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May 18, 2021

Garrett talks about her sophomore novel — which circles sexual assault in Hollywood — and why Black women aren’t here to save us all. (read more)

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May 10, 2021

IThe best-selling author talks to Shondaland about her new novel and the complications that come with the best-friend breakup. (read more)

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May 4, 2021

The co-host of “The View” talks to Shondaland about her new, devourable novel. (read more)

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May 1, 2021

Whet your summer-reading-list appetite with these five reads. (read more)

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April 15, 2021

In her new novel, the debut author weaves a tale of finding connection through our wounded humanity. (read more)

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April 12, 2021

Thorne talks to Shondaland about her latest novel, “Second First Impressions,” kindred spirits, and why she writes love a little bit differently. (read more)

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April 1, 2021

Get ready to get outside and get reading! (read more)

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March 8, 2021

The novelist talks to Shondaland about the third installment in her popular Brown sisters romance series, “Act Your Age, Eve Brown.” (read more)

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March 5, 2021

Her sophomore novel dives into how the trauma of childhood and adolescence can lead to decades of disrupted identities. (read more)

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March 2, 2021

You’ve come to the right place for some literary March Madness. Here’s a stack of breathtaking books to get us through whatever unpredictable weather, political fiascos, and hair part analyses the month may have in store, with novels about how our families can break our heart, a moving collection of poetry, a beautiful romance, and more. (read more)

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February 10, 2021

Love is great and all, but let’s just say it: Sometimes Valentine’s Day can be...tough. There seems to be infinite pressure put on the shoulders of, really, everyone in the shape of heart-shaped candy boxes and price-gouged flowers. For others still, Valentine’s Day, a day that should be about love, can oftentimes feel lonely. (read more)

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February 1, 2021

It's February 2021 already, so get ready for a month of chocolate, warm knitted scarves and, as always, books. The second month of this year does not disappoint with debut authors, resonant short stories, an absolutely mandatory hot romance, and more. Check out the best of what February has to offer below. (read more)

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January 21, 2021

In “Bad Medicine,” Bismuth recounts her work on the disturbing case of Dr. Stan Li, the first doctor in New York State to be convicted of prescription overdose-related homicide. (read more)

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January 20, 2021

In their co-authored new tome, "You’ll Never Believe What Happens to Lacey," the host of “The Amber Ruffin Show” and her sister hilariously and insightfully illustrate disparate experiences of racism in America. (read more)

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January 5, 2021

A new year brings new books, and if January is any indication for how the rest of the literary year is going to unfold, then we are in for month after month of great stories. (read more)

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December 17, 2020

Buteau talks to Shondaland about her new memoir, “Survival of the Thickest,” an honest, hilarious look at relationships, her comedy career, and her pregnancy journey. (read more)

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December 17, 2020

In her new memoir, "The Particulars of Peter," Conaboy recounts her shared life with her perfect pup pal, Peter, and why dog ownership is so good for the soul. (read more)

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December 16, 2020

Like Desus and Mero always say, the brand is strong. The podcast duo turned late night talk show hosts originally met in summer school in the Bronx and later reconnected on Twitter as adults to build one of the most buzzed-about shows on TV today. (read more)

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December 15, 2020

Shondaland reached out to some of our favorite authors and asked them about a book they read in 2020 that offered them some semblance of hope or peace. They shared their thoughtful suggestions with us and, once again, proved that where there are books, there is indeed hope. (read more)

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December 7, 2020

Sometimes, it’s difficult not to fall into a mood. Financial stress, family stress, existing in a tumultuous world — it all just seems to catch up with us every now and then, even when things seem to be going great. (read more)

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December 2, 2020

As we enter the final month of 2020, we embark on the perfect time for fireplaces and fantastic reads. And, just in time for all the coziness, we also end the year with five wildly entertaining books. (read more)

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November 04, 2020

We’re finally in November! Turkey! Gratitude! A perfectly appropriate time to play that perfect Mariah Carey song! This month is also a great month for books. Below are five extremely different books that will entertain, hug your heart, and make you think twice...(read more)

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October 5, 2020

The author of "Wicked" — celebrating its 25th anniversary — brings readers yet another journey that feels musical and special...(read more).

