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Celebrating the 60th anniversary of Things Fall Apart

This year, we are celebrating the 60th anniversary of Chinua Achebe’s classic, Things Fall Apart. The novel, first published in 1958,  has been translated into 57 languages and has sold over 20 million copies. Things Fall Apart is the first book from The African Trilogy which tells the story of modern Nigeria over three generations, from first colonial contact to urban migration. Chinua Achebe (1930-2013) was a Nigerian novelist and poet who is admired as the father of modern African literature. He taught at Brown University and Bard College and was the recipient of the Nigerian National Merit Award and the Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement. Toni Morrison spoke of his writings, “African literature is incomplete and unthinkable without the works of Chinua Achebe.”   Browse all the books included in The African Trilogy below:  
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Congrats to The Princess Diarist, winner of the 2018 Spoken Word Album Grammy!

The Princess Diarist was recognized as this year’s Spoken World Album Grammy winner yesterday. Penguin Random House Audio production of Carrie Fisher’s memoir was read by the author and her daughter Billie Lourd, and produced by multi-Grammy-nominated Dan Zitt. Productions by Penguin Random House Audio imprints have won 14 Grammys and received 42 nominations. The Princess Diarist is an intimate, hilarious and revealing recollection of what happened behind the scenes during the filming of the first Star Wars movie. This particular Grammy win is an honor to Carrie Fisher’s prolific achievements and longstanding legacy.
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In Memoriam: Ursula K. Le Guin

Penguin Random House mourns the loss of Ursula K. Le Guin. She died at the age of 88 in her home in Oregon. She is admired for her fantasy and science fiction writings but has also penned numerous, well-acclaimed novels, poems, short stories, essays, and children’s books. Most notably, she wrote The Left Hand of Darkness, first published in 1969, about a planet of genderless beings. In 2000, the Library of Congress designated her a Living Legend. In addition, she has won five Hugo awards and the 2014 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Her writings are beloved by many, often challenging conventional narratives of power, race, and gender.  Browse more of Usula K. Le Guin’s writings here.
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Enter to Win 52 Books from Books for Better Living

The thought of making New Year’s Resolutions is both thrilling and terrifying. It can be a fresh start, but simultaneously extra pressure to make resolutions stick.

Books for Better Living is offering you a chance to win an entire library of 52 wellness books—one for every week of the year! Whether you’re trying to lose weight, improve your marriage, heal from a bad breakup, find your true calling, or learn to live in the present moment, they have books, including many bestsellers, on a huge range of topics and themes to help get you started, and stay on track.

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