Taylor Noel

Taylor Noel

Taylor Noel started working for Scribner’s publicity department in 2015. She interned at Algonquin Books and Folio Literary Management while completing her studies at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Taylor tends to read mostly literary fiction and memoirs, but will also dabble in upmarket commercial fiction with historical, transcultural, or apocalyptic settings, as well as popular young adult. You can find her on Instagram @books_with_taylor.

Posts by Taylor Noel

15 Dystopian Novels for People Who Don’t Read Dystopian Novels

With dystopian classics like George Orwell’s 1984 and Margaret Atwood’s THE HANDMAID’S TALE resurfacing at the top of bestseller lists, it may feel like the world is ending–or at least radically changing. As we imagine what the future holds, we’re reminded of these 15 talented writers who envisioned, and perhaps warned, of a future more sinister than we’d like to imagine.

12 Debut Novels You Won’t Want to Miss

I’m losing my mind over the amazing crop of new novels slated for publication in 2017. The excitement over highly anticipated new novels from Paula Hawkins, Celeste Ng, and Nickolas Butler may actually induce heart palpitations. But I shouldn’t get ahead of myself. While some of these books are already out, we still have months to wait before most hit bookstores. To quell your impatience, make sure you’ve read the dazzling debut novels and story collections that first introduced these writers to the world.

15 Stories of Betrayal to Read for the Ides of March

My introduction to Shakespeare’s JULIUS CAESAR was when my sixth-grade teacher made our class read the play aloud for “dramatic effect.” I read the part of Calpurnia. There is something searing about watching a painfully awkward sixth-grade boy theatrically cry out, “Et tu, Brute?” Needless to say, I never forget the Ides of March. This year I’m celebrating with 15 other works of fiction with dramatic and memorable betrayals.

Welcome to Someone Else’s Dysfunctional Family

I love reading novels with dysfunctional characters. Something about their utter inability to get it together makes me feel so much better about my own moments of ineptitude. I may have accidentally forgotten to pay my electric bill last week, but I’ve never been so overwhelmed with responsibility that I disappear on my family like Bernadette in Maria Semple’s WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE. Sure, I’ve embarrassed myself after a drink too many once or twice, but I certainly haven’t squandered an entire inheritance after a drunk driving accident like Leo in Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s THE NEST.

And I may be a poor twentysomething trying to make it in New York City, but I’m so glad I’m not a grad-school dropout living at home and unable to face reality like Cal in Kris D’Agostino’s THE SLEEPY HOLLOW FAMILY ALMANAC.

12 Overlooked Novels with Southern Roots

I love living in New York, but sometimes I need a little fix of Southern comfort. Books are cheaper than airfare, and there is no shortage of nationally acclaimed literature from the South. Of course y’all have all heard of the classics—GONE WITH THE WIND, THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN, UNCLE TOM’S CABIN, or BELOVEDbut the well of amazing and provocative Southern novels runs much deeper. So go pour yourself an ice cold sweet tea, sit back in your rocker, and crack open one of these lesser known novels set below the Mason Dixon line.

An Eerie and Mesmerizing Mystery in Remote Australia

I picked up Evie Wyld’s All the Birds, Singing primarily because of its gorgeous and intriguing cover. It reminded me of the James Herriot stories my mom read with me when I was a kid. You know those books—the ones with the stunning watercolors of border collies herding fluffy white sheep across luscious green fields in England.

An Entertaining Riot of a Read About the Modern-Day South

I grew up in the South. I wore bows in my hair, pearls around my neck, Lilly Pulitzer sundresses, and Jack Rogers sandals. I was invited to be a debutante and I pledged a sorority. Needless to say, the importance of a well-manicured appearance has been impressed upon me, and I’ve also witnessed my fair share of bad behavior from elite Southern women. Still, I don’t think anything could have prepared me for the striking world of Cheshire, an exclusive residential community in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which is at the heart of Helen Ellis’s first book, Eating the Cheshire Cat.

A Lyrical Love Story Across Decades and Continents

Being raised in a family of readers, I was quick to absorb every book my parents put in my hands. By fourth grade, I was filching my parents’ books off nightstands, coffee tables, and deliberately high shelves. I still remember the look of terror on my dad’s face when he discovered his eleven-year-old daughter reading Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth at two in the morning. Needless to say, my parents and I had a chat about “age-appropriate books.” While I have moved past the times of censored library privileges, my parents and I still don’t always agree on books. With Jan-Philipp Sendker’s debut novel, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, though, there is no debate. It is unanimously one of the best books we have ever had the immense pleasure of reading.

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