No Friend but the Mountains: A Refugee Narrative

No Friend but the Mountains: A Refugee Narrative

As the worldwide refugee crisis worsens, it can be difficult for news-watchers to put a human voice to the millions of people who have been displaced from their homelands. However, the Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani has been making waves with his book No Friend but the Mountains which chronicles his tumultuous experience as an asylum seeker.   Image Via Newsroom.unsw.edu.au   The book document Boochani’s life after becoming incarcerated by Australian authorities in an attempt to seek refuge in the country. He was sent off to Christmas Island, about 2,000 miles off the north-west coast of Australia, and later on …

‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ Debuts on Netflix

‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ Debuts on Netflix

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was released last weekend on Netflix. The film is based off of Jenny Han’s 2014 novel of the same name which saw wide success, spending 40 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list in the Young Adult fiction section and getting published in 30 different languages!   image via Barnes and noble   The plot follows Lara Jean Covey—a sixteen-year-old half-Korean, half-white girl living in Virginia—who keeps love letters to all the boys she has ever loved in a hatbox given to her by her late mother. Chaos ensues when all …

Is It Okay to Judge a Book by Its Cover?

Is It Okay to Judge a Book by Its Cover?

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I have a confession to make: I judge books by their covers. I know, I know, it’s a cardinal sin⁠—but I can’t help it.  When I see a book with big shiny letters and a chiseled man toting a gun, I think spy novel. When I see two lovers clasping each other over a curly cue font, I think bawdy romance. When I see an artsy photo with minimalist typeface, I think indie novel.   Image via amazon   A good cover hints at what to expect from a book. It is, effectively, a marketing tool. But it’s also much …

Founder of Sex Club, Snctm, to Tell All in New Book

Founder of Sex Club, Snctm, to Tell All in New Book

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Ever wonder what it’s like to attend a swanky NYC erotic club that charges a $75,000 membership fee? I know I have. I also know that us ninety-nine-percenters will never have access to that strange, glitzy world—but we will have a tell-all book in the near future.   Featured Image via Wochit News   Damon Lawner, the founder of New York’s most exclusive sex club, Snctm, has recently sold his business and is writing a book about his experience.   image via national inquirer   Snctm has been notoriously secretive in the years since its inception, but notable A-list celebrities …

Turn Your Texts into a Book

Turn Your Texts into a Book

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A long time ago, people used pen and paper to write messages to one another. These messages were hand-delivered by something known as ‘the postal service’ so that the recipient could cherish the physical copy of the note for as long as they liked. This archaic method of communication, also know as ‘letter writing,’ has been usurped by what us modern-folk call ‘texting.’   image via keepster   When I receive a handwritten letter from a friend, I tend to keep it stored away. There’s something precious about this type of correspondence, and it’s always a pleasure to look back …