Tag: historical fiction

As You(Tube) Like It: 5 Must-See Literary Web Series
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As You(Tube) Like It: 5 Must-See Literary Web Series

April marked the five-year anniversary of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a vlog version of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. In the years since, other YouTubers copied LBD’s formula, adapting famous novels into bite-sized episodes that went online once or twice a week. In some cases, a bunch of friends with no budget banded together; other projects required a full […]

Save the Trees! Fairies, Fracking, and Environmental Fights

Save the Trees! Fairies, Fracking, and Environmental Fights

Lynn: The bare bones of Emma Carroll’s In Darkling Wood (2017) seem simple enough. Alice’s little brother Theo desperately needs a heart transplant, and the call from the hospital has finally come. Alice goes to stay with Nell, the spiky, strong-willed grandmother Alice doesn’t remember, in a cottage surrounded by ancient forest. Nell hates the […]

Learning the Code of the Road: SOUPY LEAVES HOME

Learning the Code of the Road: SOUPY LEAVES HOME

Lynn: Cecil Castellucci’s new graphic novel, Soupy Leaves Home (2017), offers a terrific way to absorb some fascinating history. Set during the Great Depression, it tells the compelling story of Pearl, a young girl who runs away from her abusive father. Desperately unhappy and with nowhere to go, she decides to disguise herself as a boy […]

2017 Man Booker Prize Longlist Announced

2017 Man Booker Prize Longlist Announced

Earlier today, the judges of the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction revealed their longlist. The winners will be announced, and their authors honored, at a ceremony in London on October 17. Visit the Man Booker website for exclusive interviews, articles, and other news about the shortlist authors. Following are the nominated titles, listed by country of […]

This Week on Well Read TV: George Saunders Talks about LINCOLN IN THE BARDO

This week on Well Read, award-winning author George Saunders will be speaking with hosts Elisa Jaffe and Mary Anne Gwinn about his best-selling novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, released February 14. Acclaimed for his wealth of innovative short story collections (including Tenth of December, 2013), Saunders’ latest, a surreal exploration of Abraham Lincoln’s late-night visits […]

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Twelve Circus Novels for the End of Ringling Bros.
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Twelve Circus Novels for the End of Ringling Bros.

After 146 years of wowing audiences with rare animals and aerial stunts, “The Greatest Show on Earth” will hold its final performances this May. Ringing Bros. and Barnum & Bailey retired their elephants in May 2016 after an intense legal battle with activists, which led to a decrease in ticket sales. As they dazzle crowds in Rhode […]

More Wives, More Daughters, More Girls: A Trend that Won’t Die
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More Wives, More Daughters, More Girls: A Trend that Won’t Die

I know what’s on your mind: When you roll out of bed in the morning, comb your hair, and brush your teeth, you think, “Gee, there just aren’t enough books with “wife,” “daughter,” or “girl” in the title. I read all the ones Booklist compiled last summer (here and here). If only there were more!” Well, fear not, voracious […]

A Dystopia for Every Reader

A Dystopia for Every Reader

Readers are clamoring for dystopian fiction. (Apparently, not everybody has a well-worn, highlighted, dog-eared copy of 1984 sitting on their shelves.) I’d like to suggest some dystopian books from my own library to read during these very interesting times. (For a list of contemporary American dystopian novels, click here.)   Reality-based Dystopia Open Doors and Three […]

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Calpurnia Tate for Younger Readers

Calpurnia Tate for Younger Readers

Cindy: Well, I’ll be skunked! When Lynn shared a copy of the first volume in Jacqueline Kelly’s new Calpurnia Tate: Girl Vet series. I was dubious. While I adore Kelly’s original stories, I fretted this new series, aimed at younger readers, would pale in comparison. I needn’t have worried—Skunked! is delightful. Callie Vee tells the story […]

This Week on Well Read TV: Emma Donoghue Talks about THE WONDER

This week on Well Read, best-selling, award-winning author Emma Donoghue—of Room (2010) fame—will be speaking with hosts Elisa Jaffe and Mary Anne Gwinn about her most recent novel, The Wonder (2016), released September 20. A historical thriller set in 1859 Ireland, Donoghue’s latest introduces English nurse Lib Wright and her “unsettling mission”: the care of 11-year-old […]

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