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Thu, 13 Sep 2018 08:31:52 -0700
7 Great Books Hitting Shelves Today




Need another excuse to go to the bookstore this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day.



To create our list, we focused on the top books Goodreads members can't wait to read, which we measure by how many times a book has been added to Want to Read shelves. All these highly anticipated titles are now available! Which ones catch your eye?
























You should read this book if you like: Mysteries, the Cormoran Strike series, private investigators, private young men with secrets, sinister manor houses, tricky business relationships




























You should read this book if you like: Fantasy, A Discovery of Witches, what it truly takes to become a vampire, Paris for immortals, passionate love stories



Read our interview with Harkness here.




























You should read this book if you like: Historical fiction, adventure tales, remarkable journeys from slavery to true freedom, eccentric explorers, life-changing friendship
































You should read this book if you like: Fiction, short stories, The Kite Runner, beautiful illustrations, understanding the current refugee crisis, funding lifesaving relief efforts






























You should read this book if you like: YA science fiction, Warcross, Tokyo, fierce fights for survival, webs of betrayal, teen hackers, ruthless enemies and unexpected allies






























You should read this book if you like: History, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, road maps for aspiring leaders in every field, politics, powerful inspiration



Check out Goodwin's "starter kit" of American history.


























You should read this book if you like: Romantic comedies, dogs, tangled love lives, men as loyal as golden retrievers, charming and witty humor, embracing life's messes



Find out why Schade thinks dogs make better soul mates than men.











What are you looking forward to reading? Let's talk books in the comments!



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16 Top Essay Collections You Need to Listen To



posted by Hayley on September, 17

Mon, 10 Sep 2018 09:17:34 -0700
16 Top Essay Collections You Need to Listen To









This post is sponsored by Audible.



The word “essays” may bring up memories of tedious composition classes, but today’s collections are anything but dull. Whether it’s considering what it means to be a feminist or questioning if lobsters feel pain, these deep reflections aim to inform and immerse their audience. This is especially true when they’re read aloud on audiobooks!



To create this list of unique voices, we took a look at some of the most popular essay collections on Goodreads and Audible. From there, we narrowed down our list to only include titles with a minimum four-star rating, so you can listen to the best of the best. Which ones will you be adding to your Want to Read Shelf?


















































































































































Which of these essay collections will you be listening to? Let us know in the comments!



For more inspiration, check out the Goodreads' audiobooks page, brought to you by Audible.



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posted by Marie on September, 13

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:15:26 -0700
7 Great Books Hitting Shelves Today




Need another excuse to go to the bookstore this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day.



To create our list, we focused on the top books Goodreads members can't wait to read, which we measure by how many times a book has been added to Want to Read shelves. All these highly anticipated titles are now available! Which ones catch your eye?






















You should read this book if you like: Historical fiction, mermaids, the cost of ambition, London high society, courtesans and captains, obsessive curiosity



Read Gowar's thoughts on the mermaid trend in fiction here.





























You should read this book if you like: Nonfiction, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, provocative examinations of the intersection of science, technology, industry, and power



Check out an exclusive excerpt from the book here.
























You should read this book if you like: Thrillers, the Jane Hawk series, rogue FBI agents, secret societies, terrifying mind-control technology, saving the country
































You should read this book if you like: Contemporary fiction, Audrey Hepburn, unforgettable dinner parties, magical realism and romance, the unexpected ways people change your life






























You should read this book if you like: Fantasy, The Chronicles of the Black Company, rebel armies and soldiers, courts of sorcerers, rough-around-the-edges heroes






























You should read this book if you like: Nonfiction, suspenseful true crime narratives, the real-life inspiration behind classic novels, literary investigations, Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita































You should read this book if you like: YA fiction, the Uglies series, dystopian worlds full of intrigue and rebellion, the bond between sisters, deadly missions















What are you looking forward to reading? Let's talk books in the comments!



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posted by Hayley on September, 10

Mon, 17 Sep 2018 09:05:40 -0700
Why Dogs Can Make Better Soul Mates Than Men













For Victoria Schade, "must loves dogs" is a requirement. Before writing her debut novel, the charming romantic comedy Life on the Leash, she worked as a dog trainer for over seventeen years and was the lead animal ranger on Animal Planet’s beloved Puppy Bowl. Here Schade shares how happily ever afters are the best with dogs.







When I climb into bed at the end of the day, I have three possible cuddling partners.




One of my bedmates is your typical romance novel heartthrob, all good looks and quick wit. Another is a platinum blonde who worships me with an ardor I’ve never experienced before. My final bedmate is the dark and mysterious type who rewards me with affection only when I’ve earned it.




















