What Happens When Your Sister Is Suddenly Gone?

For a majority of our lives, siblings are here to love us, annoy us, embarrass us, outshine us, and scold us. My older sister, suffice it to say, has done all this. But what happens when your sibling is suddenly, with little explanation, gone?

Author Rosamund Lupton grapples with this question in her achingly beautiful novel Sister.

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13 Books to Help You Accept the Fact That You Can’t Get Hamilton Tickets

This year, the world’s been turned upside down by the hit musical “Hamilton.” Like many, we’ve fallen into what we’ve begun to affectionately call “a Hamil-hole”: blasting the soundtrack, searching for interviews, and sharing the #Ham4Ham videos. But when you’re going nonstop like this, what comes next? Reading, of course! Whether you’ve got tickets or not, here’s a list of required reading that will leave you—wait for it—satisfied.

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When Black Is Not Black Enough

Rachel Morse has brown skin and startling blue eyes. She has an African-American GI father named Roger who recites Shakespeare and charms women. She has a shy white Danish mother named Nella who was more than happy to be charmed. Thanks to her parents’ unlikely union in Germany, Rachel’s childhood is steeped in two rich cultures. While this should be a gift, it instead coalesces to inspire the dreaded “What are you?” question when she moves to America.

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A Dishy and Witty Novel Perfect for Your Prada Bag

As a fourteen-year-old with plans of becoming a journalist or a publishing professional and a love for Anne Hathaway, it’s not surprising that I watched “The Devil Wears Prada” many, many times. Then, as is my habit, once I discovered it was based on a novel, I bought what is now an incredibly beat-up movie tie-in edition with Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep’s faces on the back cover.

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA by Lauren Weisberger is still the book I turn to when I need an amusing, lighthearted read with quirky, entertaining characters and a side of dish.

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9 Amazing Audiobook Picks from an Industry Insider

I LOVE books but with young children, work, a marriage, a house, most days are a juggling act with no downtime to sit and read for fun. I have worked in audiobook publishing for years and listened sporadically but never embraced the format completely until recently. Now I listen anytime, anywhere: on the train, the bus, getting groceries or coffee, cooking, cleaning, walking and even going to bed. Through audiobooks I regained my “me time” without taking away from other priorities.

June is Audiobook Month and to celebrate, here are some of the books I could not stop listening to. Also, many bestselling authors have participated in “A Good Audiobook Speaks Volumes” video series to celebrate their love of audiobooks. I’ve included some of them here—enjoy!

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13 Fantastic Books Sure to Get Your Book Club Talking

At Off the Shelf, we not only love to write about great books we’ve read, we also love to talk about them endlessly—inside the office and out (where it’s more acceptable to drink wine). We’ve collected these fantastic titles that are perfect for book clubs because they incite thoughtful reflection, introduce readers to worlds they’ve never experienced before, and are beautifully written.

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