Molly is a Boston-based blogger, book reviewer and consistent menstruater.

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What It's Like to Be a Braille Reader

Braille: You’ve seen it, you've felt it, but unless you or someone close to you is visually impaired, you might not have thought much about it. I was one of those people — aware of the importance of braille for blind readers but without any real know…
By Molly Labell

9 Thoughts About College Bookstores

Every college has a bookstore, but think about yours — what was the ratio of books to other crap? The first college I went to was in a small city and the school had a bunch of mini-convenience stores, so the bookstore ended up selling fairly traditio…
By Molly Labell

Wondering Why Lena's Book Is So Familiar?

“I want to tell my stories,” Lena Dunham writes in her new book Not That Kind of Girl, “and, more than that, I have to in order to stay sane.” Dunham must be feeling very grounded, then: Not That Kind of Girl is stuffed to the gills with recollection…
By Molly Labell

Lena Dunham's Quirkiest Quirks Revealed

You might think you know all there is to know about Lena Dunham: She’s not exactly the poster-child for coyness. But like every good writer, Dunham’s got an arsenal of secrets to tantalize readers with in her new book Not That Kind of Girl, and each …
By Molly Labell

YOLO! So Read 'The YOLO Pages,' OK?

"Alt lit." Do you know what it is? Does anyone know what it is? Here's what I've scraped together: it’s not quite alternative literature, as the name would suggest, but shorthand for "hipster lit" (referencing Hipster Runoff’s tendency to call hipste…
By Molly Labell

7 Books All English Majors Dread Reading

One of my favorite professors in college told me that at an annual English professor conference (it had a fancier title, I'm sure), she and a group of new friends played a game during some downtime; over drinks, they all had to go around and say one …
By Molly Labell

8 Writers Who Made It Big While Still in School

What did you do during your college years? For most people, college is a time to cultivate new friendships and explore newfound academic interests. I spent my four years writing long papers about presidential libraries and feminist food theory, worki…
By Molly Labell

These 8 Books Will Help You Head to Dreamland

I’ve never had an easy time falling asleep — I can’t quite turn my brain off most nights, and I always need an activity to separate my day from my night, a little bit of relaxation to mark time. For me and for many others, reading a book is just the …
By Molly Labell

The Books College Freshmen Are Required to Read

Did your alma mater have a freshman reading requirement? The Chronicle of Higher Education reported last year that programs in which schools ask all first years to read a specific book before school starts were held in more than 300 colleges. Althoug…
By Molly Labell

7 Books to Read When You're Under the Weather

There are some books that are as helpful when you’re sick as a heaping spoonful of chicken noodle soup — and no, they aren't all part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series (yup, remember those?). I’ve been doing a lot of reading recently while recu…
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7 Fictional Places We'd Like to Take Vacation Days

Some of the best parts of books are their settings — and those settings sure stand out now that we’re in full-on summer vacation mode. Although it’s tempting to want to experience the real-world places where your favorite characters exist (Holden Cau…
By Molly Labell

We Are All Ramona Quimbys

During college, my professor asked us to bring in a book that we thought was a great example of how to write about women’s lives. My peers brought in copies of Zami, The Second Sex, and The Well of Loneliness, among others. I brought in Ramona, Age 8…
By Molly Labell

On Frank's Birthday, My Obsession With Her Diary

I come from an old, Jewish family: a group of men all named Abraham, and women who compete over the best brisket among them. We eat gefilte fish and tongue and chopped liver. We have a gallows sense of humor — “Could’ve just stayed in the shtetl,” my…
By Molly Labell

10 Books on Trans Rights to Increase Understanding

Trans rights, according to Time magazine’s cover, are “America’s next civil rights frontier.” This announcement comes not a moment too soon; a push for trans rights and acceptance is on the rise, amid a bullying epidemic and staggeringly high rates o…
By Molly Labell

'Are You There, God? It's Me Margaret,' Updated

We may have all been wrong about Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret: Whole generations of readers regard the Judy Blume novel as utter menstrual mythology. Read it as an adult, though, and you'll see that it’s so much more. I re-read the book recen…
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Sidekicks Step Into the Spotlight With These Books

Judy Greer, Hollywood’s go-to gal for best friend roles (see 13 Going on 30, 27 Dresses, The Wedding Planner) just released her first book, a memoir titled I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star (that's her above, as Kitty in A…
By Molly Labell

Authors More Famous in Death than in Life

Marina Keegan’s first book The Opposite of Loneliness was published in April, and it's being heaped with praise, inspiring some moving think pieces, and raising important questions regarding authors’ intent and consent for publishing their works. Sad…
By Molly Labell

How to Pick What to Read Next

Let's say you just reread To Kill A Mockingbird, the Harper Lee novel you barely even skimmed in 9th grade English, and you're feeling the feelings. You want to read some of Lee's other work, but oh no! Aside from a few articles here and there, Mocki…
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8 Books for the Spring Holy Holidays

Happy Easter, and Chag Sameach! This year, Easter and Passover are within a week of each other. All this holiday hoopla got you in a religious (but not, like, religious) mood? Plenty of great books are directly related to the Bible — but luckily, the…
By Molly Labell

Wes Anderson's Fictional Books

Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel is out now, and it’s being met with mixed reviews — while there is a lot to say on the Bechdel Test-failing treatment of its female characters — and the unfortunate underuse of powerhouse actresses Tilda Swinton …
By Molly Labell