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Exclusive First Read: 'Julio's Day' By Gilbert Hernandez()  

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April 2, 2013 Read an exclusive excerpt of Love and Rockets co-creator Gilbert Hernandez's latest, Julio's Day, with an introduction from author Brian Evenson. It's a lovely, hallucinatory, often wordless story of a man whose life spans the 20th century, and the close-knit community he lives in.

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Exclusive First Read: 'Snapper' By Brian Kimberling()  

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April 9, 2013 Read an exclusive excerpt of Brian Kimberling's debut novel, Snapper. These 13 linked stories follow ornithologist Nate and his friends (including dream girl Lola and a glittery pickup truck named Gypsy Moth) as they wander toward maturity.

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Exclusive First Read: 'A Constellation Of Vital Phenomena'()  

A Chechen separatist soldier stands on an APC, guarding the presidential palace on Grozny's central square, on November 25, 1994. Tension is rising in Grozny following a buildup of Russian troops along the border with the breakaway Chechen republic. (Photo credit should read IVAN SHLAMOV/AFP/Getty Images)

April 25, 2013 Read an exclusive excerpt of Anthony Marra's new novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.

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Exclusive First Read: Walter Mosley's 'Little Green'()  

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April 30, 2013 Easy Rawlins returns in our exclusive First Read of Walter Mosley's new book, Little Green. Back from seeming death, Easy is prowling the streets of Summer of Love Los Angeles in search of a teenager who disappeared during an acid trip.

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Exclusive First Read: 'Big Brother' By Lionel Shriver()  

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May 21, 2013 Read an exclusive excerpt of Lionel Shriver's latest, Big Brother. Shriver is no stranger to controversial topics, from school massacres to the American health care system. Big Brother is a comedic take on obesity and its effect on an Iowa family.

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Exclusive First Read: 'TransAtlantic' By Colum McCann()  

British aviators Sir John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown were the first to cross the Atlantic without stopping. Colum McCann reimagines their story in TransAtlantic.

May 29, 2013 Read an exclusive excerpt of Colum McCann's new novel, TransAtlantic. It's a series of braided stories about the deep and complex ties between America and Ireland, centering on Dubliner Lily Duggan, who emigrates in search of a better life.

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Exclusive First Read: 'Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish'()  

David Rakoff, seen here in 2010, worked on Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish for a decade, finishing shortly before his death in 2012.

July 2, 2013 Read an exclusive excerpt of David Rakoff's last novel, Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish, a set of humane, witty interlocking vignettes in verse that illustrate the scope of the 20th century, from 1920s Chicago meatpackers to dissatisfied 1980s yuppies.

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Exclusive First Read: Marisha Pessl's 'Night Film'()  

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August 6, 2013 In Marisha Pessl's dark, cinematic new novel Night Film, a disgraced journalist takes on a mysterious filmmaker who seems to be a hybrid of Roman Polanski and Dario Argento. It's an over-the-top summer mystery, full of twisty plotting and cinematic imagery.

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Exclusive First Read: 'Five Days At Memorial,' By Sheri Fink()  

An airboat pulls up to the Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005.

September 3, 2013 Read an exclusive excerpt of Sheri Fink's searing new book, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital. It's the story of the overwhelmed nurses and doctors fighting to save patients at New Orleans' Memorial Medical Center during the worst of Hurricane Katrina.

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Exclusive First Read: 'From Scratch: Inside The Food Network'()  

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September 19, 2013 Read an exclusive excerpt of Allen Salkin's new history of the Food Network, From Scratch. It's an affectionate but unsparing look at a scrappy little startup network that became a national broadcasting behemoth — and brought people like Emeril Lagasse and Rachael Ray into millions of homes.

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Exclusive First Read: 'Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy'()  

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October 10, 2013 Bridget Jones has grown up — a bit, anyhow — in our exclusive First Read of the new Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy. A widow (shocking!) with two young children (even more shocking!), she's struggling to balance motherhood and her own needs — not to mention a hot, much younger boyfriend.

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Exclusive First Read: Chang-rae Lee's 'On Such A Full Sea'()  

Chang-rae Lee won the PEN/Hemingway award for best first novel for 1995's Native Speaker. His most recent book was 2010's The Surrendered.

December 24, 2013 Lee's upcoming novel is a dystopian tale, set in a future America where corporations have replaced a long-crumbled government, and Chinese immigrant workers have become a new laboring class, repopulating deserted cities.

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Exclusive First Read (And Listen!): B.J. Novak's 'One More Thing'()  

B.J. Novak is a writer and actor best known for his work on NBC's Emmy Award-winning comedy series The Office.  One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is his first collection.

January 21, 2014 The Office writer B.J. Novak expands his scope from Dunder Mifflin to the range of human experience in a new short story collection. We've got an exclusive excerpt — with readings by Novak himself, Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson.

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Exclusive First Read: 'Young Money' By Kevin Roose()  

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February 11, 2014 Kevin Roose's Young Money follows a group of new college graduates trying to make it on Wall Street in the era after the 2008 financial crash. What motivated them to give up their lives, to work 100-hour weeks and endure sneers when the reputation of big finance was at its lowest? And, most importantly, how did the experience change them?

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