Dina Gachman
Dina Gachman is the author of the book Brokenomics and her writing has appeared in Jezebel, Marie Claire, Salon, and Refinery29.

12 Groundbreaking Books That Miffed The Censors

Imagine if a classic like Lady Chatterley’s Lover was suddenly banned for being obscene, and you couldn’t read it or write about its feminist themes in your Modernist Literature class. How scary would that be? Or what if you turned on the news and…
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10 Books To Read If You’re Battling Cancer

There is no “right” way to deal with cancer. It’s a diagnosis that turns your life inside out and sideways. There will be days when you feel lonely, hopeless, and afraid, and others when you might just feel courageous and full of fight. Some days…
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13 Of The Most Romantic Books Ever Written

Even the most hardened cynic will occasionally shed a tear when confronted with a sweeping romantic book, in which characters just can’t get enough of each other or they’re torn apart by fate or time or a sinking ship called the Titanic. Maybe they…
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Why Every Female Entrepreneur Should See 'Joy'

In the new movie Joy, Jennifer Lawrence plays a young, single mother of two who gets fired from her demeaning airport job and finds herself broke, living at her mother’s house, and wondering how in the hell her life got so screwed up. As a kid, she…
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10 Erotic Books Sexier Than 'Fifty Shades'

My sister, like many people, read the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy — twice. She went on vacation and reported back that “every single female on the beach” was reading them, too. Judging by the massive success of the books, you would think women had…
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12 Literary Oddballs Who Will Warm Your Heart

They’re complicated, difficult, and sometimes downright infuriating. Maybe you’d want to be friends with them in real life, or maybe you love them better from afar. They’re all literary misfits in one way or another, and they’re some of the most…
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10 Inspiring Quotes From Shonda Rhimes’ New Book

From the outside, it seems like Shonda Rhimes could just strut into any room and own it. As the creator of Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and How to Get Away With Murder, the woman owns Thursday-night TV. ABC even named the night TGIT (Thank God It’s…
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How To Explain NaNoWriMo To Your Friends

It’s that time of year again, when #NaNoWriMo takes over your Twitter feed and writers all over the world embark on a physical, psychological, and emotional journey that will push them to the limit and take them to the edge (of sanity). It’s a…
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12 Fascinating Factoids From The New 1D Book

If you’re over the age of, say, 16, you probably either call Brit boy band extraordinaire One Direction a “guilty pleasure” or “the scourge of modern society.” Either way, One Direction wins, because they have millions of fans, a new album, and a…
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10 Books Movie-Lovers Need ASAP

Do you love it when the lights go down in the movie theater and the music swells? Do you become apoplectic when you realize you’re late and you might miss the trailers (like the one for Star Wars , OMFG)? Do you actually go to the movie theater to…
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10 Books For Aspiring Filmmakers

Filmmaking is a tough gig. It might look glamorous from the outside, like directors and writers and producers spend their days cackling over champagne with Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep, gliding down red carpets, and cashing fat checks. If you…
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A New Book About Real Witches in America

The first sentence of Alex Mar’s new book Witches of America is the very cryptic, “Witches are gathering.” She goes on to explain, “They are gathering for the season of death, the days leading up to the high holiday of Samhain.” Yikes. But before…
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Patti Smith Should Be Your Hero, And Here's Why

She’s been called the "Godmother of Punk" and a "Punk Poet Laureate." She’s a style icon, an award-winning writer, a muse, a romantic, and a rock 'n' roll legend. Basically, Patti Smith is an all-American badass, and if she’s not one of your heroes…
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6 Truths About College Friendship in 'The Clasp'

If you’ve read her hilarious books I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number, you’re probably freaking out about the October release of Sloane Crosley’s debut novel, The Clasp . I know I was. And the book does not disappoint. This…
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12 Books That'll Make You Feel Good This Fall

As the wise and cheeky Brit comedian-actor-writer Stephen Fry once said, “Having a great intellect is no path to being happy.” Sometimes, the more you know, the more miserable you are, and if you’re in a funk, it might be healthier for you to put…
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How To Love Someone Who Hates Reading

It seems impossible. How could you, a devoted, passionate book nerd, fall for someone whose idea of reading is scanning the cable guide for an episode of American Pickers or Naked and Afraid ? What do you do if you find yourself in such a horrible…
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Mindy Kaling's Best Advice For You

She met President Obama and FLOTUS, her show The Mindy Project just premiered on Hulu, and somehow in between all this craziness, Mindy Kaling’s new book Why Not Me? was written, printed, and released. It’s full of funny, sharp essays about…
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13 Of The Best Library Scenes In Movies

It’s weird watching older movies that show things like giant fax machines, doctors smoking cigarettes while talking to patients, and teary, romantic airport goodbyes right there at the gate to get on the plane. They feel like time capsules. Today,…
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10 Books For TV-Lovers

The VMAs are over, so it’s time to focus on the next red carpet: the 2015 Emmy Awards. Granted, they don’t have Miley Cyrus hosting, but Andy Samberg is a hell of a lot funnier so it's really NBD. The Emmys are the Oscars of the small screen,…
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10 Ways To Survive A Relationship With A Writer

Before I came along, my husband had never in his life dated a writer. We live in Los Angeles, so he’d encountered the occasional singer or actress, of course, but I was the first real, live, ever-so-slightly (ha!) neurotic writer he’d hooked up…
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