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8/11/14

November Newsletter

Stephen King

The horror maestro's new novel, Revival, is a Frankenstein-inspired story of fate, rock and roll, religion, and addiction, with a conclusion as terrifying as they come.

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Margaret Atwood

Happy 75th birthday to the acclaimed writer, whose wicked sense of humor is on display in Stone Mattress: Nine Tales, a new collection of dark and vengeful short fiction.

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CAST YOUR VOTE

Announcing the 2014 Nominees!

Help choose the best books of the year! Using stats from the 275 million books added, rated, and reviewed on Goodreads in 2014, we've nominated 15 books in 20 categories—including Best Fiction, Mystery, Memoir, Romance, Young Adult Fantasy, and many more. Vote now in the Opening Round, and don't forget to come back for the Semifinals and Finals in the coming weeks!

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GET SOME ANSWERS

Goodreads "Ask the Author" Goes Big Time

Check out some of the bold-faced names who are taking questions in the coming month. Don't hold back—ask that burning question!

  
Alicia Keys
Author of Blue Moon
   
Neil Gaiman, author of Hansel and Gretel
& Amanda Palmer, author of The Art of Asking

GOOD MINDS SUGGEST

Eula Biss's Favorite Books About Vaccination

The author of On Immunity shares five books that informed her critique of the myths and fears surrounding vaccination.

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Patrick Rothfuss's Favorite Works of World-Building

Visit far-flung realms in these recs from the fantasy writer whose magic-steeped new novella is The Slow Regard of Silent Things.

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Hans Ulrich Obrist's Favorite Books About Artists

Computer code and Neanderthal DNA are among the topics covered in these picks from the art-world author of Ways of Curating.

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DEBUT AUTHOR SNAPSHOT

Mallory Ortberg

Her debut, Texts from Jane Eyre, climbs into the minds of our favorite characters—from Hamlet to Nancy Drew—and imagines the hilarious text messages they might exchange.

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BEST BOOKS OF THE MONTH

The Book of Strange New Things

This haunting, genre-defying novel from the author of the 2002 bestseller The Crimson Petal and the White follows a devoted pastor whose faith and marriage are tested after he leaves Earth to minister to a distant alien population.

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The Secret History of Wonder Woman

An exploration of the origins of Wonder Woman and the secretive life of her creator, William Moulton Marston, whose interest in the early women's movement, suffragists, and feminists found voice in his female superhero.

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Mermaids in Paradise

Comedy collides with something darker in this tale of a honeymooning couple whose Caribbean getaway turns into an action-filled quest to defend real-life mermaids from the corporate powers seeking to exploit them.

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Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

by Nir Eyal (Goodreads Author)

A how-to book that explores the whats and whys behind hit products such as the iPhone and guides readers through the "Hook Model," the key to creating products people love.

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My Sister's Grave

by Robert Dugoni (Goodreads Author)

The first in Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite series, this gripping murder mystery focuses on Seattle's first female homicide detective and her 20-year hunt to find her sister's killer.

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Compulsion

by Martina Boone (Goodreads Author)

Fantasy, romance, and southern Gothic suspense mingle in this debut novel for teens, the first in a trilogy, about a young girl, Barrie, trying to escape the ancient curse that has blighted her family.

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GOODREADS POETRY CONTEST

Want your words to reach millions of people? Goodreads and the ¡POETRY!group have partnered to host an ongoing poetry contest. Join the ¡POETRY!group and vote each month to pick a winner from among the finalists. You can also submit a poem for consideration. Here is our November winner!

NANA SESTINA

by Joan Colby (Goodreads Author)
Slag falls on the black cliff. A bracelet
of fire. Look child, says Nana,
drawing back Irish lace
curtains. The wheelchair, 
contraption of cane and iron
carries her to this brink, withered and white

as old Kleenex. The room flares white
bathed in the mill's leavings. A linked bracelet
of flat cars rumbles on iron
tires over the spur. Nana
holds me on her lap. Wheels
clatter on and on unlacing

evening stars. I toy with lace
motifs of Nana's altarcloths, white
snowflakes, crystals, mandalas, wheels
of intricate thread. A bracelet
of magic spells hooked by Nana's 
tiny flashing tool of iron.

Nana has a bun of iron
hair. In her lace
apron pocket are peppermints. A banana
for after supper and three white
cubes of sugar. My mouth's a bracelet
for sweetness. Then I am wheeling

into slumber. Nana wheels
me to the cheap iron
bedstead. My dreams become a bracelet
of stars. My shoes unlaced
I am mailed between white
sheets until Manana.

In the impoverished dark, Nana
sits between parentheses of wheels.
This is a neighborhood where anything white
soon labors into hues of iron
or fringes with black lace
as slag congeals, an onyx bracelet.

I murmur. Nana tends the iron
smelter of my sleep. She wields Gaelic lullabyes lacing
the night with the white knots of love's bracelet.

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