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Women are now publishing more books than men—and it’s good for business

“Women have gone from publishing just 18% of books in the 1960s to more than half today, driving up revenue and diversifying readership”

Categories: Publishing, Writing

The End of the English Major

I looked at a different link about this same topic last week, but here’s another one. I’m guessing a lot of people who love books and reading see this as an area of concern.

Categories: Literary Criticism, Literary History, Reading

9 Novels About Finding Purpose and Identity Through Someone Else

These 9 novels are about people searching for connection and what happens when we believe another person holds the key to a meaningful life and sense of self. What happens when we find—or don’t find—what we’re looking for? 

Category: Life Stories in Literature

The best books from 2022 that we’ve read in 2023

At the end of each year, I look at all the “year’s best books” list and bemoan the fact that I usually haven’t read many of the recommendations. I’m glad to learn I’m not the only one. Here, the Book World staff of the Washington Post recommend books from 2022 that they didn’t get around to reading until 2023.

Categories: Book Recommendations, Reading

How to Be a Better Reader

Most of the articles with a title similar to this one turn out to be pretty superficial, rehashing the same few standard platitudes of advice. This one has  most of the same advice but explores it beyond the usual superficiality. I found the section “Read More Deeply” especially informative.

Category: Reading

10 Books You Pretend to Have Read (And Why You Should Actually Read Them)

This list focuses on science fiction and fantasy books.

Categories: Book Recommendations, Reading

Why Are So Many Guys Obsessed With Master and Commander?

“Twenty years after it was released in theaters, Master and Commander has found a new life on the internet,” writes Gabriella Paiella in GQ. “And though Master and Commander may be a film set in 1805 and made in 2003, its themes are eternal.”

Categories: Film, Literary Criticism, Literary History

The Untold Stories of the Women Who Led Slave Revolts

“In Atlas Obscura’s Q&A series She Was There, we talk to female scholars who are writing long-forgotten women back into history.”

One of the elements of Life Stories in Literature is the current interest in writing about the lives of people who had been essentially erased from history, particularly women. Here Sara Durn discusses historian Rebecca Hall’s graphic novel Wake: The Hidden History of Women-led Slave Revolts.

Categories: Fiction, Life Stories in Literature

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