We’ve reached the time of year when the days seem impossibly short and the nights never ending. Good if you’re a vampire or like to go to sleep early, less exciting for the rest of us. So what is one to do with all this extra darkness? Well, read some dark books, of course. Because there’s nothing better to cut through the literal gloom than to curl up with some intellectual doom. All you need is a tiny light to see your book by. Read on for 50 gloriously dark novels to read during these dark days. After a while, you may even stop wishing for the light to …Read More
For a reader, there’s something magical about picking up a first novel — that promise of discovery, the possibility of finding a new writer whose work you can love for years to come, the likelihood of semi-autobiography for you to mull over. The debut is even more important for the writer — after all, you only get one first impression. Luckily, there are a lot of fantastic first impressions to be had. Click through for some of the greatest first novels written since 1950 — some that sparked great careers, some that are still the writers’ best work, and some that remain free-standing. …Read More
May isn’t only short story month — it’s also National Nurses Month. Just a few weeks ago, In Fact Books, the book imprint founded and edited by creative nonfiction powerhouse Lee Gutkind, published their latest, I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse, a collection of true narratives from nurses remembering their first “sticks,” first births, and first deaths; reflecting on what gets them through long, demanding shifts; and what keeps them in the profession. It turns out that for centuries, the stories of nurses have captivated readers’ imagination, showing us the passion, strength, and courage required for the job. So in honor of all nurses, In Fact Books has curated a list of ten of the greatest literary nurses of all time. Some of the names might surprise you. Check them out the list after the jump, and add your favorites in the comments.