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Before Cleopatra There Was Hatshepsut

Dive into an excerpt of the engrossing biography of the longest-reigning female pharaoh in Ancient Egypt and the story of her audacious rise to power.

Hatshepsut successfully negotiated a path from the royal nursery to the very pinnacle of authority, and her reign saw one of Ancient Egypt’s most prolific building periods. Scholars have long speculated as to why her monuments were destroyed within a few decades of her death, all but erasing evidence of her unprecedented rule. Constructing a rich narrative history using the artifacts that remain, noted Egyptologist Kara Cooney offers a remarkable interpretation of how Hatshepsut rapidly but methodically consolidated power—and why she fell from public favor just as quickly.

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Start Reading the Memoir Critics Call “Strangely Terrifying”

A haunting memoir of teaching English to the sons of North Korea’s ruling class during the last six months of Kim Jong-il’s reign.

“Terrifying and sublime, Without You, There Is No Us is a stealth account of heartbreak. Suki Kim, brilliant author of The Interpreter, penetrates the soul of her divided country of origin, bearing witness to generations of maimed lives and arrested identities. This look inside totalitarian North Korea is like no other.” —Jayne Anne Phillips, author of Lark and Termite and Quiet Dell

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Finishing a Book You Don’t Like: Do You or Don’t You?

I can’t help myself. I simply can’t leave this book unread. I keep trying to let it go, but I find myself picking it back up. I feel like Michael Corleone in The Godfather: “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”

Maybe this has happened to you. You pick up a book you think you’ll like, but you’re just not hooked. Then, for whatever reason, you decide to stick with it. So you give it another 20 pages, another 50, another 100 … at this point, you’re invested. You’ve dedicated your precious reading time to this book. You’re so close. Do you plow through to the end? Or do you let go? It’s a book lover’s dilemma.

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Cheryl Strayed Loves The Stud Book

“Monica Drake has written a take-your-breath-away good, blow-your mind wise, crack-your-heart-open beauty of a novel. The Stud Book is a smart, sexy, comic, compassionate, absorbing, and necessary story of our times.” ~Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things

A smart, edgy, and poignantly funny exploration of the complexities of what parenthood means today, The Stud Book demonstrates that when it comes to babies, we can learn a lot by considering our place in the animal kingdom.

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An Unexpected Fairy Tale: Start Reading The Witch

A brilliant new collection of stories that put a modern twist on classic fairy tales from New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Jean Thompson.

The downtrodden prevail, appearances deceive, and humility and virtue triumph in The Witch, as lost children try to find their way home, adults cursed by past unspeakable acts are fated to experience their own horror in the present, and true love—or is it enchantment?—conquers all. Start reading now and discover a fairy tale like none you’ve ever read before.

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Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking)

Our personal data has been used to spy on us, hire and fire us, and sell us stuff we don’t need. In Dataclysm, Christian Rudder uses it to show us who we truly are.

This is a book that uses big data to explore and understand more deeply who we are by looking at what we say and how we interact online.

It’s full of funky, funny and surprising facts about what our actions say about us, such as: The most likely indicator of whether someone will have sex on a first date is if they enjoy beer. Yes, it’s true!

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Correspondences Your Favorite Pop Culture Icons Never Meant for You to See

We all know how Darth Vader shared his big secret with Luke Skywalker, but what if he had delivered the news in a handwritten note instead?

In the riotously funny collection Dear Luke, We Need to Talk. Darth, John Moe finally reveals these lost notes alongside all the imagined letters, e-mails, text messages, and other correspondences your favorite pop culture icons never meant for you to see.

From The Walking Dead to The Wizard of Oz, from Billy Joel to Breaking Bad, no reference escapes Moe’s imaginative wit and keen sense of nostalgia. Read Captain James T. Kirk’s lost log entries and Yelp reviews of The Bates Motel and Cheers.

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Start Reading The Secrets of Life and Death

The most successful blending of mystery, historical intrigue and occult fantasy since Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian.

“Inspired by an authenticated encounter between the family of Elizabeth Báthory and the occult superstars of the Elizabethan Era, John Dee and his protégé Edward Kelley . . . Defying pigeonholing into any single genre, Alexander’s brilliant and multilayered reimagining of the vampire mythos balances contemporary fantasy with erudite, yet accessible, historical fiction.” -J.D. Horn, author of the Witching Savannah series