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The Mystery of Manderley

Menabilly: The Real-Life Inspiration for DuMaurier's Rebecca

By William SheltonNovember 25, 2020

During a holiday in Fowey, Daphne Du Maurier caught small glimpses of a mansion in the woods. "That's Menabilly, but you can't go there..." is what she was told. This mysterious house captured her imagination and her attention, and her determination to unravel the secrets of that home lead to one of America's most loved novels.

Make Your Loved Ones' Holidays Brighter: Give Books!

Buzzed-about 2020 Titles That Are Sure to Delight This Holiday Season

By Karen DeGroot Carter • November 23, 2020

Even if your holiday shopping list includes people of all ages with varied interests, chances are they’d love to discover some new books! Check out these hot 2020 titles and buy one (or two!) for the book lovers in your life this holiday season.

Giving Thanks: 12 Books to Inspire Gratitude at Any Age

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • November 20, 2020

For many of us, 2020 has been a tough year. From the pandemic to natural disasters to divisive political battles, it has been one thing after another. Finding gratitude for the good things may feel harder than usual, but one thing that never fails to make us feel thankful is books!

Happy Birthday to the Marvelous Margaret Atwood

A Most Versatile Author

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • November 18, 2020

Margaret Atwood is 81 years old today! The renowned Canadian author has been publishing poetry, novels, nonfiction, children’s books, and more since 1961, but her star just keeps on rising. Known largely for books like The Handmaid’s Tale, you may be surprised to learn that speculative fiction actually represents a small fraction of the versatile author’s work.

6 Reasons to Love DVDs & Blu-rays

By Barbara HagenNovember 17, 2020

Digital content is everywhere. In fact, I believe there's never been more choices in streaming subscription services than right now. Yet DVD and Blu-ray movie and TV show sales have been increasing. For some, this interest in DVDs and Blu-ray may have caught you off guard. If so, let me share my top 6 reasons to love those shiny discs.

The Celebration of Diverse Voices Served Up by the 2020 National Book Awards

Enjoy a Wide Variety of Insights From the Finalists for the Prestigious Awards

By Karen DeGroot Carter • November 16, 2020

One of the most exciting aspects of this year's National Book Awards is the diversity of the books and authors featured. From fiction and nonfiction to poetry, young people's literature, and translated works, this year's National Book Awards finalists provide a variety of perspectives.

Remembering to Be Kind

By Barbara HagenNovember 13, 2020

Kindness is one of the things we learn earliest in life. Learning to say "please" and "thank you." Being respectful. Learning to share. We should all be pretty good at this kindness thing, but when I look around...social media posts, or news stories, or even just observe society around us, it is clear our early education in kindness has fallen by the wayside. On this World Kindness Day, November 13, 2020, let's all take a few minutes and remember some of those early life lessons.

For Movember, We Moustache You to Read These Books!

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • November 12, 2020

Are you noticing a proliferation of furry faces around you? Maybe it's due to cooler weather, but more likely it's because of Movember, a month dedicated to raising awareness around men's health—with facial hair. Here's our recommended reading list.

In Honor of Native American Heritage Month

15 Powerful Books By and About Indigenous People

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • November 11, 2020

November is Native American Heritage Month—a great time to pick up some of the resonant new titles by and about Indigenous people. We’ve curated a list of standouts in poetry, nonfiction, and fiction from the last several years. For younger readers, check out our post from last November.

Riveting Reads to Enjoy with the Whole Family

By Karen DeGroot Carter • November 09, 2020

Want to help your children succeed? Read with them! These eight entertaining books are perfect for reading aloud—and can even entertain readers of different ages. Pick a few and start making memories as you share silly, heart-warming, and exciting stories with your family.

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