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

Entries by Maddie Crum

7 Classic Books With Happy Endings Even Scrooges Will Love

(7) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 10:00 AM

When Ruth Graham lead the charge against YA fiction for adults earlier this year, her argument was mostly solid (except for her failure to acknowledge that people should read whatever they want), but I found one point grating: That books for mature individuals shouldn't conclude in a neat,...

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The Book We're Talking About: 'Here' By Richard McGuire

(1) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 9:16 AM

by Richard McGuire
Published December 9, 2014

What we think:
Before Richard Linklater made the decision -- hailed as groundbreaking -- to film a single actor for 12 years, Richard McGuire used his own artistic medium to chronicle the life of a...

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Judy Blume Has A New Novel For Adults

(5) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 9:41 AM

Judy Blume, who introduced generations of young readers to the world of bras and hormones with novels such as Deenie, will publish her first adult novel in nearly 16 years, debuting summer 2015.

Centered on a series of plane crashes that occurred in the 1950s in her hometown, In...

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15 Adorable Notebooks That Will Make You Want To Put Away Your iPhone And Write

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 8:39 AM

Joan Didion had a thing or two to say about the merits of keeping a notebook -- which she spelled out beautifully in her aptly titled essay, "On Keeping a Notebook." Writes Didion:

I think we are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we...
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The Most-Recommended Novel Of All Time Is 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

(17) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 9:03 AM

If there's one thing the literary set can't pass up (other than a good book, of course!), it's an objective ranking of essential titles. We like to thank the listicle-friendly medium of the Internet for the proliferation of such superlatives, but our desire to rank isn't new. A...

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New J.K. Rowling Story Reveals The History Of The Leaky Cauldron

(2) Comments | Posted December 13, 2014 | 1:11 PM

J.K. Rowling posted a new riddle on Harry Potter fan site Pottermore today -- part of a 12-day series during which new writings and magical tidbits will be released as the ultimate Christmas gift for wizard-loving muggles.

Here's today's quiz:


The answer, as Hogwarts fanatics know,...

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J.K. Rowling Story On Pottermore Reveals Snape's Hometown

(6) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 12:07 PM

It's been an exciting month for Harry Potter fans -- not only is J.K. Rowling's adult mystery series getting adapted for BBC One, but the author also announced on her fan site Pottermore that she'll be releasing 12 new features, one for each day leading up...

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20 Beautiful Book Cover Designs To Swoon Over

(4) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 8:36 AM

If you're not into judging books by their covers, you can check out our Best Books of 2014 list, which promises to assess titles based on content rather than first impressions. But if you'd like to indulge your inner aesthete for a moment, we suggest you peruse those...

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J.K. Rowling's 'The Cuckoo's Calling' Is Getting Adapted For TV

(7) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 9:58 AM

It's been an eventful month so far for fans of creative sorceress author J.K. Rowling, who recently announced that she'll be releasing 12 new stories on her Harry Potter fan site Pottermore during December. The stories will center on beloved villain Draco Malfoy.

Yesterday, she announced even bigger...

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Hemingway Stories Brought To Life In Hilarious 15-Second Videos

(4) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 9:52 AM

What better way to make use of Instagram's video platform -- designed with the attention-deficient in mind -- than to very quickly summarize Ernest Hemingway's famous novels? The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park has done just that, and has managed to poke fun at the plotlessness of...

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Lena Dunham's Publisher To Alter Memoir Passages Related To Rape Story

(93) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 4:24 PM

Random House has stated that a change will be made to future editions of Lena Dunham's essay collection, Not That Kind of Girl.

Originally, Dunham's book included a story about being raped at age 19 by "Barry," one of her Oberlin classmates. Dunham describes the student's appearance and...

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The Brilliant Japanese Folklore That Inspires Anime (NEW BOOK)

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 8:46 AM

The following is an excerpt from The Book of Yokai: Mysterious Creatures of Japanese Folklore, a collection of illustrations and richly detailed stories about the mythological creatures that have long existed in Japan.

How do we explain occurrences that don’t easily fit our everyday understandings of the...

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HuffPost Books' Most Viral Stories Of 2014

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 9:33 AM

It's been a fantastic year of reading and word nerdery here are HuffPost Books. Not only have we read piles of highly anticipated novels and promising debuts (seriously -- check out our Best Books Of 2014 list!), we've also explored reading habits, writing tips and language trends. "Game...

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10 Great Books To Read Based On Your Favorite New Movies

(4) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 9:31 AM

As a movie-goer, you relish a good story. If you tore through Gone Girl and other books-turned-films, you may be wondering what to read next. Below, we've laid out a few recommendations based on this year's critically acclaimed and popular films. If sci-fi and dystopian worlds interest you more than...

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'Lolcat,' 'Hawt' Added To Oxford Online Dictionary

(8) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 9:31 AM

Obamacare is so hawt right now. At least according to Oxford Dictionaries, which admitted the two words to its electronic pages today.

Twice a year, the dictionary announces the addition of a slew of trendy words. This summer, binge-watch, hate-watch, live-tweet and listicle made the cut, among others. Today,...

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The Book We're Talking About: 'The Wallcreeper' By Nell Zink

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 8:40 AM

The Wallcreeper
by Nell Zink
Dorothy, a publishing project
Published October 1, 2014

What we think:

Nell Zink's debut novel begins with a car crash and a miscarriage. It's a weighty scene for a single sentence...

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The Portable Hair Brushing Machine, And Other Bizarre Inventions That Did NOT Change The World

(5) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 8:52 AM

The gift-giving season has arrived, which means it's time to peruse SkyMall for a wonderfully useless trinket to bestow upon your favorite relative, or your least favorite in-law (two words: Human. Slingshot.) Had the lovably pointless magazine existed pre-1900, these inventions -- feasibly useful then, and definitely worthless...

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Read Norman Mailer's Letter To Henry Miller

(1) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 8:52 AM

The following is an excerpt from Selected Letters of Norman Mailer. In this particular letter, Mailer writes fellow author Henry Miller, discussing everything from the temperaments of Hemingway and James to the art of criticism.

To Henry Miller
142 Columbia Heights, Brooklyn, NY

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7 Books To Read While Basking In A Food Coma

(2) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 8:17 AM

Happy Thanksgiving! Feasting on carbs will probably make an attempt at any sort of productivity on Thursday evening a wash. But before buying into those myths about turkey-induced drowsiness, consider the company of a pleasurable book to go with your post-pie lazing. We've selected a few titles that...

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Graphic Novel Depicts The Difficulty Of Coming Out

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 8:31 AM

In the spirit of recent MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient Alison Bechdel and other comic artists opting for realism over fantasy as their storytelling methods, a new graphic novel depicts the difficulties of growing up as a closeted gay man.

Writer Hubert's previous work has been of a...

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