Before you start to wonder about my lifestyle choices, let me assure you that only one of my cuddle partners is human. Much like Cora, the main character of my novel, Life on the Leash, I kiss my dog on the mouth, and I make room in my bed for my dogs.



Tom, my husband of eighteen years, is used to actively competing with scruffy white Olive and sleek black Millie in order to make contact with me. Of course, I could banish our dogs to the foot of the bed so that I could better love up on Tom, but I’m convinced that sleeping with dogs is cozier, cuter, and generally more rewarding than sleeping with dudes.




First, the sheer creativity of canine cuddles puts human snuggles to shame. A dog can nestle her head in the crook of your neck, and it feels like a cashmere scarf. If your human partner opts for the same position, you’ll likely end up with a hot blast of "bed-breath" every five seconds—and the snoring to go along with it. You can bet that your human co-sleeper would never curl up in the space behind your knees, but your dog can fit there like a puzzle piece. And when it comes to the foot situation, what would you rather have resting against your back, puppy paws or callused, stinky dude feet?




Then there’s the warmth factor to consider. The expression “three dog night” exists for a reason, and even a single dog can generate enough heat to keep the average human cozy. Dogs seem to have a special thermometer that adjusts to their person’s temperature, like a self-regulating electric blanket. In the summer, they downshift the warmth so that they can maintain their position nearby without crock-potting you, and in the winter, hello heat blaster. But that’s not the case with your typical human bedmate. Summer snuggles with a guy mean communal sweat, and winter snuggles are a battle of dueling thermometers: hot torso and cold feet.










































































Now, that’s not to say that our dogs are perfect bedmates. Some dogs are bed hogs, and some don’t take kindly to being accidentally awakened in the middle of the night. There’s also the shedding factor to contend with. Sure, spooning against a silky coat feels amazing, but the next day you’re left with the furry evidence on your sheets. And let’s not forget that our dogs spend part of their day laying on the ground, which means that the all of the grime on their fur and paws will also end up in your bed.
But Dog fans agree that the ick-factor is a small price to pay when it comes to canine cuddles.



Our dogs’ commitment to quality snuggling is unmatched by most men. Sure, our dudes have some awesome stuff to offer that our dogs can’t give us—muscular arms, slobber-free kisses, and, ahem, “grown-up hugs”—but I contend that a sleepy-time cuddle from a dog is an unbeatable treat.




Usually, Tom manages to snake his hand between Millie and Olive to touch my elbow, and he knows that’s probably the extent of the contact. Most nights, Olive curls up by my left shoulder, Millie stretches out to align her spine with mine, Tom grabs whatever body part he can reach, and all is right in our cozy king-size bed.







Victoria Schade's Life on the Leash is now available. Add it to you Want to Read shelf here.







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posted by Hayley on September, 21

Tue, 04 Sep 2018 05:56:47 -0700
Fall in Love: The Most Anticipated Romance Books of the Season














This post is sponsored by International Guy: Paris by NYT bestselling romance author Audrey Carlan.





New season, new soul mates. Clear some space on your bookshelf because the next few months are full of swoon-worthy stories for every type of romance reader.





To find our list of sexy and sweet must-reads, we took a look at books published from October to December—focusing on anticipation and early reviews, taking into account how many times a book has been added to members' Want to Read shelves. (If you're curious about how to read and rate prepublished books, check out our book giveaways.)



Now let's get to the good stuff. How many of these big books will you be checking out?









You've Cast a Literal Spell on Me

Paranormal romance










Release: October 30









Release: October 30









Release: December 4









Release: December 15











Someday My Modern-Day Prince Will Come

Contemporary romance










Release: October 9









Release: October 30









Release: November 5









Release: December 4











This Love Might Be the Death of Me

Romantic suspense










Release: October 2









Release: November 6









Release: November 12









Release: December 4













Hold My Bonnet, Boys

Historical romance










Release: November 20









Release: November 27









Release: December 4









Release: December 18











Let's Play the Field

Sports romance










Release: October 15









Release: October 29









Release: November 13









Release: November 20














posted by Hayley on September, 17

Fri, 31 Aug 2018 07:21:54 -0700
7 Great Books Hitting Shelves Today




Need another excuse to go to the bookstore this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day.



To create our list, we focused on the top books Goodreads members can't wait to read, which we measure by how many times a book has been added to Want to Read shelves. All these highly anticipated titles are now available! Which ones catch your eye?






















