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In Defense: Elizabeth Gilbert

Gilbert haters cite Eat, Pray, Love as proof of her failings, and in the process neglect her fantastic, near-perfect novel.

By Alison Currie

Holidays Abroad: Kate Christensen’s Thanksgiving in Tuscany

Writer Kate Christensen shares a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in the Florentine hills—and her recipe for persimmon pudding.

By Kate Christensen

Listen Up: 6 Literary Podcasts for Book Lovers

When you've exhausted your audio book collection, these literary podcasts will tide you over.

By Alison Currie

Do You Have A Book Hoarding Problem?

Book hoarding is a real disease. Seek treatment now.

By Jessica Ferri

8 Most Controversial Novels Ever Published

Indulge in these notorious novels—because free speech is a beautiful thing.

By Jessica Ferri

Live Your Own Life: 10 Inspiring Facts About Margaret Mitchell

The Gone with the Wind author was a woman ahead of her time.

By Jessica Ferri

The Re-Read: J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye

Revisting this classic novel, one writer discovers the truth about Holden Caulfield, and herself.

By Alison Currie

Who Should Be The Next Bond, James Bond?

Cast your vote for the next great 007.

By Jessica Ferri

11 Bizarre Facts From Robert Caro’s The Years of Lyndon Johnson

One writer listens to 150 hours of the four-volume LBJ biography so you don't have to.

By Miranda Popkey

Authors Read Their Meanest Online Reviews

"This is a satanic book, and should be banned."

By Kat Sherbo

15 Famous Books That Were Initially Rejected

As Samuel Beckett once said: "Try again. Fail again. Fail better."

By Jessica Ferri

8 Haunted Libraries That Will Make You Whisper-Scream

The ghost in the library ate my homework, I swear.

By DeAnna Janes

5 Empowering, Witchy Reads

Inspirational books about women who won't let The Man get them down.

By Jessica Ferri

9 Shocking Things You Didn’t Know About the Suffrage Movement

You know they battled for a woman’s right to vote, but did you know they also faced feeding tubes, macho critics, and police brutality?

By DeAnna Janes

Crimson Peak: The Love Child of Poe and Brontë

Guillermo del Toro's latest film is a sexy survey of Gothic literature.

By Jessica Ferri

Library Borrower Returns Books More Than 50 Years Late

Outdated textbooks return to Portland State University half a century after first being borrowed.

By The Reading Room

Literary Pilgrimage: Sleepy Hollow, New York

October is the perfect month to visit Washington Irving's favorite town—and the setting for his spine tingling short story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

By Jessica Ferri

The Re-Read: Little House on the Prairie’s The Long Winter

A writer revisits a childhood favorite and finds it's not all butter churning and buggy rides.

By Sharon Steel

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