literary fiction

This 'Pride & Prejudice' Line Is Always Quoted Wrong — Including At Barbara Bush's Funeral

There are some quotes that always manage to get misused, somehow, and a major Pride & Prejudice misquote just reared its ugly head once more. Caroline Bingley has been misquoted again, this time at Barbara Bush's funeral. Pull your shawl tighter, Jan…
By Kristian Wilson

4 Of The 6 Finalists For This Major Literary Award Are Women Of Color

With less than two months to go until we find out which woman writer will take home the most prestigious, gender-based prize in fiction, the 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist has made its online debut. Two months after the longlist for the sam…
By Kristian Wilson

9 Books To Read If You Have Depression & Just Need A Little Help Making It Through The Day

As someone who has lived with this mental illness for the better part of two decades, let me tell you: depression is the worst. You don't want to do anything because nothing feels good, but the sheer boredom of it all feels worse. That's why I've put…
By Kristian Wilson

I Used To Hate Jane Austen — Until My Idea Of What Feminism Means Changed

OK, confession time, folks: I used to hate Jane Austen. In high school, I didn't feel apathy, but a sense of self-righteous indignation toward her work, which I found repulsive. I changed my mind eventually — which I'll explain later — but the fact t…
By Kristian Wilson

5 Coming-Of-Age Books Short Enough To Finish In A Single Weekend

Let's face it: growing up isn't easy, but reading about someone else's journey through childhood and those trying young adult years sure is fun. If you're looking to escape your own life by getting lost in someone else's, pick up a short coming-of-ag…
By Sadie Trombetta

The Sirens In 'The Odyssey' Are Actually Way Cooler — And Creepier — Than You Thought

The word "siren" means two things in our modern culture: a loud, wailing, warning sound, like you might find on an ambulance or firetruck, or a sexy lady mermaid who lures sailors to a watery grave. We generally use context clues to tell the two apar…
By Charlotte Ahlin

15 Books That Would Probably Never Work As Movies

Every book lover has at least one favorite read that they would love to see on the big screen, but sometimes those books haven't been adapted for a reason. There are some books that would never work as movies, and I have collected 15 of them for you …
By Kristian Wilson

'The Female Persuasion' By Meg Wolitzer & 12 Other New Books To Read This Week

School shootings, addiction, and the uphill battle for gender equality have, unfortunately, become increasingly pervasive elements of the American fabric in recent years, and this week's new book releases certainly reflect that reality. In this week…
By Cristina Arreola

5 Short Books About Travel You Can Finish In A Weekend — If You Can't Take A Mini Vacation

Spring may just have sprung, but I am already dreaming of summer travel, and I don't think I'm the only one. If you find yourself sick with a case of wanderlust and no way to remedy it with a real vacation, cure yourself with one of these fiction boo…
By Sadie Trombetta

The 13 New Fiction Books Everyone Will Be Obsessed With In April

T.S. Eliot wrote that April is the cruelest month, but I think maybe he just needed a good book. Luckily for you, there are more than enough fiction new releases coming this April to keep you from falling into Eliot's headspace. This month, many of …
By Melissa Ragsdale

The 9 Books Out This Week That Everyone Will Be Talking About

Spring is a time for reinvention. You know all those New Year's resolutions you let fall to the wayside? Well, the days are longer and warmer and sunnier, and it's the perfect time to make a plan and put it into action. If you resolved to read more b…
By Cristina Arreola

15 Books That Have Been Called 'The Next Great American Novel' — And What To Read Instead

It’s the dream of every American writer: the siren song of writing “the next great American novel”. A novel that, as Lena Dunham (and, admittedly, many others) have put it: acts as the voice of a generation. Dozens of novels have been given the infor…
By E. Ce Miller

9 New Books That Will Help You Break Your Reading Slump

A reading slump is just about the worst thing that can happen to a book-lover, but if you've slacked off and let your TBR pile grow larger, there's no reason to fear. All it takes is the right book to break your reading slump, and I have nine great c…
By Kristian Wilson

The 6 Winners Of A Major Literary Award Were Just Announced — & They're All Women

Friday morning saw good news on the diversity-in-publishing front as book nerds learned that all six of the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award winners are women. One of three other achievement prizes, the John Leonard Prize, went to a woman, Car…
By Kristian Wilson

These 16 Books Are In The Running For Best Female-Authored Book Of The Last Year

The 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction has released its longlist, which contains 16 books of the highest caliber that span a variety of genres, from magical realism to dystopia and beyond. Previously known as the Baileys Women's Prize, the award will gra…
By Kristian Wilson

A Major Book Character From 'The Handmaid's Tale' Will Finally Appear In Season 2

Season 2 of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale is fast approaching, and fans of Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel can't wait to see what showrunners have in store as the series moves beyond the bounds of the original text. Not everything will change dramatically,…
By Kristian Wilson

B&N Just Launched A Book Club & The First Pick Is A Soon-To-Be Feminist Classic

On Monday, Barnes & Noble announced the formation of a seasonal, in-store book club, and Meg Wolitzer's The Female Persuasion is the first-ever Barnes & Noble Book Club pick. Discussions will be held at each of the 600+ stores nationwide, beginning o…
By Kristian Wilson

Reese Witherspoon & Kerry Washington Are Adapting Your Fave Book Of 2017 For TV

Start getting excited, because Celeste Ng's latest novel is coming to television as a limited series, according to Variety. But the good news doesn't stop there: Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington are the ones adapting Little Fires Everywhere for…
By Kristian Wilson

Oprah's New Book Club Selection Has A Matching Playlist & It's The Perfect Reading Soundtrack

If you like to mix music into your reading routine, you're in luck, because the playlist for Oprah's new book club pick is almost as good as the book itself. Author Tayari Jones has put together a Spotify playlist for her critically acclaimed novel, …
By Kristian Wilson

Female Representation In Fiction Is WORSE Now Than In The 1800s, According To Experts

According to new research from the Universities of Illinois and California, Berkeley, female representation in fiction was better during the Victorian Era than it is today. Researchers found that women authors wrote 50 percent of works published in E…
By Kristian Wilson