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Tall Poppies Review: In Praise of Difficult Women

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I’ve long been a fan of Karen Karbo, the award-winning author of the Kick-Ass Women series and more. This past fall, I holed up with Karen and about 20 other writer friends at a weekend long conference of our fellow Tall Poppy Writers at an Airbnb in Chicago. We shared a bathroom and brainstormed about the writing biz and our respective places in it. If you’d asked me then, I would have told you Karen Karbo isn’t the least bit “difficult.” But now I’ve read her latest book, In Praise of Difficult Women, (Foreword by the fabulous Cheryl Strayed) and I’ve changed my mind. Karbo has written a collection of essays about what it is to be a “difficult” woman…

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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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TGIT Recaps – What to Expect From Your Fave Shonda Shows

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Warning: Major spoilers for the latest episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder ahead! Last Thursday was the ABC winter finales of all of our favorite Shonda Rhimes shows – otherwise known as TGIT. Thank goodness it was Thursday, indeed. The winter finale event kicked off with Grey’s Anatomy at 8PM, Scandal at 9PM, and How to Get Away with Murder at 10PM. Each show promised to deliver on the drama and reveals, leaving us waiting with baited breath for new episodes to return January 26th. And we weren’t disappointed. From characters getting shot to blood-soaked helicopters, last night was a real rollercoaster – and exactly what you would expect from a Shondaland production. Gif…

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*NEW*: The Weekly Round Up with Stories about Oprah, Sam Shepard and Studio 54

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We have a new weekend column on BookTrib! The Weekly Round Up will cover all the news in the publishing world! Each Saturday and Sunday, look for us to keep you abreast of what you need to know about your favorite writers, literary events, openings and book signings. This week, we kick off our new column with news about Oprah’s latest book, a new Studio 54 picture book and the startling statistics about WHO is really getting published (it may surprise you and it may not). We hope you will come back each week and catch up on all news. ‘O, That’s Good’: Oprah Winfrey Dishes with ABC on her New Book and the Scandal That’s Rocking Hollywood Not only…

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Say Farewell to Scandal, The Middle, New Girl and Mindy Project: Books to Remember Our Favorite Departing TV Shows

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It’s always bittersweet to say goodbye to our favorite TV shows, especially after spending years falling in love with the characters and their lives. And while we hate to see one get canceled (#StillBitterAboutDeadwood), it’s also not easy to watch a beloved show come to an end by choice. At least they get to do it on their own terms though, giving us all a sense of much needed closure. This year we have to bid farewell to some great ones. These shows have been with us season after season, introducing us to quirky heroines, offbeat families, and kickass powerhouses. We’re definitely sad to see them go, and we’re already searching for a way to fill the void. For us…

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‘How to Get Away With Murder’: Books That Keep You Guessing Who’s Next

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Soapy and twisty, one of our favorites, How to Get Away With Murder, is everything you could want out of a Shonda Rhimes-helmed show. Complicated defense attorney Annalise Keating is the glue that holds it all together as she kicks ass in the courtroom, deals with her crazy and meddling students, and tries not to crack under the pressure of all those murders. Played by Davis, Annalise is the type of character we don’t quite fully like (or hate), but who we’re still rooting for anyway. Season 4 airs tonight on ABC and we’re already taking bets on just who might end up murdered this year. Davis was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for this year’s 69th Emmy…

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How to Get Away With Murder: 5 Reads on Annalise Keating’s Fictional Bookshelf

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It’s time for another fictional bookshelf, where we imagine the books our favorite characters might have lining their shelves. Since it’s also Emmy week here at Booktrib, we wanted to pick an Emmy-nominated performance we’re most definitely rooting for. The choice was easy – Viola Davis’s Annalise Keating from ABC’s smash hit, How to Get Away with Murder. Soapy and twisty, HTGAWM is everything you could want out of a Shonda Rhimes-helmed show. Complicated defense attorney Annalise Keating is the glue that holds it all together as she kicks ass in the courtroom, deals with her crazy and meddling students, and tries not to crack under the pressure of all those murders. Played by Davis, Annalise is the type of…

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Netflixed: 5 Binge-worthy Books for Netflix Junkies

