Laura is a writer and librarian. When she isn't working, you can find her reading, watching Golden Girls on DVD, or eating green olives straight from the jar. Her style icon is still Clarissa Darling. She once saw Dennis Leary in Harvard Square and it was awesome.

8 Things 'Friends' Taught Us About Reading

Since its debut in 1994, no one has stopped talking about (or watching)Friends — despite that a decade has passed since its final season aired.Talk about staying power. In 10 years with the sitcom, we saw Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey, and…
By Laura Brennan

6 Lame Items That Movies Made Totally Horrifying

Household objects. Regular items we use every day. They make our lives easier, they connect us to people, and they go completely unnoticed because we are so used to their presence. Until you watch a scary movie. Then you just want to avoid these…
By Laura Brennan

These Kids' Books Are Like Medicine for the Soul

Enter any bookstore and there are shelves upon shelves of Self-Help books for adults. The range is amazing — from coping with grief to relationship advice to sexual confidence and self esteem. (Yup, being a grownup actually has nothing to do with…
By Laura Brennan

24 Badass Tattoos Of Moving Words From Books

By Laura Brennan

What Was It Like to Be a Teen In 1942?

No matter what era you grew up in, teenagers, who have been considered a separate demographic in literature since post-World War II, have a lot in common. We all went through awkward dates, pimples, and periods. Regardless of whether we're talking…
By Laura Brennan

Downsizing Your Bookshelf, Sans Tears

I recently downsized. Without second thought, I easily purged clothes, DVDs, and relics from junior high. I sat with a large collection of CDs from the mid-'90s, and, one by one, piled up their little plastic cases and donated them to the library.…
By Laura Brennan