You should read this book if you like: Historical fiction, World War II, incredible acts of bravery and compassion, novels based on true events, unforgettable love stories



Check out our interview with Morris here.





























You should read this book if you like: Young adult fiction, murder mysteries, Serial and other true crime podcasts, sisters with complicated relationships



Check out our interview with Summers here.


























You should read this book if you like: Biographies, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, original interviews and oral histories, portraits of American icons, television history
































You should read this book if you like: Psychological thrillers, Behind Her Eyes, terrifying secret pasts, not knowing who to trust, headline-making scandals






























You should read this book if you like: Contemporary romance, Love and Other Words, quirky heroines with "an army of pets," comically bad blind dates, competitive friendships






























You should read this book if you like: Greek mythology, history from the female perspective, the Trojan War, nuanced character studies, the impact of war on individual lives































You should read this book if you like: Nonfiction, Reading People, books about books, reflections on the readers' life, literary companions, fun facts about writing and publishing

















What are you looking forward to reading? Let's talk books in the comments!



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posted by Hayley on September, 04

Tue, 28 Aug 2018 22:08:06 -0700
Shelf-Discipline: How to Read More Before Your Next Book Spree



At Goodreads, we always encourage our members to read more. But sometimes, the number of books still waiting on your Want to Read shelf can feel a little daunting…










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So we asked avid readers on Facebook and Twitter if they’ve ever tried a book-buying hiatus: a temporary (and we stress temporary), self-imposed ban from buying more books until they finish the current ones on their to-read list.



Needless to say, some reactions were (understandably) strong...











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But overall, there was sound advice from fellow bibliophiles who have survived, thrived, and ultimately enjoyed more stories as a result. Below is a list of some the most popular tips and tricks. Let us know which ones speak to you in the comments.



Happy reading!











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1. "I tell myself that I need to read at least three books that I’ve bought and haven’t read yet," says Jimmy.




2. "If I find a book interesting, I take a picture of the cover to add to my to-read list. That way, I can put the book back without truly losing it," says Samantha.




3. "I work across the street from my favorite bookstore, so I park as far away in the opposite direction as possible," says Hannah.




4. "The best way to conquer [a book-buying ban] is by revisiting a library or joining a new library. Also, keeping a record of how much you're saving by USING the library leads to a pretty good high," says Lauren.




5. "I make a list of the books I want to buy and give myself a certain timeframe. If I finish my book buying ban, I start checking them off one by one as a reward," says Josie.




6. "I have a lot of physical books (it’s my preference), but I was still buying and borrowing from the library. So I took little, easy-to-peel-off stickers and put them on unread books, then I ascribed an amount: $2 for each book I read. Now I have a reward system that has me reading the books I own, but still lets me buy new books,'" says Ashley.




7. "Put all the books you own and haven’t read in a stack or [on an] eye-level shelf where they glare at you every time you walk out your door. Visualize it when you’re tempted to buy a book," says Kim.




8. "Can't buy anything when you have no money," says Clay.




9."Tips for sticking with it are to do the ban with a friend or two. It helps keep you accountable. Also, library, library, library," says Elena.














Have you ever tried a book-buying hiatus? Share your experience with us in the comments!



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posted by Marie on August, 31

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 17:25:09 -0700
The Ultimate Fall Reading List for YA Book Fans



It’s time to cozy up with a new season of favorites, YA readers! From contemporary standalones that promise all the feels to fantastical finales guaranteed to cause book hangovers, there’s something for every well-versed fan of the genre to enjoy.



So how did we create this list of young adult must-reads? We took a look at the top titles publishing between September and December. This was measured by how many times a book has been added to Goodreads members' shelves. From there, we narrowed down our list to only include books that were rated at least four stars by early reviewers. If you're curious about how to read and rate prepublished books, check out our book giveaways.



Which of these fall gems will you be adding to your Want to Read shelf? Share them with us in the comments!








Contemporary








Release: September 4









Release: September 11












Pride






Release: September 18









Release: October 9















Release: October 9









Release: October 9












A Very Large Expanse of Sea






Release: October 16









Release: November 6










Historical Fiction








Release: September 11









Release: September 15











Escaping from Houdini






Release: September 18









Release: September 25














Release: October 2









Release: October 23











Pulp






Release: November 13









Release: November 20










Science Fiction & Dystopia








Release: September 4









Release: September 11











Dry






Release: October 2









Release: October 9














Release: October 30









Release: November 6











This Splintered Silence






Release: November 13









Release: December 18










Fantasy








Release: September 4









Release: October 2











Shadow of The Fox






Release: October 2









Release: October 9














Release: October 23









Release: November 6











Queen of Air and Darkness






Release: December 4









Release: December 31













Which YA books are you dying to read this season? Let us know in the comments!



