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

Entries by Maddie Crum

Leslie Jamison And Catherine Lacey's E-mail Conversation About Narcissism, Emotional Writing And Memoir-Novels

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 9:11 AM

Below, writers Leslie Jamison (The Empathy Exams) and Catherine Lacey (Nobody Is Ever Missing) discuss their respective books, the value in emotional writing, and the emerging trend of memoir-novels. This interview was conducted via email over several months from several...

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What I Learned From Watching 'Insurgent' With My Mom

(6) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 9:10 AM

I take after my mother: not great at remembering the names of things, but a meticulous logger of my emotional inventory. My mother once referred to my roommate “Alyssa” as “Alys--manda?” for an entire year. Still, she was able to sense the bubbling...

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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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