Kerri Jarema
Kerri Jarema is a writer from New York City. She has worked in the fashion and entertainment industries as an editor and reporter, was the founder of lydiamag.com, and spent two years as children's bookseller. She strongly identifies as a Capricorn Gryffindor.
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11 Books To Read If You Love Advice Columns

Let's face it: we all need a little help now and again. And my philosophy is, if you're going to need some insight, why not get it through some really good writing? Basically, I am a sucker for a good advice column, chock full of hard-won wisdom, a h…
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Dolly Parton's Creative Process Will Definitely Inspire You If You're In A Writing Rut

Singer Dolly Parton has long been a feminist icon for many — including me. From her unabashed (and often hilariously tongue-in-cheek) honesty about her looks, to her iconic roles in female-centric films 9 to 5 and Steel Magnolias — and, most importan…
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10 Rom-Com Audiobooks You'll Fall In Love With This Spring

Spring might not be in the air for many of us right now, but one thing is for sure: spring fever and all the spring romance feels that come with it are definitely on the agenda. If you're daydreaming about blue skies and warm breezes — and someone to…
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This Is How Many Books The Average American Reads In A Year

When it comes to reading habits, we've heard a lot of doom and gloom in recent years. Funding to public libraries is being cut, one in four Americans didn't read a single book in the last year, bookstore chains are in decline. But the truth is that A…
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10 Games That Readers Will Especially Love (And That Show Off Their Impressive Vocabs!)

If there's one thing book-lovers can't get enough of, it's, well, words. Reading them, writing them, correcting people when they mispronounce them. If you count yourself among the "I'm secretly correcting your grammar right now" hordes of readers, yo…
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How One Essay Inspired Me To Move Past My Travel Anxiety

I am not a well-traveled person. In fact, at this point in my life I am probably one of the least well-traveled people you will ever meet. In 29 years I have only been on a plane a whopping total of four times, and each and every one of those planes …
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This 'Younger' Star Wrote A Book Of Poems & Everyone Is Freaking Out About It

If you thought Younger's Nico Tortorella was exactly like his character, the suave tattoo artist Josh, you are definitely mistaken. Tortorella is way more complex than that. He's an actor who perfectly fits the bill of rom-com heartthrob, playing one…
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A Twitter User Pointed Out An INCREDIBLY Meta Scene In The Fiction Novel That Won A Pulitzer

When Andrew Sean Greer's Less was announced as the 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Fiction, many book-lovers and other publishing insiders were surprised, but pleased. Though the book had received favorable reviews since its publication in July 2017, …
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The 2018 Pulitzer Prize In Fiction Winner Is A HUGE Surprise

For bibliophiles everywhere, the day the Pulitzer Prize winners are announced is akin to the excitement film-lovers have over the Oscars Best Picture or football fans feel during the winning touchdown of the Super Bowl — and for good reason. It is un…
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This New Book Is All About The Truth Of Women's Sex Lives & The Cover Is Cheeky AF

When it comes to women and sexuality, stereotypes are presented as truth more often than the actual truth. Women are confronted with a combination of poor sex education and the societal effects of slut shaming, and all of that has a real impact on th…
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I Always Felt Like I Had Nothing To Read — So I Made A Chart Of Every Single Book I Own

For someone who is very, very, embarrassingly bad at math, I do love a good chart — especially, as it turns out, when that chart has to do with reading stats. Nothing excites me more than breaking down a year of reading into its individual parts: How…
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This YA Book Will Totally Feed Your Royal Wedding Obsession — In The Best Way

No, Rachel Hawkins did not purposefully time the May 1 publication of her latest YA book, Royals, to coincide with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's May 19 royal wedding, but that doesn't mean she's not super excited about the fact. "God, I want to se…
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These Harry Potter T-Shirts Celebrate Book-Lovers Everywhere — & They Support A Good Cause

You don't usually have to pull a book-lover's arm to buy some literary merch, but Out of Print is making the prospect even more appealing this National Library Week with their special library collection, including a Harry Potter t-shirt — and part of…
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3 Books About Equal Pay To Help You Better Understand The Scope Of The Issue

Another Equal Pay Day, another year where women are still grappling with the realities of the wage gap. For those unaware, Equal Pay Day symbolizes the date women must work full time up until to make the same amount that men made working full time th…
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79% Of People Working In Publishing Are White — But This Editor Is Trying To Change That

For Patrice Caldwell, books and activism go hand in hand. The founder of the organization People of Color in Publishing — which started as a closed Facebook group for people of color who are working or want to work within book publishing — works each…
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10 Unexpectedly Easy Ways To Support Your Local Library

I admit that I wasn't always a local library lover in my adulthood. Of course, the library was a haven for me as a kid. They always had the new book in my favorite series, I knew tons of kids from the neighborhood who were always there, and it basica…
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The True Crime Book Everyone Is Obsessed With Right Now Is Coming To HBO

If you're a fan of Michelle McNamara's I'll Be Gone in the Dark, you're about to get some very good news: The rights to the book have been acquired by HBO, who are reportedly planning to turn it into a docuseries that will definitely add a new level …
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This Essay Totally Nails Why You're So Obsessed With Anthropologie – Even If You Can't Afford It

So, here's the truth: I really like shopping. I might even be someone that could be considered a "shopaholic" because I shop fairly often — though I'm pretty cheap most of the time, I've bargain hunted at least 90% of the things I've purchased so far…
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11 YA Books That Deserve To Be Considered "Great American Novels"

We talk a lot about The Great American Novel — the novels that are considered "the voice of a generation." Basically, these books are not only considered emblematic of the culture at the particular time they were published, but are celebrated as work…
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This Joan Didion Essay Will Change The Way You Feel About Keeping A Notebook

As a kid, I was a sucker for writing in notebooks. Maybe it was the first sign of the career path I would eventually take as an adult or maybe it was just inspired by a brief but powerful obsession with the Harriet the Spy film. Whatever the case, I …
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