By Ashly Moore Sheldon • February 26, 2021
Sixty-five years ago today, Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes met at a party in Cambridge. Their connection was immediate, powerful, and violent—a portent of their future together. Almost exactly seven years later Plath would die by suicide.
By Ashly Moore Sheldon • February 24, 2021
With theatre experiences still limited by the pandemic, streaming options are more available (and needed!) than ever. Here are some of the exciting new book-to-screen adaptations available to watch—and of course read—right now.
By Theia Griffin • February 22, 2021
By Ashly Moore Sheldon • February 19, 2021
Recent events have shone a light on the inequality and violence threatening Black Americans. In response, many of us are looking for ways to educate ourselves and effect change. This has led to an explosion of galvanizing new content around Black history and culture. Here we spotlight some of the prominent voices that have emerged over the last few years.
By Ashly Moore Sheldon • February 17, 2021
Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day! As we all know, reading is a great way to foster empathy and compassion toward others. Here we share books to inspire kindness in kids of all ages.
By Ashly Moore Sheldon • February 15, 2021
From the spellbinding elegance of National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman’s recent spoken-word performances to Instagram poet Kate Baer’s bestselling debut collection, poetry is definitely having a moment. Here we spotlight fresh new voices in verse.
By Ashly Moore Sheldon • February 12, 2021
Celebrating Lincoln’s 1809 birth (February 12) and Presidents' Day, we thought it would be fun to explore the appearance of US presidents in fiction. From imaginative retellings to alternate histories to intimate depictions of behind-the-scenes relationships, here are some fun novels about America’s commanders-in-chief.
By Ashly Moore Sheldon • February 10, 2021
Has Netflix's adaptation of Julia Quinn’s Regency-era Bridgerton series left you breathless for more corseted couplings and lustful liaisons? We have suggestions for your next book, movie, or series!
By Barbara Hagen • February 08, 2021
By Ashly Moore Sheldon • February 03, 2021
Our TBR lists are already too long, but that doesn't stop us from perusing (and purchasing!) the new books we're excited about! February is packed with must-reads. Here are fourteen releases that we can't wait to pick up, along with suggestions of what you might want to read first.
By William Shelton • February 02, 2021
Starting in 1923 a young attorney, who was suspended from Law school for boxing, and found the actual practice of law mundane and boring, began typing out with two fingers hair raising legal yarns involving the most salacious of crimes. It was the incomparable Erle Stanley Gardner, a man who did more to defend the rights of the downtrodden than his literary creation, Perry Mason. Learn more about the life of the man that created the famous detective.