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posted by Marie on August, 28

Tue, 11 Sep 2018 14:06:46 -0700
Exclusive Excerpt: Reese Witherspoon's Lifelong Love of Books








Reese Witherspoon is an actress, producer, entrepreneur, and head of a successful book club. This month she adds the title of author to her rapidly expanding resume. Check out this exclusive excerpt from her new lifestyle book, Whiskey In a Teacup where she discusses our favorite topic: books.










The Perfect Book Club






From the minute I could read, I always had my nose in a book. Every year when we got out of school in May for the summer, we would receive a summer reading list, and there’d be two required-reading books and five optional books. I wanted them all, and my grandmother would buy them for me. I spent lazy summers lying on the back porch of her house reading books that filled my summers with imagination and creative learning.



I love a great story—tales of adventure, historical fiction, mysteries. Reading is a relaxing escape to another world. Early on, Dorothea was the one who fostered a love of reading in John and me. Just as she’d done with my dad and uncle when they were young, she took us on outings to Nashville bookstores such as Davis-Kidd to browse the shelves and pick out a book. When I was really young, my grandmother read stories out loud to me in a very theatrical way.



She started with picture books, but by the time we were about four years old, she graduated us into chapter books. I would sit on her lap, and she would read in all the different voices and accents. She did A. A. Milne’s Now We Are Six and Margery WilliamsThe Velveteen Rabbit with particular verve. I think watching her perform a book probably inspired me to become an actor. It also made me love reading, and fiction in particular.



Dorothea adored her book collection, and I’m fortunate enough to have some of her old first editions, including East of Eden. She read us some Jane Austen novels and a lot of southern literature, plenty of stories about little kids and their grandmas. She was a first-grade teacher, so she had all kinds of books around that were appropriate for kindergartners, but I just remember that she read and read and read to us. She always played music on her record player for us to dance to. And she had a lot of stories on the record player, so I could listen to Disney stories and follow along in the books.



Today, I consider books my friends. I love having them around, because they remind me of the times in my life when I was reading them. I organize my books by color. I take the dust jacket off, and then I know where it belongs. If it’s a white book, it goes in the white section. If it’s red, it goes in the red section. I find those rows of books so pretty to look at, and it’s also great because you do it once and then you’re done. No constant realphabetizing or anything like that.



My favorite book is Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair. I just love that book. He’s such a beautiful writer. He’ll break your heart. I also love Lorrie Moore. Birds of America was a really important book for me in my early twenties, because it was so insightful about how women make decisions and how we all have different attitudes toward relationships. Similarly, I find Ann Patchett’s This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage endlessly inspiring. When I read it, I feel like she’s my smart, brilliant friend, and we’re just having a conversation about life, marriage, divorce—all the big topics.








































































And then of course there’s Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, The Little Friend, and The Goldfinch. Authors who take the time and care to write about the details of life are so incredible to me. I have a deep appreciation for writers who are that observant and poignant.



The South has contributed a great deal to literature. I love Julia Reed’s books. They have hilarious titles, such as But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria! I’ve been lucky enough to meet her in person. She sure knows how to spin a yarn, both at dinner parties and in her books. She knows the exact right moment to whisper a secret or a dirty joke. Then she laughs this magnificent laugh.



I love small, independent bookstores, such as Ann Patchett’s Parnassus Books in Nashville. They create real community togetherness. There are also fantastic book festivals all over the South, such as the Southern Festival of Books in downtown Nashville, right in front of the Capitol Building. Small presses are represented there, as well as best-selling authors.



Books make the best gifts, too. For children and adults alike, I love the Penguin Classics books. I think they’re so beautiful, and they’re a nice keepsake.



Recently, I’ve taken my love of books online with an Instagram book club that lets me share some of my favorites. Here are a few of my selections:






The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

Braving the Wilderness by Bren



Exclusive Excerpt: How Astrophysics Helped Washington Win the Revolutionary War















In their highly anticipated Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military, acclaimed astrophysicist and 2017 Goodreads Choice Award-winner Neil deGrasse Tyson along with writer-researcher Avis Lang examine how the methods and tools of astrophysics have been enlisted for centuries in the service of war, spanning early celestial navigation to satellite-enabled warfare.



The following exclusive excerpt from the book examines George Washington’s military use of a spyglass, an early astronomy tool, during the American Revolutionary War.










