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How Women Experience Beauty: A Reading List

Beauty hasn’t ever been all about looks. Back in the day, noblewomen didn’t wear corsets just to look slim and pretty: they were also to maintain an …

Feminism

"The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit" (book review)

<b>It's as if Chris Knight left for a weekend camping trip, but didn't come home for a quarter-century.</b><p>In 1986, a young man named Christopher Knight …

50 Crucial Feminist YA Novels

Given the sheer number of feminist YA gems, compiling a list of essentials is undoubtedly a foolhardy task—and yet we simply couldn’t help ourselves! …

Japanese novels finding huge popularity in China

TOKYO/CHONGQING, China -- Despite their many differences, Chinese and Japanese clearly have similar sensibilities.<p>Otherwise, how can one explain the …

7 Awesome Illustrated Novels

<i>Draw the Line</i>by Laurent Linn<p>Adrian Piper is used to blending into the background at his Texas high school. He feels most comfortable expressing …

If Women Wrote Men the Way Men Write Women

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency’s 2nd Most-Read Article of 2016 <i><br>Originally published October 25, 2016</i>- - -There is a particular look about a teenage boy …

Humor

Let's Get Graphic: 100 Favorite Comics And Graphic Novels

Summer's the time for comics — Marvel and DC blockbusters are in movie theaters, fans are preparing to descend on San Diego for its epic annual Comic-Con, and if nothing else, your friendly local comic store or library is there to provide an air-conditioned Fortress of Solitude where you can escape …

Graphic Novels

11 Female Authors Who Should Have Been Way More Popular

Millions of books are published every year, so it's no surprise that not every one of them becomes a bestseller that grants their author all of the …

101 books to dive into this summer: a massive reading list

Here’s a huge list of TED speaker-recommended books, with all the diversity of titles and topics you might expect. No matter your mood, preference or …

Books

11 books on science Bill Gates thinks everyone should read

For decades, Bill Gates made billions in technology. Now he's spending that money on fighting disease and climate change.<p>It's no wonder the man loves science.<p>Over the years, Gates has recommended a number of science-related books to the public. Some deal with the environment, others with the …

Books

The Stockholm Syndrome Theory of Long Novels

I used to be the kind of reader who gives short shrift to long novels. I used to take a wan pleasure in telling friends who had returned from a tour …

Lots of blokes on the #Lollies2017 list but women are also brilliant at writing funny. Here's a list of some of my fave funny women 💃🏾: https://t.co/ocJDNH2FHw

28 books Bill Gates thinks everyone should read

While Bill Gates has a schedule that's planned down to the minute, the entrepreneur-turned-billionaire-humanitarian still gobbles up about a book a week.<p>Aside from a handful of novels, they're mostly nonfiction books covering his and his foundation's broad range of interests. A lot of them are …

Books

Could The Handmaid's Tale Actually Happen?

We’re a long way from Gilead, praise be, but pollution can hurt fertility.<p>The handmaids—if they had been allowed to write in Margaret Atwood’s dystopia—would not have much to write home about. As the book and popular Hulu show portray, the lives of fertile, low-status women in <i>T</i><i>he</i> <i>Handmaid’s Tale</i> …

Handmaid's Tale

Ursula K. Le Guin on Being a Man

Who are we when we, to borrow Hannah Arendt’s enduring words, “are together with no one but ourselves”? However much we might exert ourselves on learning to stop letting others define us, the definitions continue to be hurled at us — definitions predicated on who we should be in relation to some …

Literature

Mr. Rochester is a Creep: A List

I love the disturb-factor in classic literature. Once you’re out of the classroom, much fun can be had by viewing an older book with a contemporary …

The Many Ways in Which We Are Wrong About Jane Austen

We’re going to be seeing a lot more of Jane Austen. 2017 is the bicentenary of her tragically early death at the age of 41. And by way of …

Literature

The Differences Between The Handmaid's Tale Show and Book, Explained

The new Hulu television series <i>The Handmaid's Tale</i> remains in many ways faithful to Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel. Both the show and the book tell …

Literature

A reading list for fans of S-Town

• <i>My Name is Lucy Barton</i> by Elizabeth Strout – This short, haunting book is the story of a woman, Lucy Barton, who grew up in deep poverty in a small, …

Pride and Prejudice and progress: the best second novels of all time

Debuts hog the publishing limelight, but a glance back at some great books, from Jane Austen to James Joyce, shows that we shouldn’t neglect sophomores<p>A lifetime goes into your first novel. A deadline fuels your second. Much as the “difficult second album” is a product of the modern music industry, …

5 Psychological Thrillers That Aren’t Formulaic

This is a guest post from Rabeea, a Karachi-based book critic presently writing for Chicago Review of Books, Wales Art Review, Storgy, Brooklyn Mag …

Books

Five Books That Tell the Monster’s Story

Monsters fascinate. There’s something in the shadows that you don’t understand, can’t quite make out the shape of—something that can eat you. …

Blue Belle: Femininity, Fashion and a ‘Tale as Old as Time’

Let’s state the obvious right up front: <i>Beauty and the Beast</i> is a Disney film. What this means is that it follows a long history of formulaic …

Beauty and the Beast

The number of books you’ll read before you die, charted

Every good bibliophile lives in a hamster wheel of literary pressure: There have always been, and will always be, more great books to read than there is time to read them. Not just in the workaday sense—the job stuff, family stuff, and “ooh a new episode of <i>The Americans</i>” stuff that gets in the way …

Barnes & Noble

The 9 Best Books About Womanhood

It’s lit<p>Women’s History Month is nearly over, but the experience of being a woman is something that never ends—it literally lasts a lifetime. At this current time, women seem to be the biggest threat to society (at least as far as the government is concerned). Instead of dwelling on this dark …

Women's History