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From Kennedys to (Rat) Kings: 7 New Releases with a Twist

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This week’s list of new releases is one of the most diverse book suggestions we’ve given so far— full of bold writing and interesting topics.  Some of these are new to print and others are re-issues, re-tellings and new translations. MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews returns with a new book on Bobby Kennedy; Wicked author Gregory Macguire invites readers to explore another twist on an old tale; Kate White’s beloved Bailey Weggins reappears; and the first novel from Madagascar has been translated into English. Grab a handful of Halloween candy and treat yourself to one of these new reads. Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit, Chris Matthews The Kennedys have been in the news recently, with the last of the files on…

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Feminists Unite: Literary Costumes Inspired by 6 Badass Women!

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Halloween is right around the corner, and it’s time to finally decide on a costume. We’ve been rolling around ideas for weeks, but still haven’t been able to land on the perfect choice. Not only do we want something clever and fun, but we also want to show off our feminist side by going as a strong female character who inspires and empowers us. Here at Booktrib, we like to turn to books for inspiration. And why not? There are tons of smart, strong women in literature to emulate this year. We’ve wracked our brains to round up some original ideas that we’re sure are going to be the hit of any party. Here they are, 6 of our favorite…

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Dan Brown’s Origin and New October Releases from the Biggest Names in Books

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Dan Brown’s new book Origin is among the biggest names in literature that have returned with new books sure to spice up your October.  Bestselling authors in every genre have something new to offer this month.  Here are 10 books you can’t afford to miss in what Vox calls “prestige book season”: Origin, Dan Brown (October 3, 2017) The author of The Da Vinci Code returns with a new Robert Langdon book. This time Langdon is at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain, for the unveiling of a major scientific breakthrough by one of his former students. But when things go terribly wrong, Langdon finds himself on another quest filled with symbols, puzzles and clues that only a mind as…

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The Original Fan Fiction Prequel Marks its 50th Anniversary

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It may not be entirely fair to refer to Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (WW Norton & Co.; reissuing January 25, 2016) as the first great work of fan fiction—it stands entirely on its own as a classic. But the “prequel” to Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, which celebrated its 50th anniversary of publication this week, is the grandmamma of an entire genre that has spun some classic novels. In case you missed it in English class, Wide Sargasso Sea answers one of the biggest questions from the pages of Jane Eyre—who was the woman in the attic and what drove her mad? Author Rhys wasn’t satisfied with Bronte’s explanation that all Creole women are crazy and instead spent nearly…

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Gregory Maguire Talks Going Down the Rabbit Hole in Alice in Wonderland Retelling

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From Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West to Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Gregory Maguire is the king of fairytale retellings. In his latest book, After Alice (William Morrow; October 27, 2015) he tackles the bizarre and clever world of Alice in Wonderland. While we all remember the curious Alice, it’s tougher to remember her friend Ada, who’s only mentioned in one line of Lewis Carroll’s classic novel. “‘I’m sure I’m not Ada,’ [Alice] said, ‘for her hair goes in such long ringlets, and mine doesn’t go in ringlets at all.’” For most, this would be a throwaway line, a character who doesn’t matter much in the long run. But for Maguire, a whole…

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3 Spinoffs as Good — or Better! — than the Original

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When I love a show, I want as much of it as I can possibly get. Spoilers, teasers, insider info, secrets from the set: I will seek it all out and more. This is why I’m such a huge fan of spinoffs—more time in a world I’ve come to know and love? Yes, please. I recognize, however, that spinoffs can easily break your heart. They so rarely live up to the original material, often making you wish you were rewatching the show you actually love. But when they work, they’re amazing —sometimes even better than the show they were based on. Here are three spinoffs—and one book!—that I think more than live up to the hype: Fear the Walking Dead…

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Let’s face it — literature’s villians are always better dressed

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This was the summer of villains – between Maleficent and the amorphous intentions of Elsa in Frozen, it seemed like everyone was focused on that gray area between good and bad. Here at BookTrib we’re no exception – just this week we had the pleasure of interviewing Gregory Maguire, author of books like Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister. All this good and evil talk got us thinking about some of our favorite villains and how fabulous their outfits are. Why is it always the bad guys who get to dress the best? While we don’t condone going over to the dark side, there is certainly a lot…

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The man whose Wicked tale inspired Once Upon a Time returns in a house with chicken legs

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Are you a fan of Once Upon a Time and Maleficent? Then thank Gregory Maguire. His bestselling novels, like Wicked: the Life and Times of The Wicked Witch of the West and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, helped usher in our current cultural obsession with the realistic fairytale. His latest book, Egg and Spoon, (Candlewick Press, September 9)  finds Maguire tackling Russian fairytales, like the Firebird and Baba Yaga and her moving house with the legs of a chicken. Set around 1907, it examines poverty under the Tsar, family ties, and the courage that children need when their lives are turned upside-down. It may be aimed at a younger audience, but you won’t want to miss this exciting spin on…

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Jonesin’ for a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — Once Upon a Time edition

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Have you finally thawed out from Once Upon a Time’s icy cold cliff-hanger? Well, actually, it was less of a cliff-hanger and more of a total fairy-tale tease. We’re not quite sure if we’re OK with how things ended with our misguided heroes—Emma in the arms of Hook, a man she had been adamant on NOT ending up with, Regina finding love only to have her world crushed like Graham’s heart circa Season One by the return of Robin Hood’s used-to-be dead wife, and don’t even get us started on the lack of substantial consequences to Emma traveling back in time and almost erasing her entire family line. How about those last 45 seconds? Were you expecting Disney’s newest Princess-turned-Queen…

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