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Best New Books Out This Week

| Gabe Habash for Publishers Weekly | Posted 01.27.2014 | Books

First published in Publishers Weekly This week, the best fictional treatment of the Dreyfus Affair yet, a Burroughs bio, and a life in Middlemarch....

The Wizard of Oz and Innocence Lost

Jay Scarfone | Posted 03.25.2014 | Books
Jay Scarfone

Unfortunately, it seems the latest return to Oz sounds it keeping with our culture's taste for the amplification and perversion of nearly everything. Regrettably, even The Wizard of Oz isn't immune from our culture's apparent erosion of innocence. It should be remembered, though, that in 1939, MGM's version of Oz was technically a remake.

Best New Books Out This Week

| Gabe Habash for Publishers Weekly | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books

First published in Publishers Weekly This week, the Rapture, an alien probe at the bottom of Lake Michigan, and Hitchcockian suspense at a museum. ...

Best New Books Out This Week

| Gabe Habash for Publishers Weekly | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books

First published in Publishers Weekly This week, 2014 gets a strong start with Chang-Rae Lee, Laurie Halse Anderson, and Gary Shteyngart. Plus: a bo...

10 More Things You Never Noticed About The Wizard of Oz

Jay Scarfone | Posted 02.07.2014 | Books
Jay Scarfone

As a follow-up piece for all of you dedicated Ozophiles, here are a few more intriguing tidbits about this movie classic. Be sure to look for them on your next trip down the Yellow Brick Road!

Best Picture Books of 2013

Minh Le | Posted 02.03.2014 | Books
Minh Le

2013 was the first full year after the death of the legendary Maurice Sendak. While it's impossible to replace an icon like Sendak, this year's offerings reminded us that children's literature is still rich with talented writers and illustrators to carry on the tradition of making great picture books.

Your Childhood Nightmares Are Heading To The Big Screen

Posted 12.05.2013 | Entertainment

All those late nights that children of the '80s and '90s spent curled up with a flashlight, reading "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," will finally ...

Crazy Facts You Didn't Know About Comic Book Superheroes (INFOGRAPHIC)

Posted 12.05.2013 | Books

Who is the fastest man alive? What sort of pizza do the Ninja Turtles eat the most? These and more pressing questions are answered in Super Graphics [...

Best New Books Out This Week

| Gabe Habash for Publishers Weekly | Posted 12.02.2013 | Books

First published in Publishers Weekly This week, a must-have anthology of one of literature's great characters, new Michael Connelly, and a doomed A...

Key 'Hobbit' Character Revealed On Side Of Plane

AP | Posted 12.02.2013 | Entertainment

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's national airline unveiled a giant image Monday of the dragon Smaug on one of its planes to celebrate the ...

Zoë Triska

Best Books Of 2013

HuffingtonPost.com | Zoë Triska | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books

This year has introduced us to more engaging reading material than we could have thought to ask for. By fall, our bedside tables and workspaces began ...

10 Things You Never Noticed About The Wizard of Oz

Jay Scarfone | Posted 01.31.2014 | Books
Jay Scarfone

Since Oz is about to celebrate its 75th anniversary next year, here's a fun peek at a few details that may have escaped the attention of even the most ardent Ozophiles.

9 Maps Of Imaginary Worlds (NEW BOOK)

Posted 12.02.2013 | Books

Be it Atlantis or Mordor, artists and cartographers have long been fixated with creating visual representations of lands no living human has ever visi...

As You Wish! Cary Elwes Writing Memoir About 'Princess Bride'

AP | Posted 11.26.2013 | Books

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 25 years later, Cary Elwes ('EL-wez) still has the fondest memories of starring in "The Princess Bride." The actor has a ...

Best New Books Out This Week

| Gabe Habash for Publishers Weekly | Posted 11.26.2013 | Books

First published in Publishers Weekly This week, Tolstoy, a supernatural treasure hunt, and a book that sold two million copies in South Korea. ...

The Healing Power Of Reading Books

Claire Fallon | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books
Claire Fallon

I've lost count of how many times I've read Pride and Prejudice. I've even lost count of how many copies of it I've owned over the years

The Great Epiphany I Had During 'Catching Fire'

Bizzy Emerson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Teen
Bizzy Emerson

So, if you're feeling uneasy about seeing Catching Fire because "KIDS KILL KIDS," and you "don't care about another Twilight," reconsider. Reconsider a million times over.

Here's How To Sharpen Your Mind In Less Than 10 Minutes

Maddie Crum | Posted 11.26.2013 | Books

What's that? Your job leaves you with scarcely enough time or energy to cook occasional healthy meals, let alone lose yourself in a great book? We're ...

National Book Award Winners 2013

Posted 11.21.2013 | Books

The 2013 National Book Awards were held tonight. Awards were given in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Young People's Literature, and Poetry. Th...

10 Awesome YA Books Adults Will Love

| Posted 11.21.2013 | Books

Originally posted on Kirkus: We know who you are; no need to slink around pocketing that young adult book you’re reading, even if you are above ...

This Anthem Goes Out To Every Woman Who Loves A Good Book

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 03.11.2014 | Women

"I like a girl who reads." In a world where we are inundated with lyrics and images that relentlessly sexualize and objectify women, these words a...

Claire Fallon

11 Indispensable Life Lessons Every Woman Can Learn From 'Anne Of Green Gables'

HuffingtonPost.com | Claire Fallon | Posted 11.18.2013 | Books

Like all great children’s book heroines, Anne Shirley is just a bit odd. Okay, she’s very odd. Her crazy imagination and flowery diction different...

Science Tracks Trail Of The Big Bad Wolf

LiveScience | Megan Gannon | Posted 11.18.2013 | Science

Folktales can evolve much like species do, taking on new features and dropping others as they spread to different parts of the world. One researcher...

Zoë Triska

Your Favorite Disney Movies Have Pretty Gruesome Origins

HuffingtonPost.com | Zoë Triska | Posted 11.13.2013 | Books

When I was a kid, I loved fairy tales. I loved the idea of talking animals and brave girls and boys who overcame cruel care takers. I also really love...

A Very Jim Carrey Bedtime Story

Posted 09.25.2013 | Parents

Sorry parents, Jim Carrey just set the bar really high for bedtime stories. The actor and comedian recently appeared on "Ellen" to promote his new...