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Early Bird Books: 10 of Our Favorite First Lines in Literature

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From Melville to Didion, these first sentences created lasting and notable impressions. Some of literature’s most iconic lines come to us within the first paragraphs of our favorite novels. They are the hooks onto which we latch, and the springboards that launch us further into the narrative. There’s a reason these words make up some of the most quotable lines in literature—readers simply can’t get them out of their heads. Take a look below to see some of our favorite opening lines. While first impressions can be tough, they won us over in just a single sentence. “You better not never tell nobody but God.”  The Color Purple By Alice Walker Set in the 1930s, The Color Purple details the…

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You’re Not Fooling Anyone: Book Bromances That Should Totally Just be Romances

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Ever read a book and wonder why the main characters who are best of friends aren’t just dating each other? Sometimes, if they’re lucky, they will fall in love by the end of the story. However, in many cases, friendship doesn’t always lead to love; which is why we simply call it a bromance. However, let’s step outside of the heterosexual box and take a look at a few literary friendships that, let’s face it, would totally work better as just plain romances. Here, Matt and Katie from the BookTrib staff pick their top three bromances they pretty much consider a relationship: Matt’s Top 3: Frodo and Sam: The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkein (Mariner Books, 2005) Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee are…

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All We Want for Christmas: The BookTrib Wishlist

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Like Santa’s elves, the BookTrib team has been spending their days helping book lovers gift loved ones with the book of their dreams. But what secret yearnings hide deep in our hearts for Christmas? Our eclectic choices might inspire your giving—or even your own wishlist. We know you’ve been very, very good this year. Why not treat yourself? So grab a pencil and paper. Here we go: Andrew: For this Christmas I definitely want The Flash jacket which I think looks really cool and I’m a big fan of The CW show. The jacket would make me look a little cooler, and I always imagined what it would be like to be a superhero who is saving people from evil. A…

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The Black Writer’s Burden: Sins of Transracial Fiction

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If you pay attention, you’ll notice how often we Americans mimic a version of Black dialect and persona. We shift our speech and demeanor, usually only momentarily and often with the intent to create momentary comic relief. These fleeting moments of burlesque evoke a stylized version of how Black people are thought to express themselves, or how they might do so in mythical worlds like “Dear Ole Dixie” or “The Ghetto.” I am not referring to anything like malicious ridicule meant to wound, offend, and provoke Black people. These are an almost-unconscious series of informal expressive gestures that most Americans can be expected to employ at one time or another without giving much thought to what they are doing. And…

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My dear, you SHOULD give a damn

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Lists are everywhere. Books are everywhere. So it makes sense that lists about books are omnipresent. There are lists of the best books ever written, the worst books ever written, the books you should read before you die, the books you should read to make sure you never die (immortal vampires, anyone?), and everything in between. I hate to be the one to break it to you that it is impossible for you to read all the books currently in publication, let alone the thousands coming down the pike. Even with that new-fangled app that purports to let you read a novel in 90 minutes (that’s a gripe for another time), you simply won’t get to turn every page of…

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