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RIF’s Favorite Reads of April 2021

Helping you sort out the best from the rest published this month.

Author Essay

6 Works of Nonfiction that Read like Fiction

Jordan Ritter Conn, author of The Road From Raqqa, on some of his favorite true stories, all told with incredible pacing and deep empathy.

By JORDAN RITTER CONN • 6 days ago
Author Essay

The Magic of Food in Fiction

Samantha Vérant, author of The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux, talks about the savory visions that are induced when reading about food.

By SAMANTHA VÉRANT • 2 weeks ago
Author Essay

Books About Power Dynamics

The Comeback author Ella Berman selects books that have power dynamics running incisively through them.

By ELLA BERMAN • 2 weeks ago
Author Essay

Tell Me Something I Don’t Know

Lisa Scottoline shares how Philip Roth influenced her new novel and reveals other historical fiction works she's been learning from recently.

By LISA SCOTTOLINE • 3 weeks ago

Captivating Novels about Astrology

Laura Maylene Walter, author of the novel Body of Stars, recommends books that are out of this world.


Ten Critical Moments in African American History

Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, editors of Four Hundred Souls, illuminate over 400 years of African American history. Here are ten of the most pivotal moments.

By • 3 weeks ago
Author Essay

How to Get Motivated to Read

It's not always easy to carve out time to read. Todd Henry, author of The Motivation Code, urges us to find what motivates us and start there.

By TODD HENRY • 3 weeks ago
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