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1. Gone Girl ~ Gillian Flynn
2. Edge of Eternity ~ Ken Follett
3. Personal ~ Lee Child
4. The Best of Me ~ Nicholas Sparks (ebook)
5. Outlander ~ Diana Gabaldon
6. Bones Never Lie (Temperance Brennan) ~ Kathy Reichs
7. Deacon (Unfinished Heroes ) ~ Kristen Ashley
8. Big Little Lies ~ Liane Moriarty
9. Darkness: 12 (New Species) ~ Laurann Dohner
10. Mean Streak ~ Sandra Brown
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David BaldacciDavid Baldacci Novels & Bio - David Baldacci novels in order of publication, including Stone Cold, Simple Genius, The Camel Club, The Christmas Train, The Collectors, Saving Faith, Wish You Well, Absolute Power, The Simple Truth, Total Control, Hour Game, Split Second, The Whole Truth, The Winner and Last Man Standing. Baldacci received a B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and a law degree from the University of Virginia. As a student, Baldacci wrote short stories in his spare time, and later practiced law for nine years near Washington, D.C.. While living in Alexandria, Virginia, Baldacci wrote short stories and screenplays without much success. In despair, he turned to novel writing, taking three years to write Absolute Power. It took Baldacci two years to get the book published, but when it finally did hit the shelves in 1996 it was an international best seller.

Linwood Barclay Fiction & Non-Fiction - Linwood Barclay's novels in order of publication: Bad Move, Bad Guys, Lone Wolf, Stone Rain, No Time for Goodbye, Too Close to Home, Fear the Worst, Never Look Away, The Accident, Clouded Vision, Trust Your Eyes. Also included are his works of nonfiction. His first four published novels, described as "comic thrillers", featured the character Zack Walker. He then switched to a darker, more serious brand of fiction that, starting with "No Time for Goodbye", brought him immediate praise and worldwide recognition.

Dan BrownDan Brown Novels & Bio - Some of the featured novels by Dan Brown: The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, Deception Point and Digital Fortress: A Thriller. From his bio: Dan Brown, best-selling author of The Da Vinci Code was born on June 22, 1964. He grew up in Exeter, New Hampshire and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, where his father, a Presidential Award winning math professor, taught for 35 years. Then, he matriculated to Amherst College, where he was a member of Psi Upsilon Fraternity, graduating in 1986. Brown later moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a composer and musician without great success. He subsequently traveled to Seville where he studied art history...

Lee ChildLee Child Novels & Bio - Jack Reacher Novels in order of publication, including Bad Luck and Trouble, Running Blind, The Enemy, The Hard Way, Echo Burning, Tripwire, Die Trying, Without Fail, Nothing to Lose, and Persuader. Lee Child was born in 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a presentation director during British TV's "golden age." During his tenure his company made Brideshead Revisited, The Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect, and Cracker. But he was fired in 1995 at the age of 40 as a result of corporate restructuring. Always a voracious reader, he decided to see an opportunity where others might have seen a crisis and bought six dollars' worth of paper and pencils and sat down to write a book, Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series.

Harlan CobenHarlan Coben - Harlan Coben is an American author of mystery novels and thrillers most of which are set in and around New York and New Jersey. Coben was born to a Jewish family in Newark, New Jersey, but was raised and schooled in Livingston, New Jersey. While attending Livingston High School, he became friends with the future New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Among books in his Myron Bolitar series are Deal Breaker (1995), Drop Shot (1996), Fade Away (1996), Back Spin (1997), One False Move (1998), The Final Detail (1999), Darkest Fear (2000), Promise Me (2006), Long Lost (2009) and Live Wire (2011).

Michael ConnellyMichael Connelly Novels & Bio - Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch novels in order. Connelly's novesl include The Lincoln Lawyer, The Closers, Lost Light, The Poet, The Black Ice, The Black Echo, The Narrows, Trunk Music, The Last Coyote, A Darkness More Than Night, Angels Flight, City of Bones. After graduating from the University of Florida in 1980, Connelly got a job as a crime beat writer at the Daytona Beach News Journal where he worked for almost two years until he got a job at the Fort Lauderdale News and Sun-Sentinel in 1981. There, he covered the crime beat during the South Florida cocaine wars, an era that brought with it much violence and murder.

