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END OF SUMMER

Three Signs That Summer is Over (If You’re a Bibliophile)

Three Signs That Summer is Over (If You’re a Bibliophile)

It’s that time of year again. The kids are going back to school, football season’s starting up once again, and Halloween merch is already beginning to appear in department stores. The sugar maple trees in my backyard are even beginning […]

by × September 9, 2013 ×

YA

The Heartbreaking YA Book All Parents Should Read

The Heartbreaking YA Book All Parents Should Read

Last week, I headed to the bookstore to find a selection of children’s etiquette books. My mission was to write a roundup review of kid-friendly publications dealing with modern manners, but, as serendipity would have it, none of the books […]

by × September 9, 2013 ×

FICTIONAL CHARACTERS

The Most Notorious Teachers in Fiction

The Most Notorious Teachers in Fiction

The air is getting crisper, carrying with it thoughts of apple picking, new sweaters…and that one teacher you once had, who publicly bemoaned the loss of corporal punishment in schools. Everyone’s had a difficult prof or two, but few among […]

by × September 6, 2013 ×

BOOKSHELF TAROT READING

This Reader Is About To Shake Up Kentucky

This Reader Is About To Shake Up Kentucky

In this series, we’re asking fans and followers to send us pictures of their bookshelves. If yours is chosen, we will use it to conduct a Tarot-inspired “reader reading”—an exploration of your past, present, and future, as revealed through your […]

by × September 5, 2013 ×

BOOKS WE LOVE

7 Reasons to Return to 1998

7 Reasons to Return to 1998

Since last week, I’ve been swirling in a vortex of ecstasy and nostalgia. Why? Because after Miley Cyrus fried my neural cortex, I still had enough sentience left to enjoy the NSYNC reunion for which I’d been waiting a decade. […]

by × September 4, 2013 ×

COLORFUL

Do: Read ‘White’ After Labor Day

Do: Read ‘White’ After Labor Day

Despite the blessing of etiquette grand dame Emily Post, the debate over whether one should wear white after Labor Day rages on with no polite end in sight. While we let savvy sartorialists argue the relative merits of cream culottes […]

by × September 4, 2013 ×

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam Cast in Fifty Shades of Grey

Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam Cast in Fifty Shades of Grey

Since learning that Fifty Shades of Grey would become a film, the internet has hatched many a casting rumor. Now we know that the actress to fill the role of Anastasia Steele with not be Emma Watson, nor Kate Moss, […]

by × September 4, 2013 ×

JONATHAN LETHEM

An Interview With Jonathan Lethem, Author of Dissident Gardens

An Interview With Jonathan Lethem, Author of Dissident Gardens

Jonathan Lethem’s novels, particularly Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude, have established him as one of the most important American authors writing today. Lethem is also terrifyingly brilliant in person—the kind of guy who speaks in complete paragraphs, and […]

by × September 3, 2013 ×

TRAVEL

City-Hopping with Books through Europe

City-Hopping with Books through Europe

Can’t you just picture it? You, looking casually stunning at a café table on a busy European avenue, sipping the local brew, taking in a scene that makes quitting your job and becoming a permanent adventurer sound like a good […]

by × September 3, 2013 ×