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“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” – Kvothe, The Name of the Wind Patrick Rothfuss’ debut novel is quickly gaining ranks among the likes of Game of Thrones and has earned […]

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The debut novel from Asbury Park author Stephanie Evanovich, Big Girl Panties, is a romantic comedy about a plus-size wallflower who suddenly finds herself among the beautiful and famous. Holly Brennan, an insecure, frizzy-haired redhead, can only fantasize about dating a sculpted hunk like Logan Montgomery, the prominent personal trainer to pro athletes who is […]

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In a new series, Sea of Shelves introduces personalized lists of favorite childhood books inspired by this original post. Welcome Sophia Ahn to the team! Hi everyone. Below, in no particular order, are the top ten books of my eccentric childhood. I say “eccentric” because–due to a misguided act of patriotism to my motherland–I refused […]

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“I wondered if the only difference between a psychopath in prison and a psychopath on Wall Street is a rich, stable family.” – Jon Ronson Jon Ronson describes himself as someone who writes “funny stories about unfunny things,” which is certainly true of The Psychopath Test. Part investigative journalist and part humorist, he finds himself […]

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The debut novel by Donna Thorland is a sinful page-turner and impressive first installment of a planned trilogy called Renegades of the Revolution. The Turncoat follows a group of female spies during the American Revolution who operate in rural New Jersey and British-occupied Philadelphia by seducing unsuspecting Redcoat officers. Beautiful and cunning, the women relay Loyalist […]

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Reviews originally appeared in New Jersey Monthly Magazine. Cover of Snow by Jenny Milchman First-time author Jenny Milchman, a Montclair native now living in Morristown, sets Cover of Snow (Ballantine Books) in a cryptically named small town in upstate New York. Fictional Wedeskyull has one streetlight, an eight-month winter and plenty of secrets. When Nora Hamilton discovers […]

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This interview was conducted for the April 2013 issue of New Jersey Monthly Magazine and appeared originally on njmonthly.com. Read the print-edition article here.  HBO’s medieval fantasy series Game of Thrones is based off Bayonne bred author George R.R. Martin’s seven-part book series called A Song of Ice and Fire. New Jersey Monthly writers Joanna […]

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