Posts tagged "reading"

15 Awesome Cheryl Strayed Quotes For A Dose Of Inspiration

I just started reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed (yes, I have been under a rock for the past few years) and am completely swept away by it. Strayed, who’s also behind the much-adored Dear Sugar advice column at The Rumpus (which has been turned into a book called Tiny Beautiful Things, which you will read and then instantly

By: Claire Hannum / June 8, 2014

5 Things To Know About Danielle LaPorte, The Spiritual Guru Shailene Woodley Calls “A Sister Beyond Sisters” [UPDATE]

Shailene Woodley loves a lot of things: Mother Earth, eating clay, making her own organic toothpaste, basking her vagina in the sun’s rays. But she love-love-loves the author Danielle LaPorte, who, in a Daily Beast interview, she refers to as “a sister beyond sisters.” Shailene raved about LaPorte’s book The Desire Map, which she explained…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 3, 2014

Remember Maya Angelou With Four Of Her Most Famous Poems

The death of Maya Angelou, a lioness of American arts and letters, marked the end of her truly extraordinary career. She leaves behind a body of work that is, quite frankly, exhaustive. The Poetry Foundation has a full list of Angelou’s contributions to literature, poetry, theater and film and many her poems can be found…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou Dies At 86

Maya Angelou, a poet and civil rights activist, has died at 86. Angelou is most well-known for her memoir I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings about growing up poor and Black in the South and she leaves behind a trove of poetry, plays, and other books. Angelou was active in the Civil Rights Movement and worked alongside…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 28, 2014

Great Idea, Chipotle: 8 Other Places That Customers Could Use Some Reading Material

As we mentioned earlier today, Chipotle had the genius idea to feature short selections of original literature on their various food surfaces, like cups, takeout bags, etc. Not only does this help keep customers entertained while they’re dining, but it prevents the awkward eating-alone scenario from being so awkward, and it’s educational.  After I heard…

By: Katie Oldenburg / May 18, 2014

Frisky Q&A: Drunk Mom Author Jowita Bydlowska On Alcoholism, Parenthood & Writing

Motherhood. We all have a vision in mind of what it’s supposed to look like: warm, nurturing, saccharine, even beatific. Even the messier versions we allow — frazzled new parent anxiety, daylight zombies — still position the mother as with-it and in control. But what about the mothers who are anything but in control? What…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 13, 2014

Frisky Q&A: Hip Mama Editor Ariel Gore Talks Parenthood, Abuse & Her New Memoir

Mother’s Day is when advertising distills motherhood down to home-cooked brunch, a bracelet, or a fragrant bouquet. But for far too many people, the relationship with their mom is a complicated one. Not all mothers have been nurturing and caring; not all daughters and sons have overcome the trauma of their childhoods as adults.  There…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 9, 2014

An Excerpt From Save The Date: The Occasional Mortifications Of A Serial Wedding Guest

He showed up at my door wearing jeans. They were black, but they were definitely denim. Oh, dear. He looked so proud of himself, like, weren’t black jeans pretty much exactly the same thing as a suit? Jeans could be wedding-appropriate, come on! Well, no, not exactly. But if I said they couldn’t be, not…

By: Jen Doll / May 1, 2014

Frisky Q&A: Melanie Notkin, Author Of The Otherhood, On Women Who Want Children But Don’t Have Them Yet

The Otherhood: a growing population of educated, professional women in their 30s and 40s who have yet to find love or start a family. In fact, statistics show that almost 50 percent of American women are childless — yet our society still isn’t quite sure how to treat these women, placing all sorts of assumptio…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / April 16, 2014

Meet Catherine Wolters, The Real-Life Alex Vause From “Orange Is The New Black”

If you read Piper Kerman’s memoir Orange Is The New Black or binge-watched the Netflix adaptation (and who hasn’t done that?), chances are you have wondered about the real-life woman behind Nora (in the book) and Alex Vause (the character in the show). For the first time ever, 51-year-old novelist and PhD student Catherine Cleary…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 15, 2014

Donna Tartt Wins 2014 Pulitzer Prize For The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt’s novel The Goldfinch — a favorite in The Frisky’s office — is the 2014 winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. All the more reason to read it, I suppose. [Los Angeles Times]
A lesbian couple have wed in the UK’s first same-sex nuptials in a church. [Guardian UK]
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By: Jessica Wakeman / April 14, 2014

Frisky Q&A: Speak Author Laurie Halse Anderson On RAINN, Rape Culture & Consent

Every year, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, when many of us participate in Take Back The Night speak-outs and marches to raise awareness about sexual violence in our communities. This year, the beloved young adult novelist Laurie Halse Anderson has thrown her support behind a fundraiser for the Rape Abuse And Incest National Network…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 10, 2014

Are We Really Surprised That James Franco Has No Space On His Bookshelf For Women Writers?

James Franco, in addition to being an actor, performance artist, director and avid Instagrammer, is a writer of both fiction and poetry. He’s a big reader too — he’s currently starring on Broadway in “Of Mice and Men” — and one of his many upcoming projects includes a film adaptation of William Faulkner’s The Sound and

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 9, 2014

Frisky Q&A: Great Author Sara Benincasa Talks Young Adult Fiction, Zelda Fitzgerald & Women In Comedy

A show of hands: who had to read The Great Gatsby in school?

Most of us, right? You’re probably overly familiar with the tale of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan, if not from high school English class then from the Baz Luhrman spectacle in theaters this past summer. I hope you still have…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 8, 2014

Happy 86th Birthday, Maya Angelou!

Today is the 86th birthday of one of the most beloved writers of our generation, Maya Angelou!  The Wake Forest University professor is perhaps most famous for her 1969 memoir I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, as well as reading a poem at President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration, winning the Pulitzer Prize for one…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 4, 2014

The Soapbox: “Divergent” Is A Bible-Thumping Disaster

Spoilers ahead!

“Divergent,” which opens today, has been hailed as either the next “Hunger Games” or as a massive “Hunger Games” ripoff. It is both, but where it leaves its source material (“Harry Potter” included) is in the religious proselytizing throughout. Teenagers are born again in all YA fiction, in a sense. But…

By: Veronica Wrath / March 21, 2014

The Soapbox: Refusing To Review Books Marketed To One Gender Is Counterproductive

The British newspaper The Independent announced yesterday that it would no longer be reviewing any book that was specifically marketed at one gender. While their announcement certainly did its job – garnering a wave of free publicity for the newspaper and allowing them to slap their own backs quite forcefully – it’s not helping the…

By: Lilit Marcus / March 17, 2014

Photographer Creates Gorgeous Images To Document His Love Of Reading

I’ve been in such a hibernating, antisocial bookworm mode lately that I barely leave my bed except when it’s absolutely necessary. These days (at least until the weather warms up), a stack of books and a hot cup of tea is my idea of a perfect Saturday night. If you share that sentiment, then you’ll…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 10, 2014

Report: Lindsay Lohan Signing $1 Million Book Deal For Her Memoirs

Lindsay Lohan is reportedly poised to sign a $1 million book deal for her memoirs,  AKA  journals that she kept during her most recent stint in rehab.  No, I’m not being snarky — that’s actually what she’s publishing! Page Six said publishers are concerned about inking a bigger deal because they are concerned she…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 7, 2014

What’s The Most Widely Read E-Book In Your State?

I am getting a Kindle Paperwhite for my upcoming birthday (!!!), so it’s time to step up my e-book game. I’ve been noodling the idea of joining Scribd or Amazon Prime, two of the biggest services for borrowing e-books. I’ve been poking through their respective offerings somewhat obsessively to figure out which plan is right…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 3, 2014
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