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Wonderland: Steven Johnson on How Play Shaped the Modern World

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What you are reading now is made possible by either a computer or mobile device that connects to WiFi or a hotspot. With little thought, you may check your text messages, email and social media for updates.  None of this was possible 25 years ago as these things did not exist or were in their infancy and only afforded to the super-rich. Still, we are so dependent on these modern marvels that to be away from them, even for just a moment, is difficult. We all take the world around us— the advances and accomplishments— for granted some of the time. Of course Google is a thing, everyone knows what Google is (honestly, it’s just almost all the information in the…

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Adapting One Historical Novel to Another: How to Make It Work

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. We’ve all been there: We read a novel, and wonder “How did the author do that?!” Sophfronia Scott has written just such a novel. Her book Unforgivable Love is a retelling of Dangerous Liaisons that will enchant and entertain readers with its historical flair. Here, she tells Bookish readers just how she went about adapting the original. Ideas are a dime a dozen—they exist in multitudes and any creative thinker knows there is no shortage of good ideas. Still there’s a fascination with ideas and they are considered scarce—that’s why authors consistently get asked how they found the idea for their latest work. But the idea is only the beginning. Two writers can start…

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Emmy Books and Red Carpet Looks

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This week, we are counting down the days until the Emmy Awards on Sunday, and while we are all excited to hear about our favorite TV shows and celebrities, we can’t forget an essential part of any awards ceremony: the red carpet. In order to celebrate some of the most iconic looks, here is a list of 6 books on red carpet style, fashion and history. Red Carpet Hair: Beautiful Hairstyles for Special Occasions, Timothy C. Johnson   This is the first book from celebrity hairstylist Timothy Johnson, who started his career in Chicago, before moving to Milan and styling hair for runways and photo shoots. The photography book documents classic hairstyles from the red carpet, and readers will be inspired…

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Join the ‘Digital Girls’ Tribe and Get These Edgy New Looks for Summer

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Spring and summer fashion so often means florals and pastels, delicate dresses and flared skirts. And there’s nothing like dressing in those tried-and-true summer ways. But sometimes we want to break outside of the box a bit, experimenting with fashion that pushes the boundaries of both the season and our own comfort levels. That’s when we turn to our favorite online fashion bloggers for inspiration. Enter Digital Girls. From street-wear to couture, fashion bloggers are setting the trends these days, inspiring readers and fashion lovers everywhere. In their new book, Digital Girls: Fashion’s New Tribe (Rizzoli Books, April 11, 2017), photographer and author Marko Macpherson and a team of writers and designers highlight just how influential bloggers have become in…

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Mid-Century Modern is More Than Just Furniture

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From Outlander to Podark, historical shows are taking over television these days. But my favorite eras aren’t the ones with bustles and corsets; I’m drawn to the bright patterns and circle skirts of the 1950s and 60s. Luckily, there are plenty of mid-century shows currently on TV. Masters of Sex and Call the Midwife both start out in the 50s, while The Astronaut Wives Club is a pastel look into the early 60s. Even Agent Carter is part of the trend, showing us what women wore in the late 1940s, both in their everyday lives and as a super secret spy. So in honor of all these historical women on TV, here’s how to dress like your favorite retro shows:…

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Hats off to Derby Day: DIY tips for a head-turning chapeau

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What is it about great, big, glamorous hats? We go nuts for the famous headgear worn by upper-class Brits, meanwhile, here in America eye-catching chapeaus seem to be worn mainly by ladies of a certain age in African-American churches and Orthodox synagogues. Except for this time of year, when hats become THE must-have accessory for Kentucky Derby Day. No matter what part of the states you hail from, the Kentucky Derby is the chance to get on your HAT-itude. A lacy feather fascinator or a wide brimmed hat trimmed in ribbon and pearls can dress up any dress and create a sophisticated and festive atmosphere at any party. If you are lucky enough to attend the Kentucky Derby at Churchill…

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Matilda Kahl’s uniform idea doesn’t have to be boring

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When I first read Matilda Kahl’s article, “Why I Wear the Exact Same Thing to Work Every Day,” for Harper’s Bazaar, I was a little appalled. I love fashion way too much to narrow my daily possibilities to black pants and a white shirt with a bow—Kahl’s “uniform” of choice. But the more I thought about it, the more sense it started to make. Every day, so many of us wake up early and rush to get ready for work, juggling our hair, makeup, breakfast, that gym bag we forgot to pack the night before…the list goes on and on. So why not cut out the time we spend staring at our closets, wondering what to wear for the day?…

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Mad Men: Substance AND style. LOTS of style

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Mad Men is returning with its final episodes on April 5th, and there’s never been a better time to look back on the influence the show has had on popular culture over the past eight years. It’s rare for anything to garner as much buzz as Mad Men continually has, and it’s even rarer for a television show to actually influence our modern style and design. But there’s no denying that Mad Men has helped create a return to the retro-styling of the 1950s and ‘60s. When the show first aired, everyone was talking about the goings-on at Sterling Cooper, but we were also talking about the style: the red-lipped women in tight ‘50s dresses and circle skirts, the men…

