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Maddie Crum
Maddie Crum is the Books Editor at The Huffington Post.

Entries by Maddie Crum

Meg Wolitzer On Writing And Reading Young Adult Novels

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 8:09 AM

Meg Wolitzer is the author of The Interestings, a novel chronicling the thwarted -- or achieved -- ambitions of a crew of gifted summer campers. Her latest novel, Belzhar, tackles similar themes, but is geared towards the Young Adult audience. Told with an immediacy granted from its teenage,...

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QUIZ: How Long Would It Take You To Read The Entire 'Game Of Thrones' Series?

(118) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 8:34 AM

In case you were thinking of diving into Game of Thrones sometime soon, you may want to consider this: It would take the average person -- regardless of his or her allegiance to Westeros -- well over a year to read the entire series. Of course, variables include how much...

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The Most Popular Quotes From Banned Books Aren't Obscene, They're Beautiful

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 9:12 AM

To call attention to nationwide censorship of popular titles, the American Library Association has organized Banned Books Week. At The Huffington Post, we've used this opportunity to feature voices from frequently challenges communities, and from authors who rank among the most banned.


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The Book We're Talking About: 'Neverhome' By Laird Hunt

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 10:44 AM

by Laird Hunt
Little, Brown, $26.00
Published Sept. 9, 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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Banned Books By The Numbers (INFOGRAPHICS)

(161) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 8:42 AM

Banned Books Week, an annual event organized by the American Library Association (ALA), grants readers, parents, teachers and librarians an opportunity to discuss the value of unhindered expression.

Throughout the week, The Huffington Post will highlight voices from various communities impacted by censorship, including LGBT readers, religious...

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National Book Awards 2014 Longlist Nominees For Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry And Young People's Literature

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 9:04 AM

This year's National Book Award longlist nominees include a blend of critical darlings and fresh faces. Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Louise Glück received a nod for her latest poetry collection, and the long-venerated E.O. Wilson was nominated for his nonfiction title The Meaning of Human...

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7 Beautiful Words With No Direct English Translation

(31) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 8:01 AM

You know that feeling you get when surrounded by close friends or family -- perhaps gathered around a fireplace after a meal, or chatting on the couch in your pajamas on a Sunday morning? There truly is no word to describe it. Or at least not in English. In Dutch,...

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The Most Highlighted Passages From Classic Books

(13) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 9:18 AM

Earlier this year, Amazon's Kindle team revealed which passages are highlighted most frequently across all of their ebooks. Unsurprisingly, lines from Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games trilogy topped off the list of most-highlighted quotes, followed by passages from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's...

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'How To Build A Girl' Author Caitlin Moran: "I've Never Seen A Taboo I Didn't Want To Bust"

(4) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 9:18 AM

Caitlin Moran is a British columnist who writes regularly about television and feminist issues. Her previous book, How to Be a Woman, was a collection of autobiographical essays. Her latest novel, How to Build a Girl, is a work of fiction about a teenager coming of age.


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Reanimation Library Breathes New Life Into Old Books

(5) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 8:58 AM

There exists a book, published in 1955, called A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates, which is exactly what it sounds like. Aside from the front matter -- copyright materials, the publisher's name -- it contains nothing but lines of numbers, arranged into columns.

Its creator,

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Millennials Are Actually MORE Likely To Read Books, Study Says

(6) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 3:42 PM

Although nearly every American under 30 uses the Internet in some capacity (a whopping 98 percent of millennials are online), younger people are more likely to believe that there's useful information that's only available offline. While 62 percent of citizens under 30 ascribe to this belief, only 53 percent of...

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Comic Artist Pays Tribute To Dr. Seuss

(3) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 7:14 AM

It's easy to forget that Theodor Geisel, who wrote and illustrated under a pen name that's become synonymous with playful storytelling, was much more than a children's book writer. Many of his stories promote whimsy more than staunch moralism (Dr. Seuss referred to himself as "subversive as hell"),...

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Grammar Infographic Shows Why Writing Skills Matter

(6) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 7:13 AM

Both book lovers and pedants can take comfort in the fact that their insistence on the proper use of to, too and two is, in fact, useful. In addition to the obvious benefit of providing readers with clarity, proper grammar can help workers in many non-writing fields land jobs. In...

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The Book We're Talking About: '10:04' By Ben Lerner

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 8:40 AM

by Ben Lerner
Faber and Faber, $15.00
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:

While staked...

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Graphic Novel 'Shoplifter' Perfectly Captures Post-Grad Angst

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 8:34 AM

The rise of the realist graphic novel is a logical shift for the genre; who says comics need to be funny or fantastic? With his debut book Shoplifter, Michael Cho joins the likes of Anya Ulinich (who's been credited for sketching a sort of Girls for divorcees), Jillian Tamaki (whose...

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If Shakespeare Wrote Pop Songs

(22) 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

(1) 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

(19) 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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