Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction

Meet the women writers who defied convention to craft some of literature s strangest tales, from Frankenstein to The Haunting of Hill House and beyond.Frankensteinwas just the beginning horror stories and other weird fiction wouldn t exist without the women who created it From Gothic ghost stories

Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves

An inspiring collection of essays by black women writers, curated by the founder of the popular book club Well Read Black Girl, on the importance of recognizing ourselves in literature Remember that moment when you first encountered a character who seemed to be written just for you That feeling of

What We Talk About When We Talk About Books: The History and Future of Reading

Do you worry that you ve lost patience for anything longer than a tweet If so, you re not alone Digital age pundits warn that as our appetite for books dwindles, so too do the virtues in which printed, bound objects once trained us the willpower to focus on a sustained argument, the curiosity to

The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World

7 Hours and 26 Minutes Vladimir Nabokov sLolitais one of the most beloved and notorious novels of all time And yet, very few of its readers know that the subject of the novel was inspired by a real life case the 1948 abduction of eleven year old Sally Horner Weaving together suspenseful crime

The Ministry of Truth: The Biography of George Orwell's "1984"

The author has written a study that places George Orwell s 1984 in a variety of contexts the author s life and times, the book s precursors in the science fiction genre, and its subsequent place in popular culture Lynskey delves into how Orwell s harrowing Spanish Civil War experiences shaped his

So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures

It s a staple on almost every high school reading list in the country It s a book that has remained current for over half a century, fighting off critics and changing tastes in fiction But do even its biggest fans know all there is to appreciate about The Great Gatsby Maureen Corrigan, the book