So You Think You're a Literary Critic? 19 Books for Understanding Literature

Understanding and critiquing the books that line the bookshelves of the world's readers is no easy task. Some of the greatest minds in academia and literary criticism, as well as writers themselves, have attempted to define what makes good literature, or just what makes literature. Theory, philosophy and critique - it's all here, and a great place to start.

Coming Soon: Go Set A Watchman

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

From the author of To Kill A Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman hits shelves in July. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

Housebreaking by Dan Pope

Housebreaking by Dan Pope

As both an author and a bookseller, Dan Pope is a true bibliophile. He's been selling books on AbeBooks for over 10 years, and in that time he's written two novels. His new book, Housebreaking, is out now. The New York Times calls it a "heartfelt chamber piece of flawed personalities, calamitous decisions and unexpected moments of grace."

50 Essential Young Adult Novels

It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Don't let the label limit you - young adult or 'YA' fiction has plenty to offer seasoned readers, as well. With relatable situations and dynamic characters, some of the most riveting novels going are YA. We've chosen 50 not to miss.

10 Editions of Grimm's Fairytales

Grimm's Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

For over two centuries, people have been reading the Fairy Tales first put out by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in 1812. From leather and gilt to decorated cloth, explore ten different, beautiful editions from over the years.