Arming the Eye






In colonial America, almost anyone who wanted a telescope—or, indeed, almost any scientific instrument—would have ordered it from London or Paris. Many of the men shelling out pounds sterling for a telescope constructed by the esteemed English instrument makers John and Peter Dollond had been born or educated in Great Britain or identified with British interests in the colonies. Others were rebels, members of the Continental Congress, officers of the Continental Army, signers of the Declaration of Independence. In 1776 at King’s College (forerunner of New York City’s Columbia University), for instance, while the president, most of the faculty, and half the students declared themselves loyalists, the college’s Irish-born librarian and tutor Robert Harpur, an astronomer, joined the rebels.



Gradually the study of astronomy, geography, mathematics, and physics in the colonies gained ground. Usefulness—“an Inclination join’d with an Ability to serve Mankind, one’s Country, Friends and Family,” as Benjamin Franklin put it—became a major goal of education and scientific inquiry. In 1743 in Philadelphia, Franklin and fellow enquirers founded the American Philosophical Society, dedicated to the pursuit of “all philosophical Experiments that let Light into the Nature of Things, tend to increase the Power of Man over Matter, and multiply the Conveniences or Pleasures of Life.” Four decades later in Massachusetts, a similarly enquiring crew founded the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (whose seal features Minerva, the Roman goddess of both war and wisdom) to “advance the interest, honour, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people.” Franklin, Washington, and other founding fathers soon joined their ranks. And if all that doesn’t make you yearn for yesteryear, consider this: the fourth US presidential election, in 1800, pitted the serving president of the American Philosophical Society against the serving president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.



Before that, of course, there had to be a first presidential election, which was preceded by George Washington’s taking command of the Continental Army in 1775. One of Washington’s early initiatives was the collection of military equipment for use in the field. Clothing and tents were big concerns; spyglasses for his officers were another. As the campaign for control of New York drew near, he also set his sights on getting a powerful telescope through which to observe British camps on Long Island and British ships in the Hudson River. The only one he knew of anywhere in the colonies was at King’s College.



New Yorkers were pleased to cooperate. The records of the New-York Convention of August 1776—one month after the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and ratified the Declaration of Independence—include the following resolution:




Whereas his Excellency General Washington is in want of the use of a good Telescope; and whereas a good Telescope is absolutely necessary for the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, to discover the arrangements and operations of the enemy:



Resolved, That the Chairman of the General Committee of the City of New-York, with such other members of that Committee as he may think proper, take and deliver to His Excellency General Washington, for his use, the Telescope which belongs to, and is part of the apparatus of the College of New-York.



No. 2. Resolved, That the Convention of this State of New-York will indemnify the governours of the College at New-York, for any injury, loss, or damage, that may happen to the Telescope belonging to the said College.





By August 7, the instrument had been delivered to Washington’s headquarters in New York City. Soon afterward, Washington wrote to Brigadier General George Clinton (who would soon become the governor of New York State and eventually Jefferson’s and Madison’s vice president): “By intelligence received and movements observed of the enemy, we have the greatest reason to believe a general attack will be made in the course of a few days.”



Of course, the mere possession of a telescope to provide intelligence is no guarantee of victory. At the end of August, the British routed the Revolutionary Army on Long Island, and the remaining soldiers escaped to Manhattan Island in the dead of night. On September 5 Washington wrote to Major General William Heath, advising him how to conduct his operations under the dangerous conditions at hand:



As everything in a manner depends upon obtaining intelligence of the enemy’s motions, I do most earnestly entreat you and General Clinton to exert yourselves to accomplish this most desirable end. Leave no stone unturned, nor do not stick at expense to bring this to pass…






Keep, besides this precaution, constant lookouts (with good glasses [that is, spyglasses]) on some commanding heights that look well on to the other shore (and especially into the bays, where boats can be concealed), that they may observe, more particularly in the evening, if there be any uncommon movements…I should much approve of small harassing parties, stealing, as it were, over in the night, as they might keep the enemy alarmed, and more than probably bring off a prisoner, from whom some valuable intelligence may be obtained.











































































The advice was excellent (the CIA and various writers deem George Washington a first-rate intelligence chief and spymaster), but the results were mixed. By mid-November the British and their mercenaries had taken over all of Manhattan, and Washington’s forces had retreated to New Jersey. By mid-December the much-defeated Revolutionary Army was running out of resources, soldiers, time, and morale. Nevertheless, five thousand or so hungry men and a handful of women under Washington’s command, many of them sick, some of them barefoot, reached the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River before the worst of winter set in. To make the journey, they had seized every heavy wooden cargo boat they could lay their hands on. Soon the remnants of a couple of other divisions joined them.



