10 Books That Will Change How You See History

History doesn't have to be the stultifying grind you remember from high school. It can be shocking, and funny, and sad — and even if you don't remember all the dates and faces, it can leave you knowing more about the world. Here are 10 popular history books that will change your view of reality. » 2/24/15 2:13pm 2/24/15 2:13pm

Jonathan Franzen Accuses Jennifer Weiner of 'Freeloading' on Sexism

Serious Male Novelist Jonathan Franzen would like you to know he still has zero respect for Jennifer Weiner, a popular writer whom he admits he hasn't read but considers insufficiently serious for his manly tastes. This time, Franzen accused Weiner—who talks often about sexism in the book world—of "freeloading on the… » 2/13/15 2:30pm 2/13/15 2:30pm

This Is Your Brain on the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy 

Gleefully shitting on Fifty Shades of Grey became its own pastime as soon as the books started climbing up bestseller lists. But as easy as it is to lambast a trilogy of books written from the standpoint of a sexual idiot savant with a fifth-grade reading level, there's something smarmy and inauthentic about knocking… » 2/12/15 11:50am 2/12/15 11:50am

The Most Anticipated (and Likely Best) Books of 2015: A Guide

We went looking for the best books to read this year and a wonderful thing happened: we discovered they were all written by remarkably talented women. A particular chorus of men will publish some decent books, but women, by far, will own 2015. Below, 10 books to fall in love with before year's end. » 1/09/15 12:24pm 1/09/15 12:24pm

Joan Didion Is Céline's Newest Model

DO NOT KNOW WHERE TO PUT MY HANDS. In the most perfect model casting choice in the history of fashion, Céline has tapped Joan Didion for its latest advertising campaign. But is it too on the nose? It's somewhat conflicting while being totally invigorating, at the very least because Didion's famously ice-cold stare is… » 1/06/15 4:00pm 1/06/15 4:00pm

How Two 18th Century Women Fell in Love and Invented Modern Romance

Romance hasn't always been the stuff of bodice rippers and bad vampire movies. Back in the 18th century, the word "romantic" meant something akin to "foolish" or "fanciful." But then a bunch of hipster sentimentalists changed everything — and invented the idea of love as we know it today. » 1/05/15 11:41pm 1/05/15 11:41pm

Save 25% on Any Book Amazon Sells Today. Seriously, Any Book. 

Over Black Friday weekend, Amazon offered a 30% off coupon on any print book they sold, and a lot of you took advantage. If you missed out though, or you had a second book you wanted to grab, you have another chance today, though the discount is 25% this time ($10 maximum savings). » 12/16/14 6:05pm 12/16/14 6:05pm

Game Of Thrones Designer Says Sand Snakes' "Nipple Armor" Was A Mistake

Readers of George R.R. Martin's novels will be excited to see the legendary Sand Snakes appearing on Game of Thrones this spring. But some people's enthusiasm was slightly tempered when the first set photos of the Sand Snakes appeared, revealing... armor with nipples. Costume designer Michele Clapton says this was a… » 12/08/14 3:08pm 12/08/14 3:08pm

Jodi Picoult Says Fuck You to Lit World Sexism (and Nicholas Sparks)

After nearly two decades as a highly successful published author, Jodi Picoult is out on yet another book tour (this time for her novel Leaving Time) and not holding back on kickass soundbites about how shitty the lit world tends to be for women writers. And she even has a special "go fuck yourself" saved for King… » 11/26/14 7:00pm 11/26/14 7:00pm

Lemony Snicket Author Apologizes for Racist Joke, Donates Money

In an apology that's about as good as apologies get, Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler has said that he is sorry for his comments at the National Book Awards Wednesday, which he called "monstrously inappropriate and yes, racist." He's also donated $10,000 to raise money for an organization devoted to diversity in… » 11/21/14 10:50am 11/21/14 10:50am