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All about a good mug of coffee and a good piece of fiction. Pen and paper. Scenes snips that sizzle. Read the Printed Word!

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We Live in Water
Beautiful Ruins
These Days
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: Free Preview plus Bonus Material

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Rebecca Solnit on the solitary intimacy of reading and writing – so beautiful.


I’m not a big fan of adjectives, but it’s food for thought.


I’m not a big fan of adjectives, but it’s food for thought.

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We now know that telling writers to avoid the passive is bad advice. Linguistic research has shown that the passive construction has a number of indispensable functions because of the way it engages a reader’s attention and memory. A skilled writer should know what those functions are and push back against copy editors who, under the influence of grammatically naïve style guides, blue-pencil every passive construction they spot into an active one.

Harvard psycholinguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker on the art and science of beautiful writing 

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The Nobel Committee threw something of an industry curveball in announcing French novelist Patrick Modiano as the winner of the 2014 Prize in Literature. Many of Modiano’s books are untranslated, out of print, and hard to find in the English-speaking world.

But fear not! Our intrepid team is working hard to get these books in stock as soon as possible. In the mean time, we’d be happy to take your pre-orders and let you know as soon as they arrive. The titles we are bringing in are listed below, with more titles added as we receive updated information. If there is a title of Modiano’s you are interested in but don’t see listed here, please get in touch and we would be happy to look into it further for you.

In the meantime, build an order here or give us a call at either store (Co-op: 773.752.4381; 57th: 773.684.1300).

You don’t know what can happen tomorrow. Life is like a novel, isn’t it? It’s filled with suspense. You never know what’s going to happen until you turn the page.
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I drew the cover for this week’s New Yorker.



Sally Storch


Sally Storch

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8 simple ways a notebook can change your life

Want to stick to goals, get happier, and improve your relationships? Get a notebook.

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Follow Grumpy Cat’s advice this weekend! http://ebks.to/1n2hcDw


Follow Grumpy Cat’s advice this weekend! http://ebks.to/1n2hcDw

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