Fairy Tale Fridays is a weekly feature here on Dame’s Book Nook highlighting everything mythological and folkloric in the book world. This can be everything from anthologies, retellings, poetry, or nonfiction. 

The Classic Fairy Tales by Maria Tatar

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This Norton Critical Edition collects forty-four fairy tales, from the fifth century to the present. The Classic Fairy Tales focuses on six tale types: “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Snow White,” “Cinderella,” “Bluebeard,” and “Hansel and Gretel,” and presents multicultural variants and sophisticated literary rescriptings. Also reprinted are tales by Hans Christian Andersen and Oscar Wilde. “Criticism” gathers twelve essays that interpret aspects of fairy tales, including their social origins, historical evolution, psychological drama, gender issues, and national identities. A Selected Bibliography is included. 

This is an amazing little collection of essays, tales, and retellings filled with a wide variety of opinions, stories, and characters. I can honestly say that this is one of the books that inspired me to look deeper into the study of the fairy tale and how it shapes so many cultures. But it doesn’t just have that. It also has retellings from the likes of Angela Carter, Roald Dahl, and more. Reading this book leaves you both entertained and enlightened about such an integral part of literature, and I honestly recommend it for everyone, not just fairy tale lovers. 

…the membrane between fiction and nonfiction is thin as infant’s skin. I think our identities—the ones we live in the real world—are really made partly from stories that we build up around ourselves—necessary fictions—so that we can bear the weight of our own lives.
—  Lidia Yuknavitch, in an interview on The Rumpus (2015)

Last year, the National Association of Scholars looked at 341 colleges and universities and the 231 books they assigned.

The books are often selected by the campus — by professors, current students and the incoming class, or a combination. They tend to be contemporary reads: NAS’s 2014 report found that more than half of the books assigned were published after 2010.

In recent years, schools have featured books like Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Malcom Gladwell’s The Tipping Point and Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns.

This year’s selections cover a range of topics; many are nonfiction, and several focus on race, sex and other social issues.

From a community college in Kentucky to a liberal arts campus in Wisconsin, here are a few of the reading assignments for this year’s freshmen.

What The College Kids Are Reading

Photo: Lydia Thompson/NPR

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”

—from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Hey booklr, do any of you all read non-fiction? ‘Cause I love fiction, I do, but probably about 80% of what I read is non-fiction and I just don’t see people talking about that much around here.

If you read non-fiction of any kind and would like to talk about it: like this or reblog this, or shoot me a message and I’ll follow you if I don’t already or we can chat. 

(Side note: that’s why studyblr posts sometimes appear on my blog because they’re talking non-fiction… or they have pretty stationary which I am a total sucker for)

“What we seek, at the deepest level, is inwardly to resemble, rather than physically to possess, the objects and places that touch us through their beauty.”

—from The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton

anonymous asked:

Describe yourself how you would describe a character you’re introducing

*cracks knuckles* Challenge Accepted.

She wasn’t sure what she was doing with her life. She had an idea of course, but then again everyone did these days. Everyone loved talking to her about her dreams, her ambitions, but nobody pointed out the improbability of a thing like that. The statistics that virtually proved she would never make it. The struggle those who had made it testified towards. 

No one talked to her about it, but she could see it in their eyes whenever she brought it up. She didn’t really need or want to talk about it. She knew the odds. She knew it was unlikely, but she wasn’t going to give up. Not because she was brave or fearless or ambitious… but because she wanted to win. 

She wanted to win, and if she gave up now then she may as well hand the trophy over to those who doubted her, and that definitely wasn’t going to happen. Not here, certainly not now. 

Because this was her life. She was the author of her own story. She was writing this book, and she was damn well gonna give herself that happy ending.


Paleontologists recently announced the discovery of 10 new prehistoric rodent species found at the NPS John Day Fossil Beds National Monument and nearby public land administered by the BLM. View the press release.

These new rodents were collected through decades of collaborative work throughout the John Day Basin by paleontologists from John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, the BLM in Oregon, the University of California - Berkeley, and the University of Washington. While the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument includes many of the important and best studied sites, the majority of fossil localities in the region were found on BLM-managed public lands.

Thanks to the right mixture of a good fossil record and layer upon layer of ancient volcanic ash, that nearby BLM land - Logan Butte - has about 40 million years of continuous history, which is enough to make this Oregon parcel very well known among the global paleontology community.

In a recent interview published in My Public Lands Magazine Summer Edition, retired BLM Paleontologist John Zancanella  and NPS Curator Josh Simmons share the fascinating history of Logan Butte and surrounding areas. Read the magazine article.

by Milan Kundera

From the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, an unexpected and enchanting novel—the culmination of his life’s work.

Casting light on the most serious of problems and at the same time saying not one serious sentence; being fascinated by the reality of the contemporary world and at the same time completely avoiding realism—that’s The Festival of Insignificance. Readers who know Milan Kundera’s earlier books know that the wish to incorporate an element of the “unserious” in a novel is not at all unexpected of him. In Immortality, Goethe and Hemingway stroll through several chapters together talking and laughing. And in Slowness, Vera, the author’s wife, says to her husband: “you’ve often told me you meant to write a book one day that would have not a single serious word in it…I warn you: watch out. Your enemies are lying in wait.”

Now, far from watching out, Kundera is finally and fully realizing his old aesthetic dream in this novel that we could easily view as a summation of his whole work. A strange sort of summation. Strange sort of epilogue. Strange sort of laughter, inspired by our time, which is comical because it has lost all sense of humor. What more can we say? Nothing. Just read.