Patricia CornwellPatricia Cornwell Novels & Bio - Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta novels in order. They include Postmortem, Body of Evidence, All That Remains, Cruel & Unusual, The Body Farm, Black Notice, The Last Precinct, Blow Fly, Trace, Predator. From her bio: Born Patricia Daniels in Miami, Florida, she moved to North Carolina at age 7 following her parents' divorce. While attending Davidson College, she met English professor Charles Cornwell, who she married and subsequently divorced after 10 years. After graduating with a degree in literature, she worked as a crime-reporter for the Charlotte Observer and spent six years working as a computer analyst for the Virginia Chief Medical Examiner's Office. While there, she witnessed and, at times, assisted in hundreds of autopsies. She also served as a volunteer police officer...

Michael CrichtonMichael Crichton Novels & Bio - Michael Crichton Novels in order of publication, including Next, Eaters of the Dead, State of Fear, Congo, Sphere, The Andromeda Strain, The Great Train Robbery, The Terminal Man, Jurassic Park, A Case of Need, Prey, Airframe, Timeline, The Lost World, and Rising Sun. Michael Crichton (born October 23, 1942) is an American author, film producer, film director, and television producer. His books sold over 150 million copies world wide, and among his best-known works are techno-thriller novels, films and television programs. His works are usually based on the action genre and heavily feature technology. Many of his future history novels have medical or scientific underpinnings, reflecting his medical training and science background...

Clive CusslerClive Cussler Novels & Bio - Clive Cussler Novels in order of publication, including his Dirk Pitt, Oregon Files, Isaac Bell, NUMA Files and Fargo Adventure series and his novels, including The Chase, The Navigator, Treasure of Khan, Skeleton Coast, Dragon, The Mediterranean Caper, Dark Watch, Pacific Vortex, Polar Shift, Deep Six, Raise the Titanic!, Iceberg, Treasure, Shock Wave, Cyclops, Inca Gold, White Death, Night Probe and Dirk Pitt Revealed. Clive Cussler was born in Aurora, Illinois and grew up in Alhambra, California. He was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout when he was 14. He attended Pasadena City College for two years and then enlisted in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. During his service in the Air Force he was promoted to Sergeant and worked as an aircraft mechanic and flight engineer for the Military Air Transport Service...

Nelson DeMilleNelson DeMille Novels & Bio - DeMille's novels in order of publication, including his John Corey, John Sutter and Paul Brenner repeating characters. His novels include Cathedral, The Talbot Odyssey, Word of Honor, The Charm School, The Gold Coast, The General's Daughter, Spencerville, Plum Island, The Lion's Game, Up Country, and Night Fall. From his bio: Fans of Nelson DeMille have undoubtedly noticed that more than one of his novels have been set in Long Island, New York. There's good reason - he grew up there. Having been born in New York City on August 23, 1943, to Huron and Antonia DeMille, he and his family relocated to Long Island when he was still a child. Nelson was active in high school athletics, playing football and running track. After high school he attended Hoftra University for three years before joining the army. DeMille completed Officer Candidate School and served as a First Lieutenant from 1966 to 1969, seeing action as an infantry platoon leader with the First Cavalry Division in Vietnam (in Quang Tri Provence, from November '67 to December '68). A decorated soldier, he was honored with the Air Medal, Bronze Star, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. The Vietnam War is another recurring theme that runs through DeMille's work...

Janet EvanovichJanet Evanovich Novels & Bio - Evanovich's Stephanie Plum Series novels in order of publication. They include One for the Money, Two for Dough, Three to Get Deadly, Four to Score, High Five, Hot Six, Seven Up, Hard Eight, Nines, Ten Big Ones. She is also the creator of the Full and Metro Girl series. From her bio: "You can take the girl out of Jersey, but you can't take Jersey out of the girl." So states popular mystery novelist Janet Evanovich in the biographical sketch found at evanovich.com. Thank goodness for Jersey Girls! Because it's precisely that Jersey girl quality transferred to her protagonist and, alter-ego, Stephanie Plum that gives her mystery novels their unique flavor...

