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Empowering Young Girls Through Books

By Jimena Durán We all know how important it is to read to children every day, no matter their age. But did you know that 57 percent of children’s books have male protagonists, while only 31 percent are female? The problem is not only the absence of female characters, but it’s also the way women are represented. Show More Summary

Nonfiction: In a New History, Russia’s Revolution Through Expat Eyes

Petrograd’s expatriates provide a running commentary on the fall of the czar in Helen Rappaport’s “Caught in the Revolution.”

BitchTapes: And the Oscar Goes To...

Katie Presley Aside from the occasional twenty-year gap in which no women whatsoever was nominated aside, women have made an indelible mark on the Best Original Song category at the annual Academy Awards, which celebrate its 89th year this Sunday. Show More Summary

George Saunders, Famous for Futuristic Short Stories, Hits No. 1 With a Historical Novel

“Lincoln in the Bardo,” about the president mourning his young son, goes straight to the top of the hardcover fiction list.

Critic’s Take: What Happens Next (or Doesn’t)

The novelist Marisa Silver on how notions of plot have changed through literature.

Ethel Rohan Wants You to Know What It’s Like to Be Marginalized: The Millions Interview

I think fiction does have that power to humanize, to generate empathy. The post Ethel Rohan Wants You to Know What It’s Like to Be Marginalized: The Millions Interview appeared first on The Millions.

Open Book: Stranger Than Reality?

Close observers of the political scene, including CNN’s Jake Tapper, are getting into the thriller game.

Avon Presents LisaLand: A Lisa Kleypas Online Board Game

Over the course of more than 30 historical romance novels, Lisa Kleypas has created a vibrant world for her characters–one filled with beautiful estates, infamous gaming hells, even a department store! Learn a little more about her world...Show More Summary

Home Ec Flashback

Teen Guide to Homemaking Brinkley, Chamberlin, Champion 1977 This could have been my high school text for home ec and the pictures could have come straight from my high school yearbook. All that is missing is a soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever.  Just to give some context, microwaves were still pretty new at this time […]

Big Issues: My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is a brilliant, eye-opening graphic novel debut

Every two weeks, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic-book issue of significance. This week, it’s My Favorite Thing Is Monsters: Book One. Written and illustrated by Emil Ferris, this graphic novel is a stunning debut that introduces a major new talent to the comics scene. Show More Summary

The Shortlist: Y.A. Crossover

New young adult crossover books include a novel inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, a fantasy about a sinister magic carnival, and more.

My Bookshelf, Myself: My 10 Favorite Books: Isabelle Huppert

The actress shares the titles she would most want with her on a desert island.

Childhood Diseases are Fun!

Have a Happy Measle, and a Merry Mumps and a Cheery Chickenpox Bendick 1958 Today we have an oldie, but a goodie, thanks to an alert Twitter follower. Since this is before widespread application of the vaccines for childhood illnesses, maybe these authors were just trying to spin disease as a fun vacation from school. […]

Fiction: A Drifter Gets Rerooted in a Novel of the New West

Marc Bojanowski’s second novel, “Journeyman,” is about a drifter out West who reconnects, reluctantly, with his brother.

Fiction: Mystery Woman: A Novel Explores the Story of Andrew Wyeth’s ‘Christina’s World’

In “A Piece of the World,” Christina Baker Kline invents a private life for the woman in Andrew Wyeth’s most famous painting.

Round Lake by Grace Bonner

Edward Derby reviews Round Lake by Grace Bonner today in Rumpus Poetry.

Refugees and free speech: How Hollywood classics 'Casablanca' and 'High Noon' were shaped by politics

What does it mean to be a moral person?  Faced with adversity, would we choose to do the right thing? These fundamental questions are at the heart of two of Hollywood’s most iconic films —“Casablanca” and “High Noon”— and contribute to their timeless appeal. To coincide with “Casablanca’s” 75th...

Fiction: ‘The Schooldays of Jesus’: Coetzee’s Teasing New Parable

“The Schooldays of Jesus” continues J.M. Coetzee’s fictional exploration of a boy’s encounters with a disturbing new world.

Nine Modern Literary Letter Collections for the Curious Reader

Reading someone’s letters give us a glimpse into their private life -- that’s why we love them. If you ever wondered what some of your favorite modern writers were composing when they weren’t polishing drafts of books that would go on to change the world, check out this list. The post Nine Modern Literary Letter Collections for the Curious Reader appeared first on The Millions.

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