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What “Little Fires” Author Celeste Ng Is Reading Now

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Celeste Ng has always had a special place in our heart and bookshelves, with her latest novel Little Fires Everywhere cementing her place as one of the literary greats (good news: it’s also being turned into a miniseries by Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington). Because there’s no better book recommendation than one recommended by your favorite author, we’ve got access to the books Celest Ng is reading right now! Watch the video below to find out what’s on her bookshelf. While Little Fires Everywhere is the book that’s on everybody bedside table right now, her debut novel Everything I Never Told You beat both Stephen King and Dame Hilary Mantel to win the Amazon Book of the Year Award in 2014, and remains one of the best…

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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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Short Stories: When Literature Acts as Mirrors to the Mind

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There is a shelf in my bookcase reserved for short story collections. It’s the most frequented section of my library, containing glimpses into thought-provoking words that end too soon. To me, short stories are mini portfolios of a writer’s work, charting the changes undergone over a period of time. In each story, the writer’s mind travels somewhere else. The entire collection, therefore, reveals these changes to the reader. But I’ve recently discovered my coveted shelf of short stories not only reveals changes undergone by the writer–it also contains changes of my own. I graduated high school two years ago, and since then, I’ve unexpectedly comes across three stories I read in my twelfth grade English class: “The Swimmer” by John…

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Mike Urban’s Cookbook and Travel Guide Should be on Every Seafood Lover’s Bookshelf

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If you’re a Connecticut native like me who has also spent a lot of time in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, chances are that you have a mental check list of all your favorite roadside seafood spots along the coast during the summer months. One of my favorite places comes from my college days in Bristol, Rhode Island. Situated between Bristol and Newport is Middletown, where a simple family business called Anthony’s Seafood churns out fresh dishes all day. This does not go unnoticed in Yankee Magazine writer Mike Urban‘s The New England Seafood Markets Cookbook: Recipes from the Best Lobster Rounds, Clam Shacks, and Fishmongers (The Countrymen Press, May 24, 2016). One of the most unique things about Rhode Island is the…

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