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This Week in Page to Screen: Fifty Shades, the Little Prince, and a Whole Lot of YA

This Week in Page to Screen: Fifty Shades, the Little Prince, and a Whole Lot of YA

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You’ve probably heard by now that director Sam Taylor-Wood and screenwriter Kelly Marcel jumped ship after the release of the first Fifty Shades installment, leading to much speculation...
The Flock is Back in James Patterson’s Maximum Ride Forever

The Flock is Back in James Patterson’s Maximum Ride Forever

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Imagine being able to soar through the sky on powerful wings, clobber a passel of airborne mutant wolves three times your size, and heal from serious injuries almost overnight. These are just...
These Books Make Perfect Presents for Graduates of All Ages

These Books Make Perfect Presents for Graduates of All Ages

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The smell of achievement laced with honeysuckle is in the air. Kindergarteners are bringing home stacks of priceless macaroni art, and sleep-deprived teenagers are up at 3 a.m. putting the final...
Five Novels that Disappeared—Then Came Back

Five Novels that Disappeared—Then Came Back

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It’s every author’s main fear: That after working on a novel for years or decades, pouring your soul and sweat into the words, it finally gets published and…no one notices. Worse, it...
10 Reading Tips for the Easily Distracted

10 Reading Tips for the Easily Distracted

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Yoohoo! Hey there! Over here! Are you easily distracted? Do you find that the minute you sit down to read, a million things suddenly require your attention and pull you away from the pages of...
17 Contemporary Reads Inspired by William Shakespeare

17 Contemporary Reads Inspired by William Shakespeare

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Today the literary world is honoring the life, and death, of William Shakespeare. While his exact birthday isn’t really known, we observe it on April 23, the date he died at age 52. And while...
The Worst Mothers in Literary History

The Worst Mothers in Literary History

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As Philip Larkin wrote in the Greatest Poem of All Time (GPAT): “Man hands on misery to man/It deepens like a coastal shelf/Get out as early as you can/And don’t have any kids yourself.”...
Cooking with Ina Garten: Fresh Ingredients and Time-Saving Tips from the Barefoot Contessa

Cooking with Ina Garten: Fresh Ingredients and Time-Saving Tips from the Barefoot Contessa

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From the time we’re knee high to a grasshopper, mothers keep us fed. Why not return the favor by cooking a special Mother’s Day meal—and giving your mom a cookbook by one of her...
4 Books to Read When You’re Down

4 Books to Read When You’re Down

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Dear Literary Lady, What books on your shelf do you actually, honestly, really read when you’re down? —W.E., Chattanooga, TN Dear W.E., As I sit here staring at my bookshelf and trying to...
12 Questions for Weird Al Yankovic

12 Questions for Weird Al Yankovic

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For the first time in its 63-year history, MAD Magazine has allowed an outsider to co-edit an issue—and they went for a guy who could plausibly be the mag’s mascot. Weird Al...