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Rickstad’s Latest ‘Girls’ Novel is a Disturbingly Beautiful Masterpiece

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  Eric Rickstad’s The Names of Dead Girls, the sequel to his 2014 book The Silent Girls, is a commanding, beautiful masterpiece and display is soon-to-be among his best work. ‘Girls’ is intense and gripping from the very first page, all the way to the last. In a small town in Vermont, Rachel Rath knows that she is being watched, and she is positive that the man watching her is Ned Preacher, a serial rapist and murderer who killed her parents, but got out after serving only sixteen years by playing the system to get a lighter sentence. Retired detective Frank Rath has tried to keep his niece safe every way he can – even if that means not telling her the whole truth…

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‘Sour Heart’ Will Continue Lena Dunham’s Legacy under Lenny Imprint

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As soon as the final episode of Girls aired on HBO back in April, Lena Dunham was already thinking about her next project. It makes sense – the 31-year-old is an author, a showrunner, an actress, a filmmaker, and co-founder of the popular feminist newsletter and website, Lenny Letter. At this point, Lena Dunham is clearly a powerhouse, creating content that almost always sparks a conversation. So in April, when Dunham announced that she and her Lenny Letter partner Jenni Konner were starting a new imprint with Random House, we couldn’t wait to see what they would do with it. The imprint, called Lenny, is designed to “push the ball forward on the issues that matter to our audience,” as…

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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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Girls’ Lena Dunham Releases Newsletter Summer Fiction Preview

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There aren’t many writers or performers as provocative as Lena Dunham. Her show Girls always pushes the boundaries, giving us awkward sex scenes and coke-fueled dance parties, while always staying true to what it’s like to be a modern 20-something. From regularly taking her clothes off on the show, to well, regularly taking her clothes off in real life [NSFW], Dunham is never afraid to let it all hang out. Now she is making headlines once again, but this time for her Lenny Letter newsletter. The newsletter was founded along with Jenni Konner, and the goal is to create something for “an army of like-minded intellectually curious women and the people who love them, who want to bring change but also…

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HBO’s GIRLS leaves us craving for more–here are three Girl-like books you need to read

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Full-frontal nudity, jokes about rehab, role-playing gone horribly wrong – OK, OK, we admit it: we’re already missing HBO’s GIRLS. Season three ended in March, but it seems like only yesterday we were watching Hannah prance around in her tattoos (and not much else), or cringing at Marnie’s cheesy music video to “What I Am.” Now we have to wait almost a year until season four airs. Not to get all Hannah-dramatic, but why God, why? When we last left our favorite 20-something foursome, Hannah was clutching an acceptance letter from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Jessa was flirting with sobriety, Shoshanna had spun into a Ray-filled rage, and Marnie was still lost in love. Will Hannah end up in a…

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Bonding over books: How to start a mother-daughter book club

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Back in February, I posted a quick guide to setting up a successful book club, based on my own wonderful experiences with my book club. My daughter, at eighteen months, is perhaps a bit too young to join the club, but I love the idea of starting a mother-daughter club once she gets old enough. I’ve discussed this with some of the other mothers in my club, and everyone seems to like the idea. But we weren’t exactly sure how it would work. It’s one thing to vow to get together with our daughters once a month and all read a book together, but how could we use the club as an opportunity to have the kinds of conversations with…

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