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Haruki Murakami: Putting Believable Characters in Unbelievable Situations

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I first heard of Haruki Murakami a decade ago and instantly knew we had a connection. It was while reading the first pages of his tome 1Q84, in which a young woman riding a taxi on an elevated expressway in bumper-to-bumper traffic realizes she is going to miss an important meeting, grabs her shoulder bag, steps out of the cab, and negotiates the fully jammed expressway by foot until she can make her way to the nearest ramp. I try to picture someone doing this on the Long Island Expressway. What a concept, my kind of weirdness — and I had 1,174 pages to go! That book – and many others by Murakami– should have prepared me for Killing Commendatore…

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When Bad is Good: Wicked Women in Books We Just Love to Hate

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These days there are tons of awesome female characters on TV. Young, old, smart, naïve, good and evil. And while it’s always fun to root for the good characters (they save the day and they give us happy endings), let’s face it: sometimes the villains are WAY more interesting. Which is why certain wicked women make it impossible to tear our eyes away from the screen. These characters are complicated, cruel and they almost never make the right choices in life. Sure, they usually get what they deserve in the end, but it’s certainly a wild ride along the way! Here are our top five favorite wicked women on TV — and one from a book! — who make being evil look…

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Talking Georgia Clark’s ‘The Regulars’: What’s So Bad about Being…Regular?

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Let’s face it, being a girl is hard. Deciding what to wear and then if that clothing fits your apple or pear body shape is not always enjoyable. Answering the question: do I have too much makeup on or not enough, is typically a rhetorical question, because is there ever really an answer? The list goes on and on. In a world where we are told to “just be ourselves,” there sure seems to be a lot of pressure on us ladies, from the “pretty” Snapchat filter to our Instagram news feeds filled with selfies of contouring celebrities, it’s no wonder where Georgia Clark found her inspiration for her latest witty and sexy novel, The Regulars (Emily Bestler Books, August 2, 2016). In Clark’s debut in adult fiction, Evie,…

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Summer Celebrations: The 6 Wildest Parties in Literary History

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From music festivals to beach bashes, summer gives us the freedom to frolic outside and enjoy a margarita…or six. Summer really is all about the evenings of partying until the early morning with friends, or afternoons in the park, reading in the sun. We decided to combine these two fantastic summer activities by giving our take on the six wildest parties in literary history for you to fantasize about and maybe be inspired to throw your own summer bash. Matt’s Picks: The Acid Tests from Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe (Picador Reprint, 2008) “Everything in everybody’s life is…significant. And everybody is alert, watching for meanings.” Journalist Tom Wolfe following a group of degenerate hippies searching for ‘truth’ through the…

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Gregory Maguire Talks Going Down the Rabbit Hole in Alice in Wonderland Retelling

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From Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West to Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Gregory Maguire is the king of fairytale retellings. In his latest book, After Alice (William Morrow; October 27, 2015) he tackles the bizarre and clever world of Alice in Wonderland. While we all remember the curious Alice, it’s tougher to remember her friend Ada, who’s only mentioned in one line of Lewis Carroll’s classic novel. “‘I’m sure I’m not Ada,’ [Alice] said, ‘for her hair goes in such long ringlets, and mine doesn’t go in ringlets at all.’” For most, this would be a throwaway line, a character who doesn’t matter much in the long run. But for Maguire, a whole…

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Live Interview: We’re All Mad Here! Fall down the rabbit hole with debut author Leigh Raines

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A striking look at what happens when you start to fall down the rabbit hole, and how you climb back out.   Jade Thompson had the kind of adolescence you would find in a Norman Rockwell painting. But at 19-years-old when her seemingly normal life is flipped on its head, she’s forced to take a closer look at the relationships in her life and the decisions she has made. It feels as if she has fallen down a rabbit hole. As she returns to college and stumbles through her new reality, she finds herself more than a little lost. With the help of her 3 closest friends, we spend the year with Jade through her ups and downs where she…

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Ten awesome literary-themed wedding cakes

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Now that summer is in full swing, so is wedding season. You can’t even open up Facebook these days without getting bombarded by pictures of white dresses and perfectly tiered cakes. Well—maybe not totally perfect. Because why would you pick a traditional wedding cake when you can have one with golden snitches or Hobbits hanging out in the Shire? Maybe we’re just a little nerdy here at BookTrib (OK, a lot nerdy), but we all agree that wedding cakes are infinitely better when they’re book themed.   Don’t believe us? Here are 10 awesome literary wedding cakes that just might change your mind:   1. Jane Austen   The classiest lady in history certainly deserves a classy cake. Love how…

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Ten lyrical and lovely literary tattoos

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You have to really love something to get it tattooed on your body. And I mean really love something — once it’s in your skin, that ink isn’t going anywhere. Even if you get it removed, there will always be a scar. Because of their permanence, tattoos can be a scary endeavor. But I can’t think of anything more worthy of permanent ink than something from my favorite novel. Certain books and quotes stay with you for a lifetime—so why not wear them forever on your skin? Luckily, I’m not the only one who feels this way. Here are ten literary tattoos that inspire us (or maybe just fill us with extreme tattoo-envy):   Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel…

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