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October 1, 2020

It’s finally full-on fall and if you’re looking for a sign to consume something pumpkin-scented, sit by a fire, and open a brand new book — this is it. October brings five exceptionally different and rare books, including a coming of age memoir about feeling like a part of you is missing, a resonant book of poetry that will stop you in your tracks, a food-centric rom-com you needed yesterday, and beyond. (read more)

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September 1, 2020

Oscar Wilde once said, “All at once, summer collapsed into fall.” And this September, we’re lucky to have quite a set of wonderful reads to collapse into. From thriller to romance to a YA novel that should be on everyone’s shelves, here are the six September books we are immensely excited about as we head toward the fall. (read more)

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August 18, 2020

You know the old adage: Every day is a good day for a spa day. And with fall on the horizon, the possibility of weather changes affecting our skin, and, of course, many of us still spending more time indoors than usual during the current pandemic, we at Shondaland thought you could use a little pampering. (read more)

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August 5, 2020

It goes without saying that living amidst a pandemic changes things. We’re in a time of palpable uncertainty, everyone just trying our best. We desperately want the people we love to be healthy and safe. And we all seem to be craving the normalcy we once had. (read more)

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August 5, 2020

The author talks to Shondaland about what inspired her first novel, and what we owe the celebrities we scrutinize. (read more)

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August 4, 2020

The best-selling author of "Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing" talks to Shondaland about politics, who inspires her, privilege, and the women leading the way to a better world. (read more)

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August 3, 2020

For the height of summer, August books don’t disappoint. This month we have a book about a young woman who can see peoples’ fortunes, one about a single mother vying for the presidency of the United States, and three other engaging reads that will keep you entirely enthralled. Check out these five novels you won’t be able to put down. (read more)

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July 22, 2020

The author talks about his new novel, “A Star is Bored,” and life-lessons from his former boss, the late Carrie Fisher. (read more)

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November 04, 2020

We’re finally in November! Turkey! Gratitude! A perfectly appropriate time to play that perfect Mariah Carey song! This month is also a great month for books. Below are five extremely different books that will entertain, hug your heart, and make you think twice...(read more)

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July 17, 2020

In her first book, “The Beauty in Breaking,” Dr. Harper tells a tale of empathy, overcoming prejudice, and learning to heal herself by healing others. (read more)

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July 9, 2020

When Helena Dea Bala put an ad on Craigslist, offering to listen to anyone’s secrets and problems, she was surprised by how many people were ready to spill. And so was born her new book, "Craigslist Confessional". (read more)

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July 2, 2020

Looking to add to your summer reading list? These five books run the gamut from thoughtful to provocative to laugh-out-loud fun. (read more)

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June 25, 2020

The author of "The Groom Will Keep His Name" talks to Shondaland about his queer upbringing, Pride's new mission, and self-care in the LGBTQ+ community. (read more)

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Jun 4, 2020

These summer readings expand our thinking, deepen our understanding of one another, and bring us just the right amount of escapism when we might need it the most. (read more)

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May 8, 2020

With Mother's Day approaching, these five books address the complexities of being a mom, highlight the humanity of mothers, and that show maternal relationships at both their best and their worst.(read more)

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May 4, 2020

It's May, the perfect month to start prepping your summer reading list. And since we could all use some good news, this month's upcoming releases are proving to provide a great selection for warm-weather reading. (read more)

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April 9, 2020

The "Divergent" author chats with Shondaland about her new non-YA book, "Chosen Ones," the pressures women face (even in works of fiction), and the power in saying, "Screw you, man." (read more)

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April 2, 2020

April is an exciting month for the literary world. We have amazing books from debut authors, esteemed authors releasing a new kind of book, and books that maybe make you want to make out with fictional characters. (read more)

Elite Daily

March 31, 2020

I've never felt particularly good at dating. It seemed to me like everyone was "better" at it. But as I've gotten older, I've worked toward becoming a more confident, self-loving human, and welcoming whatever opportunity for love may come my way. (read more)

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March 6, 2020

 

The novelist opens up to Shondaland about her highly anticipated debut novel and the complicated power and sexual dynamics that lie within. (read more)

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March 4, 2020

Kick off those blankets, turn off the fireplace, and emerge from your coziest nook — spring is here and with it a handful of new books to take with you as you venture out into the world for some reading a la fresca. Whatever your taste, March offers up many a must-read, so head to your nearest bookstore or drop these in your Amazon cart ASAP. Park benches and outdoor cafes await!. (read more)

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February 12, 2020

A new book aims to help people find their own way to mental peace of mind without spending hundreds of dollars to get there. (read more)

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February 10, 2020

Truly, there are so many things to enjoy about Valentine's Day. Discounted candy at my local CVS! Carnation inflation! Putting my small reluctant animal in a heart costume! (read more)

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January 6, 2020

For me, dating has been about as enjoyable as taking a plier to a nagging toothache. I’ve just always struggled with the act. I get nervous before the first date, I get nervous on the date, and I get nervous once the date is finished. Let’s say I’m not the best at displaying even an iota of any human chill. (read more)

