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Alex Luppens-Dale

Alex Luppens-Dale won the “Enthusiastic Reader Award” all four years of high school. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and received her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. Her favorite genres are memoir, witches, and anything with cults. She lives in New Jersey. You can keep up with Alex's latest work at her website.

An Abbreviated History of American Girl Publishing in the ’90s

American Girl dolls were an iconic toy for many who grew up in the '90s. Here's a look into the books surrounding characters' stories.

Who Was Madeleine L’Engle?

Madeleine L'Engle, author of A Wrinkle In Time, left behind a legacy of timeless writing, from poetry to nonfiction to children's books.

Salman Rushdie and the Power of Stories

Who is Salman Rushdie? A look at the writer's oeuvre, the history of THE SATANIC VERSES, and his championing of free speech.

The Weird Optimism of Novels About Doomsday Cults

How reading fiction about doomsday cults can actually be an exercise in optimism and hope. Someone has to live to tell the story, after all.

To the Authors I’d Follow Anywhere

There are some authors who take you places you'd never expect to go and you'll follow them because they're just that good.

Why Did You Read So Much More as a Kid?

What made it possible for you to read nonstop as a kid, especially if now it's hard to read more than a handful of pages before falling asleep?

We Have Books at Home: How I Decide Which Books to Buy

I have come to think of my current book buying strategy as the “we have food at home” approach. Here's how it works.

Mrs. Dalloway and Her Flowers: An Analysis of the First Line of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway

The first line of Mrs. Dalloway is one of the best-known in literature. Here's a closer look at how it set up the rest of the novel.

Who Was Joan Didion?

After her passing, we look at who Joan Didion was, her influence on the literary world, and more.

Bookish Dragon Goods for Your Hoard

A collection of some of the most fun, unique, and just plain interesting dragon-themed bookish items for your collection.