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5 Memoirs That Will Change Your Life

Books have a way of shifting, molding, and changing the way in which we see the world. No genre does this quite as well as memoirs. There’s just something about reading the real-life experiences of another that not only elicits empathy and understanding, but also allows you to experience the world through the eyes of someone with whom you may have nothing in common.

Some of the best memoirs detail harrowing struggles in moving, viscerally honest prose. Others cover the author’s unique and interesting life experiences while offering the reader an intimate look into characteristics of different walks of life. All have the power to completely transform the way in which readers view the world. Without further ado, here are five memoirs which will rock your world.



1.) Lit by Mary Karr

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Every sentence in this book is like a slap in the face. Karr writes with masterful, excruciating honesty about her lifelong struggle with addiction and the strain it puts on each relationship in her life. Her voice is compelling and strong – the voice of someone who goes through something agonizing and comes out alive on the other side. Her memoir will challenge and change the way you think about addiction, love, relationships, and religion. Lit is the kind of book that leaves you both satiated and starving for more.


2.) Boy Erased by Garrard Conley

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Garrard Conley details his struggle with his sexuality and faith after being outed while in college to religious parents in Boy Erased. He attends a 12-step conversion therapy program with the initial goal of changing his sexuality and strengthening his faith. Through his journey, Conley closely examines the intricate ties between family, faith and forgiveness in this powerful memoir.



3.) Negroland by Margo Jefferson

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Margo Jefferson’s memoir Negroland explores the tensions of growing up in an upper-middle class black household in Chicago. Jefferson boldly studies the crosses of race, wealth and class as she experiences them throughout her childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Negroland is written with sharp introspection and compelling prose, tackling huge issues with brilliance and bravery.


4.) Educated by Tara Westover

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In this #1 New York Times Bestseller, Tara Westover tells the story of her pursuit of an education after growing up the child of dedicated survivalists in the Idaho mountains. Westover’s first experience in a classroom comes when she is 17 years old, and in Educated she frames how her own drive for knowledge presents struggles and triumphs as well as connection and isolation as she forges further away from home. Educated is a story of coming-of-age and identity detailing Westover’s navigation between family allegiance and individual passion and drive.



5.) Abandon Me by Melissa Febos

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Abandon Me closely examines love, intimacy, and relationships with invigorating honesty and vulnerability. Melissa Febos weaves the story of the bonds which mark her life: the tumultuous relationship with the sea captain stepfather who raised her, the passionate and intense affair she has with a woman, and the mystery of her reconnection with her birth father. Febos writes with stunning honesty, crafting a memoir packed full with universal truths sure to strike a chord with any reader.


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7 Contemporary Adaptations of Classic Novels

Everyone likes an adaptation, and sometimes the best adaptations are underground. Here are seven picks from YouTube, perfect for marathoning, all based on classic novels and set in the modern era. No matter whether you’re a fan of Jane Austin, William Shakespeare, or Charlotte Bronte, there’s something for every classic book lover. Watch away!


1. Nothing Much To Do


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If you like Much Ado About Nothing, get ready for Nothing Much to Do, an adaptation from New Zealand in vlog format, this time set at Messina High. All the accusations, the threats, and a few serenades on ukulele, this modern adaptation has all the humor and hatred you love, while also featuring a plastic flamingo. A must watch.

Based on Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare



2. Autobiography of Jane Eyre 


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Fans of Jane Eyre will appreciate the tragedy and measured pace of Autobiography of Jane Eyre. Filmed as a video diary, this series follows nursing student Jane as she leaves school, becomes a governess, and falls for the master of the house. Covering all the original beats of the story with inventiveness and heart, it has all the Gothic appeal of the original. Plus Adele is cute.

Based on Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte


3. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries 


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A classic, and for good reason. Thorough plotting, well paced character development, and silly costumes make this series compulsively watchable. Elizabeth is very much herself, lovable, judgmental, caringJane is sweet and decisive, Kitty is an actual cat, and Lydia is gleeful and wild. Set in California, Lizzie is a grad student with no interest in marriagemuch to her mother’s chagrin.

Based on Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austin



4. In Earnest


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Seriously, this web series is good. I’m not joking. You might say I’m Earnest, but honestly, who isn’t? Oscar Wilde’s classic is reimagined probably exactly as he would have wanted itwith everyone confused and overdressed. At just fifty episodes, it’s an excellent binge watch, and relatable, at least if you’ve ever wondered how to propose to someone you’ve given a false name.

Based on The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde


5. Emma Approved


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In this adaptation, Emma runs a PR firm with her brother-in-law, George Knightly. Some great parties, some terrible decisions, and outrageous confidence make this a fun and lighthearted series, despite any low moments. Fans of Austin will be thrilled, and if you’re not yet obsessed, you will be.

Based on Emma by Jane Austin



6. Anne With An E 


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If you can’t wait to return to Green Gablesor visit for the first timeGreen Gables Fables is a delightful and heartwarming take on the classic story. Never discouraged, Anne’s passion and creativity make this series sing, and even at one-hundred-fifty episodes (the longest on this list), it seems too short.

Based on Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery


7. Jules and Monty


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This adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy may have slightly less murder, but it has just as much tragedy as the original. The clash between two warring fraternities reaches new heights. Even with a lower mortality rate, this is still a tear jerker, so be warned. It’s also the shortest series on this list, with only twenty-one episodes.

Based on Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare



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Owen King to Adapt ‘Sleeping Beauties’ for TV

A father-son King project is now in development for television! The Stephen King renaissance continues with the adaptation of Sleeping Beauties.


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The original novel, a collaboration between Stephen King and his son, Owen King, asks ‘What would happen if women disappeared from the world?’


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In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent. And while they sleep they go to another place, a better place, where harmony prevails and conflict is rare.