On the windy, sleeting night of December 25, 1776, more than two thousand soldiers made it back to the New Jersey side of the river. At dawn they took the enemy by surprise at Trenton. It was a remarkable turnaround. Emanuel Leutze’s heroic painting Washington Crossing the Delaware—honoring both the imminent victory and the newborn nation—depicts a line of rowboats stretching almost to the horizon, with Washington standing tall and determined in the foremost boat, his right leg planted on the bow as the multi-ethnic crew of revolutionaries struggles with poles and oars in the ice-choked river and light begins to flood the morning sky. At the commander’s left side hangs a saber; in his right hand is a telescope.






Excerpted selection of “Arming the Eye” from Accessory to War by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang. Copyright © 2018 by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang. Used with permission of the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. All rights reserved.








Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military is now available. Add it to your Want to Read shelf here.











Top Image: Washington Crossing the Delaware (1871), by George Caleb Bingham.


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  • Кто автор
    Айн Рэнд (1905-1982) - наша бывшая соотечественница, ставшая культовой американской писательницей. Автор четырех романов-бестселлеров и многочисленных статей. Создатель философской концепции, в основе которой лежит принцип свободы воли, главенство рациональности и "нравственность разумного эгоизма".

    Ключевые понятия
    Свобода, предпринимательство, государство, философия объективизма.



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    Цена:
    1099 руб

    Джордж Оруэлл 1984
    1984
    Своеобразный антипод второй великой антиутопии XX века — "О дивный новый мир" Олдоса Хаксли. Что, в сущности, страшнее: доведенное до абсурда "общество потребления" — или доведенное до абсолюта "общество идеи"?
    По Оруэллу, нет и не может быть ничего ужаснее тотальной несвободы......

    Цена:
    159 руб

    Джоджо Мойес Всё та же я
    Всё та же я
    Луиза Кларк приезжает в Нью-Йорк, готовая начать новую жизнь. И попадает в другой мир, в чужой дом, полный секретов. Радужные мечты разбиваются о жестокую реальность, но Луиза со свойственным ей чувством юмора не унывает. Она твердо знает, что рано или поздно найдет способ обрести себя. А еще обязательно получит ответ на вопрос: кого же она на самом деле любит?..

    Впервые на русском языке!...

    Цена:
    359 руб

    Джек Кэнфилд, Марк В. Хансен, Эми Ньюмарк Куриный бульон для души. 101 лучшая история Chicken Soup for the Soul: 20th Anniversary Edition: All Your Favorite Original Stories Plus 20 Bonus Stories for the Next 20 Years
    Куриный бульон для души. 101 лучшая история
    В детстве, когда вы болели, ваша бабушка давала вам куриный бульон. Сегодня питание и забота нужны вашей душе. Маленькие истории из "Куриного бульона" - исцелят душевные раны и укрепят дух, дадут вашим мечтам новые крылья и откроют секрет самого большого счастья - счастья делиться и любить.
    Маленький мальчик из простой семьи знакомится с тремя президентами. Мать-одиночка заводит Книгу Желаний - и все ее мечты исполняются. Неудавшаяся актриса обретает истинное счастье, узнав что у нее... рак. Самая красивая девушка города влюбляется в горбуна после двух фраз. Учительница устраивает похороны вместо урока. 13-летняя девочка продает 45 526 коробки печенья, чтобы осуществить мамину мечту. И другие 95 поразительных историй, от которых вы не сможете оторваться".

    БОЛЕЕ 500 000 ПРОДАННЫХ КОПИЙ

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    История успеха:
    1993 Год: Книга, которую никто не хотел издавать / #1 New York Times Bestseller / 20 000 проданных копий
    2003 Год: + 180 новых книг в серии / Серия-бестселлер / 80 000 проданных копий
    2013 Год: Около 250 книг в серии / Самая продаваемая серия в истории / Более 500 000 000 проданных экземпляров

