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How to Build a Girl, Caitlin Moran's debut novel, which sold more than half a million copies in more than 16 countries worldwide, is being turned into a movie. Cue the applause. The story is centered on Johanna Morrigan, a young girl who dreams of leaving behind her hometown of Wolverhampton and ultimately ventures forth to reinvent herself (i.e. moves to London, becomes a music critic and calls herself Dolly Wilde). "Caitlin Moran is the wittiest writer on the ... Read More
  If you haven’t picked up on it already: We love Lena Dunham. Throughout her career, Lena has faced her mistakes, acknowledged her privilege, and grown from both. With every valid critique of her choices and actions, I see her seeking to learn from these criticisms and most importantly, to change accordingly and do the right thing. Last week, I had the privilege of listening to Lena and our cover girl alumna Carrie Brownstein in conversation at the Not ... Read More
Do you love Marcel the Shell, the adorable stop motion animated talking shell? Have you missed him since his last video? Good news! Our tiny friend is back with a new children's book The Most Surprised I've Ever Been, out today, October 21, on Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. "Marcel The Shell With Shoes On" first appeared in 2010 thanks to writer/comedian/actress Jenny Slate, who voiced the character, and her husband, writer/director Dean ... Read More
Esquire just released a listicle enumerating the “80 Books Every Man Should Read.” That’s fine. This is a men’s magazine appealing to men so the creatures whom their list is intended for is every man. They even admitted that their list is “...unranked, incomplete, and utterly biased.” Supposedly, this list is culled from someone’s idea of the greatest literature available to readers. But, goddamn, Esquire! Eighty books and ... Read More
Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann was just published this week so now I can hold it in my arms and sing and dance out of joy! Heppermann is no stranger to the book world, she is a long time reviewer and this is her second book, first of poetry. Although this YA poetry book is listed for ages 14 and up, it appeals to a greater mass of readers because it retells some of our favorite sexist and poorly cast fairytales, but also ... Read More
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