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What We're Reading: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis

Author J.D. Vance holds degrees from Ohio State and Yale, but those aren't what make him an expert on the socioeconomic plight of the Rust Belt. Vance grew up in Middletown, Ohio, a steel town gone bust, raised in turns by grandparents who moved from Appalachia decades earlier and an absentee mother with a carousel of live-in boyfriends. He uses anecdotes from his childhood to illustrate the culture and economic gap that separates the working class from the middle class and how hard it is to bridge that divide.

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2017 Thriller Awards

2017 Thriller Awards

Founded in 2004, the International Thriller Writers, Inc. was established as the first professional organization for thriller writers. The group is an honorary society of authors who write books that are classified as “thrillers”, which include subjects such as mysteries, suspense, espionage, adventure, war and supernatural. Members of the organization include popular authors Clive Cussler, Sandra Brown, David Morrell, Lee Child, Ridley Pearson, Tess Gerritsen and Lisa Gardner.

One of the major principals of the organization is to assist debut and midlist authors in advancing their careers. One way they do this is by holding an annual conference titled “Thrillerfest”. At each conference The International Thriller Writers Awards are presented for outstanding work in the field.
 

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What We're Reading: The Name of the Wind

The Name of the Wind

Within a small village tavern, the owner shines his bar and serves his patrons with pride. But there is wariness too, and perhaps secrets better left untold. An unusual sword hangs above the bar, and there are rumors of dangerous creatures on the road to the village. With the arrival of a visitor, a Chronicler determined to record the story of a man now known only in legend, the past begins to unfold.

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The Hugo Awards

The Hugo Awards

Presented by the World Science Fiction Society, the Hugo Awards are given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works of the previous year.

The Hugo Awards have been presented annually since 1955 and are among the most prestigious awards in the science fiction and fantasy genre. Past winners of the Hugo Award for Best Novel include American Gods by Neil Gaiman, Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson and Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.
 
 

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Past Updates

My Not So Perfect World What We're Reading: My Not So Perfect World More...

Upcoming Releases May 2017 Upcoming Releases May 2017 More...

To the Bright Edge of the World What We're Reading: To the Bright Edge of the World More...

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