Kerry Fiallo

Kerry Fiallo

Kerry Fiallo is a New York native and copywriter at Simon & Schuster. A lifelong voracious reader, she has a particular fondness for ghost stories, history, and anything to do with Mary Shelley, Ada Lovelace, and the Brontë sisters. The only thing she may love more than books is black tea, but they do often go well together. You can find her as she navigates through literature and history on Twitter @ReadingInNYC and on Tumblr.

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13 Gripping Novels Inspired by True Crimes

We all love reading thrillers—from murder mysteries to gripping heists—but sometimes we are even more intrigued by a thriller when it is based on startling true events. Below are several of our favorite examples of fast-paced and suspenseful novels that were inspired by true crimes and shocking incidents throughout history.

Who Wrote That?: 12 Books Written Under Pen Names

The use of pen names is as old as literature itself. Every genre has its share; our childhoods are littered with them (Dr. Seuss and Carolyn Keene ring a bell?). But few of us realize that some of our most beloved books of adulthood are written under pen names. Below are several of our favorite examples of pseudonymous (yes, that is a real word) works, from a classic of espionage fiction to contemporary science fiction and a certain bestselling literary series.

8 Books That Will Make You Laugh When Politics Make You Want to Cry

US and global politics are no laughing matter. That is, unless you’ve tuned in to the 2016 presidential election and witnessed the many cringe-worthy moments that have bordered on absurdity. To help make sense of it all (or at least find some humor in it), we’ve collected this list of books to help us look at politics from a more humorous perspective.

The More, the Merrier: 12 Books Penned By Multiple Authors

We’ve seen a recent rise in novels with multiple authors, so much so that it’s clearly not just a flash-in-the-pan trend. In fact, novels with two or even more authors have become both bestsellers and classics. We’ve collected some our favorite unique and intriguing tales written by pairings of talented authors.

13 Books About Books for Big Book Nerds

Few people love books as much as we do. Authors might be the exception to that rule. It’s no wonder, then, that so many have included books as crucial plot points in their novels, often crafting brilliant stories within stories. For a meta reading experience, here are thirteen great novels in which books play a prominent role—usually instigating the plot.

12 Engaging Reads for Students in Life’s Classroom

The beginning of a new school year always brings so much promise and possibility—cracking open the spines of new books to challenge you, engage you, take you to new worlds. In honor of back-to-school season, here are twelve eye-opening, thought-provoking books for a master class of your own.

Dickens Meets Austen in This Novel of Britain’s Industrial Revolution

When I worked in a bookstore, the subject of favorite novels came up often among the employees, and the subject of our favorite corresponding BBC adaptations came up just as often. They kind of go hand-in-hand, especially when you read a lot of Victorian fiction.

A Laugh-Out-Loud Look at American History

American history is anything but a stodgy affair; it’s exciting, tragic, suspenseful, and horrifying. Probably even more surprising is that it can make you laugh—if you have the right teacher, that is. And Sarah Vowell, author of the new LAFAYETTE IN THE SOMEWHAT UNITED STATES and former editor of “This American Life,” is a great teacher. Her previous book, ASSASSINATION VACATION, is the perfect example of how history, especially when it is not about the victors, is fascinating, funny, and heartbreaking.

11 Fascinating Books That Will Turn You Into a True Crime Junkie

From “Serial” to “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” the true crime genre has seen a recent renaissance in pop culture. Tales of murder, mayhem, robbery, and corruption have always been compulsively readable for true crime fans. Here are expertly written true crime books where you can discover some of the darkest and oddest moments in history. Even if you’re not a true crime junkie, you’ll enjoy these compelling narratives and fascinating tales.

Come On In, the Water’s Fine

Growing up on the Jersey Shore, summer meant three things to me: ice cream, boardwalk rides, and sharks. Sharks and New Jersey always went hand in hand in my mind because of one strange, isolated anomaly of nature: the Jersey Shore shark attacks of early July 1916. A century later, the effects of these attacks, in which five people were bitten—and only one survived—still reverberate not only in New Jersey but throughout the national consciousness.

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