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

Entries by Maddie Crum

The Book We're Talking About: 'The Goddess Of Small Victories' By Yannick Grannec

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 9:30 AM

The Goddess of Small Victories
by Yannick Grannec
Other Press, $26.95
Published Oct. 14, 2014

What we think:

Though heavy-handed in parts, Grannec's novel is an important meditation on those forgotten by history, as she shares the...

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A Beautifully Illustrated Comic That Might Make You Rethink Self-Help Books

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 8:27 AM

Yumi Sakugawa has used her spare, sweet and lightly melancholic illustrations to address a number of uniquely contemporary phenomena, like platonic crushes in the social media era. Of her first book, I Think I'm in Friend Love With You, she said in an interview with The...

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5 Stunning Novels For Language Lovers

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 8:30 AM

Ben Lerner's 10:04 has garnered praise for the author's psychological insight and deft wielding of words -- poet Maggie Smith called the writer's skills "intellectual, aesthetic, and empathetic." His focus on language could be owed to his background as a poet, and continuing interest in poetry...

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Georges Perec Tells You How To Organize Your Bookshelf

(1) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 9:08 AM

Alphabetically, chronologically or autobiographically. Such are the methods of organization we select from when sorting our beloved collections of movies, records or books. Those whose neuroticism makes shelf maintenance seem daunting or impossible might've been holding out for the predicted death of print, hoping e-readers would make the...

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2014 National Book Award Finalists Announced

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 10:22 AM

The National Book Award finalists were announced this morning, when five authors were chosen from the award's longlists in the categories of Fiction, Young People's Literature, Poetry and Nonfiction. The nominees include a debut short story writer who fictionalizes his service in Iraq, two Pulitzer Prize winners, and...

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Maureen Corrigan On Why 'The Great Gatsby' Endures

(63) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 8:04 AM

Essayist and critic Maureen Corrigan, whose voice has long been featured on Fresh Air and Washington Post's Book World, recently wrote a comprehensive study of The Great Gatsby, embellishing the book's rich history with her personal experiences reading and compulsively re-reading it. Below, she discusses exactly why Fitzgerald's novel remains...

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Man Booker Prize 2014 Awarded To Richard Flanagan

(2) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 5:21 PM

This year's Man Booker Prize has been awarded to Richard Flanagan, author of The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

Born in Tasmania, Flanagan was the only Australian writer to make this year's shortlist. His novel chronicles the experiences of a surgeon who has been imprisoned on the Burma...

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A Brief Interview With Jane Smiley

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 8:45 AM

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

Jane Smiley is the author of a number of short story collections, nonfiction titles and novels for both adults and young adults. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for A Thousand...

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Karen Russell Interviews Chris Adrian About Digital Books And Story Design

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 8:43 AM

Pulitzer Prize nominee Karen Russell's most recent book, Sleep Donation, was published by a newly launched digital publisher. The medium allowed the author to publish her story as a novella, rather than extending it into a novel or condensing into a short story. "I don't think there are too many...

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The Book We're Talking About: 'On Immunity' By Eula Biss

(4) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 5:37 PM

On Immunity: An Inoculation
by Eula Biss
Graywolf Press, $24.00
Published Sept. 30, 2014

What we think:

Biss' attempt to uncover the way we discuss and experience vaccination takes an effective two-pronged approach: She shares her...

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Aidan Koch's 'Blue Period' Comic Perfectly Illustrates Depression

(3) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 8:59 AM

It is not uncommon for comics -- an increasingly realistic medium -- to directly or indirectly confront mental illness. While io9 notes that superhero stories often make the mistake of linking psychological disorders with villainy, there exists a niche of webcomics and graphic novels that address these...

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Rejected Cover Designs For 'Broken Monsters' By Lauren Beukes

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 2:20 PM

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

Below, Little, Brown Senior Art Director Keith Hayes describes the creative process he underwent in designing the cover for Lauren Beukes's Broken Monsters. The title, he notes, was a...

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Scientist E.O. Wilson On Why The Humanities Matter

(16) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 8:59 AM

The following is an excerpt from Edward O. Wilsons's The Meaning of Human Existence, which publishes today, and has been longlisted for the National Book Award for Nonfiction. If anyone is qualified to approach such a lofty-sounding topic, it's Wilson, whose writing on the intersections of...

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Book Club Books: 12 Fabulous Titles Everyone Can Agree On

(31) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 8:28 AM

Selecting a book club book can seem as harrowing as the plot of a page-turner. Should you opt for the true story of a valiant trek across the Pacific Northwest, or the underrated, lesser-known classic? Should you ignore your 400-page limit for the sake of discussing The Goldfinch?

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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?

(119) 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

(2) 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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