No Fault in These Stars: Successfully Adapting a Beloved Book to Film

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You know how this story goes: You show up to a movie theater and watch in horror as your favorite characters become unrecognizable strangers, your favorite lines are mangled, your favorite scenes eliminated from the narrative entirely. When the credits start to roll, that feeling you had when you closed your book isn’t just absent, it’s been replaced by the feeling that you’ve paid to witness a fundamental misunderstanding of a story you loved. Imagine showing up to a date and discovering your significant other has been turned into a zombie, except instead of brains it wants $10 for popcorn. Read the rest of this entry »

Notes from Ann: Cheering Up

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I recently gave a talk at an OB/GYN conference as a favor to a good friend. That in itself strikes me as a funny sentence, especially because people are always telling me that I have a very exciting life and I keep telling them I don’t. Anyway, I had been asked to recommend some books, and so I pulled up my own blog to see what I had been reading for the past year. Read the rest of this entry »

What to Give the Graduate: 18 Books We Love

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When selecting a gift for someone who’s graduating from school and moving on to the next step in life, it’s important to balance your envy (oh, to be just starting out!) with your relief (thank goodness I’m not just starting out!) with your bossiness (I should probably tell this person everything they need to know about just starting out!). A great way to do that is to tape your mouth shut and hand over a wonderful book. Let it do the talking for you.  Read the rest of this entry »

25 Books Almost as Rad as Your Dad

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For the man who who sat patiently by your side as you sounded out that Dr. Seuss book for the 37th time, the guy who taught you to drive, the man you’ve had your differences with but still visit at least once a year, the grandfather who sneaked you candy before dinner, the stepdad who made your family complete, and the father figure, uncle, best friend, or mentor — here are a few can’t-go-wrong gifts for Father’s Day. Read the rest of this entry »

Elizabeth McCracken on Humor, Loss, and the Appeal of Broken Characters: “Life Is Full of Bad Jokes”

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Heads-up, members of our First Editions Club. When you receive your autographed copy of Elizabeth McCracken’s Thunderstruck & Other Stories, you’ll be taking possession of something rare. Like a solar eclipse, the stories in this book align darkness and light so precisely that they overlap to create something magical — you can see the edges of hope around each character’s despair. Read the rest of this entry »

Michael Pollan on Eating While Traveling, the Gluten-Free Craze, and More

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We’re thrilled to welcome bestselling author and leading food-thinker Michael Pollan (“food-thinker” is a term now — we just coined it) for a discussion and signing of his book, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, this Wednesday. As we prepared for his visit, we wondered how someone who warns against dining out too frequently prepares for eating on the road over an extended time. Here’s what he had to say about that — plus a few other things. Read the rest of this entry »

Emma Straub’s Fantasy Literary Vacation

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You know the summertime dilemma: Sometimes you’re in the mood to wiggle your toes into the sand and enjoy a fun story – nothing too dark and heavy — but you’re not willing to waste your time on a book that’s so silly you’ll just want to fling it into the ocean later. Is it too much to ask for a beach read to deliver multi-dimensional characters, a zippy plot, snappy dialogue you can’t help but read aloud to the person in the lounge chair next to you, and solid writing? Read the rest of this entry »