Discover Author Alice Hoffman

Magic is a theme that weaves itself throughout the books of Alice Hoffman. No matter the genre, and she's tackled them all, including non-fiction, fiction, children's lit, YA lit, short stories, and even screenplays, magic always seems to play a role. She's a master at weaving together the tangible and the fanciful; even in her darkest stories, there's a little magic present to help see things through.

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Author Focus – Diana Gabaldon

Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone, the much-anticipated ninth installment in the Outlander books series, will be released on November 23, 2021. If you're a fan of the books, you likely have the date circled on your calendar. If you start now, you've got time to reread all the earlier books in anticipation. If you haven't gotten to know Claire, Jamie, and this remarkable series yet, now is the perfect time to dive in and give it a try.

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Authors with September Birthdays

We at Discover Books have recently been celebrating authors born in each month by featuring them in a series of blog posts. In general, we’ve chosen writers in various genres, periods, and age categories for each month’s list. However, our list of authors with September birthdays contains some of the most famous names in literature [...]

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Best Books from the 1990s

As the decade of the ‘90s began, the world saw Germany reunite and the Soviet Union collapse. Bill Clinton became the first baby boomer president. Iraq invaded Kuwait and the first Gulf War ensued. As the 1990s marched on, the internet rose, OJ Simpson fell, a sheep named Dolly was cloned, a young golfer named Tiger Woods won his first Masters, and the entire globe braced itself for Y2K. While previous decades have a distinct character, it’s a bit hard to pin down the essence of the ‘90s, but two words do fit: techn

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Kristin Hannah Book Review

Hannah has been writing unforgettable stories for over 30 years, including the international blockbuster, The Nightingale. Her latest book, The Four Winds, is poised to follow suit, having spent most of 2021 so far at the top of numerous bestseller lists. Here’s a closer look at this remarkable author and five of our favorites from her considerable repertoire of outstanding historical fiction novels.

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Authors with August Birthdays

We’re back with the next installment of our blog post series celebrating authors’ birthdays. The ten writers with birthdays in August that we’ve chosen to feature encompass both classic and modern times, as well as a variety of genres. Whether you’re looking for historical fiction, romance, sci-fi, or even horror, this list can lead you [...]

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Authors with July Birthdays

At Discover Books, we love to recognize the wonderful writers whose books fill our website and our hearts. So, we’ve compiled a list of ten authors with July birthdays that we're celebrating. We’re featuring authors from both classic and contemporary times, as well as writers of adult, children’s, and young adult books. However, the works [...]

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World Plant a Vegetable Garden Day

May 19th is World Plant a Vegetable Garden Day, and it couldn't be more relevant considering food shortages and supply issues. The good news is anyone can grow something. It doesn't take a large plot of land. All you need is some sun, water, and a container with soil. Voila! A window garden, patio garden, or even a roof garden will do. You can grow tomatoes or potatoes in a bucket. Lettuce in a cup. Strawberries in a basket. The list goes on and on. 

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Books from the 1950s

How to describe the 1950s in one word? Try BOOM. People around the world felt an overwhelming sense of optimism in 1950 following the end of WWII. With eyes looking forward to a future of peace and prosperity, the world experienced a boom. Economies boomed as big things like highways and schools were built at [...]

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Authors with April Birthdays

While finishing a great book is intensely satisfying, it also raises a difficult question: What do I read next? Discover Books offers thousands of titles in every possible genre. Choosing your next read can be daunting, so let us help. Here is a list of 10 of our favorite binge-worthy authors with April birthdays. Your next great read starts here.

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Books from the 1930s

Authors in the 1930s took various approaches to the difficult circumstances of the time. Some created books that realistically revealed the times' difficulties, and others wrote stories that provided an escape from reality. Our reading challenge contains some of both. You'll find romance, self-help, and a taste of chick-lit as well as classics and some biting satire. You might be surprised; not every book written in the 30s about the 30s features poverty, the Dust Bowl, or Nazis. Many told lots of other stories during this decade. Here are 10 that tell a great story while capturing the history of the times.

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Read to Improve Emotional Intelligence

IQ versus EQ The Power of Great Fiction Chances are, you’re familiar with the idea that an individual’s ability to reason and process information can be measured using an IQ—intelligence quotient—test. You’ve probably taken an IQ test yourself at least once in your lifetime for school or a job and you may even have tackled [...]

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7 Mystery Books by Black Authors: Black History Month

Black History Month started in 1976. Much focus has been placed on musicians, politicians, poets, activists, reformers, actors, and writers in the forty-four years of celebrating it. Discover Books is taking this opportunity to focus on mystery books by black authors. We present a sampling of talented African-American writers. Christopher Darden is no stranger to [...]

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A Short History of Romance Novels

When days are short and skies are gray, a comfy chair, warm blanket, and a good book become essential.  No book warms you up better than a great romance novel. It’s clear that millions of people agree, as romances consistently top bestseller lists across the country. With winter settling in and Valentine’s Day around the [...]

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Best Books from the 1920s

Flappers, jazz, Prohibition, bob haircuts, the Charleston, and wonderful books. Now that we’re solidly into the 2020s, it seems appropriate to take a voyage back 100 years to the 1920s to get a taste of the remarkable literature produced during that decade. We'll explore 10 of the best books from the 1920s and why they [...]

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