Vince FlynnVince Flynn Novels & Bio - His popular Mitch Rapp, an under-cover CIA counter-terrorism agent, novels in order of publication. His novels include Transfer of Power (1999), The Third Option (2000), Separation of Power (2001), Executive Power (2002), Memorial Day (2004), Consent To Kill (2005), Act of Treason (2006), Protect and Defend (2007), Extreme Measures (2008). Vince Flynn (born 1966) is a best-selling American author of political thriller novels. He lives with his wife and three children in the Twin Cities. He also served as a story consultant for the fifth season of the 24 television series.

Ken FollettKen Follett Novels & Bio - Ken Follett Novels in order of publication. They include The Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, A Dangerous Fortune, Triple, A Place Called Freedom, Paper Money, Night Over Water, Eye of the Needle, Pillars of the Almighty, and Hornet Flight. Ken Follett, the son of Martin and Veenie Follett, was born in Cardiff, Wales and lived there until the family moved to London ten years later. Barred from watching movies and television by his devoutly Christian parents, he developed an early interest in reading but remained an indifferent student until he entered his teens. Applying himself to his studies, he won admission in 1967 to University College London, where he studied philosophy and became involved in leftist politics. He married his first wife, Mary, in 1968.

Sue GraftonSue Grafton Novels & Bio - The complete listing of Grafton's Kinsey Milhone Mystery Novels, including A is for Alibi, B is for Burglar, C is for Corpse, D is for Deadbeat, E is for Evidence, O is for Outlaw, P is for Peril, Q is for Quarry, R is for Ricochet, S is for Silence. From her bio: Sue Taylor Grafton (born April 24, 1940) is a vastly popular American author of detective novels. Her works have been published in 28 countries and 26 languages—including international markets her readership is in the millions. She is best known for her chronological series of mystery novels set in and around the fictional town of Santa Teresa, California, written from the perspective of female private investigator Kinsey Milhone. Regarding the progression of her writing, this reply to a reader's question is posted on her website, suegrafton.com: "I was an English major in college with minors in Fine Arts and Humanities. I attended the University of Louisville my freshman year, transferred to what was then Western Kentucky State Teachers College for my sophomore and junior years, and then graduated from the University of Louisville in the summer of 1961. I started writing seriously when I was 18, wrote my first novel when I was 22, and I've never stopped writing since...

John GrishamJohn Grisham Novels & Bio - John Grisham's novels in order of publication. They include The Broker, The Partner, The Bleachers, The King of Torts, The Last Juror, The Pelican Brief, The Rainmaker, The Firm, The Client, The Testament. From his bio: The unchallenged master of the legal thriller, John Grisham was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas on February 8, 1955, the second of five siblings. His family, headed by his father who was a construction worker and a cotton farmer, moved frequently until 1967 when they settled in Southaven, a small town in De Soto County, Mississippi. Young John loved baseball and grew up with dreams of a professional career. Encouraged by his mother, he also became an avid reader. He was especially influenced by John Steinbeck whose clarity he admired. Eventually, he realized that pro ball wasn't in the cards so he applied himself to academics. Toward this end he attended Mississippi State University where he majored in accounting. While a student, Grisham began keeping a journal and thus developed the writing habit. He proceeded to get a law degree in 1981 and went on to practice small-town general law in Southaven for nearly a decade, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. In time, he became bored with criminal law and successful at civil law...

Charlaine HarrisCharlaine Harris Novels & Bio - In order of publication, her Aurora Teagarden, Liley Bard (Shakespeare), Sookie Stackhouse (Southern Vampire), and the Harper Connelly Series. Her novels include Dead and Gone, From Dead To Worse, All Together Dead, Definitely Dead, Grave Sight, Grave Surprise, An Ice Cold Grave, Poppy Done to Death, and Shakespeare's Councelor. From her bio: Charlaine Harris (born November 25, 1951 in Tunica, Mississippi) is a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing mysteries for over twenty years. She was born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area of the United States. Though her early works consisted largely of poems about ghosts...

