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Avengers Film Begs a New Look at ’16 Black Panther Comic

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Black Panther has taken the world by storm.  In fact, it is so popular, the new Avengers: Infinity Wars film was moved up from its original release date of May 4 to April 27 and a new trailer featuring more of the beloved characters from the film has appeared on television and across social media. With the success of the film and its star Chadwick Boseman’s hilarious portrayal of T’Challa on SNL, Marvel’s Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 1 (written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, winner of the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction and recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant) deserves a new, more introspective look. It would be unfair to say that he’s arguably one of the most important…

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Sex, Voyeurism, A Legendary Journalist And The Thin Line Between Fact And Fantasy

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Ever go to a hotel and wonder if anyone is watching you? Voyeur, a documentary shown this weekend at the Hamptons Film Festival about well-known journalist Gay Talese and motel owner Gerald Foos, the voyeur who chose him to write his story. It started more than thirty years earlier when Foos wrote a letter to Talese. Foos owned a small motel in Aurora Colorado that he turned into a laboratory designed specifically to spy on his clientele. In April, 2016 a controversial excerpt from Talese’s upcoming book The Voyeur’s Motel was published  in The New Yorker. Just before the book’s release, The Washington Post ran a story stating the book had factual inconsistencies threatening to destroy the story Talese was working on…

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‘Like Slouch Socks and Fluorescent Reeboks’: Sipping Truth Tea with Bestselling Author Josh Sabarra

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“We go back like slouch socks and fluorescent Reeboks” is how I preface anything that I know will make my best friend facepalm. It is my way of reminding her that we have been friends for too long for her to be surprised by anything that comes out of my mouth. But, it’s not the what that is so meaningful, but the knowing that I can call her to talk about some of the serious issues of our time, and some of the silliest. She’s the one I can call to have an hour long conversation about how I detest candy corn and firmly believe that it is the Halloween candy people give you when they don’t like you. Whatever…

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Redemption and Second Chances in Thomas’ ‘The Future She Left Behind’

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A story of new beginnings in old places – with baggage. Unwanted baggage. Katelyn ran from her small-town roots as soon as she could. Don was everything she wanted: ambitious, caring, safe. After nineteen years, the kids have left for college, and she’s just beginning to realize her life has been on autopilot when her husband serves her divorce papers. She decides to go home to Little Springs Texas to visit her mother and regroup. Through a series of mishaps and misinformation, she ends up having to take her mother-in-law with her. She’s a doozy: uppity, opinionated and memory-challenged. And she doesn’t think much of her son’s wife, either. Everything in Little Springs is the same, so maybe its Katelyn…

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Is Shattered Glass The New Profile of A Woman For Trendy Book Covers?

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They say to never judge a book by its cover, but most of us are guilty of picking up a shiny novel just because of the awesome book cover image. It’s hard not to be enticed by a particularly cool graphic or just the right picture to whet your appetite. Book covers are works of art in and of themselves, pulling in the audience and setting the stage for the reading experience to come.  But if you’ve browsed enough bookstores, you start to notice that some of the covers look alike. Maybe it’s a bold print, or a similar type of photo, but soon you’re recognizing the same images in book after book. It makes sense: just like with fashion,…

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Jonesin’ For a Fix: Books for TV Addicts Who Love Orphan Black

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Can we please talk about Orphan Black for a minute? Because OMG it’s so good. While some series lag in its later seasons, Orphan Black just keeps getting better and better, adding to the Sci-fi mysteries and building a complex world that sweeps the viewer along with it. Tatiana Maslany is a force to be reckoned with, playing each clone with so much skill that you often forget she’s the same person. We clearly love Orphan Black here at BookTrib, so much that we’re still Jonesin’ for it, three years after it first premiered. If you’re not part of the Clone Club like the rest of us, it’s time to remedy that ASAP. Just look at this trailer for season…

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Wanderlust Achieved with Lonely Planet’s New Money-Saving Travel Guide

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There are many reasons why people don’t travel: fear of flying, packing anxiety, the inability to decipher simple road signs in Chinese. The list goes on. But one of the biggest issues holding people back from satisfying their wanderlust is one simple factor: money. Lonely Planet (#LP) has dedicated these pages to unearthing the world’s hidden treasures, keeping things free and cheap in as many places as possible. Before you hit the road, you’ll need to take The Best Things in Life are Free: The Ultimate Money-Saving Guide (Lonely Planet, August 9, 2016) with you. My particularly favorite sections are: Free Music When traveling, I always look for live music and entertainment. Try the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, open mic…

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Battle ‘Ships Never-Lose-Hope Edition: Delena vs. Klaroline!

