If, today, you encountered social media, a periodical, or—in any likelihood—another person, you undoubtedly learned, quickly, that this was no common Monday. Or perhaps you already knew. In any case, exactly twenty years ago, J.K. Rowling’s debut novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone—the first in a magical…
Republican members of Congress, perhaps best known for the daily lies they tell themselves and others, often about matters of life and death, have been painfully honest at least about one thing: they don’t read.
Starting today, I’ll be writing a monthly roundup highlighting newish books that should be on your radar. The first installment includes two: Aura Xilonen’s impressive debut novel, The Gringo Champion, and Lauren Elkin’s enjoyable memoir/cultural history, Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Toyoko,…
Since the November election of Donald Trump, the question “How did we get here?” has bounced around the internet and through print media. Despite the emerging genre of “this writer predicted Trump,” there is no single answer, no one text or prescient writer, there is no single book that predicted Trump’s election or…
Donald Trump sat down for an interview with Mike Allen, the somewhat ethically compromised Politico founder who has recently said very nice things about Breitbart. The interview with Allen’s new outlet, Axios, which you can read in part here, included an extraordinary exchange with our future president about the…
Natalie Babbitt, whose young adult classic Tuck Everlasting explored the concept of immortality, leading many young readers to reflect (perhaps for the first time) on the nature of death and their place in a cyclical universe, died on Monday at the age of 84 at her home in Hamden, Connecticut.
The United Kingdom is once again going digging for a dead king. This time they’re looking for Henry I, son of William the Conquerer, said to have died after eating too many lampreys. How many rotting royals have you lot misplaced over there?
Help! Much like the character she is set to play, and a character she’s played in the past, Emma Watson loves books, so she’s starting a *feminist* *book* *club*. However, she is “almost certain” there are “more inspiring” name options out there than the ones she has (ahem cough Oprah).
Here’s something to warm the cockles of your cold heart. A Missouri-based afterschool program for elementary students called Club HOPE organized a day where kids spent time reading books to shelter dogs. The story time session was created as an effort to help socialize the pups and prepare them for adoption.
It would seem counterintuitive for a book entitled The Diary of Anne Frank to have another author besides, well, Anne Frank. But strange things happen in the Year of Our Lord 2015 – and by “strange things,” I mean copyright gymnastics propelled by a yen for profit. In naming Anne’s father, Otto Frank, co-author of the …
Sup? You looking for something to read while basking in/avoiding the sun? Well, step right this way. Here’s a list of summer book recommendations from Jezebel staff, arranged by summer moods.
A sixth grader got the chance to interview America’s president, Barack Obama. But when Barack Obama began to ramble redundantly for another several minutes about reading and writing and the importance of perseverance, this sixth grader told him, okay, enough already.
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…
"Do mice throw up?" and "Any statistics on the lifespan of the abandoned woman?" are some of the less strange questions that librarians at the New York Public Library have been writing down for decades. If you're wondering if people asked about sex, the answer is "yes, absolutely."
Like so many towns across America, Reading, Pennsylvania recently installed an official Christmas tree and lit it with great ceremony. Unfortunately, citizens say it is ass-ugly and they want another one, pronto.
B. J. Novak — hilarious actor, scribe and co-executive producer behind The Office — has unleashed his first children's book onto the world. And, if this recording of him absolutely killing it in front of a crowd of elementary schoolers is any indication, it's destined to be a classic.
Over the last couple of weeks, Facebook has been a-tizzy with folks eager to share their list of books they found most influential in their lives. Now, the 130,000 responses have been analyzed and it turns out that books that made the list were overwhelmingly written for children.
People may be buying The Goldfinch and The Hunger Games in droves, but how many actually finish these books? How far do readers get? According to mathematician Jordan Ellenberg, his Hawking Index will let you know!
Radio personality, New York Times bestselling writer, provocateur. Now, Rush Limbaugh has a new turd jewel to add to his shit crown: award winning children's author. (sound of dishes breaking to denote shock) (sound of car slamming on breaks) (sound of chickens clucking in surprise)
Jackie Collins has written 29 novels, all of which have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. At the moment she's doing publicity for a cookbook based on one of her characters, which means she's answering all kinds of questions in the most delightful way.