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The top 100 most searched for out-of-print books in 2013

What do Ray Bradbury, Madeleine L’Engle, Arthur Hailey, Nora Roberts, Stephen King, Salvador Dali and Dick Cheney’s wife have in common? They all appear on the annual BookFinder.com list of the top 100 most searched for out-of-print books in North America. As usual, the list is topped by Madonna and her famous spiral-bound Sex photo-book, […]

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Trailer for Controversial Film “Two Mothers”, Adapted from Doris Lessing

As of now in 2013, Doris Lessing is 93. She was born in 1919 and her second novel, published in 1956, was titled Retreat to Innocence. All of this, coupled with her round, sweetly wrinkled face and penchant for wearing her white hair parted at the middle and pulled back into a bun, might give […]

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Fifty Shades of Chicken: a Parody Cookbook

While I absolutely love chicken, and would enjoy learning new methods to prepare it, and this might even be a legitimately good cookbook, I think it is safe to say that 50 Shades of Grey has now officially jumped the shark. Yes, there is a parody cookbook called Fifty Shades of Chicken by F.L. Fowler […]

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Banned Books Trading Cards from the Lawrence Public Library

Since 1982, the last week of September has been known as Banned Books Week, and is a time to reflect on censorship in the literary world, celebrate the freedom of information and access to literature, and review the most frequently banned and challenged titles today. For the annual observance of Banned Books Week last week, […]

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50 Shades of Grey Cupcakes

The publishing sensation that just won’t quit… still hasn’t. E.L. James’ naughty, erotic Fifty Shades Trilogy still shows little signs of slowing. Rumors abound about who’s playing Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in the movie version. Police sketch composite technology is used to generate a picture of Christian Grey. Otherwise respectable women in their thirties […]

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Feminist Ryan Gosling to Play Christian Grey?

Ahahaha. Wow, I never thought I would find a way to incorporate the term “feminist” and the term “Christian Grey” into the same blog post title. Kudos to me. Two vaguely literary items of note regarding the gorgeous golden god that is Ryan Gosling: 1) The web site “Feminist Ryan Gosling” now has an accompanying […]

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Watch Out Fifty Shades of Grey – Classic Literature Gets Eroticized

Oh Gods, kill me now. According to the Time Magazine NewsFeed, who I can only pray are having some peculiarly-timed April Fool’s-style laugh at our expense, things are about to get a whole lot worse. Publishers eager to cash in on the current craze of….”mommy porn”….*shudder* are reportedly planning to release steamier versions of some […]

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The Shocking Ms. Wharton: Edith’s Erotica

We recently put together a feature highlighting some of the life and books of Edith Wharton. As you can see from the article, when we think of Edith Wharton, we tend to think of a very buttoned-up woman. Serious literary writing, gardening, maybe some architecture and interior design…. but erotica? Edith Wharton? Apparently, yes. Michelle […]

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A Christian Grey Cake – 50 Shades of Grey Goes Bakery

We usually try to keep the content between our AbeBooks UK blog and this blog different, but this entry was just too good not to steal. I’m sorry to come back to Fifty Shades of Grey once again but frankly there is a story a day at the moment. Richard’s Cakes (their tagline is ‘Quality […]

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A Glimpse of Christian Grey from 50 Shades of Grey

Picture using image-composite technology. But instead of using it for police purposes to track down a criminal, it is instead to titillate and engage millions of lust-crazed fans of the bestselling erotica phenomenon Fifty Shades of Grey (you can read my review of 50 Shades of Grey here). How? By creating your very own image […]

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