May 31, 2012 It happens sometimes that you pick up a classic book expecting a great read, and you're disappointed. Author Jesmyn Ward had that reaction to Gone With the Wind. Have you ever been less than thrilled with an iconic book? Tell us about it in the comments.
May 31, 2012 All hopeless romantics must at some point face the fact: Relationships are intense. They can be painful. Author Jodi Picoult learned that lesson reading Gone With the Wind. Have you ever read a book that's taught you about what love is really like? Tell us in the comments.
May 31, 2012 Two authors, Jesmyn Ward and Jodi Picoult, explain how Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind changed their lives as teenagers.
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May 31, 2012 Daily Show writer Kevin Bleyer's comic rewrite tracks the flaws in America's founding documents, from the 17 "alcohol, voting and slavery" amendments to one president's belief that the Constitution should expire every 19 years.
May 30, 2012 Did women's liberation bring change you can believe in? In her first work of fiction in 25 years, Alix Kates Shulman conjures a retro relationship triangle, a heroine drowning in domestic discontent, and questions about the transformative impact of feminism.
May 29, 2012 We think of the Russian master as a novelist and short-story writer. But the subversive genius who penned Lolita was a deft and powerful poet, too — as the first new collection of his verse in more than 30 years proves.
May 28, 2012 When author Lauren Groff found herself anxious and unable to work, she needed a book to get lost in. Elizabeth and Her German Garden, with its great, hidden depths, consoled her through her darkest time. Has a book ever gotten you out of a tough moment? Tell us about it in the comments.
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May 28, 2012 Sometimes rediscovering an object from childhood can bring back a flood of memories. Jeffrey Lewis rediscovered much of his young self when he read Berlin Childhood around 1900. Has a book ever reminded you of your own early life? Tell us about it in the comments.
May 25, 2012 Growing up in the '80s, author Myla Goldberg crafted a survival plan in the event of a nuclear war. But all that changed when she read On the Beach by Nevil Shute. Have you ever read a book that gave you a sobering picture of the world? Tell us in the comments.
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May 25, 2012 Coming out as a teenager can be difficult. That's why finding Rubyfruit Jungle was important for author Emily Danforth. The book's lesbian narrator helped her figure out who she wanted to be. Have you ever found a book that helped you understand yourself better? Tell us about it in the comments.
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May 25, 2012 Something about Robert Cormier's I Am the Cheese, made author Ben Marcus worry. It was the first time he had encountered an unreliable narrator — and he found it disconcerting. Do you have a favorite narrator who doesn't quite tell the truth? Tell us who in the comments.
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May 24, 2012 A drunk (and dying) sportswriter embarks on a journey to track down Sri Lanka's greatest and most elusive cricket star in Shehan Karunatilaka's irrepressible debut, The Legend of Pradeep Mathew.
May 23, 2012 The second novel in Hilary Mantel's trilogy positions Thomas Cromwell as Henry VIII's trusted consigliere and a specialist at getting unwanted wives out of the way. But if the machinations in Bring Up the Bodies are of the cruelest kind, Mantel's language couldn't be more sublime.
May 22, 2012 In The Right-Hand Shore, Christopher Tilghman returns to the racially charged landscape and the crumbling plantations of his book Mason's Retreat. Fresh Air critic Maureen Corrigan calls the prequel "the real deal."
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May 21, 2012 An April spent in an Italian castle? Yes, please. The four women of Elizabeth von Arnim's The Enchanted April are lucky to have a grand adventure. But author Madeline Miller recommends the book even if you're stuck at home. Do you have a favorite book about exotic travel? Tell us in the comments.
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