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Whether they're cops or conmen, savage killers or creative types, gangsters or God-fearing citizens, George Pelecanos' characters are always engaged in a fight for their lives. They fight to advance or simply to survive; they fight against odds, against enemies, even against themselves. In this, his first collection of stories, the acclaimed novelist introduces readers to a vivid and eclectic cast of combatants.

from NY Daily News

George R. R. Martin - Photos - Emmys 2015: Stars celebrate in style at Emmys after-parties

"Game of Thrones" author George R. R. Martin has a lot to be happy about! Not only did his show snag the top award, Outstanding Drama Series, it was also his birthday! The novelist celebrated his 67th birthday at HBO's Official 2015 Emmy After-Party on Sept. 20, 2015.

"Spies Like Us" ~~ YA historical novelist Robert Skead discusses black petticoats, invisible ink, and the Culper Spy Ring, one of George Washington’s greatest weapons against the redcoats.

from As I Lay Reading

The Dream Lover

"George Sand was a century French novelist known not only for her novels but even more for her scandalous behavior." The Dream Lover gives "insight into the heart and mind of a woman who was considered the most passionate and gifted genius of her time."--

And when a woman's will is as strong as the man's who wants to govern her, half her strength must be concealment. - George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), English novelist