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* March is National Reading Month
* Whether you’re into non-fiction or sci-fi, we have great new reads to add to your bookshelf
* Current events, children’s books, parodies, dating advice, and more

There’s nothing better than curling up with a good book, or passing the time on your subway commute with a new read. Whether you’re into non-fiction, sci-fi, or self help, we’ve got you covered with some new selections to add to your reading material rotation.


A Wrinkle in Time

First published in 1963, the novel, written by American writer Madeleine L’Engle, follows a group of children as they time travel in a search to find their missing father. The science-fiction adventure tale has been heralded for its retelling of the traditional “good vs. evil” story, and hailed as an iconic “coming of age” book. Get the full backstory on this classic book below.

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Get to Know the Original Story Behind “A Wrinkle in Time”


Girl Power

In Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular the PhD and author shares her professional and personal life experiences to talk to teens about the science of growing up and offering perspectives and advice on getting ahead. Get more details about Mayim Bialik’s acclaimed book below.

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Mayim Bialik’s New Book Teaches Girls How to be Strong, Smart and Spectacular


Caitlyn Jenner’s “The Secrets of My Life”

Two years after her transition, Jenner has released her memoir, “The Secrets of My Life,” written during the first years following her transition. Throughout the memoir, Jenner reflects on the inner conflict she experienced growing up in an era of rigidly defined gender identities, plagued by the cruel irony of being hailed by an entire nation as the ultimate symbol of manhood, during her career as an Olympic athlete. Find out more below.

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Caitlyn Jenner Reveals “The Secrets of My Life”


Ancient Wisdom

In the trying times of today, many of us search for the latest article or bestselling self-help book to get advice on how to navigate our complicated lives. But the wisdom in these books has been around for centuries, and is still as poignant today as it was when it was written. Click link below to see our favorite philosophical reads packed with ancient wisdom.

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Old School: Forget Clever Advice and Tap Into Ancient Wisdom Instead


Life Advice

Based on his viral commencement speech at the University of Texas that generated over 10 million views on YouTube, his Amazon bestselling book, “Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe The World” encourages readers with the thought that a few basic actions, like making your bed every morning, is the key to changing your life and the world around you. Find out more in link below.

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Make Your Bed: Practical Life Advice From a Four-Star Naval Admiral and Terrorist Hunter



Princess Diana

The new book, “Diana: I’m Going to Be Me,”  by Phil Dampier is the culmination of research drawn from personal experience, news clippings, books and television programs about Diana. SPY sat down with the author to discuss the book in detail. See our interview with Dampier below.

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On the Record: Royal Historian Reveals Details From His New Princess Diana Book


Celebrity Intrigue

“This is not a true story, but every story inside is true,” boasts the back cover of “Blind Item.” The 358-page narrative about an Ohio-to-LA transplant named Nicola making her way through the rough and tumble life of young Hollywood is a lighthearted romp addled with drugs, celebrities, wanna be’s and plenty of sexy and salacious gossip and intrigue. See our interview with the author and find out more details below.

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On the Record: “Blind Item” Authors Kevin Dickson and Jack Ketsoyan



Beyoncégraphica, written by Chris Roberts, is an innovative graphic biography celebrating Beyoncé, her genius and the highlights of her successful career as told through over 100 specially commissioned infographics and revealing photos. Get more details and images from the graphic bio below.

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Beyoncé Graphica: A Unique Biography Celebrating Beyoncé’s Career



Launched from a weekly newsletter in 2008 out of Gwyneth’s own kitchen, GOOP has progressed into an iconic lifestyle brand and indispensable resource for all things healthy. The editors at GOOP have finally shared their best kept beauty secrets and remedies to curate this fabulous book. The chapters cover their top tips for a healthy lifestyle, which include workout plans, recipes, favorite detoxes and beauty fixes. Get more details below.

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Get All of Gwyneth’s Advice From the New Book “Goop Clean Beauty”



Decorative Coffee Table Books

Everyone loves coffee table books. They’re big, colorful and can make even the most mundane topics and objects seem fascinating. Plus, they’re wonderful decorative accents when displayed in your home. See below for 8 exquisite options to indulge yourself and update your coffee table.

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8 Chic Coffee Table Books That Double as Decor


For Foodies

You’ll love these six wonderfully, delightful coffee table books about the world of food, regardless of what your level of culinary knowledge may be. Because who doesn’t like looking at or reading about food?

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The 6 Best Coffee Table Books for Foodies


For Aspiring Photographers

Any aspiring photographer or prosumer can appreciate and learn from these inspiring books in order to hone their craft.

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Every Aspiring Photographer Should Own These 10 Books (Or Receive Them as a Gift)




Beauty & Skin Care

Get a fabulous start to the new year by stocking up on the latest books about the wonderful world of beauty. From organic at-home beauty recipes and makeup tutorials to never-before-seen tips and how-tos from the industry’s hottest hair stylists and makeup artists, we’ve rounded 7 of the best beauty books to help you put your best face forward for 2018 and beyond.

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7 Luxe Beauty Books to Help You Put Your Best Face Forward in 2018


Career Advice

With the current competitive job climate, “What Color Is Your Parachute?” has rarely been more relevant. This is especially true after the 2018 update, which ensures the book remains fully on point and filled with up-to-date information on your best course of career action. Get more details on this helpful book below.

