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From Kennedys to (Rat) Kings: 7 New Releases with a Twist

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This week’s list of new releases is one of the most diverse book suggestions we’ve given so far— full of bold writing and interesting topics.  Some of these are new to print and others are re-issues, re-tellings and new translations. MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews returns with a new book on Bobby Kennedy; Wicked author Gregory Macguire invites readers to explore another twist on an old tale; Kate White’s beloved Bailey Weggins reappears; and the first novel from Madagascar has been translated into English. Grab a handful of Halloween candy and treat yourself to one of these new reads. Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit, Chris Matthews The Kennedys have been in the news recently, with the last of the files on…

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The Original Fan Fiction Prequel Marks its 50th Anniversary

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It may not be entirely fair to refer to Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (WW Norton & Co.; reissuing January 25, 2016) as the first great work of fan fiction—it stands entirely on its own as a classic. But the “prequel” to Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, which celebrated its 50th anniversary of publication this week, is the grandmamma of an entire genre that has spun some classic novels. In case you missed it in English class, Wide Sargasso Sea answers one of the biggest questions from the pages of Jane Eyre—who was the woman in the attic and what drove her mad? Author Rhys wasn’t satisfied with Bronte’s explanation that all Creole women are crazy and instead spent nearly…

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Gregory Maguire Talks Going Down the Rabbit Hole in Alice in Wonderland Retelling

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From Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West to Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Gregory Maguire is the king of fairytale retellings. In his latest book, After Alice (William Morrow; October 27, 2015) he tackles the bizarre and clever world of Alice in Wonderland. While we all remember the curious Alice, it’s tougher to remember her friend Ada, who’s only mentioned in one line of Lewis Carroll’s classic novel. “‘I’m sure I’m not Ada,’ [Alice] said, ‘for her hair goes in such long ringlets, and mine doesn’t go in ringlets at all.’” For most, this would be a throwaway line, a character who doesn’t matter much in the long run. But for Maguire, a whole…

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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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