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Rachel Carter

Rachel Carter has 518 articles published.

Rachel Carter grew up surrounded by trees and snow and mountains. She graduated from the University of Vermont and Columbia University, where she received her MFA in nonfiction writing. She is the author of the So Close to You series with Harperteen. These days you can find her working on her next novel in the woods of Vermont.

With the Projected Billion Dollar Success of ‘Black Panther,’ Underrepresented Superheroes Are Finally Taking Center Stage

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We’re all used to the typical superhero story by this point. A man struggling with his identity also struggles to save the world. Think Spiderman, Superman, Batman. Three iconic heroes who all have to come to terms with the way their abilities affect both their lives and the well-being of those around them. We’re seen this narrative play out in multiple ways: dark and gritty, like Christopher Nolan’s version of Batman. Surreal and fun, ala Tim Burton. But no matter how these heroes are portrayed, they always have a couple things in common, specifically that they’re white and male. But that narrative is slowly changing, and lately we have a front row seat to the cultural shift that’s taking over…

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‘Cat Person’ and ‘Zola’: Two Viral Shorts, Two Different Reactions

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Spoilers for ‘Cat Person’ ahead! This week, a short story in The New Yorker took the Internet by storm. Cat Person, written by Kristen Roupenian, is about two individuals meeting, texting, and eventually going on a lackluster date. Told from the point-of-view of Margot, a 20-year-old college student, the piece encapsulates what it means to date as a young woman. Cat Person explores the fantasies, insecurities, and looming threat of danger that women, in general, face on the dating scene. Margot’s 34-year-old date, Robert, is also guilty of projecting his fantasies onto the dating experience, and by the end, he turns on Margot in a way that feels all too real for many women who took to Twitter to express their…

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Love Is In The Air: Last Minute Literary Valentine’s Day Gifts To Spark Romance!

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It’s Valentine’s Day and if you haven’t gotten that special gift for your significant other, it’s not too late! Forget the conventional chocolates and teddy bears, the book lover in your life will appreciate something more creative, inspired by the authors and literature they love. Don’t fret, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of last minute gifts that will look like you’ve had love on your mind 24/7, 365: Quidditch Couple Mugs For all those Harry Potter loving couples, this pair of mugs is the ultimate romantic gift. Literary Chocolate Bars Sweet and delicious, give the gift of chocolate this year – with a literary twist of course! One Question a Day Journal One Question a Day for You &…

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Books to Satisfy Your Every Craving for Fifty Shades Freed

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Fifty Shades Freed comes out today and— no lie— I’ve already bought my ticket! It’s the third and final movie in the series, so there’s no way I’m going to miss this one, and not just because I’d pay good money to look at Jamie Dornan’s abs for two hours. As a reader of the books by E.L. James, I’ve been invested in this series from the beginning. And look,I’ll admit it: epic cinema this is not.  But, the movies are fun and romantic and they make just enough sense to stay vaguely entertaining. Villains are dispatched in short order (usually in the first scene or two), the sex is graphic enough to make it too embarrassing to watch with your…

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From ‘Mudbound,’ to ‘The Shape of Water:’ Our Favorite 2018 Oscar Nominated Films Inspired by Books

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These last two weeks have been among the most exciting in Hollywood! Yes, the Oscar nominees were announced on January 16th and we are learning about who will (and will not) be presenting and attending. We can’t wait for March 4th to arrive so we can see our favorite actors and actresses totally glammed up and ready to accept their awards. This year’s crop of nominees were pretty impressive. Not only did they do a far better job than other recent award shows at nominating more work by women and artists of color, but quite a few nominees for major awards were for films that were based on great books. From moving fictional novels to thoughtful nonfiction accounts, these stories…

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‘Representation Matters:’ LGBTQIA Literature Goes Mainstream

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From coming of age narratives to personal memoirs, literature has been exploring themes of sexuality for as long as people have been publishing stories. We often call this queer lit (though it’s important to note that some take offense at that term) or gay lit, umbrella terms to identify any type of narrative that features LGBTQIA characters. But in a culture that has long been dominated by heteronormativity, stories exploring alternative sexualities have struggled to find a place in mainstream publishing. Instead, books about LGBTQIA characters have often been relegated to smaller presses or niche audiences. If mainstream books even featured LGBTQIA characters, they were usually treated as the funny or tragic sidekicks supporting the (straight) main character’s journey. There…

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A Whole New World: 7 Books that Will Make You Rethink the Climate Change Debate

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Record cold, mudslides, hurricanes, forest fires that won’t end – the weather has only been getting more and more extreme in recent years. And with the threat of global warming hanging over all of us, it’s only going to get worse. While some are still denying that climate change is even happening, the world around us is changing at a rate so rapidly that it’s often difficult to keep up. In times like this, it’s always helpful to turn to literature to look for answers. From describing why our world is getting hotter, to envisioning what a global warming-affected future looks like, books can provide answers, hope, or wake us up to a much needed dose of reality. Here are…

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Fictional Bookshelf: What Members of Congress Might be Reading This Weekend

