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Lead Your Mind Astray

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22 books every woman needs to read. Read More »

The most you can hope for from a book is that it will lead your mind astray fully and completely– while riding the subway, relaxing on the beach, lounging on a lazy Sunday afternoon, or escaping ennui. Frisky contributor Chloe Caldwell‘s new collection of essays, Legs Get Led Astray, will take you on a walk through her childhood dreams, her first loves, her sexual experiences, her wanderlust, and the suicide of a lost love. I don’t know about you, but “a scorching hot glitter box of youthful despair and dark delight,” as Cheryl Strayed calls the collection, is exactly the kind of stroll I’m up for. [$7.19, Amazon]

Today’s Lady News: Remembering Poet Adrienne Rich (1929-2012)

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  • Here’s some of the many remembrances of the poet, essayist and feminist activist Adrienne Rich, who died yesterday at 82. In particular, I point you to this beautiful, spare poem by Marge Piercy in honor of Ms. Rich. [NY TimesNYMag.com, The Millions]
  • Arizona’s State Senate defeated the bill that would have allowed employers to refuse to offer health insurance that covers birth control for their employees if it conflicted with the employer’s own “moral or religious beliefs.” [Think Progress]
  • A committee in Oklahoma’s State House voted yesterday to advance a so-called “fetal personhood” bill that would criminalize all abortions by declaring a fertilized egg a “person.” [NECN]
  • Well, somebody had to tell all of Esquire‘s female readers to stop being so uppity. [Esquire] Keep reading »

The 22 Books Every Woman Needs To Read

Official Girl Code
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We've got the official Frisky girl code of conduct. Read More »
Get Over It!
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20 scarring childhood experience every woman needs to get over. Read More »
Living Alone Rocks
Seven things you'll miss out on by not living alone at least once! Read More »
Every Woman Needs
30 days of the people, skills, and experiences that every woman needs. Read More »
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Walking into a bookstore can be overwhelming. And heaven forfend you go onto Amazon! There are so many books out there that it makes you wonder why they’re always saying the publishing industry is in its death throes. If you know you’re looking for a copy of The Hunger Games, then you’re golden, but lots of readers just like to browse for something good to read. That is, until we start ripping our hair out. 

I conferred with The Frisky staff and came up with a list of books we think every woman needs to read in her lifetime. We’ve got novels. We’ve got self-help. We’ve got cookbooks. We’ve got academic-y stuff. And we’ve all been changed for the better and felt a little less alone in life, thanks to this list right here… Keep reading »

Four Letters Across, Meaning Someone Who Is Geeky

New Scrabble Words
G-R-R-L, did you hear about the new word allowed in Scrabble? Read More »
Style Brain Teaser
A brain teaser for the style obsessed! Read More »
"Strange Addiction" Bingo
Fun and games with "My Strange Addiction" and a BINGO card. Read More »
Women Are Gamers
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Contrary to stereotype, the majority of online gamers are ladies. Read More »

There’s nothing like a crossword puzzle to make you feel ever-so-slightly inadequate. Why can’t you recall — seven words down — the instrument used to kill Leon Trotsky? Why don’t you know — five words across — the most famous opera by Jules Massenet?  Go watch some more “Jersey Shore,” you fool … or pick up a new book of crossword puzzles, Word., designed for us younger folks and our pop cultural references. Brown University senior Natan Last is a three-time intern for famous puzzler Will Shortz and is the younger person ever to have a crossword published in The New York Times. Word. is is a collection of 144 puzzles on 21st century topics like “Mad Men,” ” South Park,” and hell even “The Powerpuff Girls” that mix high and low for some brain teasing fun. Consider this N-E-R-D all over it. [$8.58, Amazon]

That S**t Cray: Bitches In Bookshops

Bad Library Books
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Nerdy boy, he’s so slow/ Tuesday we started Foucault / He’s still stuck on the intro / He’s a no-go / Instead I had to kick him out my house / He mispronounced an author (Marcel Proust)

Oh my God, I’m dying. Two of my greatest loves — books and the Jay-Z/Kayne West album Watch The Throne — are now united as one in a supernova of nerdy fabulousness. Performers Annabelle Quezada and La Shea Delaney did their own take on “N*ggas In Paris” that’s an ode to reading — with lots of cameos from New York City bookstores. If you read so hard, libraries trying to find me, you’ll love it, too. [YouTube]

Casting “Fifty Shades Of Grey” With Actors We Wish Would Do Gratuitous Hardcore Sex On Screen

50 Shades Of Grey
This erotica book is sweeping the nation. Read More »
Dr. Drew Mansplains
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Dr. Drew is dead wrong about BDSM erotica fans. Read More »

This weekend, I read approximately 600 pages of the dirty smutty smut smut called Fifty Shades of Grey. I’m currently almost to the end of the second book in the trilogy and was up till 2 a.m. because I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next in the Red Room of Pain. Given that it’s incredibly juicy yet poorly written, I’m confident the Fifty Shades series is the new Twilight and a movie is imminent (which is fitting considering Fifty Shades was originally written as Twilight fanfic). Forgetting, for a second, that most Hollywood stars probably wouldn’t do the kind of explicit sex scenes that would do the series justice, I decided to cast the movie based on who I see in the roles. Click on to find out who I’d like to see play Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele, “Mrs. Robinson,” and everyone else of importance in the series (at least through most of book two). (Warning: some spoilers ahead!) Keep reading »

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