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Best Films Books of 2015

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 11.23.2015 | Books
Thomas Gladysz

Admittedly, there are a lot of books mentioned here. But that's because there are so many worth highlighting. And so, without further ado, here are the books every film buff or film historian will want to know about.

Scheer Intelligence: David Talbot and Robert Scheer

Robert Scheer | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Robert Scheer

In the second episode of the Scheer Intelligence podcast, David Talbot, founding editor, tells how former CIA chief Allen Dulles defied FDR to conscript former Nazi leaders in preparation for war with the Soviet Union--one of many deviations excitingly recounted in Talbot's new book.

You Are What You Yelp

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 11.06.2015 | Arts

Hotels of North America sounds like a reference book you’d find only in a dusty travel agent’s office. In Rick Moody’s latest ...

Mary Gaitskill's 'The Mare' Turns The White Savior Narrative On Its Head

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 10.30.2015 | Arts

“There’s a limit to what you can be to each other,” a man advises his wife in Mary Gaitskill’s new novel, The Mare. Although ...

This Is What It’s Really Like To Be A Witch In America Today

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 10.26.2015 | Arts

Alex Mar needed a love potion. The man she’d been seeing had been derailed for weeks by frequent contact from an overwhelming ex; constant tex...

7 Glowing Novels In The Spotlight Right Now

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 10.14.2015 | Arts

Relative to other awards seasons, book award season is slightly less concerned with who wore what. Instead, each autumn various committees clue reade...

What Orhan Pamuk's New Novel Tells Us About Turkey Today

Alev Scott | Posted 10.12.2015 | World
Alev Scott

ANKARA -- "A Strangeness in My Mind" is about what it means to be a poor, ordinary Turk, buffeted by the winds of modern politics and traditional mores. It is detailed, intimate, but it is also universal, dealing with emotions like shame, ambition, love and grief, and what it feels like to belong. This is not an intentionally political novel, but if there is a political message, this is it: Turkey needs to recognize its universals, not its differences. Saturday's bombing in Ankara showed us that, with devastating effect.

New Book Is A 21st Century Homage To Guy De Maupassant

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 10.12.2015 | Arts

In the writerly world, “working on a novel” is almost a punchline. We’re all working on a novel, whether we’re someone who de...

15 Fantastic Books By Women To Read This Fall

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 10.09.2015 | Arts

Jonathan Franzen’s Purity might be the most talked-about new release in the book world this fall, which is well and good -- his novel about nai...

Gay and Grateful: On the Crooked Path to Crooked Letter i

Dorothy Allison | Posted 10.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Dorothy Allison

When I was 20, away at college full of hope and terror, I confronted the fact that if I revealed too much about my real life, my stepfather's sexual and physical abuse, or my deep attraction to other young women, I could lose the life I was trying to build.

The Myth Of Busyness

The Huffington Post | Stuart Whatley | Posted 09.28.2015 | Arts

In chapter five of “Through the Looking-Glass,” Alice finds herself in a dark shop, where she tries to purchase an egg. “I never pu...

This Is What America Would Look Like If We Ran Out Of Water

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 09.22.2015 | Arts

Rumbling slow like a deadly tidal wave, a dry expanse of earth expands each day, conquering the once-fertile land it encounters. This is what an almo...

The Slamming of the Teenage Door

Irene Rubaum-Keller | Posted 09.11.2015 | Parents
Irene Rubaum-Keller

If you are suffering the slings and arrows of teen angst, I'm sorry. It's what they need to do to form their own identity and separate from us in a healthy way. Having gone through it as a teen does not, I repeat, does not, make it easier to parent one.

The Bottom Line: 'Fates And Furies' By Lauren Groff

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 09.09.2015 | Arts

A older woman lazes in a bathtub, her legs splayed out before her in an X. She reflects back on her life -- the triumphs and disappointments, big an...

New Books of Note: September 4, 2015 Edition

Anis Shivani | Posted 09.04.2015 | Books
Anis Shivani

I have been full of anticipation for this essential biography of one of the most colorful men of letters of the second half of the twentieth century: Vidal lived the kind of explosive, interconnected, indispensable literary life--without which the shape of American letters would have been different--that feels altogether extinct now.

Shooting for the Stars, Belsky's Newest Page Turning Thriller

Holly Cara Price | Posted 09.03.2015 | Books
Holly Cara Price

The Kennedy Connection was a cleverly written, suspenseful page turner in the best sense and Shooting for the Stars is its' worthy successor. In this saga, Malloy is thrown into the sleazy, headline-grabbing world of a prime-time TV newsmagazine when he joins forces with a beautiful reporter who has uncovered answers long buried that lead to the solving of a cold case from decades before.

The Settler: A Chat With Orit Arfa

Varda Epstein | Posted 09.02.2015 | Religion
Varda Epstein

It's ten years since Israel, under late prime minister Ariel Sharon, expelled over 11,000 Jews from their homes in Gaza and parts of Samaria. The government called this plan the "Disengagement.

The 16 Gronkiest Passages From 'It's Good To Be Gronk,' Presented Without Comment

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 08.05.2015 | Sports

As the title of his new book suggests, it's good to be Rob Gronkowski. The 26-year-old New England Patriots tight end twerks around Bill Be...

Simone de Beauvoir and Loving Authentically

Skye Cleary | Posted 08.03.2015 | Books
Skye Cleary

Romantic loving is, for Simone de Beauvoir, existentially dangerous. Romantic relationships can be such intoxicating experiences that lovers get lost in euphoria. Authentic loving, according to Beauvoir, needs to overcome such traps.

Women Authors Need Your Support. Here's Why

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 08.03.2015 | Arts

Thanks to the change-inspiring VIDA count, we already know men are disproportionately represented in major book reviews, with some outlets covering f...

5 Page-Turners Too Addictive To Put Down | Joann Pan | Posted 08.19.2015 | OWN

Pretty Is By Maggie Mitchell 320 pages; Henry Holt and Co. Available at: | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | IndieBound   Lois has a secr...

13 Books From 2015 That You Should Read ASAP

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 07.27.2015 | Arts

Before the welcome downpour of anticipated fall books rolls in (a new Jonathan Franzen novel? The conclusion to Elena Ferrante's tear-jerking series?...

Authors Beware of Publicity Scams

Kristen Houghton | Posted 07.22.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Every writer is aware that the job doesn't end with just writing a book. There's a heck of a lot more that needs to get done; editing that seems endless with back and forth correspondence with your editor, cover approval, layout approval, and printing.

The Bottom Line: 'The Small Backs Of Children' By Lidia Yuknavitch

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 07.21.2015 | Arts

A vulture looms over a wisp of a child, curled up and limp. It’s a striking image, taken during a Sudanese famine in the '90s; so striking that...

The Bottom Line: ‘A Cure For Suicide’ By Jesse Ball

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 07.10.2015 | Arts

Most infants speak their first words when they’re about a year old. The slow crawl from babbling to the ability to hold a conversation has myri...