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The legendary Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird and the recent follow-up, Go Set a Watchman, died in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama this morning, Friday, February 19. Lee won a Pulitzer Prize for To Kill a Mockingbird, and lived out most of her very private days in Monroeville after a short time livingREAD MORE »


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Sometimes when you’re looking for a good book to read, it’s all about a quick fix. Maybe you’re in a book club and you need something that everyone will be able to finish by next meeting. Or maybe you’re going away for the weekend and you want a novel you can have read by Monday. READ MORE »


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Poetry is dead… Yes? No? HELL NO! And that’s not because I write crappy poems myself, but because I literally drool over lit social media accounts like Words Dance, Beau Taplin, Nayyirah Waheed, and Button Poetry that I can say poetry so alive. These are not “for gender noncomforming individuals only” or “madeREAD MORE »


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The first step is admitting you have a problem, and I admit — I have an addiction to reading. So using my own personal experiences, and asking a few other fellow addicts, I’ve compiled 50 signs that your love of books may have gotten out of hand. Read more on Pop Sugar…READ MORE »


Surely ISIS has some fun, positive traits! READ MORE »


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Does it seem to anyone else like the romance genre has been in the news a lot this year? First, it was that very strange Holocaust-themed novel being nominated for two RITAs (the genre’s annual awards), now it’s that a prolific romance novelist has been outed as a plagiarist.

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Reddit user specfreader asked the r/Books community yesterday: Who is your favorite female book character? As the answers came in, an interesting trend emerged. Take a look at some of the most popular answers:

Minerva McGonagall from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series
Granny Weatherwax from Terry Pratchett’s DiscworldREAD MORE »


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Low-income neighborhoods aren’t just susceptible to be food deserts – they can also be book deserts. Underfunded and understaffed libraries as well as prohibitive distances to libraries mean that kids who live in poverty don’t always have the access to books that they should.

Librarians are a crafty and resourceful lot,READ MORE »


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The Hugo Awards – probably the now-second-most prominent sci-fi and fantasy awards outside of the Nebulas – were awarded on Saturday. You might recall that there was a huge controversy over the Hugos this year, with authors Brad Torgensen and Larry Correia rigging the ballots against what they perceived as a too-diverse field of priorREAD MORE »


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Forget Esquire’s mammoth ode to white, male authors – these books will help men get by in today’s society. READ MORE »


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It’s the one day of the year we acknowledge this beautiful planet of ours and all the ways we’ve destroyed it! READ MORE »


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The five Chinese feminist activists who were arrested in the days leading up to International Women’s Day for handing out brochures about sexual harassment have been freed from custody. READ MORE »


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Plus, what the heck are “painful anime bags”? READ MORE »


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Oh, what to do with Hausfrau? I promised myself when I started reviewing books that I wouldn’t give negative reviews, under the premise that if if I didn’t have anything nice to say, I shouldn’t say anything at all. But Hausfrau has me stuck: I can give an unmitigated glowing review of two-thirds of the… READ MORE »


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If you’re in your mid-twenties or older, you may have been wondering what Nick Hornby’s thoughts on the ultimate fate of the characters in High Fidelity. Well! Fear not. He has written a short retrospective essay about his novel-form love song for record shops for Billboard.

More interesting than his short insights on… READ MORE »


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I never read any of the Fifty Shades of Grey books, because 1) I was advised not to read it by my very good friend who was reading it voraciously when it came out, and 2) Luvvie Ajayi epically live-tweeted reading the first book and called it #50ShadesOfShade, and it was perfect, and I pretty… READ MORE »


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I was the kind of kid who eschewed children’s literature for Mary Higgins Clark and Steven King by the time I was maybe six or seven. By ten I was reading, and worshiping, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman graphic novel series and making my way through A Midsummer Night’s Dream. By high school, my favorite book was… READ MORE »


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To get this out of the way from the get-go, Elisa Albert’s After Birth is going to offend a lot of sensitive people, some for the following reasons:

Some mothers won’t like the fact that the novel takes place in the depths of post-partum depression and will claim that they got… READ MORE »


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