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'12 Years A Slave' Heading To The Classroom

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 02.25.2014 | Black Voices

Director Steve McQueen's movie "12 Years A Slave" has caused quite a splash in Hollywood, and now the critically-acclaimed film is heading to the clas...

24 Pieces From 2013 That Every Woman (And Man) Should Read

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray and Lori Leibovich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women

Thought-provoking, hilarious, heart-wrenching writing by women was everywhere this year -- despite some suggestions to the contrary. So for the second...

Why Reading Is Essential

Posted 10.08.2013 | Books

The following is Walter Mosley's introduction to "Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013" [Mariner Books, $14.95]. When asked to write the introd...

11 Required Reading Books You Should Re-Read

Madeleine Crum | Posted 09.10.2013 | Books

Which required reading books (and plays, and epic poems) should your blow the dust off of now that you're older, wiser, and no longer snickering too m...

What Is the Class of 2017 Reading?

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 09.22.2013 | College
Noah Fitzgerel

While many recent high school graduates, myself included, are spending their respective summers pursuing a variety of activities, many of them have one thing in common -- required reading.

The 10 Most Important Life Lessons From High School Required Reading

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.04.2013 | Teen

The most important things you take away from high school are generally learned outside the classroom -- chances are, you won't remember anything from ...

Required Reading For Women 2012

The Huffington Post | Lori Fradkin | Posted 12.04.2012 | Women

As editors, we're always churning out, reading and, let's be honest, sometimes skimming stories, it can be hard to remember what we read last week, mu...

9 Required High School Reads that Ended Up My All-Time Favorites

Karielle Stephanie Gam | Posted 01.30.2013 | Teen
Karielle Stephanie Gam

These 9 fabulous books are my ALL-TIME favorites, meaning they mingle with the brilliance of Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, and are currently up in my mental "to read... again and again and again" bookshelf.

9 Books You Should Have Read In High School

Maddie Crum | Posted 11.28.2012 | Books
Maddie Crum

I packed my bags for college having read every single one of Shakespeare's plays and Twain's novels, but not knowing who Jorge Luis Borges or Doris Lessing were. This is a huge problem.

LOOK: Books Every Woman Should Read

Posted 08.15.2012 | Women

Back in March, we asked HuffPost staffers to suggest books every woman should read. Our slideshow, inspired by Frisky's '22 Books Every Woman Should R...

The 100 Best 'Back-To-School' Books

Tres Sugar | Posted 08.14.2012 | Women

School's almost back in session — have you finished your Summer reading? We may no longer have the pressure of a required reading list to motivate u...

The Beauty in Assigned Reading

Alexis Jane Torre | Posted 06.25.2012 | Teen
Alexis Jane Torre

The true beauty of assigned reading is that it forces us to go out of our comfort zones. It allows us hear about different cultures and times, keeping our minds open to new opinions and perspectives.

How Books Kept Me From Burning in Hell

Charlie Carillo | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Charlie Carillo

For all the complaining I've done about my Catholic school education, I'm thankful for at least one of their policies -- the required summer reading list.

Salinger, Huxley, Steinbeck: Great Books Hated During Their Time

Cracked | Jacopo della Quercia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Many, if not most, of the books you were handed in high school as required reading were hated by critics and readers alike when they first hit shelves...

'To Kill A Mockingbird' Isn't So Great, Says WSJ's Allen Barra

The Wall Street Journal | ALLEN BARRA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

It's time to stop pretending that "To Kill a Mockingbird" is some kind of timeless classic that ranks with the great works of American literature. Its...