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

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.

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.

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