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YA? Why Not? This past summer, my plan to read Sarah Dessen novels while dangling my bare feet over a lakeside dock was rudely interrupted by a scowling article in Slate insisting adults should feel embarrassed reading YA novels, because they’re “books for children.” I felt a twinge of shame. After all, I often make a point of doing grown-up things, like drinking bourbon, listening to NPR, and transferring my credit-card balances. But I’ve also discovered that YA novels are infinitely readable and intelligent in ways that other popular fiction isn’t. Read More
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly As children, dolls can be physical manifestations of our most intimate fantasy worlds. We can develop entire histories and personalities for our dolls, and they can help us to navigate the adult world. As we grow, we similarly idolize and identify with authors and fictional characters. The women writers whose work survives to today remind us that we’re not alone, that another woman somewhere understood our feelings about being human beings and about being women. Read More
So Hollywood took a big leap when it released Austenland, a movie directed, written and produced by women. Finally! I haven’t seen it yet myself, but it sounds damn funny.  It’s an offbeat romantic comedy based off the 2007 novel written by Shannon Hale. In Austenland, a single, 30-something Jane Hayes (played by Keri Russell) travels to a English resort following her obsession for all things Jane Austen. After spending all her money to stay at this Jane Austen theme park, Jane Hayes meets the Regency-era equivalent of Mr. Read More
  Brooklyn mother Sonia is less than thrilled to learn she is unexpectedly pregnant with her third child. After having put her artistic aspirations aside to raise her first two kids, she was looking forward to finally having time to herself, and the baby will only put everything on hold once again. As her family demands more and more from her, and her humorously depicted pregnancy symptoms — including frequent flatulence and sensitivity to smell — escalate, she hits a breaking point. She worries that “there won’t be anything left of herself. Read More
Whether you're planning to soak up the sun at the beach before it's too late or you're finally going to finish that latest best-selling novel you've been dying to read, August is the time to get your ass in gear and remind yourself to enjoy these last weeks of summer, damnit! But before you toss in any old swimsuit/novel combination into your getaway bag, check out the ingenious new Tumblr blog Matchbook.nu that is sure to change the way you pack for your summer vacation. Created by Kate Imbach, the site hand-matches swimsuit designs with book cover art. Read More
You run up the stairs before you go to bed instead of walking. You hear a creaking noise and you hold your breath. You spin around far too quickly when you're raiding the cabinets for a snack because you sense someone behind you. There's no one there. Why do you feel so creeped out in your own house? I don't know if you have ever felt this weird sense of fear in your own home, but I know that I have. I know that it's inexplicable, that there's no real reason to be afraid. Read More
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