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"Call Allen" Offers a Poetry Intervention For San Franciscans

If someone handed you Allen Ginsberg's number and told you to give him a call, you'd probably think they were nuts—after all, the legendary Beat poet died in 1997. But while you may not be able to call Ginsberg to chat about the new season of Game of Thrones, you can now call a number and hear one of his greatest poems, thanks to a new project, Call Allen.

7x7 Book Club: Heidi Julavits' "The Folded Clock" & More

Re-reading your childhood diaries is usually cause for embarrassment (after all, the Mortified series wouldn't exist without them). But for Heidi Julavits, they served as the inspiration to keep a new diary, which chronicles her fortysomething life as a writer, mother, and wife. The result is The Folded Clock, an unusual take on a memoir that veers between past and present, encompassing everything from her love of The Bachelorette to the end of her first marriage. Equal parts funny, searching, and sad, it's the kind of book that prompts you to reexamine the simplest daily routines in your own life. 

3 New Books to Pick Up and Read Right Now

From Ryan Gattis' take on one of California's darkest days to Claire Kells' stunning debut, here are three books you should be reading before bed.

3 New Books to Pick Up and Read Right Now

From a former 7x7 editor's new memoirs to a 1990s Seattle-based fairytale, here are three new books you should be reading right now. 

3 New Books to Pick Up and Read Right Now

In a culture where new motherhood is either treated as intensely joyful or comically hapless, Elisa Albert's After Birth provides a necessary and fascinating corrective, exploring the loneliness and loss of self that having a child can engender.

3 New Books to Pick Up This Week

Turn off Netflix and pick up one of these books. 

3 New Books to Pick Up This Week

Given recent current events, Jill Leovy's Ghettoside couldn't be a more well-timed book. It's the true story of an LA cop whose youngest son is murdered in Watts (one of the city's toughest neighborhoods) and the dogged detective trying to find the killer.

3 New Books to Pick Up This Week

If one of your goals is to have a cleaner, more organized, and less cluttered home (and if it isn't, then you should probably write a book of your own), consider dropping a very worthwhile $15 on Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

Great Books to Read This Month

Miranda July is best known for her films Me and You and Everyone We Know and The Future, but she's also an accomplished fiction writer, as her first novel, The First Bad Man, proves.

3 New Reads For the Holiday Season

It's technically a young-adult novel, but I can't imagine any adult not being sucked in by the premise of Katie Coyle's debut, Vivian Apple at the End of the World. The eponymous heroine is the freethinking teenage daughter of two extremely devout parents who are convinced the rapture is on its way—

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