Posts by Off the Shelf Staff
Ann Patchett is the award-winning author of BEL CANTO, THE MAGICIAN’S ASSISTANT, STATE OF WONDER, and more. Her latest novel, COMMONWEALTH, confirms once again her incredible literary talent. She also has incredible taste. As such, we’re so glad that Parade asked her to choose 75 of the most outstanding books from the past 75 years. Her picks date back to the 1950s and highlight some of the finest fiction and nonfiction of the past decades. So we just had to share some of our favorites from her “best of the best” list. Here they are in chronological order.
From beautiful foliage in Central Park to crisp, refreshing days spent visiting our favorite bookstores, we can’t think of anything better than autumn in New York! So, we’ve teamed up with Zabar’s, New York’s iconic gourmet shop on the Upper West Side, to share a collection of the best that New York has to offer—a delicious box of delicacies and an abundance of fantastic books to enjoy together. Enter here for your chance to win a taste of New York from Zabar’s and 15 of the best books we’re reading this fall!
It’s always surprising to us which books wind up on the banned books list each year. They might be banned for violence or drug use or “inappropriate” sexual relationships. But we believe that everyone who has the desire should have the opportunity to read these books and judge the content for themselves.
Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden increase in challenges to books in schools, bookstores, and libraries. Each September, publishers, librarians, booksellers, and readers celebrate the freedom to read and raise awareness about the problems of book censorship. We’ve collected some of the most challenged books here based on BannedBooksWeek.org and the American Library Association.
As the summer comes to an end, we’re spending every waking minute with our favorite books. Here are some of the stories we’re squeezing in while the sun is still shining and the beach still calling. And to help you end your summer right, we want to share them with you.
June is Audiobook Month and this year, many great authors are talking about why they #loveaudiobooks.
Summer’s here and at Off the Shelf our perfect summer day is spent at the beach with warm sand between our toes, an umbrella-adorned drink in hand, and a good book to keep us company. We’re packing our beach bags with these summertime reads and we’re giving one lucky winner a bookish beach bag of their own. Enter for your chance to win all fourteen of the fabulous books below!
Brilliant. Fantastic. Exceptional. Outstanding. Phenomenal. These are just a few of the ways we describe our favorite audiobooks. Because June is Audiobook Month, we’ve got thirteen more amazing audiobooks to add to your growing collection.
We’re proud to introduce our new book club video series brought to you by Off the Shelf and Something to Read About: The S&S Book Club. In episode one, book club gurus Candace and Betsy debate their club’s next choice: A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan and Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll. Subscribe…
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To celebrate 100 weeks on the NYT Bestseller List, Off the Shelf and Scribner are giving away 100 copies of Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See. Enter here for a chance to win.