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5 Books ABC’s American Housewife is Definitely Reading on Her Couch!

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Fall TV is here and life just makes sense again. I can’t wait to dive into some new shows, especially as so many of them look both adorable and hilarious. Perhaps none look quite as adorable or hilarious as American Housewife on ABC, starring Katy Mixon as Katie Otto, an ultra-curvy outcast housewife who finds it impossible to fit in with the other suburban moms. Who are all size 2. And who only drink kale smoothies. Check out the charming trailer and just try not to fall in love: Mixon stole all our hearts when she played April on the insanely funny Eastbound & Down, so I can’t wait to watch her tackle this new role. I can already tell…

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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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Literary Crushes: The Romantic Leads in Books Who Are Worthy of Your Affection!

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It’s no secret that a bunch of the books we consider uber-romantic are actually kind of creepy. Tweens found Edward Cullen irresistible, despite the fact that he has an over 100 year age difference from his 17-year-old girlfriend. Grown women find Mr. Rochester’s Byronic shtick super sexy, even though he literally locked his wife in an attic for years and dressed up like a creepy “gypsy fortune-teller” to trick his new squeeze into revealing her feelings for him. While we as readers can’t help who we’re desperately attracted to, a lot of the time even the romantic leads who aren’t bad boys still have glaringly problematic issues that I just can’t get over. So, here are some options for literary…

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Book Review: Alexander McCall Smith brings Emma into the 21st century

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In her lifetime, Jane Austen gained neither great fame nor fortune from novels that today are considered some of the best in the world. This year marks 200 years since the publication of Austen’s “Emma,” the story of a well-meaning but misguided matchmaker who makes more mischief than marriages. Modern times demand modern celebrations, so what better way to honor this literary jewel than with a charming reimagining of Emma Woodhouse’s story, set in the 21st century. Scottish writer Alexander McCall Smith, beloved for creating irresistible female characters including Mma Ramotswe of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, offers, for our edification, the delicious Emma: A Modern Retelling (Pantheon, April 7, 2015). Some Janeites may consider such an endeavor an…

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Has “New Adult” genre replaced “Chick Lit”?

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Fifteen years ago, everyone was talking about Chick Lit. It was the new big genre, and candy-colored books were flying off the shelves. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Confessions of a Shopaholic, anything by Jennifer Weiner – readers couldn’t get enough of the quirky heroines who awkwardly navigated love and careers. But these days it seems like bookstores are noticeably missing those familiar covers with large pink graphics and cartoon ladies clutching shopping bags and martinis. Not that Chick Lit has disappeared completely. Jennifer Weiner’s new book, All Fall Down, just came out last month, and Emily Giffin’s pastel-covered novels regularly hit the New York Times bestseller list. But where there used to be thousands of Chick Lit novels crowding every bookstore,…

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Spring style from Chick Lit’s finest

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It’s hard to believe that Bridget Jones’s Diary is 18 years old. It seems like only yesterday we were first introduced to the awkward, loveable heroine who gave voice to so many single women and helped define the Chick Lit genre. But even though Bridget might be getting a little long in the tooth, it doesn’t mean that she’s not still a fashion icon. In fact, we can look to all of our favorite Chick Lit heroines to help us discover the perfect styles for spring. From Rebecca Bloomwood to Rachel White, here are four spring looks inspired by your favorite Chick Lit heroines: Bridget Jones from Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary Bridget Jones’s Diary by rachelcarterya featuring a braided…

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Ten most memorable lines from literature by female authors

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In this second installment of BookTrib’s continuing series that aims to bring you, dear reader, 50 of the most memorable lines in literature, you’ll have lots of fodder for those late-night trivia sessions at the bar. Or just some pithy responses to everyday questions. How do you work classic literature into your daily life? And, as always, we welcome your suggestions in the comments. Books and the literary lifestyle thrive when shared. As an added bonus, since 2014 is the Year of Reading Women, this week’s installment offers ten brilliant gems from women writers.   1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Advice as easily applicable as to writing as it is to how we live our lives, Atticus…

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