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Famed Gossip Columnist Liz Smith Dies at Age 94

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Known as the “Queen of New York Tabloids”  and “The Grand Dame of Dish,” gossip columnist and write Liz Smith made a career reporting on the lives and lifestyles of the rich and famous. Smith began her career in the 1950’s working for Mike Wallace before writing the Cholly Knickerbocker column for Hearst Magazines. By the 1980’s, she had become the most powerful and celebrated tabloid writer living a life much like the people she dished on. Smith grew up listening to Walter Winchell radio broadcasts and longed for “the glamour and the excitement of New York”  for herself, she once said. In the late 40’s, she moved to NYC with only $50 dollars and no contacts in the publishing world…

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Now Trending: Could New J.D. Salinger Books Be on the Horizon?

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J.D. Salinger has been in the spotlight in recent weeks – something the famously reclusive author would probably have hated. But between the September biopic, Rebel in the Rye, and a recent New York Times article about possible new books from the author, he’s getting more attention than ever. It begs the question: how would Salinger feel about all of this renewed interest in his life and art? About a week ago, The New York Times ran an article titled, “So Where Are the New J.D. Salinger Books We Were Promised?” In it, they wonder at the presence of new work by the author, who, according to several sources, kept writing long after his final authorized publication in 1965. A…

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Finding Your Next Awesome Read: 5 Tips from Bestseller Lists to Forums

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When you read as much as we do, it can be hard to find a good new book. There are so many reads out there that it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all of the possibilities, often leading to a disappointing choice or wasted money and time. Avid readers have all kinds of tricks for picking out new books, from extensive to-be-read lists to spending hours and hours making stacks in the library. But we’re here to make the process just a little bit easier. Not only do we make sure to highlight new books we love and give you honest reviews on our site, but we’ve also rounded up some tips that we use personally in our search for…

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Jennifer Weiner’s ‘Hungry Heart’ is Intimate and Engrossing — Plus, Her Top Six Novels

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Jennifer Weiner is known for her well-written, thought-provoking novels about women in their personal and professional lives. Her books feature family drama, falling in and out of love, growing older, having children, chasing dreams and all the other complicated and messy parts of life. She’s also one of those writers with a particularly recognizable style. Like Stephen King with horror, or Nora Roberts with romantic thrillers, Jennifer Weiner has a specific brand. It’s definitely a brand that I love and can never get enough of. Hand me Good in Bed, or In Her Shoes and I’ll be happy for hours. But as an author and an outspoken advocate for women’s writing, Weiner’s style is a lot more nuanced than some…

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