Since 1997, you’ve been coming to BarnesandNoble.com to discuss everything from Stephen King to writing to Harry Potter. You’ve made our site more than a place to discover your next book: you’ve made it a community. But like all things internet, BN.com is growing and changing. We've said goodbye to our community message boards—but that doesn’t mean we won’t still be a place for adventurous readers to connect and discover.

Now, you can explore the most exciting new titles (and remember the classics) at the Barnes & Noble Book Blog. Check out conversations with authors like Jeff VanderMeer and Gary Shteyngart at the B&N Review, and browse write-ups of the best in literary fiction. Come to our Facebook page to weigh in on what it means to be a book nerd. Browse digital deals on the NOOK blog, tweet about books with us,or self-publish your latest novella with NOOK Press. And for those of you looking for support for your NOOK, the NOOK Support Forums will still be here.

We will continue to provide you with books that make you turn pages well past midnight, discover new worlds, and reunite with old friends. And we hope that you’ll continue to tell us how you’re doing, what you’re reading, and what books mean to you.

What great books are just around the corner? Read on to find out...

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Up to my neck in cookbooks: But what makes me drool?  Design guru Caz Hildebrand's marvelous black-and-white pasta cookbook, chock full of etymology, great graphics, and delicious recipes. And lists -- of ingredients, steps, tools, pastas . . .  What do we do, stylistically and grammatically, with lists?

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Powder keg on the Mississippi: a noted Twain scholar releases an edition of  Huck Finn in which he's searched and replaced a word 219 times -- probably the most incendiary racial slur in English. Did he just blow up the whole raft?

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A pre–New Year pause for reflection brought to mind one of my old favorites and a perennial best-seller, The Complete Calvin and Hobbes. To take a tiger by the tail, what do these icons of comics have to say about grammar? One of my favorite things ever.

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Grammarspotting: Let's spot some grammar in pop culture and call it by name. Last week it was Stephen Sondheim and his gerunds, this week it's participles in Springsteen. What syntax lurks amid the songs?

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Stephen Sondheim's lyrics are delights of the English language. And the title of his lyric collection/memoir delights me as much as a Sunday stroll in the park. A lovely and unusual gerund, for a lovely and unusual talent. 

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About Unabashedly Bookish: The BN Community Blog
Unabashedly Bookish features new articles every day from the Book Clubs staff, guest authors, and friends on hot topics in the world of books, language, writing, and publishing. From trends in the publishing business to updates on genre fiction fan communities, from fun lessons on grammar to reflections on literature in our personal lives, this blog is the best source for your daily dose of all things bookish.

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