Julianna Haubner

Julianna Haubner

Julianna Haubner joined the editorial team at Simon & Schuster in September 2014. A lifelong reader, she is most drawn to literary fiction, biography, cultural history, and narrative non-fiction; it’s her firm belief that every human should own a copy of Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things, and Empire Falls is the book that changed her life. When Julianna’s not reading and reviewing, she’s downloading podcast episodes as if there are more than 24 hours in a day, watching Bravo, baking, and running the Off the Shelf Instagram. You can follow her on Twitter @jhaubner2.

Posts by Julianna Haubner

The New “O” Book Club: 12 Fiction Picks from President Obama

President Obama has made it clear over the past 8 years that books are a big part of his life—whether he’s shopping on Small Business Saturday or releasing his vacation reading list. (Plus, he did an impressive interview with author Marilynne Robinson, which you can listen to here. Cross your fingers for a post–White House podcast!) A bestselling author himself, our reader-in-chief has followed his predecessors in recommending some great nonfiction titles, but has surprised us all by being a particularly prolific fiction reader as well. Here are some of the books he’s picked up during his time in office.

The XY Factor: 13 True Tales of Women Who Changed Science

Every year in classrooms across the country, students learn the names Einstein, Bell, Turing, Oppenheimer, and Salk. The list is important, but it’s also incomplete. Behind every great scientific development, there was likely a woman crunching the numbers, searching the details, and finding the key that solved everything. We managed to find some incredible books about these women and their achievements. Here are the ones we think you should check out first.

One Nation, Under Gods: Why Neil Gaiman’s Classic is More Relevant than Ever

When I was a senior in college, I wanted to try something different. Experiment, if you will. I was 20 years old, at a liberal arts college. No parents! No consequences! I was going to rebel, I was going to rage against the machine, and break away from all the traditions I had been raised in. I was going to finally do the one thing I had always wanted to do.

I was going to read Neil Gaiman.

12 Essential Alice Hoffman Books

One of the most prolific novelists in recent memory, Alice Hoffman is known for magical stories about love, marriage, betrayal, history, and friendship. Many of her books have hit the big and small screens with memorable characters and dazzling scenes; whether you’ve been a forever fan or are a newcomer to her work, Hoffman’s writing will have you hooked from the very first page. She’s just published her newest novel FAITHFUL, and to celebrate here’s a list of some of our Alice Hoffman favorites.

Sex, Lies & Politics: 11 Novels to Read On Election Day

In many ways, the 2016 election has been just like a bestselling novel: larger-than-life characters, unbelievable scenarios, heroes, villains, unexpected twists, and drama that’s impossible to look away from. But at Off the Shelf, we know that real-life politics can sometimes get a bit tiresome. So, we’ve created this list of historical, humorous, and thrilling fiction to give you a political fix when the news becomes just a little too much.

It’s the End of the World as We Know It: 13 Profound Books of Pessimism, Plagues, and Pandemics

It’s seemed that in this election cycle, the only thing that both sides can agree upon is that if their candidate is not chosen, it will be the end of our country as we know and love it. We here at Off the Shelf, in the spirit of unity, would like to offer a reminder that while things might seem bleak, they could be much, much worse (though we could probably learn a thing or two). Here is a list of our favorite books in which politics is the last thing on people’s minds, to take it off yours, too.

I Heart the 80s: 12 Radical Reads About Everyone’s Favorite Decade

There’s a saying that goes “Everything old is new again,” and nowhere is that more true than in our newfound nostalgia for the raddest decade in history. The ‘80s had it all: big hair, big news, and big stories. Here is a list of neon-bright books whose tones range from the silly to the serious and topics stretch from romance to Reagan. So, take out your scrunchies, turn up your boombox, and start reading!

Plus, a special eBook deal for Off the Shelf readers!

A Modern Classic About Friendship Formed Over Vodka and Tang

On my Goodreads shelf, you can pretty distinctly divide the books I’ve read into three categories. The first is the classics (Austen & Co.). The second, contemporary hits (yay, publishing!) that I’ve got to stay on top of to know what’s what. The third is a bit harder to define: they’re the ones published in the last fifty years or so by masters like Junot Díaz, Jay McInerney, Joan Didion, and Toni Morrison. They’re books that have lasted, but we can’t yet predict where they’ll be in a century (though if they’re not on our bookshelves, we’ve done something terribly wrong). I call them “the modern classics,” and one of my favorites is Meg Wolitzer’s THE INTERESTINGS.

The Remarkable Story of an Ordinary Man

As evidenced by my reviews of/obsession with EMPIRE FALLS and & SONS, stories about small towns and big families just hook me. I can’t really explain it—there’s just something about people and drama stuck in a contained space that’s guaranteed to please every single time.

Which is why, when I first heard of Annie Proulx’s Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award–winning novel THE SHIPPING NEWS, I knew it was probably for me.

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