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Jeremy Finley Debut Journeys into the Unimaginable

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Jeremy Finley is a hard-nosed professional. As the chief investigative reporter for the NBC-affiliated television station in Nashville, he’s spent more than 15 years exposing corruption, financial abuse, and criminal activity, and won some of the highest honors in journalism, including multiple Emmys, Edward R. Murrow awards, and IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors) awards. It’s also led him down some very unexpected paths: “My day job is so rooted in proof – in verifying facts and seeking documentation of everything – I’m a bit obsessed that we still haven’t been able to come to a true conclusion about alien abductions and strange lights in the sky. And the Loch Ness monster. And Bigfoot. This is why I don’t sleep at…

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‘It’s Not About Weight:’ ‘This Is Us’ Star Chrissy Metz’s Debut is a Real and Holistic Take on Love and Acceptance

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On the NBC hit show, This Is Us, Chrissy Metz plays the loveable Kate Pearson— the only daughter of Rebecca and Jack Pearson whose struggle with weight and size acceptance is not the focal point of her storyline, but something she learns to conquer by the end of the first season. Chrissy Metz isn’t what people typically think of when the image of a Hollywood starlet comes to mind; instead, she looks like a real woman of a real size who is sensual, confident and has real emotions. Essentially, Metz’s portrayal of Kate puts to rest the stereotype of the “happy, fat person.” After many This Is Us fans approached her about how realistic her portrayal of Kate is, saying,  “I don’t…

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Women Rock! 6 Fictional Heroines Who Look Like Real Women

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It’s Women’s History Month and we are looking forward to all the events and books that celebrate the impact that women have on the world. In addition to bringing you the latest pop culture news and reviews where women are the focus, this month, we are also going to share with you some of the best BookTrib articles of the past that celebrate women and diversity.  Today, we feature this piece from June 17th, 2015 about fictional heroines that actually look like real women.    Fictional Heroines Who Look Like Real Women There is often an assumption while reading that the main characters are going to be thin. Unless otherwise stated, the reader is expected to picture a woman with slim…

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BookTrib Q&A: Sports Writer and Journalist David Goldblatt on the History of the Olympics

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A week from today, The Winter Olympic Games will kick off in Pyeongchang, South Korea. As beloved are these world games where athletes from across the globe compete for the ultimate prize— an Olympic gold medal— the Games do have their drawbacks. An ample amount of articles about corruption and bribery of officials belonging to the International Olympics Committee, protests in host countries where the construction of an Olympic stadium cannot be economically supported by local economies, and deaths related to the building stadiums under tight deadlines and without proper safety procedures have raised concern about how we celebrate the Games. David Goldblatt, sports writer, journalist and sociologist, is also the author of The Games: A Global History of The Olympics. Here,…

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True Blood’s Sookie Stackhouse Returns in Collection of Short Stories

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If you thought that the Sookie Stackhouse series was done and over, think again! Charlaine Harris, author of The Southern Vampire Mysteries Series aka The Sookie Stackhouse Series aka The True Blood Novels, has released several short stories that take place in the True Blood universe; now, for the first time, she’s releasing the complete collection of short stories. Because the short stories are often extensions of scenes in the original books, she’s not only giving fans an opportunity to revisit their favorite characters, but also their favorite moments. The Southern Vampire Mysteries takes place in Bon Temps, Louisiana. Vampires have just recently “come out of the coffin,” and are able to live off of (though not particularly enjoy) the synthetic blood ‘True…

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Why NBC’s ‘The Good Place’ is Our New Fave Show

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Guys, I’m obsessed. Which, admittedly, isn’t news: as a true TV lover, I tend to find myself getting obsessed with a new show almost every week. But this time it’s different, I swear. Because I literally cannot stop watching NBC’s The Good Place. When it first aired last year, I thought the NBC comedy was cute and funny, but probably wasn’t going to last. I mean, a high concept comedy about the afterlife? It sounds like the kind of thing that almost always dies on network television. But the more I kept watching, the more I was charmed by both the writing and the performances. And, oh man, are the performances good. The show stars Kristen Bell as Eleanor Shellstrop, a…

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BookTrib Fictional Bookshelf: Diabolically Funny Reads for Michael of ‘The Good Place’

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Uncommonly good and diabolically funny, The Good Place is filled with more twists and turns than we can see coming. Based on the idea that sometimes, Hell really is other people, Michael, played to perfection by Ted Danson, is the standout character who is enjoying every second of not only his life, but the lives (or afterlives) of the people around him. After last season’s shock finale, we can’t wait to see what he has up his sleeve next. The Good Place returned to NBC this fall for it’s second season, and is already living up to everything we loved about the first season. Smart, funny, and kind of evil, Michael is one of the most humorous and twisted characters to ever hit…

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Jonesin’ For a Fix: Books for TV Addicts Who Love Grimm

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Are you a devoted Grimm viewer? Because you should be. The NBC show is a blend of fairy tales, horror and detective procedural; it’s like if Once Upon a Time and Supernatural had a baby who liked to solve crimes. And if that’s not a selling point, I’m not sure what is. Grimm is about a detective named Nick who discovers that he’s actually a Grimm, or a guardian who’s destined to protect humans from the Wesen (the German word for creature or thing). He starts to navigate the world of the paranormal, battling villains from our childhood stories and befriending others. It’s dark, creepy, romantic and everything you could want in a show about the darker side of fairy tales. Just…

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Co-Executive Producer Greg Meng Talks Creating Days of Our Lives 50th Anniversary Book

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Soap operas have been a part of my daily routine since I was 15. They’ve shaped the beginning of my career as an editor, as I landed my first job at Soap Opera Digest and have been a huge part of my life. And I still continue to watch all four that remain on ABC, NBC and CBS. Soap operas are some of the longest-running TV shows that still air today and most recently, NBC’s Days of Our Lives joined the “50 and Over” club when it celebrated its 50th anniversary on November 8. In honor of the celebration, DAYS’ Co-Executive Producer Greg Meng published Days of Our Lives 50 Years (Sourcebooks, October 2015), a photo book of memories detailing…

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These 3 Behind the Scenes Shows Should Be on Your Watch List

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As a true lover of television, there’s nothing I crave more than a little behind-the-scenes info. Which is why I love shows that give us a glimpse of what it’s really like backstage: the fame, the fights, the romances and the daily grind of producing a television show. There’s a surprising number of shows that dive into the ins-and-outs of putting on a television program—and I can’t get enough of them. If you need some behind-the-scenes action as much as I do, here are three shows and one book that more than deliver on the backstage drama. Sports Night Aaron Sorkin is the king of behind-the-scenes television, showing us the inner-workings of live sketch comedy shows (Studio 60 on the…

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4 Fictional Cities We Wish Existed in the Real World

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Sometimes when we find ourselves so enveloped in a TV show or book, we often imagine what it would be like to be a resident of the fictional hometown or city. Not only do we want to live in the town, but we’d obviously want to check out the local hot spots and maybe meet up with one of the fictional characters we wish could be our BFF. Here are four cities/towns we’ve put on our imaginary travel bucket list and one we’d move to in a heartbeat (We’re looking at you, Stars Hollow!). City: Gotham City, [State Redacted] Origin: DC Universe Take New York and Chicago, throw them in a blender with about a gallon of chaos and you…

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