    Как все начиналось
    История создания книги "Куриный бульон" вдохновляет не меньше, чем маленькие истории, из которых она состоит.
    Джек Кэнфилд и Марк Хансен, оба популярные мотивационные спикеры, любили свои выступления "приправить" парочкой вдохновляющих историй. После тренингов многие обращались к ним: "А где можно найти ту историю про девочку-скаута? Я бы купил книгу ее сыну". "А та история про парня и щенка - ее можно где-то прочитать?".
    В течение года Кэнфилд и Хансен записывали истории, которые пережили сами или услышали от знакомых, и когда их набралось 101 - разослали по издательствам. Они получили 144 отказа.
    Тогда Джек и Марк решили найти покупателей еще до публикации книги, в надежде переубедить издателей. Они рассказывали о ней своим знакомым и слушателям тренингов, и всех, кто был заинтересован, просила написать расписку о покупке будущей книги. Когда таких расписок набралось более 20 000, Джек и Марк снова обратились к издателям.
    Книгу напечатали, и все, кто давал обещание, купили ее. А дальше... продажи встали. Джек и Марк не хотели сдаваться. У них была цель - продать 1, 5 миллиона за 1,5 года.
    Тогда они придумали "Правило пяти": ежедневно совершать по пять активных шагов по продвижению и продаже книги. С этого момента Кэнфилд и Хансен каждый день рассылали по 5 экземпляров журналистам, голливудским звездам, делали по 5 звонков руководителям компаний с предложением подарить книги сотрудникам. В итоге через 1,5 года было продано 1.3 миллиона экземпляров.
    Издатель попросил написать продолжение.
    Со временем книга, которую отвергли 144 издательства, стала одним из самых успешных проектов в истории книгоиздания....

    Цена:
    234 руб

    Фредрик Бакман Бабушка велела кланяться и передать, что просит прощения Min Mormor Halsar och Sager Forlat
    Бабушка велела кланяться и передать, что просит прощения
    Эльсе семь, и она непохожа на других семилетних девочек. Ее бабушке семьдесят семь, и она тоже непохожа на других бабушек. Ведь мало какой бабушке взбредет в голову флиртовать с полицейским или сбежать из больницы, чтобы залезть в вольер к обезьянам. Но бабушка - лучший и единственный друг Эльсы. Каждую ночь они вместе отправляются в Просонье - удивительную страну, где время измеряется вечностями и сказками и никто не должен быть "нормальным". Однажды бабушка уходит в Просонье навсегда, оставляя Эльсе только письма. Их нужно передать тем, у кого бабушка хочет попросить прощения за свои ошибки. Эльсе предстоит узнать, что герои и чудовища живут не только в сказочных королевствах....

    Цена:
    444 руб

    Ю Несбе Пентаграмма
    Пентаграмма
    В спокойном и сонном летнем Осло совершено убийство - дерзкое и вызывающее. Виновник оставил полиции не только орудие преступления, но и маленький бриллиант в форме пятиконечной звезды, спрятав его под веком покойного. Вскоре норвежскую столицу потрясает череда загадочных событий, мистически связанных с цифрой пять: о ней настойчиво напоминают пять лучей звезды и изуродованная ладонь. Каждый пятый день полиция находит новую жертву таинственного преступника, которому всякий раз удается ускользнуть незамеченным.

    Aвторская серия остросюжетных детективов о приключениях инспектора Харри Холе:
    Дело #1: "Полет летучей мыши"
    Дело #2: "Тараканы"
    Дело #3: "Красношейка"
    Дело #4: "Богиня мести"
    Дело #5: "Пентаграмма"
    Дело #6: "Спаситель"
    Дело #7: "Снеговик"
    Дело #8: "Леопард"
    Дело #9: "Призрак"
    ...

    Цена:
    174 руб

    Кэнфилд Джек; Хансен Марк Виктор; Ньюмарк Эми Куриный бульон для души. 101 история о любви Chicken Soup for the Soul: True Love: 101 Heartwarming and Humorous Stories about Dating, Romance, Love, And Marriage
    Куриный бульон для души. 101 история о любви
    В детстве, когда вы болели, ваша бабушка давала вам куриный бульон. Сегодня питание и забота нужны вашей душе. Маленькие истории из "Куриного бульона" - исцелят душевные раны и укрепят дух, дадут вашим мечтам новые крылья и откроют секрет самого большого счастья - счастья делиться и любить.
    Что делать, если ты влюбился и ты…. монах. Чем заканчивается свидание, которое начинается с разбитой фары. Оригинальный способ встретить Принца - коллекционировать лягушат. Разведенная женщина 33 лет встречает первую любовь - школьного учителя. Как не отчаяться, когда все вокруг выходят замуж, а ты все ждешь. Чем больше детей, тем меньше романтики - или наоборот?! И другие 95 волнующих историй о любви, от которых вы не сможете оторваться.

