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Ever since I can remember, I’ve been a bit of a Nancy Drew nerd. When I was little, I would usually read one book from the series a day, curling up underneath my covers until the late hours of the night with my flashlight in hand, so my parents wouldn’t know I was still awake, finishing the remaining chapters. I eventually started creating my own “spy gear,” sneaking around the house (unsuccessfully), attempting to find a mystery to solve. ... Read More
  Reviewed by Erica Wetter Clover Adams: A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life By Natalie Dykstra (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) You’ve probably never heard of Clover Adams, but as English Professor Natalie Dykstra illuminates in this detailed biography of the 19th-century Washington socialite, she rubbed elbows with many of the nation’s elite. “A perfect Voltaire in petticoats,” friend Henry James commented. “Certainly not handsome” her husband-to-be ... Read More
  Reviewed by Melynda Fuller Barnheart: The Incurable Longing for a Farm of One’s Own By Jenna Woginrich (Storey) At some point, every city-dweller utters the words, “I wish I could just move to the country and start a farm.” In her new memoir, writer Jenna Woginrich lays out that idyllic landscape found so often in the deep sighs of those who feel trapped by urban life. After a short stint as a homesteader in Idaho, Woginrich takes a job in rural ... Read More
Reviewed by Amber Tamblyn The Bigger World By Noelle Kocot (Wave Books) Noelle Kocot’s 2006 book Poem For The End Of Time and Others Poems—a collection about the death of her husband and the subsequent burning cyclone of grief that followed—contains some of the most painful and powerful verses ever unearthed on the subject. But today, Kocot is looking at The Bigger World (Wave Books) and telling the dark, triumphant, and often ... Read More
I love books. A lot. I have a book in my purse at all times (last month it was The Small Room by May Sarton, right now it’s The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight by Gina Ochsner—next up will be Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger) and spend many of my lunch breaks browsing at Barnes & Noble. For part of our summer holiday, my college roommate and I went to the little town of Hay-on-Wye, Wales, which makes its living off bookshops; there are ... Read More
Flavorwire recently ran a piece on “10 Legendary Bad Boys of Literature,” and, as game as I am for any discussion of Lord Byron’s poetry/incestuous affairs/commitment to culturally-appropriated fashion, I couldn’t help but agree with one commenter that the “bad girls” of literature deserved their due-- and are, in fact, even more compelling than their male counterparts.  Luckily, Flavorwire editor Judy Berman responded to ... Read More
                                       I’ve never shared my missed connections with the World Wide Web, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like reading the ones that other people post. From the woman who’s trying to find the guy who was eating beef chili to the man looking for the girl on the C train with the oyster.com bag, you ... Read More
The St. Mark’s Bookshop opened in 1977 on New York’s Lower East Side and has become a well-loved cultural establishment, attracting and embracing a devoted following inside its literature-lined walls. Bibliophiles cite the shop’s vast collection of unique tomes as well as its cozy-but-cultured atmosphere as reasons to frequent the shop--indeed, it has become a haven for students and famous authors alike. Now, though, the bookstore is involved in ... Read More
It doesn't take a tabloid hound to be in on the celebrity gossip these days. There has been a load of discourse in the recent weeks on the split between Jada Pinkett and Will Smith, on accounts of the former's "theft" of Marc Anthony, with headlines like "Jada steals J Lo's Man!"  Whether or not this information is factual is still under speculation, but regardless of the unbeknownst facts, must publications such as Life&Style, and UsWeekly, subvert ... Read More
An upcoming children’s book by author Paul Kramer has come under scrutiny for its message. Maggie Goes on a Diet is aimed for children under 12 years of age and is the story of a 14-year-old girl (she looks much younger on the cover) who attempts to eat healthily and exercise as a response to teasing she receives from her classmates. She then goes on to lose weight and become the star of the soccer team in a Cinderella-like transformation. The ... Read More
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