Swapna Krishna
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Swapna writes about books, science, and space on the Internet. She loves to travel and watches Star Wars in her spare time. She lives with her husband outside Philadelphia.

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8 Self-Help Books That Will Actually Help You Make Sense Of Things

Self-help books have such a stigma, and I don’t know why — except, I’m one of the many people who contributed to it. I’ve always been a voracious reader, but I used to proudly state that I was open to trying almost all genres… except self-help. I look back on my younger self, shocked at the arrogance that statement took: I know I wasn’t convinced that I was perfect. Why, then, did I look on this genre with such disdain? I look back and think, "I should have been reading all the self-help books I…

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Need A Break From Fiction? Try These Science Books

Science writing is becoming more and more mainstream, a popular subject for layreaders to spend time with in a think piece or a pop science book. But for a long time, science writing (like everything else) was dominated by men. Thankfully, though, that’s quickly changing. From journalistic science writers to scientists who are able to write about their work with a clarity and simplicity required for non-scientists to understand to pop science, science writing is becoming more mainstream, and man…

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9 Addictive Mysteries By Women To Read In 2017

When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing I like better than curling up with a good mystery. I don’t know what it is about crime novels and psychological thrillers, but I just can’t get enough of them. Even if I can see a twist coming from a mile away, I devour mystery after mystery. Bloated decomposing corpses? Kidnappings? Stalkers? Yes, yes, yes. (What does it say about me that I’m this obsessed with mysteries? I’m trying not to think about it too much.) One of my favorite aspects of mystery no…

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11 Essential Reads By Muslim Women

Let’s have some real talk for a second: the headlines are frightening right now. Between Donald Trump's temporary refugee ban, religious tests upon entering the United States, and a terrorist attack on a mosque in Quebec by a supporter of the current American president, things are dire (and there’s always the ominous promise of more to come). It can feel like there’s nothing to do but despair. But there’s one thing so many of us know: This isn’t what we stand for. This isn’t who we are. And this…

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Books About The Search For Asian American Identity

There are many books that capture the immigrant experience, from countless different points of view. They’re usually gut-wrenching and heartbreaking. But what about one rung down on the ladder, the experience of children of immigrants? They (we) are often caught between the values and culture of our parents and the American society we see in front of us. Sometimes these two can be in sync, but so much more often, they clash with one another. It’s easy to turn your back on your culture, wanting s…

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Graphic Novels To Read Before The Women's March

This weekend, all across the country, women of all shapes, sizes, colors, religions, socioeconomic classes, cultures, and more will come together in order to celebrate what unites us, but also celebrate our differences from one another. We are united as women, against sexism, misogyny, racism, ableism, anti-LGBTQIA+ sentiment, body negativity, and all the other -isms that have pervaded our society for the last few months (and beyond). We will make our voices heard, because what we stand for is s…

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Books By Indian Authors You May Have Missed In '16

Last week, I wrote a piece previewing awesome books written by Indian authors being published in 2017, and it was incredibly exciting to see that so many people were looking forward to these novels as much as I was. But the comment I got the most was, “Why aren’t these books available right now????” Well, guess what? So many great books by Indian authors released in 2016 as well. Reading about people who don’t look like you, who have a different culture, religion, orientation than you, is incre…

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10 Books By Indian Authors To Look Out For In 2017

It’s that time of the year: when we’re filled with the promise of what the new year can hold. After the garbage fire that was 2016 for so many of us, it’s so nice to start fresh (despite the fact that yes, we all know that the year changeover is arbitrary, but let us try and make ourselves feel better and have some hope for the future.) Judging by what’s already happened so far, this year is going to be another doozy. That’s why I’ve become even more invested in reading, because not only is it a…

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