Carl HiaasenCarl Hiaasen Novels & Bio - All Carl Hiaasen Novels in order of publication. They include Nature Girl, The Best American Short Stories 2007, Skinny Dip, Skin Tight, Double Whammy, Stormy Weather, Tourist Season, Sick Puppy, Native Tongue, Baskey Case, Team Rodent: How Disney Devours the World, Lucky You, Strip Tease, Powder Burn, Trap Line, A Death in China and Kick Ass: Selected Columns of Carl Hiaasen. Born and raised in Plantation, Florida, (near Fort Lauderdale) of Norwegian [1] heritage, Carl was the first of four children and the son of a lawyer, Odel, and teacher, Patricia. He married Connie Lyford just after high-school graduation and entered Emory University in 1970, where he contributed numerous satiric pieces to the school newspaper, The Emory Wheel. In 1972 he transferred to the University of Florida, graduating in 1974 with a degree in journalism. Carl and Connie divorced in 1996, and he married Fenia Clizer in 1999. He has one son from his first marriage and another from his second...

Tami HoagTami Hoag - Her mainstream and romance novels in order of publication. The include Deeper Than Dead, A Thin Dark Line, The Alibi Man, Prior Bad Acts, Ashes to Ashes: A Novel, Dust to Dust, Dark Horse, Guilty as Sin: A Novel, Kill The Messenger, Night Sins, Cry Wolfe: A Novel, Dark Paradise: A Novel, Man of Her Dreams and Heart of Gold. Born Tami Mikkelson in Iowa, popular author Tami Hoag grew up in a very small Minnesota town. Because her siblings were more than ten years older than her and there were not a lot of other children nearby, Tami developed an active imagination, making up stories to entertain herself. In 1977 she married her high school sweetheart, Daniel Hoag, shortly before he finished college. However, she never had the opportunity to go to college herself, as they moved to a town without easy access to higher education.

Stephen KingStephen King - Kind has sold more than 350 million books. Many of these have been made into movies and television films. As of 2011, King has written and published 49 novels, including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman and The Dark Tower Series of graphic novels, five non-fiction books and numerous novellas, as well as nine collections of short stories. King has received Bram Stoker Awards, World Fantasy Awards, British Fantasy Society Awards, his novella The Way Station won a Nebula Award for best novelette nominee and, in 2003, the National Book Foundation awarded him the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

Dean KoontzDean Koontz Novels & Bio - His suspense and horror novels, including his Odd Thomas and Frankenstein series, his children's books and graphic novels, and his books featuring his dog, Trixie. Koontz's novels include Velocity, The Taking, Cold Fire, Life Expectancy, Odd Thomas, The Bad Place, Intensity, Sole Survivor. From his bio: Dean Koontz was born and raised in Pennsylvania. To survive a difficult childhood, he turned early on to books which could transport him magically to a better world. The desire to create the same escape for others explains in part his motivation to become a writer. He graduated from Shippensburg State College (now Shippensburg University), and his first job after graduation was with the Appalachian Poverty Program, where he was expected to counsel and tutor underprivileged children on a one-to-one basis. His first day on the job, he discovered that the previous occupier of his position had been beaten up by the very kids he had been trying to help and had landed in the hospital for several weeks. The following year was filled with challenge but also tension, and Koontz was more highly motivated than ever to build a career as a writer...

John LutzJohn Lutz Novels & Bio - His Night Series featuring Frank Quinn. Also his Alo Nudger and Fred Carver series. Among his novels are Final Seconds, Night Kills, The Night Caller, Chill of Night, In for the Kill, Darker Than Night, The Ex, The Night Spider, Fear The Night, The Night Watcher. From his bio: John Lutz published his first short story in 1966 in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and has been publishing regularly ever since. His work includes political suspense, private eye novels, urban suspense, humor, occult, crime caper, police procedural, espionage, historical, futuristic, amateur detective.virtually every mystery sub-genre. He is the author of more than thirty-five novels and 250 short stories and articles. His novels and short fiction have been translated into virtually every language and adapted for almost every medium. He is a past president of both Mystery Writers of America and Private Eye Writers of America...

