1. "This is an amazing, masterfully executed tale. Each perfect word, each perfect sentence is magnificent." Also? It’s on sale! http://powells.us/1sr6oO2

     


  2. Best first lines of a novel? We’ve got a contender.

    "Today is Christmas Eve. Today is my birthday. Today I am fifteen. Today I buried my parents in the backyard. Neither of them were beloved."
    - Lisa O’Donnell, The Death of Bees