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Why Are We Embarrassed To Have Guilty Pleasure Reads?

Jessie Gaynor | Posted 11.21.2014 | Books
Jessie Gaynor

Why are we so precious about what we read? Admitting to a guilty pleasure TV shows is the stuff of Cool Girl celebrity profiles. Plenty of brilliant women are open about the "Real Housewives" backlog on their DVRs, but loving un-literary books still feels like a shameful secret.

Is My Vagina the Most Important Thing About My Writing?

Carrie La Seur | Posted 12.06.2014 | Books
Carrie La Seur

Recently a literary festival asked me to appear on a panel of regional 'Women Writers.' I'm early enough in my career as a novelist that I'm damned grateful to be invited anywhere, but the panel title gave me pause.

Our Brains on Chick-Lit

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 11.29.2014 | Women
Patricia Leavy, PhD

For many women, there's nothing that makes for a better beach or airport read than a fun chick-lit novel. They are vacation must-haves. But are they bad for us? That's what one study claims.

When We Fall

Emily Liebert | Posted 10.28.2014 | Books
Emily Liebert

So when we moved to Westport and I was in the throws of writing my new novel When We Fall, the timing could not have been more serendipitous. I was able to explore the slippery slope of female friendship right along with Allison, the main character in my book.

Jennifer Weiner: 'Do I Want Respect or Do I Want Readers?'

Jenna-Marie Warnecke | Posted 08.02.2014 | Women
Jenna-Marie Warnecke

Weiner mused that while women are not dissuaded or shamed by reading thrillers by male authors, the covers of which often feature blood, bullet holes and other "masculine" imagery, "Why won't a man pick up a book with flowers (on it)?"

The Dark Side... of Urban Chicken Keeping

Anne Maxfield | Posted 05.25.2014 | Home
Anne Maxfield

In certain hip, locavore, foodie parts of the country (Brooklyn, Berkeley, Cambridge, etc.) the trend recently has been to raise your own chickens. From what I know from people that have them, it's more work than just letting the birds run around the yard looking good and eating bugs.

Author Emily Liebert's New Novel -- Cover Reveal

Reyne Haines | Posted 05.19.2014 | Books
Reyne Haines

My latest guilty pleasure was a book titled You Knew Me When by Emily Liebert. I immediately empathized with the challenges her characters were experiencing as they were not too different than those I had experienced in my younger years.

Jennifer Weiner Is a Genius at Self-Promotion

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.08.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

How many authors of commercial fiction do you know who get huge, glowing profiles in the New Yorker? Well, Jennifer Weiner just did, as she continues to ride her successful hobbyhorse about not getting respect.

Interview With Fresh Women Author, Jodi Lipper

Jodi Lipper and Cerina Vincent | Posted 11.17.2013 | Books
Jodi Lipper and Cerina Vincent

Our next book together will be about nurturing and creating beautiful female friendships, but Jodi's newly released new adult novel is a naughty, sexy, and smart look at the other side of these friendships.

In Defense of Danielle Steel

Kitty Pilgrim | Posted 08.09.2013 | Books
Kitty Pilgrim

Are female fiction writers belittled? Are their works dismissed as mere "chick lit"? Often, yes.

Do We Know 'Chick Lit' When We See It?

Claire Fallon | Posted 10.08.2013 | Books
Claire Fallon

What makes a book chick lit as opposed to literary fiction? This question is, in reality, not difficult to answer -- at least for any thoughtful reader who enjoys a variety of fiction -- but it continues to surface.

Jennifer Weiner's Latest Literary Feud

Lev Raphael | Posted 07.27.2013 | Books
Lev Raphael

Weiner isn't just expert at giving her reading public what it wants, she's a master at creating controversy and making headlines by attacking noted authors in the news. It's a canny strategy guaranteed to boost her already high public profile. Midlist authors, take note.

What's Wrong With This Cover?

Foz Meadows | Posted 04.04.2013 | Books
Foz Meadows

I'm not impressed with the near-universal acceptance of "chick lit" as a pejorative.

What Reading Books Like This May Do To You

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 01.31.2013 | Women

Readers of "chick lit," beware -- the woman-targeted fiction genre might not be as harmless as it seems. Reading about a protagonist with low body-est...

Hey Writer! What's Your Brand?

Holly Robinson | Posted 09.30.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

When did writers start being brands? This question led me through a maze of other squirrely musings. If you write a memoir, are you forever a memoirist? What happens if a thriller writer dares to try his hand at romance?

Forget Chick-Lit, What About D*ck Lit?

Posted 07.26.2012 | Books

Women who disagree with the trend of lumping books concerning relationship-related issues into a fluffy, too-broad genre of "chick lit" have plenty to...

Why Smart Women Read Romance Novels

Anne Browning Walker | Posted 09.11.2012 | Books
Anne Browning Walker

So go ahead. If you're still feeling a little embarrassed, download a romance onto your e-reader. Aside from your blushing, you might discover a passion for a whole new genre. As it turns out, smart women read romance, too.

Sexy Lit Before Fifty Shades of Grey

Scott Alexander Hess | Posted 08.29.2012 | Books
Scott Alexander Hess

Following are five novels that, in pre-Twitter, YouTube, Facebook times, went viral (or at least had readers gasping and gossiping) in a printable sort of way.

Jennifer Weiner Talks 'Chick Lit' And Her New Book

Très Sugar | Posted 06.29.2012 | Women

Jennifer Weiner has had multiple dream jobs, and there's no sign she's waking up anytime soon. She's an author with multiple best sellers, had her boo...

What Would You Name Esquire's 'Fiction For Men'?

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 05.30.2012 | Women

Move over lady writers, “man fiction” is coming to town. Esquire magazine will begin publishing a series of “Fiction for Men” e-books in June,...

Is Chick Lit A Valid Literary Category?

Posted 03.19.2012 | Books

There have been many arguments for and against the label "chick lit". Since we have a new feature called 'Change My Mind', we figured this heated deba...

The Secret Reading Habits of Women

Jessica Pearce Rotondi | Posted 11.11.2012 | Women
Jessica Pearce Rotondi

I'll never forget my first brush with "Romantica," that subgenre of romance novels with just enough sex content that you wouldn't want to be caught reading it in the DMV.

Chick Lit Grows Up

Pauline Millard | Posted 05.04.2012 | Books
Pauline Millard

In the past year, a different breed of chick lit has appeared with smarter writing and characters. It's notable not just for the content, but also for what it says about women, and what they are willing to read in their leisure time.

Why Does It Matter If The Writer Is A Woman?

| By Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis | Posted 12.07.2011 | Books

By Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis for Bookish: Lisbeth Salander, the rugged yet vulnerable hacker chick who powered Stieg Larsson's trilogy to the...

Wendi Murdoch, Chick-Lit Heroine?

newyorker.com | Posted by Meredith Blake | Posted 09.20.2011 | Books

Whatever happens to Rupert Murdoch and his media empire, Tuesday’s colorful parliamentary hearings may yet provide an unexpected boost to the publis...