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Reader Spotlight: The Dead Do Not Improve

“Odd, dark, comical, confusing,” says RIFer Sharon. “It brought to mind Steve Erickson and David Foster Wallace.

The city of San Francisco is a character in the melee, and the most vivid one at that. I need to read it again and make a flow chart!”

Now in paperback wherever books are sold, The Dead Do Not Improve is the anticipated debut from Grantland editor Jay Caspian Kang. Named a #1 Critics Pick by Time Out New York.

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5 Tragic Mothers in Literature

Kira Walton shares her favorite literary Moms – from the classic Mrs. Dalloway to recent bestseller Room to debut novel Mother, Mother.

Maybe it’s because I like my novels on the dark side, maybe it’s because these women haunted me long after I turned the last page.

Whatever the reason, these five Moms top my list, and they’re all tragic mothers in literature.

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Enter for the Chance to Win a Mother’s Day Mystery Box

Celebrate Mother’s Day by entering for a chance to win a Box o’ Books to add to your library, to give to a mom in your life, or perhaps do a little of both!

We have a very special Mother’s Day giveaway for our readers! A Mother’s Day Mystery Box full of a randomly selected mix of 10 books a mom will love: romance, thriller, memoir, cookbooks, craft books.

TO ENTER: post a comment with a ONE-SENTENCE REVIEW OF THE BOOK YOU’RE READING NOW. We’ll select Five (5) winners at random from among all comments posted by 11:59 P.M. (Eastern Time) on May 10, 2013.

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Winners Announced: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Congrats to Diane S., Jan T., Amy S., Ashley I., Mary Lois A. and 95 other members of the Read It Forward community!

Their entries were selected at random to win an Advance Reader’s Copy of Kevin Kwan’s outrageously funny debut novel Crazy Rich Asians.

Make sure you’re subscribed at the top of this page. You’ll get a weekly email from us with info on how to enter our members-only Read It First giveaways.

Meanwhile, why not click around and get your first look at the next great book!

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Violence and Making Sense: an Essay from Jay Caspian Kang

Cho Seung-Hui, the shooter in the Virginia Tech massacre, was a Korean American from the South who had entered college with dreams, however mangled and bizarre, of becoming a writer. That same sentence could have been written about me.

“As the evidence of Cho’s derangement began to surface in the videos, short stories, and plays he left behind,” observes Jay Caspian Kang, author of The Dead Do Not Improve, “it became clear that Cho had been trying to tell a righteous story, where the ‘rich kids’ and ‘brats’ were cleansed from the earth by a sort of Frankenstein’s monster of messianic figures and revenge-movie heroes.”

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What’s Your Favorite Mother’s Day Book?

What’s your favorite Mother’s Day book? It could be a book you’ve given as a gift to a mom in your life, a book with an unforgettable “Mom” character, or a book you’re hoping to get this Mother’s Day! Tell us in a comment!

Our RIF Polls allow you to answer – and ASK – a question. It’s super easy. Just click the green “Ask” button and add a question of you own. We want to hear from you as we gather our favorite Mother’s Day books!

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Reader Spotlight: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

“The story was so very well-written that it stayed in my head after I was done,” says RIFer Elizabeth. “I actually went back and read the last chapter again the following day. I look forward to hearing more from Anthony Marra.”

Keep your eyes out for this book. In his brilliant, haunting novel, Stegner Fellow and Whiting Award winner Anthony Marra transports us to a snow-covered village in Chechnya. A story of the transcendent power of love in wartime, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is a work of sweeping breadth, profound compassion, and lasting significance.