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French serial-killer expert admits serial lies, including murder of imaginary wife Another author debunked: “Stéphane Bourgoin, whose books about murderers have sold millions, says he invented much of his experience, including training with FBI.” 85 years ago, FDR saved American writers. Could it ever happen again? David Kipen writes in the Los Angeles Times that …

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I hope that you are all staying healthy and finding solace in activities that comfort you. Book sales surge as self-isolating readers stock up on ‘bucket list’ novels From the U.K. comes news that “Book sales have leapt across the country as readers find they have extra time on their hands, with bookshops reporting a …

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Penguin Classics and Others Work to Diversify Offerings From the Canon “Across the industry, publishers are releasing titles by authors who were previously marginalized or entirely lost to history.” The critical and commercial success of these titles is a result of a combination of factors: initiative on the part of writers’ families or estates; changing …

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Big Books to Read Right Now

If there’s some extra reading time in your life right now, this article has you covered: 10 Novels Long Enough to Last a Quarantine (If you read slowly!) Long live Big Books! Seriously, please take care of yourselves and each other during this trying time.  I live in Washington State, one of the hottest spots …

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Why I’ll Never Read a Book a Week Ever Again Calling herself a slow reader, writer Hurley Winkler describes her 2019 experience of “the 52 books in 52 weeks reading challenge” she found on the literary blogosphere. During the year she finished several books she “wasn’t wild about” simply because she’d already invested time in …

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My Longest Books (cont.)

Related Post: The 20 Longest Books I Own When I started collecting data for this project, I pulled down from my shelves every book that looked bigger than most of the others. In this age of Big Data, I just couldn’t quite discard all the remaining titles after I determined the 20 longest. Therefore, here’s …

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On Margaret Atwood’s “The Blind Assassin”

Commentary on one of my all-time favorite Big Books: The Blind Assassin (2000) is a multilayered and deftly plotted work of autobiographical and historical fiction set in 20th-century Canada. In just the first few pages, layers of family history and mystery unfurl by way of a trifecta of memoir flashback, newspaper clippings and novel-within-a-novel narratives. …

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The 20 Longest Books I Own

This is not my original idea. A while back Madame Writer posted her list. She got me thinking that, given my interest in big books, I should compile my own list. Once I got started compiling a list, grabbing all the fattest books off my shelves became a compulsion. Consequently, so as not to waste all …

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6 More Big Books I Have Read & Loved

Related Posts: Links to all previous posts about Big Books are available here. 11/22/63 by Stephen King  Hardcover, 842 pages Jake Epping is a 35-year-old high school English teacher in the small town of Lisbon Falls, Maine. To earn some extra money, he also teaches English to adult GED students. The only other activity in …

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5 Big Books I’ve Read or Reread Recently

It’s been a while since I wrote about my love for Big Books (tomes of 500 or more pages). Here are the five most recent ones I’ve read. A Column of Fire by Ken Follett, 928 pages This is the final entry in Ken Follett’s Kingsbridge trilogy. (The first two are Pillars of the Earth, …

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