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

Entries by Maddie Crum

The Bottom Line: 'The Dig' By Cynan Jones

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 8:56 AM

The Dig
by Cynan Jones
Coffee House Press, $15.95
Publishes April 7, 2015

The Bottom Line is a weekly review combining plot description and analysis with fun tidbits about the book.

What we think:
If writers like Ben Marcus and Tom...

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A Gritty, Graphic Memoir About The Hardships Of High School

(4) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 8:33 AM

Lisa Wilde didn't begin her career as a graphic novelist. Though she's always loved hobbies that make use of her dexterity -- baking and drawing sketches -- she's been a teacher at a second-chance high school in Manhattan for the past 14 years. Wildcat Academy is a place for students...

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David Levithan, Author Of 'Nick And Norah's Infinite Playlist,' On The Best Teen Reads

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 8:33 AM

David Levithan is the author of several fiction books for young adults, including his first novel, Boy Meets Boy, which began as a love story penned for his friends for Valentine's Day. His Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist was adapted into a movie, and his latest book,

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Graphic Novel 'The Tragedy Series' Illustrates Life's Many Absurdities

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 8:35 AM

Imagine a pair of star-crossed lovers, kept apart only by one's darkest secret -- instead of hands, she has a huge, unwieldy pair of lobster claws. To call such a strange predicament a tragedy wouldn't be inaccurate -- we all remember what happens in "Edward Scissorhands" -- but to do...

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Lauren Oliver Talks Fictional Crushes And Her Favorite Teen Reads

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 8:32 AM

Lauren Oliver is the author of many YA books, and one adult novel. Before I Fall follows Sam Kingston, who's fated to relive the last day of her life on a loop until she remedies her wrongs caused by her self-centered lifestyle. Her latest novel, Vanishing Girls, is...

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Artist Hilariously Imagines Emily Dickinson's Social Media Accounts

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 8:35 AM

Images originally published on BOMB

It's hard to say whether Emily Dickinson, whose work is known for its macabre themes and unconventional use of language, would've been a fan of emojis. She might've tinkered with creative punctuation use, but would the reclusive, earthy poet have shunned social media...

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12 Super Short Stories You Can Read In A Flash

(3) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 8:27 AM

Amelia Gray, Lindsay Hunter and a handful of other recently buzzed-about novelists got their literary starts in shorter-form writing. No, not poetry -- the more nebulous medium of flash fiction. Loosely defined as writings comprised of 1,000 words or less, flash fiction can include everything from slightly longer works to...

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9 Amazing Female Graphic Novelists, Illustrators And Cartoonists You Should Read

(14) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 9:31 AM

It's been a big couple of years for women in the comic book world, with Marvel Comics unveiling female versions of their previously male-dominated troop of heroes. Last month, a girl-powered Avengers cast was announced, including such superheroes as She-Hulk, Dazzler, and Medusa. It's a bound in the right direction...

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Harper Lee To Journalist: 'Go Away!'

(34) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 1:36 PM

Harper Lee, the media-averse author of To Kill A Mockingbird, has been in the spotlight more than she'd like recently. Last month, her publisher announced that a prequel to her classic -- titled Go Set a Watchmen and narrated by an adult Scout -- is slated to publish...

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The Bottom Line: 'The Sellout' By Paul Beatty

(8) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 8:19 AM

The Sellout
by Paul Beatty
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26.00
Published March 3, 2015

The Bottom Line is a weekly review combining plot description and analysis with fun tidbits about the book.

What we think:

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These Adorable Illustrations Will Brighten Your Dreary, Cloudy Days

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 8:19 AM

If April is the cruelest month, March must be in a league of its own weather-wise. Its lengthening days are at tantalizing odds with its unwelcome snow storms. If the continuing wintry precipitation puts you in a dreary mood, we recommend skimming these adorable, weather-themed illustrations -- welcome reminders that...

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Elena Ferrante's First In-Person Interview Sheds Light On Gender And Self-Doubt

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 9:41 AM

Although she's garnered a following of devoted readers, novelist Elena Ferrante prefers to keep her identity a secret. Her Neapolitan novels were originally written in Italian, and were published in America by Europa Editions, a house that specializes in literature in translation. The books follow two friends -- Elena and...

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Kazuo Ishiguro On Memory, Censorship And Why Proust Is Overrated

(2) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 8:10 AM

Kazuo Ishiguro’s new novel, The Buried Giant, was over a decade in the making, but unlike so many anticipated literary releases, it’s no sweeping saga of century-spanning conflicts. Nor is it a painstakingly assembled retelling of his own personal history. Instead, the author describes his quiet, deeply touching...

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Όταν το χαρτί νικά το σινεμά: 13 φορές που τα βιβλία ήταν καλύτερα από τις ταινίες τους

(1) Comments | Posted March 1, 2015 | 10:34 AM

Όταν ένα βιβλίο μεταφέρεται στη μεγάλη οθόνη, η ερώτηση που κάνουν κριτικοί και φαν είναι όχι εάν «Είναι μια καλή ταινία;», αλλά «Είναι καλύτερη από το βιβλίο;». Το μέτρο για το κατά πόσο είναι καλύτερη είναι το αν η πλοκή περιλαμβάνει αγαπημένες σκηνές από τη λογοτεχνική έκδοση ή αν το...

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Sorry, Ebooks. These 9 Studies Show Why Print Is Better

(82) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 8:19 AM

Don't lament the lost days of cutting your fingers on pristine new novels or catching a whiff of that magical, transportive old book smell just yet! A slew of recent studies shows that print books are still popular, even among millennials. What's more: further research suggests that this...

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Jane Austen And 6 Other Authors On The Divine Pleasure Of Reading

(2) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 8:22 AM

The following quotes were excerpted from The Book Lovers' Anthology, an anthology edited by The Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. The book is a collection of quotes about the joys and importance of reading.

May I a small house and large garden have!

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6 Women Writers To Add To Your Bookshelf

(17) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 8:37 AM

Last week, we asked editors at The Huffington Post to share which books they think all men should read, as a way of subverting the typically macho roundups of books for dudes. The responses ranged from Jane Austen to edgy young essayists such as Roxane Gay....

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Kim Gordon: 'Rock Memoirs Are The New Record'

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 3:49 PM

Sonic Youth front-woman Kim Gordon's new memoir, Girl in a Band, confronts the way the musician's gender often played a too-prominent role in how her work was discussed. In an interview with HuffPost Live, she addressed commonly asked questions about what it's like to be a female musician, or a...

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Elliot Ackerman's 'Green On Blue' Tells The Story Of War From The Perspective Of An Afghan Soldier

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 2:27 PM

Green on Blue is not the war story Americans are accustomed to hearing. Its author, Elliot Ackerman, chose to narrate the book from the perspective of an Afghan teenager, explaining to HuffPost Live, "All art to me is an empathetic act. Whoever's telling a story is trying to transfer emotion...

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Travel The World With 7 Great Books In Translation

(1) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 8:21 AM

We know books improve our capacity for empathy. Why, then, is it so tempting to pick up titles with plots that mirror our own experiences? It's fun and comforting to relate to characters on a superficial level (hey, I live in Brooklyn, too!), but forming an...

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