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Just the Right Book: 18 Books for Your March Reading Madness!

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From fairy princesses to books about family relationships, immigration and more, Harper’s Bazaar has something for everyone’s March Reading Madness! Also, stay tuned for a sneak peek into our next episode featuring Yascha Mounk where he discusses his latest book The People vs Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It.  Check Out Harper’s “18 New Books You Need to Read in March!” Sign up NOW for exclusive BookTrib news, interviews and giveaways!

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The Books on Bridget Jones’s Imaginary Bookshelf

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It’s hard to fully encapsulate the amazingness that is Bridget Jones’s Diary. Helen Fielding’s book is fantastic, and the movie is even better. (Seriously, come at me). Between the most relatable female heroine ever, the objectively least-crazy-most-sensible-while-still-being-attractive leading man, and quite possibly the greatest, least graceful fight scene in movie history, 2001’s Bridget Jones’s Diary is my favorite romantic comedy film. It will never be beaten. It will never be surpassed. It is flawless. The sequel was bitterly disappointing. Let’s not talk about it. However, whether we like it or not, Bridget Jones is having a baby. Preliminary reviews for the new film are fairly positive, which I’m taking as a good sign. It’s being directed by the original film’s…

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TED Talk: Safwat Saleem Urges You to Find Your Voice — Plus, a Helpful Book List

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Finding a voice to fit your identity is never easy. However, artist, designer and animator Safwat Saleem, had a particularly difficult time, struggling with anxiety about his childhood stutter. In this thought-provoking, heartfelt and adorably animated talk from TED 2016, Saleem describes how he overcame his struggle to incorporate his voice into his artwork, not only through childhood, but in the face of rude YouTube commenters who ridiculed his Pakistani accent as an adult. Instead of letting ill-mannered commenters keep him from using his own voice in his work, Saleem rather unpacks the reasons behind those comments: differing definitions of “normality” that lead to preconceived notions. Saleem resolves to use his art to challenge those preconceived notions, which is about…

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‘Stranger Things’ is Your New Summer Must-Watch — Plus, a Companion Book List

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If you’ve watched the trailer for Netflix’s new show Stranger Things eight times like we have, you’re definitely able to see why it’s so magnetic. Also, you might be a little crazy. The E.T. with a super-dark twist vibe is giving us major ’80s nostalgia, and is not something to be missed. And with Winona Ryder, who is herself “strange and unusual,” how can this show be anything but awesome? If you’ve watched the trailer for Netflix’s new show Stranger Things eight times like we did, you’re definitely able to see why it’s so magnetic. Also, you might be a little crazy. The E.T. with a super-dark twist vibe is giving us major 80s nostalgia, and is not something to…

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A Reading List for Every Singleton Out There

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It stinks to be singled out, but it certainly doesn’t stink to be single. If you want some distraction from your crippling loneliness — erm, we mean independence, check out the six books we picked below! Matt’s Picks: Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened, Allie Brosh (Touchstone Books, 2013) I had an awkward childhood, but who didn’t? I’m also a 20-something college grad who doesn’t have a clue. Allie Brosh’s book features her favorite stories from the cult blog of the same name accompanied with silly Microsoft Paint drawings that are the epitome of derp. She recounts hilarious anecdotes from her youth and throughout her 20s. I can relate. So much so that…

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Spring Clean Your Face: An IMATS-Inspired Book List!

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One of the best ways to refresh your point of view is to refresh your look, and makeup can be an amazingly fun way to creatively change your appearance. While there are plenty of people who don’t like to wear makeup (which, totally cool), there are those of us who see it as a way to wear an empowered game-face to show the world. One of the biggest makeup events of the year, The International Makeup Artists Trade Show, comes to New York City the weekend of April 8, 2016. IMATS started in Los Angeles in 1997, but has expanded to be an international series of exclusive events where thousands of makeup artists, including Oscar-winners and red carpet makeup experts, gather to…

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4 Books to Read After You Binge Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle

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Sometimes I’ll casually watch a show for years, just popping in to catch an episode or two. But other times I’ll become instantly obsessed, binging every episode I can get my hands on in a matter of days. This was my recent experience with the Amazon Original Series Mozart in the Jungle, which I watched in a flurry of laughter, tears and the occasional swoon. For such an awesome show, Mozart in the Jungle has been flying mostly under the radar, at least until it cleaned up at the Golden Globes this year. And why wouldn’t it? Gael Garcia Bernal is awesome as Rodrigo, the young upstart conductor who takes over the New York Symphony from the older, traditional Maestro Thomas (Malcolm McDowell).…

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Curb Procrastination: Tim Urban’s TED Talk Inspires a Motivational Book List

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Procrastination plagues the best of us. In this TED talk from TED 2016 in February, Wait But Why blogger and sorta-kinda professional procrastinator Tim Urban takes us inside the minds of serial procrastinators. He breaks down three distinct voices in our brains related to procrastination: the “rational decision-maker,” the “instant gratification monkey,” and the all-powerful “panic monster” that leaps into action as soon as a catastrophic deadline creeps up on us. However, what starts out as a comical breakdown of what’s perceived as a goofy, bad habit becomes an examination of what happens when we procrastinate the big-picture life stuff that doesn’t have deadlines, like reconnecting with family, working on relationships or getting fit. Urban pushes viewers to tackle those challenges without…

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Monty Python’s Eric Idle Has An Epic 6-Year Reading List

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Eric Idle has a beautiful list of books he’s read on his website and that fact alone should fill you with delight. The list is made even better by his brief commentary about each book and why he liked or disliked it. But wait a moment, you say. Isn’t he the chap who wrote Spamalot and ran around dressed like a mid-century British housewife on the telly? Why should I care what he has to say about books? Well I’ll tell you. Before Spamalot and Monty Python and the Holy Grail and that BBC sketch show that captured nerdy hearts around the world there were five graduates of Oxford and Cambridge (ignoring the sole Yank who did artsy stuff). Idle…

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