Lauren Groff

Brilliant, Under-Appreciated Books Lead This Year’s National Book Critics Circle Shortlist

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Thirty finalists across six categories will compete for this year’s National Book Critics Circle awards, which will be presented on March 17 in a ceremony that is open to the public. And although we might quibble over the exclusion of certain preferences from the list of nominees, it’s worth noting, yet again, that the category structure of the awards makes for a more interesting and perhaps fairer contest, one that also aims to put the lie to the notion that critics are more monkish and less progressive than other voting bodies.
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50 Gripping Books to Read While Traveling

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Well, boys and girls, we’ve entered the season of travel. Whether you’re heading home or to a loved one’s (or, hey, to Key West with a hot date) for the holidays, you’ll likely need a gripping, plot-heavy book to while away the hours cramped on plane or train or automobile.
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50 Great Books About Deliciously Bad Women

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What is it about bad girls that is so alluring? Maybe it’s the seized power they signify, or the agency their badness implies, or just the comebacks and leather jackets, but I always love the “bad” women in literature best. Here are some books that are blessed with such mavens, whose antics range from mere misbehavior to pure evil, who are antagonists and antiheroines and just plain heroines who just also happen to be jerks a lot of the time.
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50 Excellent Novels by Female Writers Under 50 That Everyone Should Read

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It’s pretty much been settled that everyone should read more books by women. But when looking for recommendations, it’s often all Woolf, Morrison, Lessing, Austen, Brontë. Of course, these are essential authors for a reason, and you should definitely read all of their books. That said, there’s something to catching a writer at the beginning of her career and following her for years that is supremely satisfying — not to mention the fact that young female writers need readers rather more than Jane Austen does. So in an effort to get you in on the ground floor (or at least, like, the third floor), here’s a compendium of 50 novels written by 50 female novelists under 50 that are worth your …Read More