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Jon’s Picks: ‘Proud Mary’ and the Strongest, Kick Ass Women in Film and Pop Culture

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Today, Proud Mary, starring Taraji P. Henson (Empire, Hidden Figures) opens in theaters across America.  Henson plays an assassin for the Boston mafia ordered to kill the parents of a young boy. This latest assignment prompts Mary to want to protect him instead and leave the belly of the underworld as well as her past misdeeds behind; however, the mob bosses have other ideas and put a hit out on Mary.  There are few reviews for this film thus far as Screen Gems, whose parent company is Sony Pictures, opted to not do a pre-screening for the press, but according to the Chicago Tribune, “Taraji P. Henson [is] leading the charge of strong women in 2018 with Proud Mary.” We agree!…

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11 Ways to book your Christmas tree

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If you’re anything like my mother, you’ll be busy decorating your Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. Can you really blame her? With stores blaring holiday music in October, it’s no wonder she’s ready for her tree before the turkey has totally cooled. This year I’m hoping to talk her out of the Popsicle-stick ornaments I made when I was 8 and into a more fashionable tree. And by fashionable, I mean literary. Novels are the best and so are Christmas trees, so why not blend the two? Here are some ideas for your own literary-inspired tree: Actual Book Trees This year skip the greenery and get right to the point. Stacked novels make a perfect tree, whether you go…

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Let’s face it — literature’s villians are always better dressed

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This was the summer of villains – between Maleficent and the amorphous intentions of Elsa in Frozen, it seemed like everyone was focused on that gray area between good and bad. Here at BookTrib we’re no exception – just this week we had the pleasure of interviewing Gregory Maguire, author of books like Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister. All this good and evil talk got us thinking about some of our favorite villains and how fabulous their outfits are. Why is it always the bad guys who get to dress the best? While we don’t condone going over to the dark side, there is certainly a lot…

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