Jessica Mesa

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Books Your Kid Might Give Up Video Games To Read

It's finally summer and for many kids that means swimming, video games and vacations. But a lot of parents hope their kids will to do some extra reading during the break. Host Michel Martin is joined by three moms in the literary world with summer book suggestions<p>Transcript<p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>I'm …

The 50 Books Everyone Needs to Read, 1963-2013

The thing about reading is this: it takes a long time. There are innumerable books in the world, and many more good ones than can be read by any …

More calls for books about non-white children

Where are the UK's stories about teenagers of colour? That is what the British author Tanya Byrne wants to know, as First Book launches a new project …

Racism

Building a Better Book Club

From what I've heard, being in a book club can be frustrating. I have to admit that I've never joined one; as someone who reads, teaches, and writes about literature for a living, I've restricted myself to professional "reading groups" with the assumption that, when I have free time, I might do …

Dysfunctional Families In Literature

The Ludlows, the family at the center of my novel, LOYALTY, join a grand tradition of dysfunctional families. Fina Ludlow is the private investigator in the family's Boston law firm, and it's hard to know who causes her more trouble: the criminals she grapples with on a regular basis or her own …

Books

Sam Taylor-Johnson Hired As '50 Shades Of Grey' Director

Sam Taylor-Johnson has been hired as director of "50 Shades of Grey."<p>Deadline.com's Mike Fleming was the first trade reporter to break the news on Wednesday, thus closing out one of the longest directorial searches in recent memory. (Author E L James was actually first to report the hiring of …

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Teen Summer Reading List: HuffPost Teen Readers Share Their All-Time Favorite Books

Summer vacay is upon us, which means soon you might actually have time to read books for... dare we say it... <i>fun</i>?<p>We asked HuffPost Teen readers on Twitter and Pheed to share their all-time favorite summer reads with us, and we've compiled an awesome list of their diverse suggestions in the …

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