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Maddie Crum is the Books Editor at The Huffington Post.

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If Shakespeare Wrote Pop Songs

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 8:23 AM

As the debate wages on about the Bard's relatability -- and whether or not relatability matters to begin with -- a hilarious Tumblr has surfaced that translates modern-day pop songs into Shakespearean sonnets.

Every wonder what Taylor Swift's newest album would sound like in iambic pentameter? Us...

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The Book We're Talking About: The Southern Reach Trilogy By Jeff VanderMeer

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 2:49 PM

The Southern Reach Trilogy
by Jeff VanderMeer
FSG Originals, $15.00
Final installment, Acceptance, publishes September 2, 2014

The Book We're Talking About is a weekly review combining plot description and analysis with fun tidbits about the book.

What we think:

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Best Books For Fall 2014

(17) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 8:11 AM

2014's beach days are numbered. Time to trade in your summery reads for the best new titles this fall has to offer. Below are 27 forthcoming new books, fiction and non-, that we're itching to pick up:

Acceptance by Jeff...
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Authors Weigh In On Print Versus E-Books

(50) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 8:13 AM

When 900 notable authors signed an open letter to Amazon, they made their stance on the ebook distributor clear. Although the petition claims that many of its signees have long been supporters of Amazon, the company's recent battle with Hachette, which has involved delayed deliveries and a refusal...

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Lesser-Known Fairy Tales Worth Reading

(14) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 8:23 AM

Disney has a reputation for borrowing age-old fables and coating them in a happy-go-lucky sheen. "Tangled," an adaptation (albeit a loose one) of The Brothers Grimm's "Rapunzel," conveniently excludes the scene in which the lovesick prince literally jumps out of a castle window and blinds himself with thorns....

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Book Term Glossary Defines Important Phrases For Book Lovers

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 8:22 AM

You might've heard of binge-reading (although we're inclined to believe it's a redundant phrase. All reading is binge-reading!) and book shelfies, but what about book shimmying or book stripping?

Language, especially Internet slang, evolves quickly, and, though we readers may celebrate uncommon words and get lost in 800-page...

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What Do We See When We Read? (IMAGES)

(5) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 4:41 PM

What do we see when we read? Designer Peter Mendelsund, who's behind a few iconic covers you might've seen on bookshelves, poses the question in his new book, and, fittingly, answers it in an aesthetically pleasing way, alternating text-only pages with visualizations of his argument. Although we imagine...

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Graphic Novelist Takes On OkCupid

(57) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 8:05 AM

Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel, a new graphic novel that humorously catalogs the tribulations of post-divorce dating, has been lauded as "Girls" for grown-ups, and for good reason. Author Anya Ulinich's funny caricatures of her dates, both the overzealous and the deadbeat, are anchored in the quiet moments her...

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INFOGRAPHIC: Are Women Better Writers Than Men?

(1) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 1:26 PM

In spite of being shunned by most literary reviews, do women actually have better writing chops than men?

It's an odd question -- one we wish were irrelevant. But it's a sad truth that ever since novel-writing was a thing, women have...

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8 Famous Authors On The First Book They Ever Loved

(16) Comments | Posted August 9, 2014 | 8:27 AM

What does it mean to love a book? Should it be relatable? Beautiful? Must you share common interests? Is it not just as exciting to curl up with one you don't fully understand?

Today is National Book Lovers Day, so what better time to reflect on all...

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14 Stunning Book Illustrations Brought To Life

(2) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 8:22 AM

Any reader will tell you that books are magical, thanks to a unique ability to educate and inspire. But when text and images are brought to life in new ways, the magic of books is especially apparent.

The Smithsonian Libraries have done just that, by creating cheeky...

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'Korean Cool' Is More Than Just 'Gangnam Style'

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 2:39 PM

If you're a movie buff or a "Bachelor" fan, you might've noticed a sudden, steady trickling of popular culture from a certain nation entering your worldview. That's because, as journalist Euny Hong explains in her new book, The Birth of Korean Cool, the exportation of music,...

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The Book We're Talking About: 'Bad Feminist' By Roxane Gay

(2) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 5:51 PM

Bad Feminist: Essays
by Roxane Gay
Harper Perennial, $15.99
Publishes August 5, 2014

The Book We're Talking About is a weekly review combining plot description and analysis with fun tidbits about the book.

What we think:
Feminism needed Roxane Gay.

She certainly isn’t...

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Rejected Cover Designs For 'Can't And Won't' By Lydia Davis

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 8:17 AM

Rejected Covers is an ongoing series for which artists reveal their inspirations and unused design ideas for popular titles.

Below, former Faber & Faber Art Director Charlotte Strick describes her design process for Lydia Davis's latest short story collection, Can't and Won't. Strick now co-directs Strick&Williams,...

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A Brief Interview With Lev Grossman

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 8:10 AM

Brief Interviews is a series in which writers discuss language, literature, and a handful of Proustian personality questions.

Lev Grossman is the author of five books. The third in his Magicians series, The Magician's Land, publishes on August 5.

What did you want to be when you...

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The Book We're Talking About: 'Lucky Us' By Amy Bloom

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 5:02 PM

Lucky Us
by Amy Bloom
Random House, $26.00
Publishes July 29, 2014

The Book We're Talking About is a weekly review combining plot description and analysis with fun tidbits about the book.

What we think:
Amy Bloom’s latest novel, which spans the years shortly...

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8 Great New Books By Women You Should Definitely Read

(11) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 8:14 AM

2014 has been deemed the Year of Reading Women. I wholeheartedly support this movement; after all, only diminutive steps have been made towards gender parity in the literary world since the institution of VIDA's annual book review count (with the notable exception of the New York Times book...

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Rejected Cover Designs For 'California' By Edan Lepucki

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 8:13 AM

Rejected Covers is an ongoing series for which artists reveal their inspirations and unused design ideas for popular titles.

Below, Little, Brown Art Director Julianna Lee discusses her creative process for Edan Lepucki's debut novel, California. The book is a Hachette title, and has been...

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The Man Booker Prize 2014 Longlist Has Been Announced

(2) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 10:28 AM

The 2014 Man Booker Prize longlist was announced today. Among the 13 selections, four were written by American writers, including To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris and Orfeo by Richard Powers. The longlist will be pared down to a six-title shortlist, to be announced...

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William S. Burroughs's Stunning Photography

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 8:14 AM

The following is an excerpt from Taking Shots: The Photography of William S. Burroughs [Prestel, $49.95], a collection of the author's photojournalistic work and photo collages, which echo the themes of his writing:

William S. Burroughs was one of the most influential American writers of the 20th century....

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