• What to Read Next if You Liked Grain Brain, S., I Am Malala, The Great Gatsby, or Dr. Sleep

    What to Read Next if You Liked Grain Brain, S., I Am Malala, The Great Gatsby, or Dr. Sleep

    If you’ve already terrified yourself discovering what bread is doing to your body in David Perlmutter’s Grain Brain, by David Perlmutter, then there’s more where that came from. Sugar, Salt, Fat, by Michael Moss, explores exactly why it is that you […]

  • YA Author Sara Benincasa Revamps The Great Gatsby with a Same-Sex Relationship

    YA Author Sara Benincasa Revamps The Great Gatsby with a Same-Sex Relationship

    We should all want to be Sara Benincasa when/if we grow up: The hilarious and thoughtful writer has mastered standup comedy, radio, blogging, and vlogging, and today she comes out with her first novel, Great. Great is a teen adaptation […]

  • 9 Restaurants That Take Their Names From Literature

    9 Restaurants That Take Their Names From Literature

    Harry Potter fans have it good—when they want to revisit J.K. Rowling’s richly imagined world, there’s an entire theme park to visit, rendering famed locales like Diagon Alley and Hogwarts Castle in intricate detail. Not all stories lend themselves to […]

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THE READING LIFE

The 12 Stages of Literary Matchmaking

The 12 Stages of Literary Matchmaking

If you’re a bibliophile, being asked to recommend a book is similar to the harrowing experience of setting up two of your friends. Sure, it’s a great honor and a great responsibility, but playing cupid is playing with fire. You’re […]

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WHAT TO READ NEXT

What to Read Next if You Liked Life After Life, Eleanor & Park, Flash Boys, Paper Towns, or The Things They Carried

What to Read Next if You Liked Life After Life, Eleanor & Park, Flash Boys, Paper Towns, or The Things They Carried

If you were entranced by the temporal puzzle box Kate Atkinson constructed around World War II in Life After Life, in which a young woman lives her life again and again, experiencing different aspects of wartime London, Connie Willis’s much-admired two-part […]

by × April 18, 2014 ×

INDIE ROUNDUP

April Indie Books Roundup!

April Indie Books Roundup!

We love independent publishers, but great indie releases have a way of getting past us. Enter the Indie Roundup, a monthly review of new books we’re excited about from independent, university, and small presses we love. Maybe it’s the extra […]

by × April 18, 2014 ×

BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

Reading Recommendations for the Cast of Mad Men

Reading Recommendations for the Cast of Mad Men

It’s finally happening: the final season of AMC’s sexy, smoky, scotch-drenched series Mad Men. No other show in the history of television has made us fall so deeply in love with sunken living rooms, bygone fonts, emphysema, and aerodynamic breasts. […]

by × April 17, 2014 ×

LEMONY SNICKET

Why is Jude Law the Quintessential Cinematic “Author” Character?

Why is Jude Law the Quintessential Cinematic “Author” Character?

If you’ve seen Wes Anderson’s new super-meta comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel, you know that, in typical Anderson style, it involves several layers of a narrative onion, which the writer/director peels back perhaps more efficiently than ever before. (If you […]

by × April 17, 2014 ×

HA!

9 Lesser-Known Baby Names from Classic Books

9 Lesser-Known Baby Names from Classic Books

It may come as no surprise that “Katniss” was a hugely popular baby name in 2013. Great characters in literature often inspire enormous admiration from fans, some of which extends into baby naming. But it is our fondest hope that […]

by × April 17, 2014 ×

READING LISTS

5 Books to Read if You Love Orphan Black

5 Books to Read if You Love Orphan Black

In the opening scene of the series premiere of Orphan Black, a ne’er-do-well named Sarah Manning is witness to a grisly suicide…of a woman whose face looks exactly like her own. From this setup follows a thrilling story of stolen […]

by × April 16, 2014 ×

GOOD BOOK FAIRIES

Drop (and Find!) Free Books on Teen Lit Day

Drop (and Find!) Free Books on Teen Lit Day

Isn’t it lovely to stumble upon a new book, especially a free one left just for you? This week, it could happen. Tomorrow, Thursday, April 17, is Celebrate Teen Lit Day, and book lovers everywhere can get involved by “rocking […]

by × April 16, 2014 ×

BOOK CLUBS

Eat, Drink, Read: Delightful Food & Drink Pairings for Your Next Book Club

Eat, Drink, Read: Delightful Food & Drink Pairings for Your Next Book Club

In my experience, book clubs are as much about the food, wine, and camaraderie as they are about the books. Your friends may be well-read, but it’s up to the good book club host to make sure they’re also well […]

by × April 16, 2014 ×