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Breaking the code of Bletchley Park fashion

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The Imitation Game may not have won Best Picture at the Oscars, but it was still one of my favorite movies of the year. Moving, smart, with a flawless performance by Benedict Cumberbatch—what’s not to like? Plus, there’s just something so wonderful about 1940s fashion. From fitted sweaters to smart suits, the clothes in this movie are almost as good as all the code-breaking. Speaking of code breaking, there has been a definite Bletchley Park trend in TV and movies lately. The Imitation Game is mostly set at the iconic British WWII code-breaking headquarters, giving us an inside look at how the secret facility actually ran. But they’re not the only ones—last month I binge watched Bletchley Circle, a British…

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Melt those winter blues with some lit-inspired tropical style

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It’s about that time of year, when the temperatures are sub-zero, the snow is piling up in slushy hills, and it feels like winter will never end. I am officially over the charm of icicles and outwear; all I want is hot sand under my feet and a margarita in my hand. But alas, the bank account doesn’t necessarily agree with my need for a vacation filled with palm trees and swim-up bars. So in the meantime, I’m only dreaming about heading to the tropics—and fantasizing about what I’d wear if it ever gets above 50 degrees again. Luckily, there are tons of tropical-based books to tide me over until summer (or if I magically win the lottery). To keep…

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The art of the tattoo: memories that run skin-deep

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When I got my first tattoo, I remember sitting in a shop in the East Village, trying not to shake as the artist traced the pattern on my skin. It was the third time I made her reposition the swallows on my foot, and while I was afraid of being that person, I knew perfect placement was more important than being liked. The buzz of the machine started and the needle hit my skin. It hurt. The only way to describe it is to imagine being stung by electrified bees over and over in the same spot. It should have turned me off to the experience forever, but as anyone with a tattoo knows, once the seal is broken all…

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Put down that book! Five perfect looks for holiday parties

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Holiday time is also party time. From cookie making to office bashes, it seems like everyone in your life is putting on their best clothes and partying like there’s no tomorrow. It can be hard to find just the right outfit for all these different events, but have no fear—we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to dressing for almost any holiday get-together. The Ugly Sweater Party Ugly Sweater Party by rachelcarterya featuring black skinny jeans Just because the sweater’s ugly doesn’t mean the rest of your outfit has to be. Black jeans and chic boots are a great way to play off all those bright red & green patterns. Plus this is the perfect time to play up those accessories—drop…

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Being trendy during mud season requires more than a pair of boots

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After interviewing Ellen Stimson about her memoir Good Grief, a book detailing life in small town Vermont, we’re dying to throw on a pair of wellies and jump around in the mud. And now that it’s fall we’re even more drawn to backwoods style—there’s something about the bright leaves and crisp air that makes us want to live in cozy sweaters and awesome boots. Luckily, this fall’s fashions are all about stylish comfort, with a few sophisticated pieces thrown in. So whether you’re a city gal or more at home cleaning out a chicken coop, here are five must-have style trends this fall: Skater Dresses and Chunky Sweaters With its short flared skirt and fitted bodice, the skater dress is…

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Back-to-school looks inspired by classic characters from literature

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Labor Day has passed, which means summer is almost officially over and its time for kids (and adults) everywhere to head back to school. Want to be the best-dressed student walking the halls? From first grade to grad school, BookTrib has got you covered. Here are five back to school outfits inspired by iconic characters from classic literature: Elementary School Style inspired by Ramona Quimby   Ramona Quimby by rachelcarterya featuring a bib statement necklace Everyone’s favorite 8-year-old is a bit of a tomboy, bright, and definitely rowdy. So her style needs to be fun and bold, with lots of colors and clashing patterns. Plus the candy-like necklace and polka dot backpack are perfect for an imaginative girl like Ramona.…

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Emmy Award style straight out of literature

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The Emmys were Monday night, and sure, there were awards and stuff—but let’s talk about the most important part of the evening: the fashion. Because while some people may have watched the red carpet and seen long trains and artful draping, here at BookTrib all we could see was literature. From the sleek sequins of The Great Gatsby to the 60’s glamor of Valley of the Dolls, it seemed that Hollywood was taking its style cue from iconic novels. Not that we can blame them—books plus fabulous outfits equals a win-win as far as we’re concerned. Here are the best novel-inspired looks from Monday night’s red carpet: Debra Messing—Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West…

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Want to look divine? How to dress like a Greek god or goddess

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The first time I saw The Rock I thought – this guy was made to play Hercules. And I was right! Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson, is out July 25 and judging by the trailer it looks to be an ass-kicking good time:   I’m hoping the movie will help usher in a new ancient-Greece trend – nothing screams summer like a maxi-style toga or a twisting snake bracelet. So in the spirit of Greek myths, here are five modern looks inspired by your favorite goddesses (and Hercules himself!):   Aphrodite Aphrodite by rachelcarterya featuring an asos bag Obviously the goddess of love and beauty has to wear pink. And one of her symbols is the scallop shell, represented in this…

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