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  • No One's Hands Are Clean In 'The Butchering Art'

    No One's Hands Are Clean In 'The Butchering Art'Lindsey Fitzharris' new book about the horrors of Victorian medicine and the introduction of antisepsis is a vital, effective history — but perhaps you shouldn't read it with a full stomach. 10 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 11:00am

  • Custom-Printed Cocktails On The Moon? 'Soonish' Shows Us How

    Custom-Printed Cocktails On The Moon? 'Soonish' Shows Us HowZach and Kelly Weinersmith's accessible, occasionally goofy new book lays out futuristic fantasies (like matter-printed cocktails) and connects them to projects scientists are working on right now. 2 days ago, 19 Oct 17, 2:00pm

  • 'A Line In The Dark' Is A Fresh Approach To The Teen Thriller

    'A Line In The Dark' Is A Fresh Approach To The Teen ThrillerMalinda Lo's new book sets up a classic conflict — townie kids versus prep schoolers — and adds nuanced queer characters. Despite a flawed second half, A Line in the Dark has much to offer. 3 days ago, 18 Oct 17, 2:00pm

  • Not Much To 'Smile' About In Roddy Doyle's Intense New Novel

    Not Much To 'Smile' About In Roddy Doyle's Intense New NovelThe Irish novelist is known for his sense of humor — but his latest, about a man abused in his youth by Catholic priests, is distressing and at times almost unbearable. It's also his best book yet. 3 days ago, 18 Oct 17, 11:00am

  • 'Death In The Air' Revisits 5 Days When London Was Choked By Poisonous Smog

    'Death In The Air' Revisits 5 Days When London Was Choked By Poisonous SmogKate Winkler Dawson's new book chronicles The Great Smog of 1952, when moist air from the Gulf Stream stalled for days over London, mixing with poisonous gases and causing more than 12,000 deaths. 4 days ago, 17 Oct 17, 6:41pm

  • Tom Hanks Lays Out A Kinder, Gentler World In 'Uncommon Type'

    Tom Hanks Lays Out A Kinder, Gentler World In 'Uncommon Type'Tom Hanks' well-documented obsession with typewriters is on display in his new story collection, tales linked not just by typewriters but by a benign, humane view of people and their many foibles. 4 days ago, 17 Oct 17, 11:00am

  • 'Skinful Of Shadows' Delights Without Reservation

    'Skinful Of Shadows' Delights Without ReservationFrances Hardinge's captivating tale follows a girl during the English Civil War who discovers she has the power to invite ghosts into herself — a power that puts her in danger, but can also save her. 6 days ago, 15 Oct 17, 11:00am

  • 'Lady Killers:' Cherchez La Femme Fatale

    'Lady Killers:' Cherchez La Femme FataleAn FBI investigator once famously said "There are no female serial killers," but Tori Telfer sets out to prove him wrong with this gruesome new account of multiply-murderous women throughout history. 7 days ago, 14 Oct 17, 2:00pm

