Maddy Foley
Maddy Foley is a New York-based, Midwestern-born writer, bookseller, farm grrl and glitter expert. Currently at Columbia University's School of Journalism.

5 Novels That Explore The Complexities Of The Opioid Epidemic

There is a specific kind of way people look at you when they learn you're from Ohio. It's a look I've learned well, having spent my formative years in Cleveland and my college years in rural central Ohio. As the opioid epidemic has pushed its way…
By Maddy Foley

Isabel Allende's Powerful National Book Awards Speech Is A Must-Watch

Last night, iconic Chilean author Isabel Allende took the stage at the 2018 National Book Awards to accept The Distinguished Contribution to American Letters award — and she asked for an encyclopedia to stand on, told her own origin story as an…
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Bookmark These 13 Poems For Your Next Bad Mental Health Day

There’s something about autumn that makes me crave poetry. Maybe it’s residual, first day of school nostalgia; maybe it’s that pesky seasonal affective disorder creeping in and begging for the emotional immediacy of a well written stanza. Either…
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J.K. Rowling Used The Perfect George Orwell Quote To Speak Out Against The White House

In response to the White House's decision to revoke CNN correspondent Jim Acosta's press pass, J.K. Rowling has taken to Twitter, posting a chilling quote from 1984. The Harry Potter author retweeted a video posted by Sarah Huckabee Sanders, which…
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The Most Instagrammed Author Of All Time Probably Won't Surprise You

It's the mark of a good writer to create a work that stands the test of time. Head into any library, any high school English class, and you'll almost certainly encounter the works of "the greats" nestled on the bookshelves: Jane Austen, Maya…
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3 Books About The Messy, Complicated, And Discriminatory History Of Voting Rights

It's become a common refrain on social media: You counter a post about a mass shooting, a police shooting, or threat of a devastating executive order with "VOTE" or #GoVote or "Oh my god please, I'm begging you, vote." It absolutely makes sense.…
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Abby Adesanya Needed A Space To Work Creatively — So She Started Her Own Writing Salon

It's a Tuesday night in New York City's East Village, and all around Abby Adesanya, young women are moving in closer. Some sit on the floor of the bar, others perch on tables or crane their necks above the crowd. Adesanya takes a deep breath, leans…
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Leo DiCaprio Is Bringing Another True Crime Book To The Big Screen

Listen up, true crime fans: Killers of the Flower Moon is coming to the big screen, and Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio are the ones bringing it there. Get ready for some dramatic lighting, spooky scoring, and a lot of close-up shots of Leo's…
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10 Female Horror Novelists You Definitely Need To Be Reading

It seems that recently women writers who tackle terror, violence and gore are pushing further into mainstream literary discussions. Check out these 10 female horror novelists you definitely need to be reading — because Stephen King isn't the only…
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Here's The Chilling Ending Of 'The Haunting Of Hill House' Book

When the upcoming Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House launches on Oct. 12, fans may be compelled to track down the inspiration, the revered 1959 Shirley Jackson novel of the same name. But be warned; the ending of The Haunting of Hill House…
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Love Campy Teen Horror? 9 Books With Major 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' Vibes

There's something about the calendar turning from September to October that makes us inexplicably into getting really, really, really scared. Like, hide under the covers, sleep with the lights on, jump at the slightest floor creak scared. And we've…
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10 Fantasy Series That Should Be Movies Instead Of Another Narnia Adaptation

Another year, another Narnia adaptation. On Oct. 3, Netflix announced they would be resurrecting C. S. Lewis' beloved book collection in a parcel of films and a series. It's hardly the first time a big screen (er, in this case, small-er screen)…
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5 Books To Help You Better Understand The Mass Incarceration Problem

On any given day in the United States in 2018, nearly 2.3 million people are incarcerated. Our country is the largest jailer in the world. On September 27, the National Book Foundation announced the establishment of its new Literature for Justice…
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13 Books That'll Change The Way You Think About Witchcraft

As autumn pushes the last bits of summer into the past and Halloween grows closer, our contemporary obsession with "witches" is renewed. People love to talk about witches, write about them, build long running television shows around them. And it's…
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George R. R. Martin Sort Of Explained Why 'Winds Of Winter' Still Isn't Out

For diehard fans of the Game of Thrones books, the past few years have been... frustrating, to say the least. The last entry in the Song of Fire and Ice series, A Dance with Dragons, hit shelves nearly seven years ago. The plot of the award-winning…
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J.K. Rowling's New Robert Galbraith Book Is Out Today & Here's What To Expect

No matter the subject — or the intended audience — J.K. Rowling, perhaps better known, in this instance, as crime author Robert Galbraith, is an expert at world building. Even if the world is the seedy underbelly of contemporary London and not…
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10 New Poetry Collections Competing For The Nation's Biggest Literary Prize

The power of the National Book Awards rests in its simple mission: to honor the best books in America. Now in its 68th year, the National Book Awards honor the brightest in fiction, nonfiction, young people's literature, poetry, and works in…
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How To Read More Than One Book At A Time, According To People Who Do It

It's the bookworm dream: being able to cruise through multiple books at the same time. I mean, not literally at the same time. But to be like Rory Gilmore, with a bus book and a lunch book and a book of poems when you're in a poetry kind of mood and…
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Catch Up On The Plot Of 'Crazy Rich Asians' Before Seeing The Movie

Extreme opulence, drama, family drama, romance and then also more drama — Crazy Rich Asians has all the makings of a summer blockbuster, and based on its opening day success, it seems like we've got a winner on our hands. But if you're a consummate…
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Finished Reading 'Crazy Rich Asians'? Try These 8 Books Next

Last week, during a much-needed, 48-hour trip to the beach, I pulled out a book I'd been saving for just such an occasion: Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians, the blockbuster of a book whose film adaptation is set to hit screens any day. And as I opened…
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