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Get a New Job Faster Using This Classic Advice Manual


The White House

Just when you thought you’ve read everything you need to know about President Trump’s rocky first year in office, out comes “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.” Find out more details on this best-seller below.

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Fire and Fury


Home Decor

If you’re a fan of interior design or looking to upgrade your home, but not sure where to start, let former DwellStudio Founder and Creative Director, Christiane Lemieux gives you expert-level decorating tips in her book “The Finer Things: Timeless Furniture, Textiles, and Details.” Get inspired and check out her book in the link below.

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This Book Will Teach You How to Transform Your Home Like a Pro


Joan Didion

It’s possible Joan Didion created L.A. as we know it. While Joan Didion may have become famous in the 1960s, she is still producing insightful work. And in one of the most-anticipated books of 2017, Didion has released “South and West: From a Notebook,” in which the writer offers two extended excerpts from never-before-seen notebooks. Find out more about the iconic writer’s most recent body of work below.

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Is This Joan Didion’s Best Book?


Modern Love Advice

If you’re in a relationship, married, or even living the single life, you know that maintaining a healthy love life can be a challenge. Regardless of whether you’re attached or swiping through dating apps to find the one, balancing work, a social life, and making time for matters of the heart can feel like a second job. See link below for our top favorite book that deal with matters of the heart in the modern world.

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Relationship Reads: The 6 Best Books to Improve Your Love Life


Dating No-No’s

In the world of online dating, more and more people are diving into the unknown in hopes of seeking a potential bae. Romance aside, it’s important to stay safe and diligent with who you meet online; it’s also vital that you’re able to identify individuals you should avoid altogether. In the post below, we’ve handpicked the best 5 books that will help you avoid falling for the Mr. or Mrs. Wrong.

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Toxic Shock: The 5 Types of People You Should Never, Ever Date



If you’re curious to know how Bitcoin works, or if you’re looking to “cash in” on the new cryptocurrency trend, here are three books to help you get started.

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Books About Bitcoin: Understanding What All The Hype Is About



A must have for aspiring photographers, Henry Carroll’s “Read This if you Want to Take Great Photographs” is an expansive photography book that covers the foundations of photographic theory and skill. It includes a curated selection of images from some of the past masters of photographic form, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Fay Goodwin, Sebastião Salgado and many more, as illustrations of the concepts. Get more details and shop this beautiful hardcover in the link below.

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From Film to iPhones, This Photography Book Helps You Take Great Pictures



The love story of the decade is coming to television. Deadline reports that Blumhouse Television is adapting Joshua Green’s “Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency” into a limited series. Get the details and buy the book below.

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Devil’s Bargain: Book About Steve Bannon & Donald Trump Is Becoming a Mini-Series


Mastering Skills

The way to retain information often isn’t so much about what you’re learning, but how you learn. And that’s the basis of “Learn Better,” a new book by Ulrich Bose, a journalist, researcher and educator at the Center for American Progress. Get more details on this helpful book below.

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Don’t Just Learn; Learn Better


What It’s Like to be a Woman in The Whitehouse

Alyssa Mastromonaco wasn’t always the political star she’s seen as today. Even though her days in government are over, her new book takes readers back to when she was the White House Deputy Chief of Staff, using hilarious behind-the-scenes anecdotes and up-close-and-personal moments with Senator-turned-President Barack Obama, that shines a fresh perspective as to who he is as a leader, man and friend. Find out more below.

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A Woman’s Hilarious POV On What it Takes to Work in the White House


Culture & Stress

Just 17 years into the 21st century and the Information Age has transformed how we do nearly everything, from communication to media consumption, to how we relate with our fellow humans — and not always for the better. See below for 5 books that address stress and anxiety from the lens of contemporary culture.

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Best Sci-Fi Books

With its grand scope and hugely involved world building tropes, the sci-fi genre naturally lends itself to series works. 9 of the best sci-fi book series available for Amazon Kindle right now. So if you like your futurism in a Star Trek-inspired format, these books have got you covered

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The 9 Best Sci-Fi Book Series Available for Amazon Kindle



Reading to young children–even infants–has been shown to have profound and enduring benefits to children’s cognitive development and may impact their success in later life. You don’t have to sit down with a full-on novel to reap the benefits. See link below for the top 10 best children’s picture books of all time.

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Kid-Lit: The 10 Best Children’s Books of All Time


Stephen King

For those who’ve made the journey all the way from 1982’s “The Gunslinger” and are craving more of Stephen King’s unique, expansive and darkly surreal universe, don’t worry, there’s plenty more. Here are 13 of the best Stephen King books for “Dark Tower” and “It” fans. See our favorites below.

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The 13 Best Stephen King Books for Fans of “It”


Chelsea Clinton’s Children’s Book

“She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World” is the new children’s book written by former First Daughter, Chelsea Clinton. The book tells the stories of 13 inspirational women who overcame immense opposition to achieve their goals. Get more details and shop the inspiring book below.

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Your First Look at Chelsea Clinton’s New Children’s Book


Cooking Parodies

“Fifty Shades of Chicken: A Parody in a Cookbook” is a unique culinary twist on the ever so popular, Fifty Shades of Grey series. The book is a spoof-in-a-cookbook take on the popular trilogy, where a tale of lust intertwines with 50 mouth-watering chicken recipes. Get the juicy details linked below.

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This Cookbook Parody on the Bestselling Erotic Trilogy Will Get You Excited About Chicken


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