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

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The Bottom Line: 'The Sellout' By Paul Beatty

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 9:19 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:
In the prologue to his lyrical new novel The...

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These Adorable Illustrations Will Brighten Your Dreary, Cloudy Days

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 9:19 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 | 10:41 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 | 9:10 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 | 11:34 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

(80) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 9:19 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 | 9:22 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

(16) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 9:37 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 | 4:49 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 | 3:27 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 | 9:21 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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Rejected Cover Designs For Laura Van Den Berg's 'Find Me'

(1) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 9:18 AM

Rejected Covers is an ongoing series for which artists reveal their inspirations and unused design ideas for popular titles. Below, designer Nayon Cho discusses the illustrations that were considered but ultimately discarded for Laura van den Berg's novel Find Me.

Find Me is the second of Laura van...

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The Bottom Line: 'Satin Island' By Tom McCarthy

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 9:22 AM

Satin Island
by Tom McCarthy
Knopf, $24.00
Published Feb. 17, 2015

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

What we think:
Last year Tom McCarthy wrote thoughtfully and passionately against the...

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Ερωτικά γράμματα δια χειρός Ναπολέοντα και Όσκαρ Ουάιλντ - Οι επιστολές αγάπης διάσημων προσωπικοτήτων

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2015 | 7:34 PM

Μια μέρα, καθώς ξεφύλλιζα το αγαπημένο μου βιβλίο, …., βρήκα ένα κομμάτι χαρτί που έγραφε: «Έι, με βρήκες! Σε αγαπάω!» Το είχε βάλει εκεί ο πρώην μου. Ο χωρισμός μας δεν ήταν καλός, αλλά εγώ αποφάσισα τελικά να κρατήσω αυτό το κομμάτι χαρτί, ήταν στην ουσία ένα απτό κατάλοιπο από...

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Jonathan Franzen Slams Jennifer Weiner, Again

(10) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 5:28 PM

America's greatest most polarizing novelist strikes again. Aside from penning best-selling, Pulitzer-finalist novels, Jonathan Franzen's hobbies include birdwatching and grumpily critiquing everything from the looks of classic female authors to the Internet at large.

Among his long-standing feuds with things most people like is an ongoing...

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La trilogie «Le Seigneur des anneaux» résumée en 5 minutes (VIDÉO)

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 9:52 AM

Si vous avez lu la trilogie Le Seigneur des anneaux, vous savez combien elle est riche et détaillée. Résumer trois romans de cette taille est donc très difficile.

C'est pourtant ce qu'a réalisé la célèbre chaîne Youtube CGP Grey, qui s'est spécialisée dans les vidéos courtes qui expliquent des...

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The Bottom Line: 'Find Me' By Laura Van Den Berg

(2) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 9:49 AM

Find Me
by Laura van den Berg
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26.00
Publishes Feb. 17, 2015

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

What we think:
Gallivanting across America by bus, the lonely...

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Kickstarter Aims To Fund A Kurt Vonnegut Documentary

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 5:41 PM

Perhaps the buzziest takeaway from this year's Oscar nominee announcements was the inclusion of "Boyhood," a directorial feat that took over a decade to complete. But Robert B. Weide, best known as the director behind "Curb Your Enthusiasm," joked that he's unimpressed with the effort: "God, I wish it took...

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Watch The Entire 'Lord Of The Rings' Trilogy -- In 5 Minutes

(7) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 11:24 AM

"Tolkien built the largest and most consistent fictional universe," YouTube sensation CGP Grey says. It's a bold and refutable claim (Terry Pratchett, anyone?). Still, J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy is vast and detailed -- certainly not a story easily crammed into a five-minute video, which is exactly what...

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Is The New Harper Lee Novel A Mistake?: Author Idolatry And 'Go Set a Watchman'

(37) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 2:03 PM

If Twitter can be seen as representative of broader cultural attitudes, the news surrounding Go Set a Watchman, a novel Harper Lee penned before To Kill a Mockingbird but guarded closely for decades, was received positively -- at first.

Most enthused responses weren't elicited by the content of Lee's story,...

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