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    Merritt Tierce on Iowa, Comma Usage, and Her Debut Novel, Love Me Back

    Love Me Back, by 5 Under 35 honoree Merritt Tierce, isn’t like other novels. For one thing, its protagonist, Marie, doesn’t change. There’s no discernible arc. She’s self-destructive, and she’s not sure why, and neither are we, the readers. She cuts […]

  • 5 Supporting Characters who Deserve Their Own Books

    5 Supporting Characters who Deserve Their Own Books

    Pity the literary supporting character. Unlike television, which has never met a minor supporting character it doesn’t want to parlay into an uneven, unwatched spinoff, literature by and large leaves many of its most interesting characters languishing in the background, […]

  • An Interview With YA Author Andrew Smith

    An Interview With YA Author Andrew Smith

    Andrew Smith writes some of the richest, realest fiction on the YA shelves, even when he’s writing about nightmarish alternate worlds and grasshopper plagues. In February’s genre-bending Grasshopper Jungle, a delicate love triangle between a sexually confused boy and his […]

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YA NOVELS

YA Romance Across Segregationist Lines: Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

YA Romance Across Segregationist Lines: Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

Segregation and the battle for civil rights is a fundamental part of American history, showing our nation’s people at both our ugliest and our most inspiring. Lies We Tell Ourselves, a debut YA novel by Robin Talley, examines that time […]

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NEW MOON

Is Your Boyfriend a Werewolf? 5 Signs to Watch Out For

Is Your Boyfriend a Werewolf? 5 Signs to Watch Out For

Readers of paranormal romance novels know that werewolves make the best boyfriends: they’re loyal, sexy, protective, and ridiculously ripped. Unfortunately, werewolves in all their hot toothy glory can also be notoriously secretive. While this is perfectly reasonable (you would probably […]

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TIL DEATH DO US PART

5 Marriage Thrillers, From Gone Girl and Beyond

5 Marriage Thrillers, From Gone Girl and Beyond

How much should we trust a spouse? Can we ever know anyone, really? Marriage thrillers trigger our deepest fears because they deal not with far-fetched themes and plots, but those all too close to home. In the books below, husbands […]

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YA NOVELS

8 Essential Elements of a Juicy YA Love Triangle

8 Essential Elements of a Juicy YA Love Triangle

Rebecca Serle’s Famous in Love (out next month) is a deliciously meta YA novel: aspiring actress Paige Townsen lands her dream breakout movie role as the lead in an adaptation of Locked, the hottest YA book in all the land, and […]

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DYSTOPIAN CLASSICS

5 Can’t-Miss Classics of Dystopian Fiction

5 Can’t-Miss Classics of Dystopian Fiction

For as long as we’ve had visions of utopia and perfect bliss, we’ve also envisioned the opposite. Mad scientists, thought police, totalitarian governments…in these grim versions of the future, there’s no shortage of villains. Always, however, the real culprit is human nature. If […]

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NEW RELEASES

Wide-Angle Madness In David Cronenberg’s Consumed

Wide-Angle Madness In David Cronenberg’s Consumed

David Cronenberg is a film director with a flair for the visually abstract (Scanners, Videodrome, eXistenZ, Crash), and a particular talent for bringing tilted landscapes and disturbing concepts to life. There was a period when a single Cronenberg film could be […]

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OUTLANDER RECAPS

Outlander Recap: Both Sides Now

Outlander Recap: Both Sides Now

Did you hear the awful cry that shook the very foundations of the earth last week? That was me, uttering a bellow from my very soul upon learning that, after this week’s episode, I’d have to wait until APRIL 2015 […]

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SCI-FI

5 Forgotten Sci-Fi Novels That Deserve to Be Rediscovered

5 Forgotten Sci-Fi Novels That Deserve to Be Rediscovered

Books fade away. The center cannot hold. Even books that were best sellers, that were made into movies, that dominated pop culture for decades, can suddenly find themselves fading from public consciousness. It’s worse in science-fiction, because the genre has […]

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INTERVIEWS

A Glimpse of the Present in Tsarist Russia With Gregory Maguire’s Egg & Spoon

A Glimpse of the Present in Tsarist Russia With Gregory Maguire’s Egg & Spoon

Wicked scribe Gregory Maguire takes his patented vim, vigor and wit and applies it to Russian folklore in his latest, Egg & Spoon. At times rollicking, the story follows two young girls, Cat and Elena, in a classic tale of princess-and-pauper mistaken […]

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