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Last week, Shonda Rhimes announced that she’s officially moving her production company, Shondaland, from ABC to Netflix. While her already-established shows (like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal) will stay on ABC, all of her new original content will be developed specifically for Netflix. It’s a huge move, proving once again that streaming sites like Netflix and Hulu are powerhouse content creators who more than rival the established networks. We’re excited about this news for two reasons. One, it means that Rhimes’s juicy brand of storytelling will now have a home on a more progressive platform (we’re expecting lots of, well, scandalous scenes). And two, in addition to being one of our favorite show producers, Rhimes is also one of our favorite authors.…

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‘The Pie Life’: Samantha Ettus Teaches You How to Juggle the Contemporary Woman’s Life

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Win a copy of The Pie Life: A Guilt-Free Recipe for Success and Satisfaction by Samantha Ettus below! For most of us ladies, getting up and going to work every morning is a way of life. Whether that means you’re single and working overtime to pay your rent or mortgage, or you’re married sharing half of the bills with your significant other, or you’re the one in the household bringing in the bulk of the income supporting you, your spouse and your kid(s). And let’s be honest, once you add children into the mix, the stress levels skyrocket. So how do you balance work life with a hectic home life and ensure success and satisfaction for you and your family? Samantha Ettus…

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Shonda Rhimes Inspires Positivity with a Year of Yes!

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Shonda Rhimes just reminded me what happens when you spend a year saying, “Yes!” to life’s possibilities. In 2008 this became my mantra. It had been a bad year—major surgery, my employer cheated out of $90 million by Bernie Madoff, massive layoffs (including me), the end of a valued relationship. My son, who was in middle school at the time, dragged me to see Jim Carrey in Yes Man. Inspired, I decided to try to turn my life around by saying “yes” for a year. As Rhimes points out in her new memoir, Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person (Simon & Schuster; November 10, 2015), life takes on an…

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You Are Now Entering Shondaland: Binge at Your Own Risk

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You know you’ve made it in TV when you’ve got three shows on the air, a stable of talented actors and actresses, and you’re basically a household name. Enter: Shonda Rhimes, the woman behind three of the hottest shows on television. It all started with Grey’s Anatomy, where the world was introduced to Meredith Grey, McDreamy and more juicy backstage drama than anyone could conceivably keep up with. Since then, “Shondaland” has taken over TV, with her strong female characters and compulsively watchable stories. Here are the three Shonda shows you should be bingeing—and one book!—to keep you occupied before the season premieres next week. Scandal Oh, Scandal. You complete me. Even when your storylines are ridiculously over the top,…

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Dear TV Shows: Why I’m Breaking Up with You

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I’m a big fan of television, which is why I’m always raving about the new shows I’ve fallen in love with. From Netflix’s Sense8 to ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat, I’m willing to give pretty much anything a shot. And once I’ve fallen for a show, I’m loyal to a fault, watching for years and years, and trusting that the creators are going to consistently deliver an awesome product. Even when they don’t, I tend to stick around, hoping and praying the magic will come back (hello, Nashville). But sometimes there are shows that never seem to bounce back. Shows that get caught up in boring drama, irrational deaths and terrible writing, leaving almost nothing left to love or root for. That’s…

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Grey’s Anatomy’s shocking death shakes Shondaland

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It’s a beautiful day to save lives… or, you know, take them away. Shonda Rhimes, creator of the popular medical drama Grey’s Anatomy is at it again—killing our favorite characters and ruining our lives. Now, if you haven’t watched the show, well, what are you doing with your life? Spoilers are everywhere and you better just bury yourself in a hole until you manage to watch the latest episode of one of Thursday’s hottest television shows. Eleven long seasons with Dr. Derek Shepherd: laughing, crying, falling in love with a marriage proposal on a stickie note–and what do we have to show for it? How about a gaping void in our fangirl loving hearts that can only be filled with…

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These TV doctors have just the prescription for your next binge watch

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If I’m going to bingewatch a medical drama, it better have some strong female characters in it. While so many medical shows highlight some strong or eccentrically brilliant men (I’m looking at you, House), I’m drawn to the ones where the women are just as tough as the guys. Luckily, there are tons of medical shows out there. Tons. And plenty of them feature strong ladies I can get behind. Here are my favorite three to bingewatch, plus one must-read book: Grey’s Anatomy OK, admittedly this show gets a little nuts the longer it stays on the air (that plane crash! Electrocutions! All those half-sisters!). But the first few seasons, when Meredith and Derek are still circling each other and…

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