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Maddie Crum is the Books Editor at The Huffington Post.

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William S. Burroughs's Stunning Photography

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 8:14 AM

The following is an excerpt from Taking Shots: The Photography of William S. Burroughs [Prestel, $49.95], a collection of the author's photojournalistic work and photo collages, which echo the themes of his writing:

William S. Burroughs was one of the most influential American writers of the 20th century....

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15 Photos Of Ernest Hemingway Being The Ultimate Alpha Male

(8) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 8:51 AM

Ernest Hemingway was born on this day in 1899 -- if he were alive, it'd be his 115th birthday. To celebrate, we've wrangled up 15 photos that best illustrate his adventuresome spirit.

The events of his life sound like the stuff of novels: his service as an ambulance driver...

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Here's What A Bestseller Looked Like In The 1920s

(2) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 8:50 AM

Assiduous bibliophiles know their T.S. Eliots and F. Scott Fitzgeralds -- the authors who shaped our modern conception of the 1920s. But which books were readers buying en masse? A close look at the bestseller lists from the era reveals that literary trends haven't changed much since then. While some...

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Isaac Asimov's Ridiculous Limericks

(12) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 7:45 AM

Isaac Asimov made eerily accurate predictions for how the world would be in 2014 -- he anticipated, for example, our ability to "see as well as hear the person you telephone." More impressively, he asserted that, “Robots will neither be common nor very good in 2014, but they...

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The Book We're Talking About: 'The Hundred-Year House' by Rebecca Makkai

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 3:50 PM

The Hundred-Year House
by Rebecca Makkai
Viking Adult, $26.95
Published July 10, 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:
Fictional estates -- Henry James’s Bly, Daphne du...

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How To Quit Amazon In 3 Easy Steps

(107) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 9:06 AM

I do not buy books, desk lamps, dog toys, plasticware, underwear, DVDs, or running shorts from Amazon. Additionally, I do not buy anything else from Amazon (which is not to say that I haven't been tempted to on many different occasions). When I tell...

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Dude Tries To Recap Every 'Game Of Thrones' Book In Two Minutes, Fails Miserably

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 1:41 PM

Trying to put George R.R. Martin's saga into words, let alone sentences, that make sense to a non-fan, is not unlike trying to explain a dream to a friend hours after waking up. Hazy details fade in and out of importance, and what you perceive of as deeply moving plot...

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8 Great New Books You Might've Missed This Year

(13) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 8:51 AM

A wealth of exciting titles have been published so far this year, and, thankfully, many by burgeoning lit stars have gotten the attention they deserve. Leslie Jamison's The Empathy Exams, a collection of deeply personal essays, was a surprise bestseller. Akhil Sharma's deeply affecting Family Life, which took him 13...

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The Book We're Talking About: 'California' By Edan Lepucki

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 4:41 PM

California
by Edan Lepucki
Little, Brown, $26.00
Publishes July 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:
“There is something uneasy in the Los Angeles air this...

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Why You Absolutely Should Read 'The Goldfinch'

(61) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 9:53 AM

Vanity Fair recently ran an article titled "It's Tartt -- but Is It Art?", an irritating headline for an only slightly less irritating piece raising a smattering of tenuously connected questions: "Is The Goldfinch a book that is resonating with critics and readers alike?" (Yes.) "Is The Goldfinch...

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8 Popular Books With Deeply Disappointing Endings

(35) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 8:00 AM

[WARNING: Contains spoilers, obviously.]

Hemingway famously rewrote the final sentence of A Farewell to Arms over 40 times. Among his alternate endings are a short, pleasant scene in which he holds his newborn son in his arms, and a bleak, Holden Caulfield-like rumination on the agony of fond...

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13 Books That Are INFINITELY Better Than The Movie

(90) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 11:21 AM

Puzzlingly, when a book is adapted into a film, the question critics and fans alike are prone to asking is not, "Is it a good movie?" but, "Is it better than the book?" The metric for "better" tends to involve whether or not the plot includes favorite scenes from the...

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The Book We're Talking About: 'Black Vodka' By Deborah Levy

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 4:29 PM

Black Vodka: Ten Stories
by Deborah Levy
Bloomsbury USA, $23.00
Publishes June 10, 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:
Deborah Levy's last book, Swimming Home, was...

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Read 15 Amazing Works Of Fiction In Less Than 30 Minutes

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 10:38 AM

Twitter fiction and six-word stories have permeated the literary world, but the concept of telling very short tales isn't exactly new. H.P. Lovecraft and Lydia Davis have both penned what has come to be known as flash fiction -- brief stories with no precise length constraints, but that don't typically...

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A Brief Interview With Joshua Ferris

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 1:57 PM

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

Joshua Ferris is the author of three novels. His first, Then We Came to the End, won the PEN/Hemingway award. His latest, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour [Little,...

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This Is Why Young Adult Books Are Not Only Acceptable, But Beneficial For Adults

(4) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 5:55 PM

You might've seen a recent piece published by Slate outlining exactly why readers should be a little more ashamed about their young adult book consumption. If not, here's the gist: novels written for a teenage audience that are intended to represent realistic relationships (think The Fault in Our...

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The Book We're Talking About: 'I'll Be Right There' By Kyung-Sook Shin

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 9:39 AM

I'll Be Right There
by Kyung-sook Shin
Other Press, $15.95
Publishes June 3, 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
Kurt Vonnegut's writing...

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George R.R. Martin's 'Song Of Ice And Fire' Series Might Be Extended To 8 Books

(125) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 2:27 PM

If you're simultaneously dreading and anticipating the end of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, we've got bittersweet news: Martin might extend what was once a seven-book series into an eight-book series. According to Vulture, his editor Anne Groell recently revealed some juicy...

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16 Great New Books To Read This Summer

(10) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 10:22 AM

It's (almost officially) summertime! You may not miss the days of required reading, but if you're looking for a quick and compelling book to sink your teeth into, we strongly suggest one of the following.

There's a wealth of great titles debuting this season, including the next installments in a...

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9 Inspiring Maya Angelou Poems You Can Read Online

(38) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 10:44 AM

Acclaimed author, poet and activist Maya Angelou died today at the age of 86. In remembrance of her inspiring life and prolific career, we've selected 9 of her poems that you can read online:

"Caged Bird"
"The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill

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