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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books that Tug at Your Heartstrings

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I’m pretty crazy about every book in our Heat Index this week, which explains why I’m starting the temperature at 90 for the first book. From strong, kick-ass heroines, to love, suspense, intrigue and folklore, these books will have you feeling ALL of the feels! These stories of lost love, new love, the kind of love that scares you and the love you one day wish to find, will not only pull at the heartstrings, they’ll tear your heart out and then, by the end, replace it with a heart that’s content, full and blissfully happy. From my heart to yours, enjoy these five damn good reads. The Heart You Carry Home, Jennifer Miller (Mariner Books, November 3, 2015) “Miller offers an impressively…

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Is Terminator the Mother of all Feminist Action Movies?

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When I think of a female action hero, my mind does not go to Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games, or the few shining moments Black Widow receives in the Avenger movies. No, as a child of the ‘80s and ‘90s, I immediately picture those powerhouse women who didn’t need leather or tight clothes to kick ass. Think Ripley in Aliens, or Sarah Connor from Terminator. It’s no coincidence that both of those characters came from James Cameron films. Not only is he one of the most successful living directors, he’s also the father of the female action hero—one of the first mainstream filmmakers to feature strong women who don’t back down in the face of killer robots or nightmare-inducing…

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