By Ashly Moore Sheldon • November 27, 2020
You may not know what it is, but chances are you've read one. By definition, an epistolary novel is one made up partly or entirely of documents like letters, diary entries, newspaper articles, or emails. These stories capture the longing we feel for togetherness in times of separation. Here are ten of our favorites.
By William Shelton • November 25, 2020
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.
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!
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.
By Barbara Hagen • November 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.
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.
By Barbara Hagen • November 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.
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.
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.
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.