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Maddie Crum is the Books Editor at The Huffington Post.

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A Brief Interview With Elizabeth McCracken

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 3:33 PM

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

Elizabeth McCracken is the author of An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination and Here's Your Hat What's Your Hurry. She won the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award in 2002...

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5 Poets On The Most Beautiful Word In The English Language

(69) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 7:47 AM

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder--or the ear of the listener--but when it comes to discerning the most beautiful words in the English language, there's some objectivity at play.

Certain sounds make English speakers cringe; moist is a classic example. When said aloud, it...

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5 Delicious-Looking Meals From Fiction (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 4:46 PM

If art imitates life, it's a wonder that the bulk of book scenes aren't set at diners or dinner tables. Still, a number of classics tie the sensuousness of eating in with their themes of memory (Proust's famous madeleine), anxiety (Holden's birdlike diet in The Catcher in the Rye) and...

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Pulitzer Prize For Fiction 2014: Donna Tartt's 'The Goldfinch' Wins

(42) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 3:32 PM

2014's Pulitzer Prize for Fiction has been awarded to Donna Tartt, for her latest novel The Goldfinch.

Tartt's sprawling epic triumphed over the two other nominees, The Son by Philip Meyer and The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis.

Tartt's novel tells the story...

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22 Common Phrases We All Secretly Hate

(971) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 7:59 AM

What makes a phrase cringe-worthy?

We asked HuffPost editors which sayings bother them the most, and found that the common thread among the responses was uselessness. Often, the phrases that we find off-putting are those that serve as conversational fillers, implying that the speaker is vapid or has little else...

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The Book We're Talking About: 'Family Life' by Akhil Sharma

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 12:43 PM

Family Life
by Akhil Sharma
W. W. Norton & Company, $23.95
Publishes April 7, 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
Ernest Hemingway famously rewrote the final...

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17 Tote Bags Book Lovers Will Absolutely Adore

(2) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 7:44 AM

Book nerds may not be stereotyped as the most fashionable group of people. The majority of us are near-sighted and thus must wear very thick-rimmed glasses. Unlike the rest of the world, we're not tweed-averse. We may or may not be open to the idea of fedoras. And we've been...

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A Brief Interview With Barbara Ehrenreich

(1) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 8:02 AM

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

Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of a number of journalistic non-fiction books, including Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America. Her latest book, Living with a Wild God:...

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17 Incredible Epigraphs That Prove You Should Always Read The First Page

(5) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 9:23 AM

It's become common practice to kick off every literary work with a quote, often from another literary work -- an epigraph. These blips of wisdom shed light on a writer's intention or inspiration. At the very least, they're an opportunity to demonstrate cleverness, as in Stephen King's famous, contradictory...

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3 New Poets You Should Be Reading

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 9:03 AM

The following poems were originally published in Best New Poets 2013: 50 Poems from Emerging Writers [Samovar Press/Meridian, $11.95], edited by Jazzy Danziger and Brenda Shaughnessy.

T.S. Eliot may not have been a fan of April, but contemporary poets and poetry lovers alike see it as...

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The Book We're Talking About: 'Astonish Me' By Maggie Shipstead

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 2:38 PM

Astonish Me: A novel
By Maggie Shipstead
Knopf, $25.95
Publishes on April 8, 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
Maggie Shipstead’s first novel, Seating...

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A Brief Interview With Karen Russell

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 11:26 AM

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

Karen Russell is the author of one novel, two short story collections, and a new novella titled "Sleep Donation," released this week as an e-book. Russell is a MacArthur Foundation...

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15 Books That Should Definitely Be Made Into Movies

(120) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 11:17 AM

Hollywood producers are no strangers to the world of books, which they regularly cull through for source material. At this year's Academy Awards, "12 Years a Slave," based on a memoir by Solomon Northup, took home Best Picture, and a number of other adaptions, including Baz Luhrman's...

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The Book We're Talking About: 'Every Day Is For The Thief' By Teju Cole

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 6:52 AM

Every Day Is for the Thief
by Teju Cole
Random House, $23.00
Publishes March 24, 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

Teju Cole's memoir-like novella, Every Day...

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The Incredible Histories Of Your Favorite Fonts

(9) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 7:43 AM

When was the last time you handwrote something? It probably wasn't today, and it was probably a phone number or a grocery list (even though there's an app for that). Most of our written communication is done via typing, but most of us know very little about the...

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10 Fictional Characters Who Just Might Be Psychopaths, And Why We're Drawn To Them

(61) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 7:46 AM

On Valentine's Day, Netflix Nation's love for House of Cards' Frank Underwood was rekindled, and why not? He's ambitious, he's charming, he's Kevin Spacey, and he's... arguably a psychopath. He's conniving and continually reiterates the uselessness of feeling remorse, and yet, for some reason, we want...

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In Defense Of Adverbs

(111) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 9:03 AM

Like like and other filler words, certain adverbs have saturated our speech and our writing, making once-meaningful phrases seem totally vapid. The idea that adverbs are just extraneous fluff has led to a smear campaign against them, and it's become common to suggest axing the part of speech...

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The Book We're Talking About: 'Boy, Snow, Bird' By Helen Oyeyemi

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 7:00 AM

Boy, Snow, Bird
by Helen Oyeyemi
Riverhead, $27.95
Publishes March 6, 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
It would not be accurate to call Boy, Snow,...

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The Book We're Talking About: 'Bark: Stories' By Lorrie Moore

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 9:27 AM

Bark: Stories
by Lorrie Moore
Knopf, $24.95
Publishes February 25, 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
The epigraph for Bark, Lorrie Moore's first collection in 15...

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VIDA Count For 2013 Shows Improvement In Book Review Gender Bias

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 11:14 AM

This year's annual VIDA count, which tallies the number of reviewed books by authors of each gender, revealed that in 2013, the majority of titles covered in major outlets were written by men. The statistics are disconcerting, especially because women read more literary fiction than men....

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