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In Praise of Female Rock Memoirs

Several great female memoirs have been published since Patti Smith's phenomenally successful Just Kids. Here's to the rise of the female rock memoir.

Fiction Set in Pakistan

Eleven books for readers of all ages.

Miles to Go Before We Sleep

In honor of Robert Frost’s birthday, we asked our book experts for a twist on the poet’s infamous line: What’s a children’s book that deals with exhaustion, parental or otherwise?

I Want a Garden!

Urban gardening books that’ll help you grow some plants even if a sprawling tomato seedling won’t fit in your studio.

Wonderful New Picture Books

We have been seeing some wonderful new picture books on our shelves recently. Here are a few of our favorites:

Exceptional New Middle Grade Books

Spring titles are still on the horizon, but already we are seeing some wonderful new middle grade fiction titles. Here are a few we think are exceptional.

Hello Out There…

What would Harry Potter look like with iPhones instead of owls? Or Romeo and Juliet, if Juliet could have texted “brb, not rly dead”?

She's Cracking the Case

Young-adult fiction is rich with young women who investigate crimes, solve mysteries, and apprentice in magical archives.

Know Your Feminisms

March is women's history month: a time to reflect on the lives and accomplishments of women and their contributions in history and in contemporary society. Who better to honor this March than history's influential feminists?

Well Done, Sister Suffragette!

Happy International Women's Day! We've compiled a list of powerful women who helped fight for women's rights.

Go, Go, Girl Detectives

Eight to 12 year olds are prime candidates for fun detective stories—and Nancy Drew isn’t the only game in town anymore! So we’ve compiled a list of series starring girl sleuths, for kids of any gender.

Love Makes the World Go 'Round: A Reading List from Open Book Night

Participants at our book social reached out to share on romantic love, artistic passion, brotherly love, love of a place, love of an idea for our February Open Book Night.

Reading Harder in 2016! Update 1

Way back at the end of 2015, a few of us accepted Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge for the upcoming year. We promised to pop in with periodic updates about our progress, and here’s our first one!

LOL-brary Books

Eliot may claim that April is the cruelest month, but we’re pretty sure it’s February.

What's Your Name?

Children's books whose namesakes are proud to be who they are.

Librarians on ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

Personal reflections on Harper Lee's first (and until now, only) novel.

Who's the King of Ohio?

Stephen King asked Twitter to come up with great novels about Ohio, and we rose to the challenge.

Finding Love in NYC, Literally

The city that never sleeps is the backdrop for some of literature’s best love stories. Here are our favorite romantic scenes that take place in the city, plus a map with their locations.

Presidential Biographies for Presidents' Day

Here is a list of biographies that will take the reader well beyond high school history and National Gallery portraits to understand these men as anything but clear-cut themselves.

In With the New! A Reading List from Open Book Night

We had asked readers to tell us about a book that helped them explore or learn something new or to share a recently discovered book or author they loved.

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