Tolani Osan

Tolani Osan

Tolani Osan joined Simon & Schuster’s Associate’s Program in 2015 where she spent her first rotation in S&S publicity. She recently earned a Master’s in Publishing & Writing from Emerson College. A daughter of Nigerian immigrants, Tolani enjoys literary fiction about the tensions between cultures and classes. Her favorite book is Khaled Hosseini’s “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” which she’s made a pact with herself to revisit every three years. She also founded and runs women’s interest blog,, and writes on topics such as fashion, food, perpetual “singledom”, and feminism. You can enjoy her musings about pop culture, fashion, and literature on twitter @dresscapades


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14 Book Recommendations Based On Your Favorite TV Shows

For every scandalous, heartrending, on-the-edge-of-your-seat-thrilling television show, there’s a fantastic book that’s sure to please fans while they await a new episode or season. Book lovers and shameless TV bingers can unite with this list of book recommendations inspired by some of the best shows on TV.

We the People: 10 Novels Featuring a Greek Chorus

Novels featuring a Greek chorus have recently taken center stage on my reading list. If you’ll recall from your Lit 101 course, the Greek chorus is rooted in the traditions of early Greek drama where a group of masked players commented in unison on the events taking place on the main stage. Characterized by an often unnamed “we” narrator and recognized in contemporary literature as the “collective voice,” the Greek chorus provides a bewitching disembodied voice that, when layered with dramatic action, makes for a truly absorbing read. These ten novels inspired by the tradition do just that.

12 Star-Studded Audiobooks That Are Like Movies for Your Ears

Hearing the audiobooks of ME BEFORE YOU and GIRL ON THE TRAIN ahead of their movie releases, I was so excited to hear the words come to life as I imagined the actors in their respective roles. The audiobooks on today’s list have gotten the Hollywood treatment, but in a different sense. No need to wait for them to hit the big screen, these audiobooks are read by some of the best actors of stage and screen.

13 Books from Mindy Kaling’s Bookshelf That Will Make You Love Her Even More

I can’t tell you the exact moment I declared Mindy Kaling my role model—maybe it was when I learned she penned some of my favorite episodes of “The Office,” or when I crowned her my personal fashion idol, or perhaps it was when her “The Mindy Project” character, Mindy Lahiri, hung a “Wreath Witherspoon” on her door and inspired DIY projects across the blogosphere. But I can tell you for certain my love for Mindy Kaling was solidified when I learned she loves books as much as I do. Here are some of her—and our—favorites.

Here’s What Happens When Things Fall Apart

On a Sunday afternoon, I read the heartrending climax of Chigozie Obioma’s debut novel, THE FISHERMEN, breathlessly. When I got up, I was in a literary-induced fugue: I stumbled into my car, momentarily forgetting how to turn it on, wandered the grocery store and left empty-handed, and even abandoned the rest of the day’s plans. My brain seemed to be emptied of everything but this engrossing Cain and Abel story that stupefies and confounds with every turn of a page.

A Hilarious Memoir of an Awkward Life

I’ve spent much of my twenties trying to come to terms with my awkwardness, cringing months—years, even—after any given social misstep. Enter Issa Rae, the queen of graceless girls like me. Her web series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” and hilarious resulting memoir provide an uncannily accurate and helpful guide for navigating the world as an awkward black girl.

13 Thought-Provoking Books from The Moth Podcast Storytellers

Inspired by the moths that would gather around the porch light while sharing stories with friends on sweltering Georgia nights, poet and novelist George Dawes Green founded The Moth, an acclaimed organization dedicated to the craft of storytelling. Raconteurs—some famous, most not—get on stage to tell their true stories, often in front of standing-room-only crowds. No notes, just the storyteller and a mic. The Moth Radio Hour, the resulting podcast, is magical, and often makes for a powerful and thought-provoking listen during commutes where I’ve both laughed and cried amongst strangers.  Here are thirteen books from authors who have stood on the Moth stage.

14 Recommended Reads From Reese Witherspoon

Oscar-winning actress and producer, mother, Southern-inspired apparel designer . . . book aficionado? Reese Witherspoon does it all, but currently I’m most impressed with her bookshelf. In addition to gorgeous photos of her covetable life, her Instagram account is brimming with remarkable book recommendations. Here are fourteen favorite Reese Witherspoon–approved books you’ll want on your own bookshelf.

10 Cross-Cultural Novels that Illuminate the World We Live In

Literature has long allowed us to travel to distant corners of the world without leaving our own beds. Some books, however, bring you to two worlds at once. Their pages illuminate how disparate cultures can reveal the mystery and beauty in each other and make us aware of the hardships, dreams, and hidden scars of those we share space with.

A Timeless and Tragic Masterpiece of Afghanistan

I had a transformative moment on the rooftop of my aunt’s Lagos home at nineteen. I was getting my hair braided, as the sleepy Nigerian town below me slowly awakened, and reading Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner. Hosseini’s soulful writing evoked in me a new appreciation of storytelling. But it was his follow-up, A Thousand Splendid Suns, that has been anointed as my favorite book—a book I always revisit with a fresh pair of eyes.

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