Genre-Bending Mystery Thriller Reads Like a Movie

If you need a good reason to miss a few social functions in the next week or so, pick up Night Film by Marisha Pessl. Once you dive into this literary thriller, you may find yourself skipping all of your commitments—just so you can keep reading. It’s that good.

As a fan of thrillers and a lover of literary fiction, I was excited to read this book even though I had no odious commitments I needed to skip. I was not disappointed, as Pessl created a world that kept me off-kilter for the entire journey.

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Water, Water Anywhere

When Charles Fishman’s The Big Thirst was published in 2011, one critic paused in his praise to point out that the book came at “an odd moment.” At the time, the snowpack at Lake Tahoe was 165 percent of normal. Today, state officials anticipate the statewide snowpack to be 6…

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The Great American Novel Turns Ninety

Editor’s Note: Today marks the ninetieth anniversary of Scribner’s publication of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, The Great Gatsby. First published on April 10, 1925, Fitzgerald’s third book stands as the supreme achievement of his career. To celebrate this occasion, Scribner has collected comments from writers on how Gatsby has influenced…

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