Ed McBainEd McBain Novels & Bio - Here are some of the titles available: Cop Hater (1956), The Mugger (1956), The Pusher (1956), The Con Man (1957), Killer's Choice (1957), Killer's Payoff (1958), Lady Killer (1958), Killer's Wedge (1959), 'Til Death (1959), King's Ransom (1959), Give The Boys A Great Big Hand (1960), The Heckler (1960), See Them Die (1960), Lady, Lady, I Did It (1961), The Empty Hours (1962), Like Love (1962), Ten Plus One (1963), Ax (1964), He Who Hesitates (1964), Doll (1965), Eighty Million Eyes (1966), Fuzz (1968), Shotgun (1969), Jigsaw (1970), Hail, Hail The Gang's All Here! (1971), * Sadie When She Died (1972), Let's Hear It For The Deaf Man (1972), Hail To The Chief (1973). McBain's final novel, Fiddlers, was released on September 12, 2005. It was his 55th 87th precinct novel. From his bio: Widely Credited with being the inventor of the modern police procedural, Ed McBain/Evan Hunter published his first 87th Precinct novel, Cop Hater, in 1956. Though he insists that Isola, the gritty city in all his Precinct novels--there are now more than 50--is imaginary, everyone knows he is writing about his hometown: Manhattan...

Stephenie MeyerStephenie Meyer Novels & Bio - Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1), New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2), Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3), Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4), The Twilight Saga: Slipcased, The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide, The Host: A Novel, Twilight: The Complete Illustrated Movie Companion. From her bio: Stephenie Meyer's life changed dramatically on June 2, 2003. The stay-at-home mother of three young sons woke-up from a dream featuring seemingly real characters that she could not get out of her head. “Though I had a million things to do (i.e. making breakfast for hungry children, dressing and changing the diapers of said children, finding the swimsuits that no one ever puts away in the right place), I stayed in bed, thinking about the dream...

Nora RobertsNora Roberts Novels & Bio - Featuring Nora Roberts Romance Novels and the JD Robb "In Death" Series in order of publication. Featured popular trilogies and series: Bride Quartet, Born In, Gallaghers of Ardmore, Dream, Chesapeake Bay Saga, Three Sisters, In the Garden, Circle, Key, Sign of Seven. From her bio: Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring Maryland, the youngest of five children. Her early schooling included several years in Catholic school. Though she jokes about the nuns, the award winning writer credits them with instilling in her the work ethic that has made her one of the most popular and prolific authors of the last twenty years. "…the fact is the discipline that they drum into education sticks. You can have all the talent in the world but if you don't have the discipline to sit down and write on a regular basis, you're not going to write or publish any books." She married young, settled in Keedysville, Maryland, and worked briefly as a "really bad legal secretary." After her sons were born, she stayed at home and filled the hours by trying every craft that came along - ceramics, embroidery, sewing, canning, macramé, needlepoint, and baking. Then, came the fateful blizzard of '79...

Robert ParkerRobert Parker Novels & Bio - His Spencer, Jesse Stone, Sunny Randall, and Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch series in order. These novels include Spare Change, High Profile, Hundred Dollar Baby, Sea Change, Walking Shadow, Blue Screen, Now & Then, Night Passage, God Save the Child, Small Vices, The Godwulf Manuscript, Potshot, Sudden Mischief, Crimson Joy, Hush Money, Shrink Rap, Appaloosa and School Days. Robert B. Parker (born September 17, 1932) is an acclaimed American writer of detective fiction. His most famous works are the Spenser series, which achieved a far wider audience due to being dramatized as a television series, Spenser: For Hire, on the ABC network during the late 1980s. His works explore aspects of human nature and incorporate considerable knowledge about the Boston metropolitan area.

