks tucked inside those fusty pages. Once I stumbled across a lock of Victorian hair, which was macabre, but so pretty and ethereal. I found numerous postcards, receipts, bank notes and newspaper and magazine clippings. My favorite finds were the letters, always fascinating, always giving away something of the writer. One in particular caught my eye and my imagination.

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Enter to Win We Never Asked for Wings from the Bestselling Author of The Language of Flowers

From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Language of Flowers comes her much-anticipated new novel about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds.

For fourteen years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now fifteen, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life.

Navigating this new terrain is challenging for Letty, especially as Luna desperately misses her grandparents and Alex, who is falling in love with a classmate, is unwilling to give his mother a chance. Letty comes up with a plan to help the family escape the dangerous neighborhood and heartbreaking injustice that have marked their lives, but one wrong move could jeopardize everything she’s worked for and her family’s fragile hopes for the future.

Vanessa Diffenbaugh blends gorgeous prose with compelling themes of motherhood, undocumented immigration, and the American Dream in a powerful and prescient story about family.

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Literary Fiction Giveaway: Days of Awe

“An immensely gifted writer—a writer adept at capturing the sad-funny mess that happens to be one woman’s life” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Celebrated for her irresistibly witty, strikingly intelligent examinations of friendship and marriage, Lauren Fox has written her most powerful novel to date. Days of Awe is the story of a woman who, in the wake of her best friend’s sudden death, must face the crisis in her marriage, the fury of her almost-teenage daughter, and the possibility of opening her cantankerous heart to someone new.

Teeming with longing, grief, and occasional moments of wild, unexpected joy, Days of Awe is a daring, dazzling book—a luminous exploration of marriage, motherhood, and the often surprising shape of new love.

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Books You Wish Would Never End

Is there a book you never wanted to end? As a reader with a long to-be-read list, I’m usually happy to finish a book and get started on the next one. Sometimes, though, I’ll delay finishing a new book that I adore. I’ll linger over each sentence or word choice. I’ll read a page or two, then put the book down and return to it later. I’ll re-read passages I enjoyed earlier, to refresh my memory.

That delayed gratification comes only with a new book. Don’t get me wrong—I love to re-read old favorites. There are some books I’ve revisited more than a dozen times, and reading them is like catching up with an old friend. Favorite series from when I was younger, such as Philip Pullman’s Golden Compass, are the equivalent of comfort food. Other books I have a completely different experience with, especially if I go a few years between re-reading. Whether it’s classics like Jane Eyre, or contemporary fiction like A Visit from the Goon Squad, I may have been drawn in by the storyline during the first read, but as the years go by and my own perspective changes, I love finding new layers of meaning I may have missed the first time around.

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An Exclusive Interview With Celebrity Author Lizzie Pepper

Lizzie Pepper, movie star and former wife of world-famous actor Rob Mars has written an explosive tell-all book, which details their whirlwind romance and ascent to “Hollywood It Couple,” and the public gaffes that made her tabloid fodder. Lizzie sits down with the one woman who knows all the juicy details inside the book—her ghostwriter Hilary Liftin—to tell us a little bit about what we can expect. Don’t miss picking this one up—that is, if you want to know the true story.

Hilary Liftin: I “ghostwrote” your new memoir, Movie Star, and you’ve been rather press-shy surrounding its publication. Thank you for agreeing to talk to me.

Lizzie Pepper: I’ve been lying low. My ex-husband was not thrilled to have our story put in print, understandably, and if I hoped telling my story would lessen the press attention focused on me and my boys, I was wrong.

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The Coolest Book-Themed Sculptures

Sometimes we get so engrossed in the stresses of daily life that we need reminders of the larger-than-life worlds contained in books. That’s where these amazing book-inspired sculptures come in!

This list contains only a fraction of the stunning pieces of art that exist around the world, from books wedged into the very building blocks of our societies to recreations of our favorite childhood stories. These sculptures welcome you to reading havens like libraries, or pop up in the most unexpected places (Lyme Park, anyone?) to inspire you to crack open a book once in a while.

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Enter to Win Elizabeth Gilbert’s New Book, Big Magic

From the worldwide bestselling author of Eat Pray Love: the path to the vibrant, fulfilling life you’ve dreamed of.

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.