Water for Elephants and Activism: 15 Years Later

Water for Elephants and Activism: 15 Years Later

Pop Culture

On May 26th of 2006, Sara Gruen published her third novel, Water for Elephants. This year marks the fifteenth anniversary of the book and the tenth anniversary of the film adaptation.     The story–written during National Novel Writing Month–was met with unprecedented success and took the contemporary literature world by storm. The book was added to recommended reading lists for Advanced Placement exams while simultaneously banned from schools for its explicit sexual content and brutal descriptions of animal abuse. Just five years later, the book was adapted for film with a star-studded cast.   Although this novel falls under …

7 Ghostly Books of Christmas Past: Stories to Read if You Love ‘A Christmas Carol’

7 Ghostly Books of Christmas Past: Stories to Read if You Love ‘A Christmas Carol’

Book Culture

On this day, 177 years ago, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was published, and his ghostly Christmas story quickly gained popularity and acclaim. Today, this yuletide tale is a holiday classic and one of the staples of the season. In honor of this publishing date anniversary, as well as this upcoming holiday, we’ve gathered a list of similar ghostly Christmas tales (both novels and short story collections) to balance your cheerful season with some creepy vibes!