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Far be it from us to suggest that you spend your hours after take-off doing anything other than watching Unlikely Animal Friends 4 on repeat and drinking yourself into oblivion, but in case you do want something different while hurtling through space in a giant metal tube, may we suggest reading one of these five books? There’s no reason to resort to the latest Dan Brown to keep you company while you fly; any...
  It’s a truism to say that books change lives, but the commonality of the sentiment doesn’t make it any less real. Brooklyn Magazine asked as many writers and editors and book people it could think of to talk about the piece of writing that changed them. Their answers are myriad, delightful, and as personal as a fingerprint. Time to head to your local bookstore (or library) and stock up. LUCAS ADAMS cartoonist-writer and co-editor New York...
A windowless office. Pinkish walls covered in faint, dirty handprints. A pomegranate surrounded by shattered porcelain. Helen Phillips’s third book and first novel, The Beautiful Bureaucrat, found its origins in these images: a 100-page list of them. “The plot was the very last thing to fall into place,” she said at Greenlight Books on Monday, August 17. She and fellow Henry Holt author, Gabriel Urza, were in conversation with their shared editor, Sarah Bowlin....
We’re pretty firmly of the mind that no matter how grim things seem in the world at large, life will always be at least kind of OK as long there’s something good to read. And so, lucky for us, even if the last five years have had their ups-and-downs, we’ve always been able to find an escape. Here, then, are the 25 books—all by Brooklyn authors—that have allowed us—and some other notable people in...

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