Monthly Archives: May 2014

You Are What You Read: Bookshelves of Famous People

You Are What You Read: Bookshelves of Famous People

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Papa Hemingway, My Life

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Why Books Stink

The dirty little secret of the publishing industry is that virtually every new work of fiction and nonfiction hitting the market today is a piece of garbage. Publishers have always had a strategy of throwing a lot of spaghetti at the wall and hoping that something sticks. Today, for a variety of reasons, nothing’s sticking. The spaghetti is uncooked, stale, flavorless, or all three. It’s enough to make a serious reader cry. So why are books uniformly lousy?

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Why do people ask such stupid questions?

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Abner Dean

Most writers complain about the people who come to hear them talk. Or rather the questions they ask. We need the public, of course, to feel important, to have a reason for presenting our books. When the seats are all full we say it is a good audience, we’re enthusiastic, especially if they show signs of participation when we read…

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18 Books That Changed How We Felt About Ourselves As Women

It’s no surprise that women are big readers, contributing to 64 percent of book sales. With these statistics in mind (and our own healthy addiction to reading), we asked the HuffPost editors and our Facebook audience which books shaped the way they thought about themselves as young women. And while we couldn’t fit all of the amazing books on this list, we’ve rounded up 18 that have made life-changing impressions on our community.

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Marilyn at Madison Square Garden, 1962: Alone in a Crowd

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You can’t see her face. The angle from which the photograph was taken is unconventional. The hair, when considered dispassionately, looks absolutely weird.

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Do I need an agent?

Authors’ Views on the Value of Agents.

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