Goodreads

  • Supernatural Tales and Spooky Folklore
    <spoiler> Horror Week is sponsored by Audible. Enjoy a free book with your trial. </spoiler>Aaron Mahnke is the writer, host, and producer of the spooky hit podcast Lore (which is now also a TV show) as well the author…
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  • Stories That Delve into the Darkness
    <spoiler> Horror Week is sponsored by Audible. Enjoy a free book with your trial. </spoiler>Biographer Ruth Franklin's National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life places beloved hor…
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  • Exclusive Excerpt: The Creepy Thriller 'The Chalk Man'
    <spoiler> Horror Week is sponsored by Audible. Enjoy a free book with your trial. </spoiler>It's never too early to get a jump start on the big, creepy thrillers of 2018! In this exclusive excerpt from debut novelist C.…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Oct 17, 11:24pm -
  • The Campy, Bizarre World of Paperback Horror
    <spoiler> Horror Week is sponsored by Audible. Enjoy a free book with your trial. </spoiler>Grady Hendrix, who brought readers My Best Friend's Exorcism and Horrorstör, is back with a new book about the pulp horror boo…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Oct 17, 11:23pm -
  • Gather Around for Terrifying Ghost Stories
    <spoiler> Horror Week is sponsored by Audible. Enjoy a free book with your trial. </spoiler>Author Colin Dickey's Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places, takes readers to some of the country's most haunted ven…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Oct 17, 11:23pm -
  • Top 50 Favorite Horror Novels on Goodreads
    <spoiler> Horror Week is sponsored by Audible. Enjoy a free book with your trial. </spoiler> "Horror fiction has traditionally dealt in taboo… It makes monsters of household pets and begs our affection for psychos. It…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Oct 17, 3:57pm -
  • Terror-Inducing Halloween Audiobooks
    <spoiler> Horror Week is sponsored by Audible. Enjoy a free book with your trial. </spoiler>There's no reason your commute can't be creepier, your walks can't be more haunting, and your day-to-day activities just a wee…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Oct 17, 3:20pm -
  • 7 Ways Winnie-the-Pooh Inspires Readers of All Ages
    <spoiler> This post is sponsored by Goodbye Christopher Robin, now playing in select theaters. </spoiler>"I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen," Winnie-the-Pooh famously tells Piglet—which is exactly how many readers…
    - 8 days ago, 13 Oct 17, 10:36pm -

Kindle Review

Browse Books: Recent Reviews

  • Reader Review: "Sing, Unburied, Sing"
    by Nadja (California): I love Jesmyn Ward, so I grabbed this off the ARC shelf at work as soon as I saw it! She writes in a way that sucks you into the world of the characters, and manages to evoke pity even for the most unlikeable people by giving u…
    - 10 days ago, 11 Oct 17, 10:00am -
  • Reader Review: "If the Creek Don't Rise"
    by jill (NJ): Tucked in to the Appalachian Mountains, the people of Baines Creek live a hard luck, hard scrabble life. Tied together by tradition, misfortune, and a distrust of outsiders they make their way by whatever means necessary. A product of…
    - 12 days ago, 9 Oct 17, 10:00am -
  • Reader Review: "All the Ugly and Wonderful Things"
    by Michelle (Omaha, Nebraska): Alright, yes this was a tough read at times. Nothing about this book is black and white, there is just too much that matters and influence why things happen the way they do. I might have been on the fence about how I fe…
    - 16 days ago, 5 Oct 17, 10:00am -
  • Reader Review: "Cutting For Stone"
    by Becky H (Chicago): Although long (perhaps a bit too long), this tale of brothers holds your attention. When an Italian nun, woefully unprepared for a mission in Africa, turns up at a medical mission in Ethiopia, she is welcomed because of her ski…
    - 19 days ago, 2 Oct 17, 10:00am -
  • Reader Review: "All the Ugly and Wonderful Things"
    by Rebecca (Western USA): I haven't stayed up late to finish a book in a long time, but that is exactly what I did for ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS. I had to know what the outcome would be for this novel's young female protagonist in a book whic…
    - 20 days ago, 1 Oct 17, 10:00am -
  • Reader Review: "Miss Jane"
    by AnnieP (South Carolina): A very unusual book! An interesting treatment of a problem a woman and her family has to deal with from her birth and through her entire life. Even though it is the cause of her way of life, it's handled reasonably withou…
    - 30 days ago, 21 Sep 17, 10:00am -
  • Reader Review: "Being Mortal"
    by Peggy (Morton Grove, Illinois): This book adds greatly to the conversation of aging, death, and quality of life issues. It goes further than most by flipping the discussion on its head by not defining a "good death" but rather the a "good life".…
    - 33 days ago, 18 Sep 17, 10:00am -
  • Reader Review: "Castle of Water"
    by lani: What looked like an ordinary novel of 2 castaways on a deserted island in French Polynesia turned out to be anything but. Barry Bleecker, a frustrated artist and former Wall Street financier has left NYC to follow the path of Gauguin and d…
    - 36 days ago, 15 Sep 17, 10:00am -