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December 27, 2019

When it comes to books, the year was brilliant. Debut writers and veteran authors alike gave us stellar writing that made us feel something and, in turn, dominated most of the must-read and best-seller lists. 2019 gave me some of my favorite books of all time. Some made me laugh, a lot of them made me cry, and a few of them left me in awe. (read more)

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December 18, 2019

With "The Rise of Skywalker" closing out the "Star Wars" saga after four decades, some of the franchise's biggest supporters reveal why this story set in a galaxy far, far away hits so close to home.  (read more)

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December 11, 2019

From steamy (hello, Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes) to truly bizarre (we see you Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus), we've rounded up the year's best music videos for your viewing (and listening!) pleasure. (read more)

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November 5, 2019

In her new novel, "The Revisioners," Sexton explores the intersections between race, history, family, and, most importantly, endurance. (read more)

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October 23, 2019

"I was wrestling with America," says the best-selling author of "All This Could Be Yours," a keen examination of family, death and the limits of forgiveness. (read more)

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October 11, 2019

What with the world seeming pretty dark and dreary as of late, it's important to remember the good that's out there. So let's take a little moment to celebrate love in all its many forms — big, small and everything in between. (read more)

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September 24, 2019

The stand-up, actress, and writer talks about her debut memoir, "Obviously: Stories From My Timeline," seeing life in a new light, and why she doesn't read the comments. (read more)

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September 16, 2019

Rivera opens up about crafting the hotly anticipated "Juliet Takes a Breath," Portland, and the power in brown queerness. (read more)

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August 21, 2019

I hate to be yet another person in your life who shoves their love of fall in your face — but the autumn months are my favorite season. I live to dress in sweaters and tunics the shape of a potato sack, and I can't get enough of the sweet nectar of a sugar overload in the form of pumpkin syrup from my local coffee establishment. (read more)

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July 26, 2019

Growing up, my grandma used to anxiously exclaim, “Your books are your friends!” whenever she saw my mom dog-ear pages in whatever story she was engrossed in at the time. Her books were her pals and, similarly, my books are my pals. Books have been with me through everything.  (read more)

Marie Claire

July 29, 2019

Self-doubt is pretty universal, even if you're a smokin' babe. (read more)

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May 23, 2019

Your summer reading list, from beach reads and beyond! (read more)

Elite Daily

December 21, 2019

This year has been one of those weird ones that has felt simultaneously like a decade but also like it came and went in the blink of an eye. A lot has occurred, but one of the highlights of 2018 has been the enormous volume of excellent books.  (read more)

Elite Daily

November 8, 2018

I know I sound like a broken record, but I love love. I like the subtle kind of love, the cheesy kind of love, the serendipitous sort of love — all of it. Sometimes I feel a void of romance in my own life and soul.  (read more)

Elite Daily

October 25, 2018

Halloween is the unsung hero in terms of holidays. There is no gift-related pressure, dark nail polish is not only permitted but encouraged, and it is the one day of year when no one will send you a concerned text message if they see you dressed up as a garden gnome. (read more)

Vice

May 15, 2018

No matter how much I tried to be a good daughter, he will always be the man I was literally and figuratively running from.  (read more)

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July 24, 2018

Who needs a summer romance when you can just read about one?  (read more)

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Jun 15, 2018

There's a lot to be learned about how we define the people we love. (read more)

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December 18, 2017

I was student council president in high school! This is the first sentence I scream at men from Bumble, the first time we meet. I want them to know that they’re dealing with a people person. (read more)

Elite Daily

February 26, 2018

I remember the first time my boyfriend told me he loved me. It was as close to a perfect moment that I had ever gotten. It was just immensely cute and innocent, and I don’t even know how to completely explain how good it made me feel. Then, we broke up the following week, and that’s when I realized that all love and hope is dead! Just kidding.  (read more)

Elite Daily

May 1, 2018

I love being a Scorpio. I love that it's synonymous with intensity (which I relate to in my every breath, desire for the future, and anxiety-riddled tweets about my commute). I love that I have fellow loyal Scorpio friends, who can always relate to how I'm feeling in any situation, and it's always fun to discuss our fellow famous Scorpios. (Hi Lorde and Ryan Gosling!)  (read more)

Elite Daily

April 17, 2018

I keep my Instagram for practical reasons. I like to document when I’m feeling confident or having a good day, and I also want all those who have wronged me to see my internet footprint, which ultimately consists of happiness, success, and fantastic lighting. You know, grounded people stuff.  (read more)

Elite Daily

April 17, 2018

Hi, hello! I cannot cook to save my life. No, no, no. You’re not understanding me. I’m not saying this to be endearing; I’m not being hard on myself. If the fate of the world depended on me cooking an average dinner tonight with a protein, I would warn you to make peace with your god and enemies because I would not be able to come through.  (read more)