One woman, the mysterious “Eve Black,” is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Eve a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain? Abandoned, left to their increasingly primal urges, the men divide into warring factions, some wanting to kill Eve, some to save her. Others exploit the chaos to wreak their own vengeance on new enemies. All turn to violence in a suddenly all-male world.

Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is a wildly provocative, gloriously dramatic father-son collaboration that feels particularly urgent and relevant today.



This suspense filled, horror, mystery, is now in development to being adapted into a pilot episode for its own television series. AMC is the TV network behind the newly anticipated pilot episode.

The writer for the script will be none other than Owen King himself, bringing his and his father’s work to life, and this is not his first time adapting his father’s work for television.

Recently, Owen was a producer, and according to Entertainment Weekly a writer, for CBS’ newest addition to their exclusive “All Access” content, The Stand.

Thankfully, unlike CBS and their “All Access” content that’s watchable only if you pay monthly, AMC comes with your cable, so long as you have the channel that is. Hopefully Owen and the rest of the AMC crew won’t rest until Sleeping Beauties is finished for our haunting entertainment.



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Actor Sheds Some Love and Light On the People Who Say He’s Not “Asian Enough”

It was just yesterday…err last month…that Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan discussed narrowly avoiding white-washing of his novel, after a Hollywood producer sought to change the race of the main character for an adaptation. While Kwan declined the change, preserving the cultural representation he clearly sought, the issue has arisen yet again.


After the cast of the upcoming adaptation was announced, fans took issue with the inclusion of actor Henry Golding whose half-British half-Malaysian heritage was seen as too diverse (and not quite Asian enough) for the role. 



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One of his critics happened to be Hollywood actress Jamie Chung (Once Upon A Time) who called his casting “bullshit”.


In an interview with CBS Chung complained about her inability to book a role in Crazy Rich Asians because director Jon Chu wanted someone ethnically Chinese. When she learned that Henry Golding is half-white, Chung called out the “loopholes” in which actresses like her “get screwed”. 


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Considering the fact that Golding is half-Malaysian, and has been cast for the role of a character born in Singapore, fans are perplexed by the reaction. Golding is no exception.


In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Golding expressed the “hurt” the criticism caused him, particularly coming from the Asian community. 


For me, it was almost like being kind of stabbed in the back. I was like, ‘Aren’t we meant to be in this boat together? Aren’t we meant to strive together for something bigger than these boundaries that we’re putting on ourselves instead of bullying each other?’


Golding also told Variety:


There are many arguments, for and against. Am I Asian enough? I was born here, I have lived 17 years of my life here, so for me, I feel more Asian than anything. I was proud to be able to represent Asia. There are some sour people out there, but we should be getting together and fighting for something bigger, rather than Asians against Asians.


He called to attention the unfair nature of this criticism considering the production crew were ultimately responsible for signing him on and wouldn’t have cast him if they thought it inappropriate. “Everybody has their own opinion, but John [Penotti], Warner Bros., and producer Nina Jacobson chose the actor they thought could portray Nick Young best,” he said.


Golding was born in Singapore, and has lived there for a considerable amount of time, do the negative reaction from fans seems undeserving. Being of a mixed-race background doesn’t dilute the cultural background and/or identification of an individual, nor does it make him any less qualified to represent a character of the same race on film. 


Fans and critics alike can catch Golding’s performance in Crazy Rich Asians when it hits theaters in August 2018. 


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How to: Survive The Holidays Using Just a Book

With Thanksgiving this week, the holiday season is officially here! For me, Thanksgiving is the less stressful of the Schuhmacher holidays, though both are exhausting. Here are five ways you can escape the family insanity, especially if you’re anything like me, and are six months into having moved halfway across the country and haven’t seen your family since you moved away from home. Can’t wait!!

1. Be a student and either be stressed or look stressed.


I’m not going to lie, this trick is the most effective if you’re a college student. My sophomore year of college, I got out of a pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving brunch with my very extended family by merely bringing along a copy of whatever Norton Anthology we happened to be reading that semester. 


I didn’t open it, no of course not, I just stared at it and occasionally sighed and was excused from the table immediately following my last bite of smoked salmon eggs Benedict because “oh Honey, you just look so stressed out!”


I was pushed out the door to “go study” with a roadie full of Whiskey Sour and went home to take a very long, very needed nap.




2. Be a dad and you can pretty much get away with anything.


I don’t know how my dad does it, but every year, without fail, he gets out of our annual Christmas Eve post-Church family coffee and chocolate mousse political discourse. I find him laying completely horizontal with an outdoorsy hardback, typically fly fishing but also sometimes Colorado’s top rated trails. Barely out of the watchful eye line of my mother, who would also rather be doing pretty much anything else than listening to Uncle Buzzy talk about tax cuts and health insurance, my father is sunk so low into whatever couch that we’re mildly concerned that his knees might give out on his way back up.


3. Be the “cool cousin” and take a kid off the exhausted hands of your aunts and uncles.


I am the third-eldest of twenty-six first cousins, so I have twenty-three excuses to get out of the holiday happiness. In a family with so many offspring, one of the easiest ways to get out of the chaos is by asking whichever aunt most recently had a child if you could “take the cutie off her hands for a minute, read them a book, you know, whatever”


Once you’ve read them the book and they’re either distracted or asleep, then you get to go off and do the whatever. My whatever often included raiding my grandfather’s bookshelf, it’s why I have such an affinity for Clive Cussler.


4. If you’re in charge of cooking, that’s a built in excuse!


Seriously, stick your nose deep in that cookbook and only come up for air once everyone’s calmed the F down. 


5. Literally just read the book and ignore everyone that tries to talk to you.


Because that’s true happiness.


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