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Unleash the Whimsy of Your Inner Geek With “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell, Author of “Eleanor and Park”

Hi, my name is J and…I’m a fangirl. An out and out fangirl who’s decorated shirts for midnight premieres, been to book signings, wrote a couple (dozen) sneaky fanfictions, and Netflix binged fandoms harder than a coke addict. So Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, a story of a girl attempting to find her identity post-fandom, really jived…

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#TBT “Persuasion” Is the Story We Listen to When We Want to Believe in Second Chances

There’s exactly one memorable scene in Hot Tub Time Machine and it’s when three men peaked past their prime whisper reverently of “the great white buffalo,” like chanting a spell, summoning that sweet memory of the one who got away, that first great love. Jane Austen was a master of the slow burn of an old…

Behind the Scenes of the Princess Brides' 25th Anniversary Cast Reunion
Behind the Scenes of the Princess Brides’ 25th Anniversary Cast Reunion

If you were obsessed with The Princess Bride as a kid, that obsession is about to be reawakened by As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride, written by Cary Elwes. Yes, that’s right. If you buy the Audible version, Westley will talk about the infamous fencing scene, how he broke his toe…

Canada and Mytica Collide in Morgan Rhodes' Newest High Fantasy Adventure,
Canada and Mytica Collide in Morgan Rhodes’ Newest High Fantasy Adventure, “A Book of Spirits and Thieves”

A Book of Spirits and Thieves shouldn’t have worked. Come on, a Canadian girl gets sucked into the magical world of a book and it’s all possibly linked to an ultra-secret literary cult? This was a Mary Sue, Neverending Story mashup that should have been completely hokey, but Morgan Rhodes, author of the Falling Kingdoms…

“Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power” Is a Dynamic Biography of a Man Who Helped Author America

George Washington was honest about chopping down his father’s (nonexistent) cherry tree, Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin, Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, and John Adams got a bad ass HBO series starring Paul Giamatti and Stannis Baratheon. I’m not sure why we tell these abbreviated stories to our children and…

“The Seasons of Trouble: Life Amidst the Ruins of Sri Lanka’s Civil War” Puts Faces to a Faraway Conflict

I wasn’t terribly impressed by The Kite Runner. I understand why it got the accolades it did, but the writing didn’t do much for me, kind of like a mediocre movie being made worse by lackluster acting. The Seasons of Trouble: Life Amidst the Ruins of Sri Lanka’s Civil War, in comparison, is simply stunning…

#TBT How Jeeves and Wooster Invented Upper-Class English Humor
#TBT How Jeeves and Wooster Invented Upper-Class English Humor

I once had a professor describe P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves stories as, “A dandified period piece version of Three’s Company that’s memorable only because it gave rise to the legend of the ‘Perfect English Butler Character’.” This is a fairly apt description. I probably would have never learned the difference between a “gentleman’s personal gentleman,” Alfred…