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.

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Here’s The PERFECT Holiday Gift For Every Zodiac Sign

The season of gift giving is upon us, and with it comes the perpetually stressful task of picking the perfect present for each name on your list. Need a little help? Check out these creative gift ideas to get someone based on their zodiac sign. Thoug…
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18 Gift Ideas For Your Co-Workers That Are Actually Cool

Your first holiday season in an actual office can be a bit...odd. There's no winter break, no snow days, and there's a good chance you start and end your day in the dark. And then, of course, there's the question of gifts. Do you give gifts to everyo…
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Here's When Black Friday Deals Will Start This Year

For many folks around the country, the end of November brings to mind not one, but two very distinct holidays: Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Make no mistake, Black Friday is a holiday — and more importantly, it's fast approaching. So, you may be won…
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A YA Fan Favorite May Be Coming To Movie Theaters & We're So Excited

Diversity within publishing and literature has been a well-documented problem for decades, which is why we're so excited to hear that We Need Diverse Books movement member Renee Ahdieh's 2015 powerhouse book, The Wrath and the Dawn, is coming to the …
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17 Gift Ideas For When Work Forces You Into Another Secret Santa Exchange

There's a reason why so many sitcoms have covered the dreaded office Secret Santa gift exchange — it has the potential to be a highly stressful game of chance and, well, disappointment. But if the thought of having to buy a random co-worker a present…
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15 Holiday Drink Ideas That Don’t Need Alcohol To Taste Good

The holiday season, a three-month stretch beginning with Halloween and ending with New Year's Eve, is notorious for its decadence and its overindulgence. If you're trying to avoid that perennial hangover (or maybe drinking just isn't your thing), che…
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13 Delicious Thanksgiving Drinks You Can Make Without Alcohol

While "the holidays" tends to connote indulgence of all kinds — both food and drink — it doesn't need to include alcohol. Check out these non-alcoholic Thanksgiving 2017 drink ideas for a pain-free (read: hangover free) next few weeks. You can thank …
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This Is The Best Time To Celebrate Friendsgiving

As generational gaps and political differences have made Thanksgiving an increasingly notorious affair in the United States, one little sub-holiday stands alone: Friendsgiving. So when is Friendsgiving 2017? Like so much about the holiday, the date i…
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This Coffee Table Book Is The Perfect Gift For Anyone Who Misses President Obama

One year ago on Tuesday, the fate of the United States shifted. After eight years and two terms of leadership from President Barack Obama, the country elected Donald Trump, who ran on a nationalist, if xenophobic, platform. If you're feeling nostalgi…
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The 15 Best Ways To Organize Your Bookshelves, According To Reddit Users

John Waters once famously suggested that if a potential paramour doesn't have any books in their home, you should probably, uh, leave. But for many bibliophiles, just having books doesn't quite cut it — it's how those titles are displayed that really…
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Sonia Sotomayor Is Writing 3 Children's Books For The Young Feminists In Your Life

Here's a spot of good news: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor announced that she'll be publishing three books for young readers over the next year and a half through Penguin Random House. Your reading list just grew a little bit, huh? Appointed …
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11 Easy Couples Halloween Costume Ideas That You Still Have Time To Put Together

The heat has broken, the leaves have started to turn, and Halloween is but a few skips around the corner. And, if your summer fling is still going strong, you might be in the market for a great Halloween costume to pull off together. If that's the ca…
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13 Romantic Book "Heroes" Who Actually Sexually Harassed The Heroine

Re-reading an old favorite is an excellent litmus test for personal growth and transformation. Adventures can suddenly seem very small (or very brave). The terror of scary story might be hiding in a completely different place. And that lusty love sto…
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13 Last-Minute Cat Costume Ideas That Won't Make You Roll Your Eyes

Dressing as a cat is one of the most popular Halloween moves. It's easy, it's recognizable, and it's conducive to a thrown-together lewk. But if you're looking for a bit more feline panache, check out these last-minute cat Halloween costume ideas tha…
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10 Halloween Costume Ideas That No One Will Guess Took 5 Minutes To Put Together

Well, we made it. We're well over halfway through 2017, and you know what that means: Halloween is near. If you're looking for maximum impact/minimum effort looks when it comes to your costume (and honestly, who isn't?), good news: there are quite a …
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13 Solar Eclipse Halloween Costume Ideas That Are Easier Than Throwing On Cat Ears

When the Great American Eclipse swept its way across the United States on Aug. 21, it felt for a few moments like the world stopped. The whole country looked up at the sky together, and marveled at the beauty of the universe around us and its infinit…
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How To Dress Like Jon Snow In Literally Two Minutes This Halloween

Every fandom needs a good Sad Boi, and Game of Thrones' Jon Snow does not disappoint. With his very sad eyes, his very sad history, and his very un-sad six pack, Jon Snow is the emo prince we all hope one day to deserve. Salute your number one sad bo…
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Look Like A Badass At Your Halloween Party With These Arya Stark Costume Ideas

If you don't root for Arya Stark on Game Of Thrones, then I'm not sure we're watching the same show. Everyone's favorite li'l queen of revenge/tiny terror, Arya, has been through a lot these past seven seasons. So, this Halloween, honor her journey (…
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The Story Behind The Country's Oldest Black-Owned Press, Third World Press

Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti, the founder of Third World Press, is in the idea business. He’s been in it since his first day of Army basic training, when he walked off the bus at Fort Linwood, Missouri, carrying Paul Robeson’s memoir, Here I Stand. Madhubut…
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Hachette Book Group Is Shutting Down Their Weinstein Books Imprint

In the latest round of fallout surrounding Harvey Weinstein and his myriad of sexual abuse charges, Hachette Book Group is shutting down their Weinstein Books imprint, effective immediately. In a statement issued this afternoon and confirmed in an em…
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