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It's not your grandma's Book of the Month Club

Before Oprah Winfrey anointed bestsellers with her book club picks, there was the Book of the Month Club. And now it’s coming back for another round.  

The Book of the Month Club, a pioneer of book distribution and marketing, relaunched late last year with a new approach and new attitude.

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An almost-lost gem: 'Whatever Happened to Interracial Love'

Kathleen Collins was a professor of film history at New York’s City College who made a groundbreaking contribution to the subject that she taught. “Losing Ground” (1982), which Collins wrote and directed, was one of the first feature-length dramas made by an African American woman. Collins, who was also an activist and playwright, never got the chance to make another film.

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Exploring the origins of consciousness, cephalopod and human, with Peter Godfrey-Smith in 'Other Minds'

Peter Godfrey-Smith is besotted with cephalopods. These enigmatic and generally solitary sea-dwellers include octopuses, cuttlefish and squid, all of which have big and complex brains and act in ways that suggest alien minds.

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A thriller with a fine literary pedigree: 'His Bloody Project' by Graeme Macrae Burnet

Crime fiction is always well represented on bestseller lists, but this year it's also found its way into the most exclusive chambers of literary prestige.

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Warren Ellis' 'Normal' is a fast-paced dystopia about a burned-out futurist

These are good times for literary techno-dystopias.

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Gabriel García Márquez's collection of signed books — from Clinton, Castro — goes to the Ransom Center in Texas

Books that Fidel Castro and Bill Clinton gave to Gabriel García Márquez will sit side by side on shelves in Texas.

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