Romance, literary fiction, and more

Nashville is a place for dreamers: somewhere people come to pursue a music career, hoping to become successful, and hopefully famous. It’s also a place were people go about their daily lives, falling in love, working grindstone jobs, fighting with their families and making up. …

Great books for anyone dreaming of the City of Angels

Growing up in LA is a unique experience. Glitz and glamour and proximity to fame make it an appealing place for dreamers and kids with ambitions — and potentially a heartbreaking one, too. But there’s also plenty of poverty and urban challenges, and, if you’re a teenager, the usual experiences…

The Golden City is a great setting for tween fiction

Middle Grade novels set in San Francisco reflect many different angles of the city: the tech angle and the shadow of Alcatraz and crime linked to it are just two of those. These five books use the city as a backdrop to their stories to great effect.

Al Capone Does My Shirts, by Gennifer Choldenko (2006)

Step this way.

In the early days of TikTok, there weren’t many book recommendations, or really anything else that was bookish. But, perhaps in large part because we were all trapped at home for so much of 2020, the app exploded in popularity and started expanding far beyond the original content of lip…

For when you’ve already read Circe and The Song of Achilles

When classics feel a little intimidating, a good way in can be retellings. There are a lot of great ones around these days, and they introduce diversity into the often very white, very heterosexual world of Western fairylates, Greek myth, Jane Austen novels, or Shakespearean plays.

Some Tricks to Help You Win

Suddenly, it’s September, and we’ve got just a few weeks before the annual writer fest that is NaNoWriMo begins. Having done this crazy challenge of writing a 50,000-word first draft of a novel a few times myself, I’ve got some advice as you look ahead.

Spend October getting ready

  • Stock your freezer with ready…

Claire Handscombe

Editor of WALK WITH US: How the West Wing Changed Our Lives; author of the novel UNSCRIPTED and of CONQUERING BABEL: a Practical Guide to Learning a Language.

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