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My Ideal Bookshelf

 Thessaly La Force interviewed dozens of famous readers -- everyone from Jennifer Egan to Judd Apatow -- to learn what books they prize most dearly. Then Jane Mount turned their responses into whimsical yet forceful drawings. Comparing your favorites to those of these idols has never been more delightful.

 

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Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores

It's a fact: bookstore clerks remember all of the odd questions they're asked by customers. You can share in their gobsmacked disbelief with Jen Campbell's hilarious compilation. Customer: "Pride and Prejudice was published a long time ago, right?" Bookseller: "Yep." Customer: "I thought so. Colin Firth's looking really good for his age, then."

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April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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