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    История успеха:
    1993 Год: Книга, которую никто не хотел издавать / #1 New York Times Bestseller / 20 000 проданных копий
    2003 Год: + 180 новых книг в серии / Серия-бестселлер / 80 000 проданных копий
    2013 Год: Около 250 книг в серии / Самая продаваемая серия в истории / Более 500 000 проданных экземпляров

    Как все начиналось
    История создания книги "Куриный бульон" вдохновляет не меньше, чем маленькие истории, из которых она состоит.
    Джек Кэнфилд и Марк Хансен, оба популярные мотивационные спикеры, любили свои выступления "приправить" парочкой вдохновляющих историй. После тренингов многие обращались к ним: "А где можно найти ту историю про девочку-скаута? Я бы купил книгу ее сыну". "А та история про парня и щенка - ее можно где-то прочитать?".
    В течение года Кэнфилд и Хансен записывали истории, которые пережили сами или услышали от знакомых, и когда их набралось 101 - разослали по издательствам. Они получили 144 отказа.
    Тогда Джек и Марк решили найти покупателей еще до публикации книги, в надежде переубедить издателей. Они рассказывали о ней своим знакомым и слушателям тренингов, и всех, кто был заинтересован, просила написать расписку о покупке будущей книги. Когда таких расписок набралось более 20 000, Джек и Марк снова обратились к издателям.
    Книгу напечатали, и все, кто давал обещание, купили ее. А дальше… продажи встали. Джек и Марк не хотели сдаваться. У них была цель - продать 1, 5 миллиона за 1,5 года.
    Тогда они придумали "Правило пяти": ежедневно совершать по пять активных шагов по продвижению и продаже книги. С этого момента Кэнфилд и Хансен каждый день рассылали по 5 экземпляров журналистам, голливудским звездам, делали по 5 звонков руководителям компаний с предложением подарить книги сотрудникам. В итоге через 1,5 года было продано 1.3 миллиона экземпляров.
    Издатель попросил написать продолжение.
    Со временем книга, которую отвергли 144 издательства, стала одним из самых успешных проектов в истории книгоиздания....

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    242 руб

    Сара Джио Назад к тебе Back to You
    Назад к тебе
    Когда-то общественность потрясла история Шарлотты, которая попала в кораблекрушение во время медового месяца и вернулась домой лишь спустя два года. Она провела много времени в открытом море, а затем на необитаемом острове в компании нелюдимого мужчины по имени Грэй, благодаря которому смогла выжить.
    Спустя много лет Шарлотта находит на берегу послание в бутылке. Это невероятно, но из него следует, что Грэй все еще ждет ее на острове, и, по его мнению, с момента их расставания прошли считаные дни......

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    370 руб

    Генри Райдер Хаггард Айша. Возвращение Айши. Дочь Мудрости
    Айша. Возвращение Айши. Дочь Мудрости
    Генри Райдер Хаггард принадлежит к писателям так называемого апофеозного романтизма с его особой этикой, подразумевающей духовное и эмоциональное обновление человека. Возможно, именно этого так не хватает нашему прагматичному веку, и потому книгами Хаггарда, увидевшими свет на рубеже XIX–XX столетий, зачитываются миллионы наших современников во всем мире. Автору знаменитых приключенческих романов, таких как "Копи царя Соломона", "Аллан Квотермейн", "Дитя из слоновой кости", "Священный цветок", не чужда была и тема вечной женственности, бессмертной неувядающей красоты, которой он посвятил мистическую трилогию об Айше - Той, чье слово закон, непредсказуемой, прекрасной, обреченной на вечное одиночество...

    В свой двадцать пятый день рождения Лео Винси, согласно завещанию отца, должен открыть оставленный им загадочный ларец. В нем находятся древние свитки, черепок керамики и письмо, в котором говорится о многовековой тайне предков Винси. Разгадка кроется в дебрях Восточной Африки, куда и направляется Лео в компании профессора Хорейса Холли. Они попадают в плен к туземцам, которыми правит таинственная королева Айша. "Если верить молве, Она бессмертна и обладает властью над всем сущим"…
    В том вошли романы "Айша", "Возвращение Айши", "Дочь Мудрости" (переводится на русский язык впервые). Книга иллюстрирована великолепными классическими рисунками Мориса Грайфенхагена и Чарльза Керра....

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    579 руб

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    Часодеи. Часовая башня
    Все ключники должны попасть во Временной Разрыв и найти Расколотый Замок. Василиса готова сделать все, чтобы доказать умение управлять временем. Но Елена Мортинова обязательно встанет на ее пути. Сможет ли девочка противостоять влиятельной подруге отца? А ведь еще Василисе нужно успеть спасти фею Диану, поступить в часовую школу и... найти ключ к сердцу самого близкого человека.

    Наталья Щерба: «Наконец-то нашёлся взрослый, с которым можно обсудить Гарри Поттера!» – статья на OZON Гид....

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