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Most of the time, I like to root for couples that I know stand a chance at Happily Ever After. Sometimes, I’m bitterly disappointed (don’t even get me started on How I Met Your Mother’s Barney & Robin), but I can usually spot a life-long love a mile away. It’s why I stuck around for the Blair & Chuck drama on Gossip Girl. It’s why I knew that Veronica & Logan would eventually make it work on Veronica Mars – even if it took 10 years and a Kickstarter movie. I’m just a true fan of true love. So when my favorite couples get torn apart by outside circumstances, I have a hard time adjusting. Especially when it’s out of…

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Jonesin’ For a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — Gilmore Girls Edition

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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life finally has a release date and I could not be more excited. I’ve made no secret of my Gilmore Girl love and it’s only getting worse as we get closer to the reboot. How are we possibly going to wait until November 25 to find out what’s going on with Rory, Lorelai, Luke and the gang? I mean, just look at this awesome sneak peak: The new ‘season’ will be broken up into four 90-minute episodes, each one capturing a different season in Stars Hollow. When last we left our favorite small town, Rory had turned down Logan’s wedding proposal, Luke and Lorelai finally got back together, Lane had twins, and everyone else was being…

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Amy Schumer Continues World Domination with ‘The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo’

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Happy Hump Day, book lovers! Since it’s mid-week, and we’re all most likely looking for a pick me up, I thought it would be fun to chat about one of the most influential figures in the entertainment industry… no, not Lin-Manuel Miranda, although, you can catch me singing Hamilton the Musical probably any and every day of the week—no, we’re here to chat about actress and comedian Amy Schumer (aka my favorite human being on the planet). She launched the book tour for her collection of personal essays yesterday and let’s just say she’s definitely got me booked—I mean, hooked. In the book, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo (Gallery Books, August 16, 2016), she delves into some very personal…

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Jonesin’ For a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — Scorpion Edition

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I do not understand why more people aren’t talking about CBS’s crime drama, Scorpion. Funny, smart and quick, it’s one of the best serial crime shows on TV right now. Which is not something I say lightly. Scorpion combines thrilling action with whip-smart characters and a cast that’s both charming and fun. It’s like an ensemble version of Sherlock. The show stars Elyes Gabel as Walter O’Brien, a hacking genius with an IQ of 197. He’s based on the real life Walter O’Brien, who claims to have hacked into NASA servers when he was only 13 years old. On the show, Walter and his buddies get recruited to help out the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Together they form Scorpion,…

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Jonesin’ For a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — Jane the Virgin Edition

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When I first heard the premise to The CW’s Jane the Virgin, I rolled my eyes and mentally wrote it off. A virgin gets accidentally knocked up? Count me out. I’m a romance novel (and TV) junkie, and I’ve read/watched enough ‘surprise pregnancy’ tropes to know that it’s not my cup of tea. But then I saw the cute trailer… And I decided to at least give the show a try. Two seasons later, I am 100 percent, officially hooked. Yes, there is an accidental pregnancy. But Jane the Virgin is also hilarious, quick, romantic-as-hell and just plain awesome. It’s like nothing I’ve ever watched before, blending traditional romance with over-the-top telenovela-style drama. But the show is highly aware of the campiness,…

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Obsessing Over Lifetime’s UnREAL and the Books that Expose Reality TV

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I’m always on the hunt for a new TV obsession, and this summer I found it in Lifetime’s UnREAL. I’d been hearing buzz about the show for months, and when I saw that season 2 premiered on June 6, I knew it was time to take the plunge. Luckily, the whole first season is available on Hulu, so I set myself up with some snacks and settled in for a weekend-long marathon. Holy. Crap. This show is soooo good. It’s dark and funny and tragic and everything I wanted it to be. It stars Shiri Appleby as Rachel, an emotionally unstable producer on the set of a reality show (ala The Bachelor) who seems to both enjoy and be tortured…

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Dog Days of Summer: Books for Those Who Love Man’s Best Friend

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They are happy creatures. They are your best friend. And they always want to play — even when you don’t. If you haven’t guessed which furry four-legged creature I’m talking about then you must not be a dog person! Whether you have a companion dog, you’re a doggy foster parent or you’re simply dog-sitting for the week, we all know that at the end of the day these little pups are what get us through some of the hard times. Besides wet kisses and muddy feet, man’s best friend also comes along with some health benefits. After all, having a pet has been known to be emotionally and physically beneficial for ourselves. So here’s the thing: take a trip down to your local adoption…

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Jonesin’ For a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — Vikings Edition

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Lately there has been a huge rise in the number of historical shows on television. I’m a fan for a few reasons, but here are the main two: I love learning more about history and I love looking at shirtless, bearded men wielding swords. Ahem. Certain shows deliver more than others (in both departments), but if you want one that is both rich in history and filled with crazy hot guys fighting each other in minimal clothing, then Vikings is a must watch. I discovered this show in the second season and bingewatched all the episodes in about a day. The midseason finale of season 4 aired on April 21, with the second half of the season returning in July.…

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Comic Books Collide: Does Superman Have Any Place in Supergirl’s World?

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Yesterday, The CW announced that Tyler Hoechlin is joining the cast of Supergirl as her famous crime-fighting cousin, Superman. This follows the news that the female-driven show will be moving from CBS to The CW to join the Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow DC family. There are already plans in place for an epic crossover event with all four shows. We. Can’t. Wait. But in the meantime, we’re still trying to digest the news that Superman is becoming a permanent fixture on the girlpower-centric Supergirl. Hoechlin is best known for playing Derek Hale on Teen Wolf, and there’s no denying that he has the type of chiseled jaw we’ve come to associate with one of the most famous superheroes of…

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