Favorite Childhood Books: GreatNewBooks Team Post
Feb01

Favorite Childhood Books: GreatNewBooks Team Post

For fun, the ten of us on the GNB team — Lindsey Mead, Nina Badzin, Jess Vealitzek, Hallie Sawyer, Stacey Loscalzo, Katie Noah Gibson, Julia Munroe Martin, Jessica Flaxman, Pamela Hunt Cloyd, and Jennifer King — thought we would enjoy opening up the conversation of Favorite Childhood Books to share here at GreatNewBooks.org with you! We worked hard to each try and pick our favorite book from growing up. Between the ten of...

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The Ancient Minstrel by Jim Harrison
Jan18

The Ancient Minstrel by Jim Harrison

The Ancient Minstrel by Jim Harrison My stepdad turned me onto Jim Harrison, who is best known for writing Legends of the Fall, which I’ve never read, incidentally. (I loved the movie, though.) Harrison, who died last year, reminds me of a cross between John Steinbeck and Ernest Hemingway. In fact, he reminds me of a well-known Steinbeck character, Doc. He was an avid outdoorsman, a sensitive poet, a nature and animal lover, but also...

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The GNB Most Anticipated Books of 2017
Jan04

The GNB Most Anticipated Books of 2017

All ten of us on the GNB team — Lindsey Mead, Nina Badzin, Jess Vealitzek, Hallie Sawyer, Stacey Loscalzo, Pamela Hunt Cloyd, Katie Noah Gibson, Julia Munroe Martin, Jessica Flaxman, and Jennifer King — love to read. We thought a fun beginning-of-year Best of 2017 post would be to share books we’re excited to read in 2017! All year, we share books on Wednesdays which we’ve read and thoroughly love. We hope,...

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Favorite Books We Finally Got Around to Reading in 2016
Dec28

Favorite Books We Finally Got Around to Reading in 2016

All ten of us on the GNB team — Lindsey Mead, Nina Badzin, Jess Vealitzek, Hallie Sawyer, Stacey Loscalzo, Pamela Hunt Cloyd, Katie Noah Gibson, Julia Munroe Martin, Jessica Flaxman, and Jennifer King — love to read. We thought a fun end-of-year Best of 2016 post would be to share books we’ve finally read and definitely loved here at GreatNewBooks.org with you! All year, we share books on Wednesdays which we’ve...

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The GNB Favorite Book Quotes of 2016
Dec21

The GNB Favorite Book Quotes of 2016

All throughout 2016, the ten of us on the GNB team — Lindsey Mead, Nina Badzin, Jess Vealitzek, Hallie Sawyer, Stacey Loscalzo, Pamela Hunt Cloyd, Katie Noah Gibson, Julia Munroe Martin, Jessica Flaxman, and Jennifer King — have read a lot of books! Some of us make notes in margins when we read or write down quotes we love from books we read in 2016. This week, we want to share them here at GreatNewBooks.org with you! We...

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The GreatNewBooks Best Books of 2016
Dec14

The GreatNewBooks Best Books of 2016

All throughout 2016, the ten of us on the GNB team — Lindsey Mead, Nina Badzin, Jess Vealitzek, Hallie Sawyer, Stacey Loscalzo, Katie Noah Gibson, Julia Munroe Martin, Jessica Flaxman, Pamela Hunt Cloyd, and Jennifer King — have looked for and read books we thought we would love and want to share here at GreatNewBooks.org with you! We worked hard to each try and pick our favorite book from 2016. Between the ten of us,...

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Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett
Aug17

Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett

Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett Summer is the perfect time to read a book that is light and easy. However, I usually don’t like too light and easy. So Rush Oh! fit the bill. It is a pleasant story with substance. The pleasant part tells the story of a young woman, Mary Davidson, coming of age as she manages the household of her younger siblings and her father, master whaler George “Fearless” Davidson. The substance, for me, is the rich...

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The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota
Jun01

The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota

The Year of the Runaways The Year of the Runaways by British writer Sunjeev Sahota is my favorite kind of book: it zeroes in on a world I hadn’t known I was interested in until the writer left me no choice. The book, set in 2003, tells the story of a group of young migrant workers from India, settling in England under various guises—marriage, education—but all for the same fundamental reason: to make money and build a better life for...

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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Mar16

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

First, let me say that this book, a letter from father to son about growing up black in America, warrants a second reading, and I have only partly re-read it. I have more questions about Between the World and Me than answers. Let me also say that this is probably the best book club book I have ever read. Obviously, that’s subjective. But I challenge you to find another 152 pages so filled with interesting, provocative, relevant ideas....

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Most Anticipated Books of 2016
Jan06

Most Anticipated Books of 2016

All ten of us on the GNB team — Lindsey Mead, Nina Badzin, Jess Vealitzek, Hallie Sawyer, Stacey Loscalzo, Cathleen Holst, Katie Noah Gibson, Julia Munroe Martin, Jessica Flaxman, and Jennifer King — love to read. We thought a fun beginning-of-year Best of 2016 post would be to share books we’re excited to read in 2016! All year, we share books on Wednesdays which we’ve read and thoroughly love. We hope, once...

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Favorite Books We Finally Got Around to Reading in 2015
Dec30

Favorite Books We Finally Got Around to Reading in 2015

All ten of us on the GNB team — Lindsey Mead, Nina Badzin, Jess Vealitzek, Hallie Sawyer, Stacey Loscalzo, Cathleen Holst, Katie Noah Gibson, Julia Munroe Martin, Jessica Flaxman, and Jennifer King — love to read. We thought a fun end-of-year Best of 2015 post would be to share books we’ve finally read and definitely loved here at GreatNewBooks.org with you! All year, we share books on Wednesdays which we’ve...

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Favorite Quotes from Books We Read in 2015
Dec23

Favorite Quotes from Books We Read in 2015

All throughout 2015, the ten of us on the GNB team — Lindsey Mead, Nina Badzin, Jess Vealitzek, Hallie Sawyer, Stacey Loscalzo, Cathleen Holst, Katie Noah Gibson, Julia Munroe Martin, Jessica Flaxman, and Jennifer King — have read a lot of books! Some of us make notes in margins when we read or write down quotes we love from books we read in 2015 and want to share them here at GreatNewBooks.org with you! We worked hard to...

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The Best Books of 2015
Dec16

The Best Books of 2015

All throughout 2015, the ten of us on the GNB team — Lindsey Mead, Nina Badzin, Jess Vealitzek, Hallie Sawyer, Stacey Loscalzo, Cathleen Holst, Katie Noah Gibson, Julia Munroe Martin, Jessica Flaxman, and Jennifer King — have looked for and read books we thought we would love and want to share here at GreatNewBooks.org with you! We worked hard to each try and pick our favorite book from 2015. Between the ten of us,...

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Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Sep16

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee This was a tough one for me—to read and, now, to write about. Like it is for countless others, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird has always been THE BOOK for me. I fell in love with it immediately as a young girl; it taught me lessons about integrity and acceptance but also about writing. I was born a writer, and from the moment I read it, TKM stood on the alter under, “Your Goal. Emulate this.” I...

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Missoula by Jon Krakauer
Jun03

Missoula by Jon Krakauer

Who wants to read about rape? I certainly didn’t, even though rape education is near to my heart. I’ve written about rape before, about how time and again, the justice system fails victims. And we, as a society, fail to teach our children what rape looks like. However, even I did not want to read Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer. Because, really, does that sound entertaining? And what I wanted as...

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