James PattersonJames Patterson Novels & Bio - Some featured James Patterson Novels: Double Cross (Alex Cross), You've Been Warned, The Quickie, The 6th Target, 7th Heaven (Women's Murder Club), Cross, 3rd Degree (Women's Murder Club), Step on a Crack, Roses Are Red (Alex Cross Novels), 2nd Chance (Women's Murder Club), 1st to Die: A Novel, Maximum Ride: School's Out - Forever (Maximum Ride), The Final Warning: A Maximum Ride Novel, Along Came a Spider, and Sunday's at Tiffany's. James B. Patterson (born March 22, 1947) is an award-winning American author. Formerly the chairman of advertising company J. W. Thompson in the early 1990s, Patterson came up with the slogan "Toys R Us Kids". Shortly after his success with Along Came A Spider, he retired from the firm and devoted his time to writing. The novels— featuring his character, Alex Cross, an African-American forensic psychologist formerly of the Washington, D.C. Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation, now working as a private psychologist and government consultant— are the most popular books among Patterson readers...

John SandfordJohn Sandford Novels & Bio - Lucas Davenport Prey Novels in order of publication. They include Rules of Prey, Shadow Prey, Eyes of Prey, Silent Prey, Winter Prey, Night Prey, Mind Prey, Sudden Prey, Secret Prey, Certain Prey, Easy Prey, Chosen Prey, Mortal Prey, Naked Prey, Hidden Prey, Broken Prey. From his bio: John Sandford is the pseudonym of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp. Camp was born in 1944 and was raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He received his B.A. in American Studies from the University of Iowa, and received his first intensive training and experience as an army journalist and reporter. He served in Korea for 15 months working for his base newspaper. After the army, Camp spent 10 months working for the Cape Girardeau Se Missourian newspaper before returning to the University of Iowa for his Masters in Journalism. From 1971 to 1978, he worked as a general assignment reporter for the Miami Herald, covering killings and drug cases, among other beats, with his colleague, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edna Buchanan...

Karin Slaughter - Karin Slaughter is the author of more than a dozen bestselling thrillers that have sold more than 17 million copies worldwide, have been translated into 29 languages and have won a number of international awards. Her "Grant County Series", set in a small town in southern Georgia features pediatrician/medical examiner Sara Linton and her ex-husband/husband police chief Jeffrey Tolliver. Together, the couple is forced to deal with a series of horrible, sadistic crimes. In 2006, Karin published Triptych, the first installment of her vastly successful Will Trent Series. Books in her Grant County/Sara Linton Series are Grant County series are Blindsighted (2001), Kisscut (2002), A Faint Cold Fear (2003), Indelible (2004), Faithless (2005) and Beyond Reach (2007).

Stuart WoodsStuart Woods Novels & Bio - Stone Barrington novels in order of publication. Other recurring characters include Will Lee, Holly Barker, Rick Barron, Ed Eagle and Teddy Fay. Stuart Woods Novels: Mounting Fears, Hot Mahogany, Santa Fe Dead, Beverly Hills Dead, Shoot Him If He Runs, Fresh Disaster, Short Straw, Dark Harbor, Iron Orchid, Two Dollar Bill, The Prince of Beverly Hills, Reckless Abandon, Capital Crimes, Dirty Work, Blood Orchid, The Short Forever, Orchid Blues, Cold Paradise and, among others, L.A. Dead From his bio: Stuart Woods was born in Manchester, Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia, with a bachelor of arts in sociology. After graduation he served in the Air National Guard and, during the 1960s worked as a copywriter and supervisor, eventually moving to London at the end of the 1960s...


Featured Classic Literature

Jane AustenJane Austen Writings & Bio - Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Her realism and biting social commentary brought her historical importance among scholars and critics. Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed gentry. She was educated primarily by her father and older brothers as well as through her own reading...

Charles Dickens Writings & Bio - Charles John Huffam Dickens, celebrated english novelist, was born on February 7, 1812, the son of John and Elizabeth Dickens. John Dickens was a clerk in the Naval Pay Office. Dicken's early life was shrouded in a gloom that began when his father, who had a poor head for finances, found himself imprisoned for debt in 1824. His wife and children, with the exception of Charles, who was put to work at Warren's Blacking Factory, joined him in the Marshalsea Prison. When the family finances were put at least partly to rights and his father was released...

