E. Ce Miller is a writer, reader, activist, feminist, and yoga instructor, usually in desperate need of a hairbrush. Currently she writes about books for Bustle, and has been a writing mentor for the PEN America Prison Writing Program and the Afghan Women's Writing Project. Her words have appeared in Culture Trip, Midwestern Gothic, Sixfold Journal, The Sun Magazine, and more. Sometimes she writes articles about weddings… because who doesn’t love eating mini quiche appetizers in a trumpet skirt?
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This Novel About A '90s Summer Camp Is Actually The Book To Read In This Political Moment

Heather Abel’s debut novel might be set in the post-Cold War, pre-Gulf War summer of 1990, but the story she tells — one of activism and idealism, wealth and inequality, the fissures between “blue collar Americans” and the “educated elite”, couldn’t …
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What The Book-Lover In Your Life ACTUALLY Means When They Say These 18 Things

Do you ever look at the bookworm in your life and think: is there more to what you’re saying than is actually being said here? Or maybe your book-loving bestie drops terms like “DNF” and “TBR”, and you’ve been too embarrassed about being behind on th…
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My Daughter Was Just Born — But I'm Already Thinking About The Books I Want Her To Read

From my earliest memories, there hasn’t been a single moment in my life when I haven’t been starting, finishing, or in the middle of a book. From The Rainbow Fish (the very first book I remember reading) through The Boxcar Children and The Magic Tree…
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10 Hacks For FINALLY Getting Through Those Books You've Been Meaning To Read

So you want to have the best TBR pile (that’s “to be read” pile, for anyone who isn’t totally up to date on the lingo of the book-obsessed) ever. I don’t blame you. The TBR pile is sacred space — but sacred space that far too often devolves into book…
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The 10 Books Readers Said They'd Want Most If They Were Stranded On A Desert Island

It’s the kind of question that comes up in late-night summer camp convos, during those dreaded “getting to know you” icebreaking games, and in the midst of dinner party conversational lulls: if you were stranded on a deserted island, what book would …
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12 Struggles You'll Only Understand If You Refuse To Read More Than One Book At A Time

It takes all kinds of readers to make the book lovin’ world go ‘round. There are readers who keep any number of titles open on their e-reader at the same time, bookworms who love to juggle several different genres at once, book nerds who dip into one…
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7 Books About Cults That Demonstrate How Dangerous Groupthink Really Is

I don’t think I’m alone in my curiosity — OK, I’ll just say it, mild obsession with cults. From the tragedy of Jonestown to the grim and lingering fascination of the Manson Family, from an afternoon spent devouring Emma Cline’s novel The Girls to a w…
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This New Memoir Is Basically A Rock Climbing Version Of 'Wild' & You'll Love It

Jan Redford often describes herself as afraid; or occasionally, in her words, “chicken sh*t.” In fact, she’s actually kind of a badass — at least, the story she tells in the page of her debut memoir leads me to believe as much. That memoir is End of …
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13 Facts About Agatha Christie Just As Surprising As Her Mystery Novels

You’ve definitely heard of her before: as the best selling novelist of all time, mystery writer Agatha Christie is a name that even the least bookwormy among us will recognize. Born in the United Kingdom in the last decade of the 19th century, Chris…
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The 10 Most Famous One-Hit Wonders In Literature

When you think of famous “one hit wonders” the music industry probably comes to mind first — filled with hits that totally rocked your world (or, at least, your preteen summers) like the Baha Men’s “Who Let the Dogs Out?" or the "Macarena" by Los De…
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Why Literature Needs More Angry Women

As anyone I dated between 2006 and 2008 can attest to, as a late teen living in Chicago, I was prone to episodes of petty vandalism. I say this with neither pride nor shame — it was simply a brief but explosive period in my life, wherein I would do t…
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10 Non-Cookbooks That Every Foodie Needs To Read

I have a not-so-secret love of cookbooks — though, rarely, do I actually ever use them for their intended purpose: cooking. While I don’t often have the patience to regularly baste a turkey, or babysit a soufflé, or stem enough fresh thyme to meet th…
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11 Novels About Angry Women Who Don't Deserve To Be Called "Unlikeable"

Called shrill, hysterical, alienating, emotional, irrational, crazy, unhinged — angry women are unwelcome in life and in literature. If young women have learned anything in the last two years — from the events leading up to the 2016 election through …
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15 'Modern Love' Columns That Every Millennial Will Find Extremely Relatable

Millennials — anyone with a birthday between 1982 and 2004 — are known for a lot of things. Stacking up in the “things the world hates about Millennials column” we have: being obsessed with (perfectly filtered) self-expression and using social media …
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This New Book About The Life Of "Ordinary Women" Is STUNNING

My bookshelves are filled with women: women writers and women’s stories; women who look and live and love like me, and women who don’t; fictional women and real women and women who fall somewhere in between. My bookshelves have always looked like thi…
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This Poetry Collection Won BOTH Of The Biggest Literary Awards Of The Year

If you’re looking for a little something else to add to your TBR pile this National Poetry Month, you might want to consider Frank Bidart. Bidart was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, for Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 — announced on…
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This Book About The Woman Behind 'Little House On The Prairie' Just Won A Pulitzer Prize

Little House on the Prairie lovers rejoice: writer Caroline Fraser was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, for her 2017 title Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder — as announced on April 16 by Pulitzer Administrator D…
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12 Literary Scandals That Are More Dramatic Than Any Fiction Book

From the secret smuggling of the Aleppo Codex and plagues of plagiarism, to the pseudonyms that keep readers everywhere guessing and epic literary heists worthy of a Nancy Drew novel, the history of literary scandals is a well-documented one (we are …
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This Lawyer's Literal Job Is To Make Sure Banned Books Are A Thing Of The Past

When I speak with Abena Hutchful, she has just come from a day of protest, helping New York City school students — who marched in solidarity with the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, demanding nationwide action on gun violence — to r…
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This Couple Is Going On A 2000-Mile Book Tour By Bike To Save Their Favorite Wilderness Area

When adventure lovers and environmental activists Amy and Dave Freeman discovered that their beloved Boundary Waters — a breathtaking, 1.1 million-acre roadless waterway, bog, bedrock, and boreal forest-filled region of the Superior National Forest, …
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