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In this turbulent political climate, we all have a sharp eye on Congress as they shape national policies that will affect us all for years to come.  But, with all that hard work, we worry about what about how they’re reading in their downtime. We hope that our leaders are prolific readers, turning to literature for answers and insights, but since we can’t get a look at their bookshelves with our own eyes, we are left to imagine what reads they turn to when bargaining across party lines becomes too much to handle. Here are the books we like to think members of Congress cozy up to on weekends: Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Michael Wolff Wolff’s…

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Celebrity Author Boom: 15 New Books by the Famous and the Infamous

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It’s not enough to be talented at acting or singing or dancing. These days, celebrities  adding a new skill to their repertoire: writing. Celebriity books offer another way into the lives of the famous and the infamous, giving us a better understanding of where they came from and how fame affects them, personally. This year, there are some awesome new celebrity reads on the horizon, including tell-all memoirs, creative guides, novels and more. Whether it’s memoir, novel or humor, we love when our favorite stars spill the tea and put out a new book. Here are 15 new releases by celebrity authors we can’t wait to get our hands on: Brave, Rose McGowan The outspoken actress has never been afraid…

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‘I’m With Her’: 25 New YA Novels Packed with Girl Power!

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From Katniss to Clary, young adult novels have introduced us to some of the most kickass heroines in literature. This year is no exception, with tons of great female-driven YAs on the horizon by some of our favorite authors. Whether they’re fantasy, contemporary, sci-fi or more, these books will make you laugh, cry, and root for the girl to save the day. Here are 25 upcoming YA novels that are sure to inject some girl power into your 2018. Onyx & Ivory, Mindee Arnett From Twinkle, with Love, Sandhya Menon Cat Woman: Soulstealer, Sarah J. Maas The Hazel Wood, Melissa Albert Legendary, Stephanie Garber Live Fearless, Sadie Robertson Smoke in the Sun, Renée Ahdieh Puddin’, Julie Murphy Sky in the…

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside: 15 Steamy New Romances You’ll Warm Up To This Winter

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Between record cold snaps, bomb cyclones, and snow falling by the feet, this winter has been brutal so far. It makes us want to stay inside forever, wrapped up in a warm blanket, sipping tea – and reading a good book, of course. And when it’s this nasty outside, there’s nothing better than a steamy romance novel to help warm us up in just the right ways. So if you’re looking to beat the cold, then look no further, this list (and previews) of new romances is guaranteed to warm you up on a wintry day! Unraveled, Helen Hardt The Hookup, Kristen Ashley Hello Stranger, Lisa Kleypas Wrong to Need You, Alisha Rai Tempest, Beverly Jenkins Judgment Road, Christine Feehan A…

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Best of BookTrib 2017: ICYMI! Our Top Picks from the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards

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Today we take a look at previous BookTrib posts that engaged hundreds to thousands of readers this past year. We’re taking a look back at some of your favorite posts before we kick off the new year! It’s once again time for the annual Goodreads Choice Awards, where thousands of readers choose their favorite books of the year. The competition is stiff this go around, with three stages of voting and tons of awesome reads to choose from. Goodreads has always been about the readers, bringing together authors and their fans in a truly personal way. The Choice Awards are no exception, and is, according to Goodreads, “the only major book award decided by readers.” Which is why this is…

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Best of BookTrib 2017: The Top 10 May Books We Need to Read Now!

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Today we take a look at previous BookTrib posts that engaged hundreds to thousands of readers this past year. We’re taking a look back at some of your favorite posts before we kick off the new year! April showers have brought May flowers! It’s finally time for tulips and lilacs and warm afternoons spent curled up on a sunny porch. All the better if you have a great new book to read while you soak up that springtime sun. Thankfully, there are tons of awesome new May books, from historical thrillers to breezy beach reads – including new releases by some all-time favorite authors. Here are the top 10 May books we can’t wait to dive into: Gwendy’s Button Box,…

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Best of BookTrib 2017: 10 Sexy Billionaire Romances Heating Up Our Tablets

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Today we take a look at previous BookTrib posts that engaged hundreds to thousands of readers this past year. We’re taking a look back at some of your favorite posts before we kick off the new year! From motorcycle men to sports stars, romance novels often feature different types of alpha men. One of the latest trends is one we can definitely get behind though: billionaire romances! These men are CEOs, wear designer suits, ride around in private jets, and fall hard for their lady loves. It helps that they like to dominate in the boardroom — and the bedroom. Sexy and powerful, it’s hard not to fall instantly for a billionaire leading man. So here are 10 billionaire romances that we’re…

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2017 Literary Gift Guide: 40 of the Best Non-Book Gifts for Book Lovers

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It’s usually pretty easy to holiday shop for an avid reader – just get them books, of course! But this year, why not try something a little outside the box? While we always appreciate a great new read, there are tons of other book-themed presents that we would be more than happy to unwrap this season. Here are 40 clever and eclectic literary-themed gift ideas that are guaranteed to please the most voracious readers in your life: Library Card Socks Cute and practical, book lovers will instantly fall for these iconic library card socks. Tentacle Bookends Usually pirate ship attacks happen inside the pages of a book, though clearly not in the case of these clever bookends by Knob Creek…

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