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10 Must-Read Books for June

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Always the sleeper month, poised on the edge of beach weather, June often yields the best mix of diverting and satisfying reads. And, this year, they come in pairs. Take the absurdist visions of Etgar Keret and Milan Kundera, or the deep internet excavations of Joshua Cohen and Jamie Bartlett, or the debut fictions of Mia Alvar and Rebecca Dinerstein… June of 2015 strikes the perfect balance ahead of the autumnal slog through literary… Read More

RIP, Our Favorite Secondary Characters in Literature

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We all grieve when the protagonist of a novel dies, but how about when we mourn over characters who aren’t as prominent? They might be the friends, mentors, peers, and family members who share the spotlight at times but who either peripheral to the main action or because of other circumstances drift apart from the storyline at some point along the way, due to their untimely ends. From the unexpected deaths to the horribly slow ones, we offer you ten secondary characters who passed too soon but who will not be forgotten.
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Away We Go: This Is An AB Club, So C Your Way Out

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Imagine my glee when a screening invite to Away We Go, a romantic dramedy directed by Sam Mendes, with a screenplay by my favorite authors (Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida), and an ensemble cast helmed by John Krasinski from The Office and former SNL star Maya Rudolph, landed in my inbox. Impossible that this won’t be fantastic; it’s like a movie made specifically to appeal to my demographic! (Just look at the poster.) Sadly, I was way… Read More