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6 Books You Should Read Before Watching the Beauty and the Beast Movie

The upcoming live-action remake of Disney’s classic Beauty and the Beast just dropped its first teaser trailer (if you haven’t seen it yet, do so! The music alone will give you the tinglies). As someone who grew up with the original animated film, suffice it to say, I am buzzing with excitement! But March 17 is a… Read More »

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6 Favorite Retellings of Classics

I can’t help but love books that take a classic story and give it a fresh, modern twist. While there are countless titles that take what’s familiar and make it into something new, these are my fave recent examples:   CLASSIC: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum RETELLING: Wicked by Gregory Maguire Told… Read More »

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Have a Very Literary Thanksgiving

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” – Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance   I see food and literature in the same way: as necessities and not indulgences. They also mesh perfectly at the dinner table, from conversation about books to recipes inspired by literature, so it makes… Read More »

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Sisters in Fiction: 8 Great Books Featuring Girl Sibs

Sisters. I have two of them, and despite the fights in our youth over clothing, space and Sassy magazines, we have remained pretty good friends. As adults we are bonded by two very important things—a combined past and a unique understanding of how crazy our parents are—that we can share with no others (excepting our brother).… Read More »

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