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Hilarious Memoir of a Year in the Life of an Almost-Doctor

The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly offers a window on to hospital life that dispenses with sanctimony and self-seriousness while emphasizing the black-comic paradox of becoming a doctor: How do you learn to save lives in a job where there is no practice?

In medical school, Matt McCarthy dreamed of being a different kind of doctor—the sort of mythical, unflappable physician who could reach unreachable patients. But when a new admission to the critical care unit almost died his first night on call, he found himself scrambling.

This funny, candid memoir of McCarthy’s intern year at a New York hospital provides a scorchingly frank look at how doctors are made, taking readers into patients’ rooms and doctors’ conferences to witness a physician’s journey from ineptitude to competence.

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Start Reading The Cake House, An Urban Reinvention of a Shakespearean Tale

The Cake House is a gem of a novel: a mystery wrapped in a cloak of family dysfunction with subtle Shakespearean.

“Rosaura is a heroine with spunk and a vulnerability so endearing I missed her the second I closed the book,” says —Elizabeth Flock, author of Me & Emma and What Happened To My Sister. “Salom has written a dazzling coming-of-age tale that will resonate long after you reach the end.”

Start reading this tense, shocking, and seductively dark book. It’s a literary mystery, a unique coming-of-age tale, and a ghost story like no other.

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Discover Where Jane Smiley’s Early Warning Began In This Excerpt of Some Luck

Early Warning continues Jane Smiley’s extraordinary epic trilogy, a gorgeously told saga that began with Some Luck and will span a century in America.

Dive into this excerpt of Some Luck (the first book in the trilogy) to discover where it all began!

“Walter Langdon hadn’t walked out to check the fence along the creek for a couple of months—now that the cows were up by the barn for easier milking in the winter, he’d been putting off fence-mending—so he hadn’t seen the pair of owls nesting in the big elm. The tree was half dead; every so often Walter thought of cutting it for firewood, but he would have to get help taking it down, because it must be eighty feet tall or more and four feet in diameter. And it wouldn’t be the best firewood, hardly worth the trouble.”

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Forget Oscar Fashion, We Want These Dresses Made From Books!

Everybody’s talking about the red carpet hits and misses at last night’s Academy Awards, but we’re more inspired by these clever gowns made entirely of books!

(Or made from newspapers or magazines or telephone books … you get the idea.)

Sitting down might be difficult. And we’d want to stay way from rain (or open flame!) while wearing these beauties – but we’re all willing suffer a little for fashion, aren’t we?

Have you seen a nifty paper dress online? Share the link in the comments – we want to see it!

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Enter for Your Chance to Win Early Warning by Jane Smiley

From the best-selling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize: a riveting, emotionally engaging journey through mid-century America, as lived by a remarkable family with roots in the heartland of Iowa.

Capturing a transformative period through richly drawn characters we come to know and care deeply for, Early Warning continues Smiley’s extraordinary epic trilogy, a gorgeously told saga that began with Some Luck and will span a century in America.

But it also stands entirely on its own as an engrossing story of the challenges—and rewards—of family and home, even in the most turbulent of times, all while showcasing a beloved writer at the height of her considerable powers.

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Enter to Win The Cake House, a Seductively Dark Coming-of-Age Mystery

“Intense and savagely beautiful . . . The magic of this suburban-gothic literary thriller is the scale on which it’s done—small and absolutely terrifying. An accomplished, mesmerizing debut.” —Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander

Rosaura Douglas’s father shot himself after her mother left him . . . or at least that’s the story everyone is telling.

Now her mother has remarried and Rosie is trapped in “The Cake House,” a garish pink edifice in the hills of Los Angeles that’s a far cry from the cramped apartment where she grew up. It’s also the house where her father died—a fact that everyone else who lives there, including her mother, Dahlia, and her mysteriously wealthy stepfather, Claude, want to forget.

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Sneak Peek of Dead Wake by Erik Larson

Read It Forward is thrilled to share this exclusive excerpt of Dead Wake, the much-anticipated new book from Erik Larson, author of the mega-bestsellers The Devil in the White City and In the Garden of Beasts.

“On the night of May 6, 1915, as his ship approached the coast of Ireland, Capt. William Thomas Turner left the bridge and made his way to the first-class lounge, where passengers were taking part in a concert and talent show, a customary feature of Cunard crossings. The room was large and warm, paneled in mahogany and carpeted in green and yellow, with two fourteen-foot-tall fireplaces in the front and rear walls. Ordinarily Turner avoided events of this kind aboard ship, because he disliked the social obligations of captaincy, but tonight was no ordinary night, and he had news to convey.” Keep reading …

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7 Clever Gifts for Your Bookish Valentine

Forget roses, forget chocolate, we Book Geeks want books!

If not books, we want clever, nifty bookish gifts. Here are some of our favorites: a Jane Eyre scarf, pendants made from Scrabble tiles, a book light that’s literally a book light … we’re lusting over these literary treats.

Perfect gifts for your bookish Valentine. Or for you! Just share this article to suggest (ahem … with great subtlety) that you’d like something book-related this year on Valentine’s Day.