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Read This, Snack on That

One of my favorite books (a 1950’s YA novel) is a fun, quick, satisfying story on its own, but I know part of the reason I love it is because of the feelings of comfort it brings.

“I first read it during a winter holiday,” remembers Laura Brennan, “curled up on a big armchair, sipping hot cocoa and eating cheese and crackers.

I think about the book and I think about my snack and get the same warm feeling I got reading it 15 years ago!”

Consider these book/snack combos for your next book group or a quiet afternoon reading alone. And tell us about your favorite book/snack combos!

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The Pleasure (and Pain) of Reading Books in Dialect

Reading in dialect can feel like having to run a marathon with no training.

“Most of us are not linguists,” writes documentary filmmaker Heather Quinlan, “so it takes effort. And commitment. I think of it as the literary equivalent of watching a film with subtitles. Is it worth it?”

Well, that depends on you. One can certainly enjoy a rich life of books without Oliver Twist or The Color Purple. But why not give it a try?

As we say in Brooklyn, ‘It couldn’t hoit.'”

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18 of the Prettiest Books with Flower Covers

April showers … bring books covered in pretty flowers.

We love spring. And we love a pretty book cover. So we’ve collected some of our favorite books with flower covers.

We figured gardening books would be too easy, so we stuck with novels and memoir. Some are brand new this spring, some are older, some are covers you may find in a used bookstore. We just couldn’t resist them! (Wish they were scratch ‘n sniff …)

Imagine these beauties stacked on your bedside table … a bouquet of books. Hello spring!

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When I Discovered Books Are My Home

The exact moment I became a book geek has been immortalized forever on film, in the photo that accompanies this article.

I don’t remember which book I was reading at the time; I just remember that I didn’t want to put it down. But it was a nice day outside, and I also wanted to ride my bike. So why not do both at the same time? It was a terrible idea—I fell down a few times and skinned my knee through my very fashionable denim jumpsuit. Rather than admit defeat, I decided that I could still read on my bike if it wasn’t moving. I put down the kickstand and kept turning the pages, perched on the uncomfortable seat.

I will forever be known as the girl who tried to read while riding her bike. For me, it’s a source of pride.

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Enter for a Chance to Win The Shore by Sara Taylor

An ambitious, Baileys prize-nominated debut set in an unforgettable place, introducing a powerful new voice in fiction

Sanctuary to some but nightmare to others, The Shore is a place that generations of families both wealthy and destitute have inhabited, fled, and returned to for hundreds of years.

From a half-Shawnee Indian’s bold choice to escape an abusive home only to find herself with a man who will one day try to kill her, to a brave young girl’s determination to protect her younger sister as methamphetamine ravages their family, the characters in this remarkable novel have deep connections to the land, and a resilience that only the place they call home could create.

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Reader’s Guide for Dead Wake by Erik Larson

Gripping and important, Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.

An instant #1 New York Times bestseller, Dead Wake is perfect for your book club.

It’s a story that many of us think we know but don’t, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour and suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love.

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Sci-Fi Fans! You Could Win a Copy of Mother of Eden

“We speak of a mother’s love, but we forget her power.”

Civilization has come to the alien, sunless planet its inhabitants call Eden.

Just a few generations ago, the planet’s five hundred inhabitants huddled together in the light and warmth of the Forest’s lantern trees, afraid to venture out into the cold darkness around them.

Now, humanity has spread across Eden, and two kingdoms have emerged. Both are sustained by violence and dominated by men – and both claim to be the favored children of Gela, the woman who came to Eden long ago on a boat that could cross the stars, and became the mother of them all.

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Famous Literary Quotes About Rain

Rain is the subject of countless poems and paintings; the top of the weather report; the source of the world’s water.

Spring showers nourish the earth as it comes back to life. A freezing winter rain chills us to the bone. Even a light sprinkle after a hard drought cleanses the dust off the world.

Yet Rain: A Natural and Cultural History by Cynthia Barnett is the first book to tell the story of rain. In honor of the upcoming release of Rain, we’ve gathered some of our favorite literary quotes about rain, from Ray Bradbury, Truman Capote, Nabokov, Jodi Picoult, Terry Pratchett, Sylvia Plath, and Robert Louis Stevenson.