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9 Women Authors Who Write About Pain and Healing

This year has not been kind to America, and many people are feeling hurt, lost, and beaten down by current events. When my heart is distressed and my soul is in turmoil, I turn to books for comfort — particularly books by female authors about pain…
By Melissa Ragsdale

Parents Want 8 "X-Rated" Books Banned From H.S.

At Illinois' Lemont High School, some parents want eight "X-rated" books banned from advanced English classes. At a Nov. 21 meeting, mothers Laura Reigle and Mary Kay Fessler, along with other "parents and community members," urged the Lemont School…
By Kristian Wilson

Trump Warned Us About His Conflicts Of Interests

During one of her 2016 campaign rallies, Hillary Clinton shared a Maya Angelou quote with her crowd of supporters. "One of my personal heroines, Maya Angelou, said — she said a lot that is worth remembering, but she said this, 'When someone shows…
By Natasha Guzmán

What To Read If You're Feeling Hopeless

We live in a divisive world right now. It can feel difficult, maybe even impossible, to unite as global citizens over anything. But I do think there's one issue most people can agree on, no matter what you believe: 2016 SUCKED. 2016 has been a big,…
By Charlotte Ahlin

'Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise' Is So Revealing

The incomparable Dr. Maya Angelou is a legendary thought-provoking icon, the kind of which this world will sadly never see replicated again. Her unique style and mesmerizing poise has shaped much of today's literature, and her influence is…
By Amen Oyiboke

Emma Watson's Response To Trump's Win Is Amazing

As the majority of the U.S. mourns the election of Donald Trump, one book fairy, activist, and brightest witch of her age refuses to give up the fight. Emma Watson is still leaving books on the subway for New York City readers in partnership with…
By Kristian Wilson

Emma Watson Is A Book Fairy, Just As We Suspected

New evidence posted to the actress-turned-activist's Instagram account proves, once and for all, that Emma Watson is a book fairy. The 26-year-old Brown University grad shared photos and video of herself hiding copies of Mom & Me & Mom throughout…
By Kristian Wilson

13 Black Poets You Need To Read

If you’re a reader (like me) whose bookshelves are stacked heavy with poetry collections, then listen up: Monday, October 17 marks the 31st annual celebration of a holiday bound to get poetry lovers everywhere reading (even more than you already…
By E. Ce Miller

The Maya Angelou Documentary Trailer Is Here

Stock up on tissues now, folks. The Maya Angelou documentary trailer is finally here! This short preview of the new film will give you all the feels, even though it's less than three minutes long. Maya Angelou (1928 - 2014) was born Marguerite…
By Kristian Wilson

14 Quotes About Being Single

Whether you’re fresh off a breakup or you’re in a long-term relationship with yourself, everyone seems to have an opinion on what it means to be single. Typically, people define it as the absence of a significant other. But ‘being single’ is so much…
By Marlena Ahearn

20 Baby Names For English Majors

If you're a college-certified book lover with a baby on the way, the baby names for English majors below are just what you need to brand your love of literature on Baby Whatsherface. Whether you're all about passing on quirkiness to the next…
By Kristian Wilson

10 Feminist Heroes For Writers

Growing up, I always thought I might like to be a writer, but most of the famous writers I'd heard of were white men. I didn't know that there were so many feminist writers out there, let alone so many feminist heroes for writers to look up to. Now,…
By Suzannah Weiss

17 Quotes For Heavy Hearts From Your Fave Authors

You can pin, like, and share as many inspirational quotes as you want, but, whenever tragedy strikes — whether it affects your home, your country, or the globe — it becomes exponentially more difficult to find comfort in the usual places. We save…
By Kristian Wilson

17 Books Set In The Southern U.S.

I've lived in the rural southern U.S. for my entire life, and let me tell you, the movies get it wrong. If you want to know what life in the land of sweet tea and heat is really like, turn to the books that perfectly channel the spirit of the South,…
By Kristian Wilson

16 Book Quotes to Help Your Quarter-Life Crisis

If you've ever found yourself anxious over what to do with your life, or weeping softly over your high school rival's Facebook post about her new high-power TV job, you might be having a Quarter Life Crisis. It's the charming name that people have…
By Charlotte Ahlin

6 Still-Relevant Feminist Quotes From The 1980s

With second-wave feminism well underway and the sex wars drawing national attention, the 1980s were an interesting time for women's rights. That's why it's so informative to go through the most famous feminist quotes from the 1980s. From Gloria…
By Suzannah Weiss

How Do Writers Write Bestsellers? Oddly.

At some point, every aspiring novelist quits her notebook in frustration and wonders, how do writers write bestsellers? Even more exasperation ensues when she learns that there isn't a universal answer to that question. The worst part? Most famous…
By Kristian Wilson

7 Women In History Who Were Fans Of Cannabis

If you want to spend 4/20 absorbing awesome history as well as potent smoke, it turns out that there are some exceptional women in history who've partaken in or been involved with cannabis in some way. We often depict drug-taking in history as all…
By JR Thorpe

15 Fantastically Body-Positive Quotes From History

The body positive movement may seem extremely modern, and in many ways it is. For one of the first times in history, we're talking about bodies (female bodies in particular, but standards of attractiveness do go both ways) and the atmosphere of…
By JR Thorpe

20 Empowering Quotes By Incredible Female Authors

There's always a reasonable excuse to redecorate your office, room, or entire house — but there's never a better time than when spring approaches. Everything is blooming. We no longer have to deal with freezing rain or apocalyptic blizzards, and the…
By Alex Weiss