Fyodor DostoyevskyFyodor Dostoyevsky Writings & Bio - a Russian writer of novels, short stories and essays. Dostoyevsky's literary works explore human psychology in the troubled political, social and spiritual context of 19th-century Russian society. Although Dostoyevsky began writing books in the mid-1850s, his best remembered work was done in his last years, including Crime and Punishment, The Idiot and...

William Faulkner Writings & Bio - Born in 1897 in New Albany, Mississippi, William Faulkner was the son of a family proud of their prominent role in the history of the south. He grew up in Oxford, Mississippi, and left high school at fifteen to work in his grandfather's bank. Rejected by the US military in 1915, he joined the Canadian flyers with the RAF, but the war ended before...

Thomas Hardy Writings & Bio - Thomas Hardy, English novelist and poet, was born at Higher Bockhampton, a hamlet in the parish of Stinsford to the east of Dorchester in Dorset, England. His father Thomas (d.1892) worked as a stonemason and local builder. His mother Jemima (d.1904) was well-read. She educated Thomas until he went to his first school at Bockhampton at age eight. For several years he attended Mr. Last's Academy for Young Gentlemen in Dorchester. Here he learned Latin and demonstrated academic potential.

Ernest Hemingway Writings & Bio - Ernest Hemingway ranks as the most famous of twentieth-century American writers; like Mark Twain, Hemingway is one of those rare authors most people know about, whether they have read him or not. The difference is that Twain, with his white suit, ubiquitous cigar, and easy wit, survives in the public imagination as a basically, lovable figure, while the deeply imprinted image of Hemingway as rugged and macho has been much less universally admired...

Jack London Writings & Bio - John Griffith "Jack" London, born John Griffith Chaney, was an American author, journalist, and social activist. He was a pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction and was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction alone. He is best remembered as the author of White Fang and Call of the Wild."

William Shakespeare Plays, Sonnets, Bio - William Shakespeare, the celebrated English poet and playwright, is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems.

John Steinbeck Writings & Bio - John Steinbeck (1902-1968), winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962, achieved popular success in 1935 when he published Tortilla Flat. He went on to write more than twenty-five novels, including The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men. Born on February 27, 1902, in Salinas, California to John Ernst Steinbeck, who served as Monterey County treasurer, and Olive Hamilton, a former school teacher who shared young John's love of reading. They lived in a rural town that was surrounded by some of the country's most fertile land. John spent his summers working on nearby ranches and later with migrant workers.

Robert Louis Stevenson Writings & Bio - Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (November 13, 1850 – December 3, 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist and travel writer. His best-known books include Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Because of childhood illnesses, Stevenson's early education was often interrupted. Yet, it was reported that, before he could even read, he had taken to dictating stories to his mother and his nurse. His father, himself having dabbled in writing, was proud of his son's interest and encouraged him.

Mark Twain Writings & Bio - Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910) is better known by his pen name Mark Twain. An American author and humorist, he is most noted for his novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885). The latter is often referred to as "the Great American Novel." Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which later provided the setting for both Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. Early on, he apprenticed with a printer and worked as a typesetter.


Children's Books & Graphic Novels

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)Children's Books (For All Ages) - Bestselling Children's Books (novels & biographies) - We have children's books for every age group - baby to 3, 4 to 8, 9 to 12, as well as books for teens. A few of our featured books: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illustrator), Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr., Eric Carle (Illustrator), Oh, the Places You'll Go! (Classic Seuss) by Dr. Seuss, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling, Hoot by Carl Hiaasen, Gossip Girl #9: Only In Your Dreams by Cecily von Ziegesar, Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson...

 
blackmarkGraphic Novels - Ace's Graphic Novel Store. Gil Kane and Archie Goodwin's Blackmark (1971), a science fiction/sword-and-sorcery paperback published by Bantam Books, did not use the term originally; the back-cover blurb of the 30th-anniversary edition calls it, retroactively, "the very first American graphic novel". The Academy of Comic Book Arts presented Kane with a special 1971 Shazam Award for what it called "his paperback comics novel." Whatever the nomenclature, Blackmark is a 119-page story of comic-book art, with captions and word balloons, published in a traditional book format.

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