To start! is celebrating Black History Month by offering a 20%  discount off select titles. Use code BLACKHISTORY at checkout. If you’re looking for a Black-owned bookstore to support through your shopping at, how about Ida’s Bookshop in Collingswood, N.J.?

This is wild: the New York Times got an interview with the romance writer who faked her own death. Maybe writing “let the fun begin” to announced you’re back (???) was not the best route to take.

Here are the finalists for the 2023 National Book Critics Circle Awards.

Salman Rushdie has a new book coming out, but he said he won’t be doing public appearances to support it. I can’t blame Rushdie. He lost sight in one eye and still can’t use one of his hands after being brutally attacked while giving a talk last summer.

I am as horrified as most of you probably are about books being removed from Florida classrooms and school libraries. Andrea Phillips, a Florida teacher, wrote a piece for The Independent about it, and what it means (nothing good).

But let’s end on a positive note: A guy in Germany bought a book about Top Gun online. He then contacted the U.S. library it came from. If you read used books, you know this happens a lot because libraries routinely update their collections, and books TRAVEL (one Little Free Library I frequent usually has books from the U.K.), but it’s still a fun read. links are affiliate links.

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Jen Miller

Jen Miller

Jen A. Miller is a an author and freelance writer. Her memoir, Running a Love Story, was a Philadelphia Inquirer best book of the year. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, SELF, Buzzfeed and the Guardian, among others.

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