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 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.

Pass the Popcorn: 10 Books to Read Before They Hit the Big Screen

From children’s classics to fairytale backstories, dramatic thrillers to inspiring biographies, books have always been source material for some of our greatest and most cherished films. Stories can live on the page and in our minds, but there’s nothing quite like seeing them come to life before your eyes. Here are some of the titles we can’t wait to see in theaters this year and beyond.

Reading Nora: 12 Essential Books for Every Nora Ephron Fan

Daughter. Sister. Mother. Wife. Writer. Feminist. Filmmaker. Icon. These are only a few of the words that describe Nora Ephron, the beloved individual known for her wit, honesty, and countless movie moments. Whether she was writing about true love, politicians, or Cosmopolitan, Nora just always seemed to get it, a friendly voice that reached out whenever we needed her most. Though she passed away in 2012, she left a hefty collection of work and inspired countless others. Here are some of our favorites in her canon, as well as other Nora-inspired titles to try.

13 Books to Help You Accept the Fact That You Can’t Get Hamilton Tickets

This year, the world’s been turned upside down by the hit musical “Hamilton.” Like many, we’ve fallen into what we’ve begun to affectionately call “a Hamil-hole”: blasting the soundtrack, searching for interviews, and sharing the #Ham4Ham videos. But when you’re going nonstop like this, what comes next? Reading, of course! Whether you’ve got tickets or not, here’s a list of required reading that will leave you—wait for it—satisfied.

Who’s Your Daddy? 15 Powerful Stories About Fathers

Whatever our relationship with them, fathers are an important part of our lives, providing guidance and wisdom—or at the very least, a few good stories. To celebrate and commemorate the paternal bonds that help make us who we are, here are our favorite father figures in truth and fiction.

War, Cheap Alcohol, and Good Old-Fashioned Journalism

Though I spent most of my high school and college years writing for newspapers, I never wanted to be a journalist after graduation. I do, however, like reading journalists’ memoirs, which is how I landed on The Taliban Shuffle. This high-octane memoir has been made into a film starring Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, and Billy Bob Thornton called Whiskey Tango Foxtrot  and will be in theaters March 4.

12 Oscar Nominated Films You Never Knew Were Based on Books

Some of the most beloved and respected films throughout history have found their stories in books. Just look at some of this year’s nominees—The Danish Girl, Brooklyn, The Revenant, Room, Carol (from Patricia Highsmith’s The Price of Salt) to name just a few—for proof. In advance of the 88th annual Academy Awards, here is a list of spectacular Oscar-nominated films—some winning, some overlooked (coughSHAWSHANKcough)—that were adapted from equally spectacular books.

Reading XXL: 15 Extra Long Books Perfect for Extra Long Winter Nights

We like big books and we cannot lie—we buy them, we shelve them, and we stare at them, promising that someday, when we have the time, we’ll read them. Winter is the perfect season for crossing some of those wonderful doorstops off your list. Pour that hot cocoa, grab that blanket, and settle yourself into your favorite reading spot. You’re going to be there for a while, and love every minute of it.

A Chance Encounter Leads to a Literary Goldmine

I came upon David Gilbert’s novel & Sons by chance: I was browsing the shelves of The Corner Bookstore, an Upper East Side landmark, during the summer of 2013 when I noticed that the staff was setting up rows of chairs for a reading. When I asked what event was about to take place, they told me that it was for a novel set in the New York literary world, about a reclusive author and his family. I was sold (and so was a copy of the book).

No Time Like the Present: 10 Books We’ll Finally Read in 2016

The New Year may have just begun, but as any bookworm will know, our to-read lists have been building for months! This year, one of our resolutions is to embrace the old and the new by means of reading the books we’ve always meant to read. From beloved classic novels to recent nonfiction, here are the titles we’re going to show some love in 2016.

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