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

Entries by Maddie Crum

7 Books To Read While Basking In A Food Coma

(1) 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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The Book We're Talking About: 'Station Eleven' By Emily St. John Mandel

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 4:39 PM

Station Eleven
by Emily St. John Mandel
Knopf, $24.95
Published September 9, 2014

What we think:

After an efficient strain of the flu wipes out civilization in a handful of days (fevers, air travel, overcrowded hospitals,...

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Movie Posters Spotlight Your Favorite Directors (NEW BOOK)

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 9:11 AM

What do you love about movies? Film magazine Little White Lies presented the question to a handful of actors and directors, and the responses were as varying as they were inspiring. Francis Ford Coppolla said movies are "the most diverse and complete art form," while Alexander Payne said...

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Matteo Pericoli Gorgeously Illustrates Writers' Views And Workspaces

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 8:21 AM

Matteo Pericoli is an architect and illustrator. He began sketching window views after moving out of an apartment he'd lived in for nearly a decade, and realizing that he'd never gaze out at the same spot again. His latest book,
Windows on the World, collects his...

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These Clichés Are The Reason All News Articles Look The Same

(3) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 4:15 PM

Earlier this year, The Washington Post ran a list of phrases that journalists and other writers overuse, quipping, "This isn't your father's list of clichés." "At first glance" and "upon deeper reflection" sat atop a lengthy rant against certain common phrases that are admittedly irksome. But as Orin...

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Ugh: TIME Wants To Ban Girl-Centric Slang Words, And That's Obvi A Problem

(11) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 2:39 PM

ICYMI: TIME is running its annual poll asking users which word should be banned in the coming year, and feminism is winning, with almost 50 percent of the vote.

At first glance, feminism's place on a mostly frivolous list, which includes sorry not sorry and said no one...

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'The Little Mermaid' Comic Book Reminds Us That The Story Isn't Just For Kids

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 8:43 AM

The following originally appeared in The Graphic Canon of Children's Literature, an anthology that rounds up the best comic adaptations of classic stories for kids. In this particular excerpt, illustrator Dame Darcy puts a graphic spin on the The Little Mermaid.

Disney's version isn't exactly faithful to...

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More TV Adaptations, Please!

(3) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 9:08 AM

A confession: I prefer the Harry Potter movies to the books they're based on. This opinion is usually met with a chorus of decriers: "Iconoclast!" "We're not friends anymore!" "Ha-ha. Oh, you're serious?"

Admittedly, I'm being a little contrarian, but I am serious: The plot-heavy stories feature mostly static (but...

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A Conversation With Margaret Atwood About Climate Change, Social Media And World Of Warcraft

(11) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 2:25 PM

Margaret Atwood is a speculative fiction writer, poet, literary critic and environmental activist. Best known for her Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning classic The Handmaid's Tale, her more recent work includes a trilogy centered on a climate change-induced dystopia, and a collection of fantastical short stories, Stone Mattress: Nine...

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Non-Fiction Books Everyone Should Read

(43) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 9:18 AM

Just when you thought your to-read pile couldn't stack any higher without toppling, designer David McCandless has created an infographic visualizing which nonfiction books most media outlets and awards panels recommend.

Previously, McCandless depicted which classics are most recommended, pulling data from LibraryThing, Goodreads, Oprah's...

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5 Stunning Debut Novels To Add To Your To-Read Pile

(5) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 9:16 AM

A writer's debut is her crucial first chance to introduce her style and themes to a potential readership -- a task that undoubtedly results in absurd amounts of pressure. (A lukewarm review of David Foster Wallace's debut led to several agonizing days holed up in his bedroom.) A...

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Rejected Cover Designs For Denis Johnson's 'The Laughing Monsters'

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 8:35 AM

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

Below, Creative Director for Farrar, Straus & Giroux and Creative Director at Large for New Directions Rodrigo Corral explains how the final cover for Denis Johnson's new book,

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The Book We're Talking About: 'Ugly Girls' By Lindsay Hunter

(5) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 8:16 AM

Ugly Girls: A Novel
by Lindsay Hunter
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published November 4, 2014

What we think:

Hunter's first novel exposes the ugly truths about human desire while showing off her skill at crafting poignant...

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Richard Ford: "I Don't Think About The Culture At Large"

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 8:14 AM

Richard Ford is the author of eight novels and five short story collections, many of which center on protagonist Frank Bascombe, a sportswriter with a literary background and an everyman appeal. The Sportswriter earned Ford a PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction nomination, and Independence Day, the second book chronicling Bascombe's life,...

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'Hansel And Gretel' Gets A Dark Makeover

(3) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 9:18 AM

The story of Hansel and Gretel is notoriously grim -- as are most fairy tales, when you're consulting the source material rather than cheery adaptations -- so a sinister-looking aesthetic to accompany its text only makes sense. Architect-turned-comic artist Lorenzo Mattotti teamed up with Neil Gaiman to retell the fable,...

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'The Biographical Dictionary Of Literary Failure' Hilariously Mocks Literary Culture And Author Idolatry

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 9:16 AM

You've read the works of Franz Kafka, but what about Hans Kafka (no relation), who penned a groundbreaking novel about a beetle that turns into a man? According to The Biographical Dictionary of Literary Failure, a book that invents fictional writers doomed never to be published, he was "unaware of...

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Tom Hanks Is Writing A Book Of Short Stories

(6) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 3:14 PM

Tom Hanks, who needs no introduction unless you've literally never seen a movie, will add "published author" to his long list of accomplishments sometime in the near future. Just weeks after The New Yorker published his first short story, the actor and filmmaker has inked a deal with...

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Amy Poehler: 'Writing Is Hellish'

(2) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 9:48 AM

Actress, comedian, feminist, general badass and now published author Amy Poehler spoke at AOL BUILD on Tuesday about her new book, Yes Please. In addition to revealing that, in spite of her several impressive accolades, she considers herself "a professional break dancer" first and foremost, Poehler delved into...

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William Gibson Talks Twitter, Conspiracy Theories And New Book, 'The Peripheral'

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 9:47 AM

William Gibson is an author of speculative fiction, most notably his breakout debut novel, Neuromancer, which won the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award and The Philip K. Dick Award. According to fans, it accurately predicted the aesthetic and cultural influence of the Internet.

His latest novel, The Peripheral,...

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