F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby offers an intriguing, unexpected look at love in its many forms. With the complicated relationships among Gatsby, Daisy, Tom, Nick, Jordan, and the Wilsons, the book captures love at its most hopeful, selfish, and inevitable moments. Just in time for this weekend's much-anticipated movie release, we're taking a look at some of the novel's most famous quotes to see how love is portrayed in the popular story. Before you watch the relationships play out on the big screen, check out the surprising insights on love according to The Great Gatsby!
We love using Instagram to share what books we've been reading in our downtime, and we want you to share the titles you can't get enough of as well! We've rounded up all the page-turners you shared with us on Instagram — and if you'd like to get in on the book-club fun, then caption your pictures with the hashtag #POPBOOKS. From poolside mags to Kindle books in the airport to novels at the park, we love seeing not only what you're reading, but also how you're reading it. Check out what our readers have been flipping through now, and be sure to share your own #POPBOOKS with POPSUGAR Sex & Culture on Instagram!
Eye candy for art enthusiasts and sugar hounds alike, pastry chef Caitlin Freeman's new book, Modern Art Desserts: Recipes for Cakes, Cookies, Confections, and Frozen Treats Based on Iconic Works of Art ($16, originally $25), is definitely worth perusing! While Caitlin's desserts are currently sold at SFMOMA's Blue Bottle Coffee Bar, she masterfully breaks down the process into 27 recipes for the book that range from basic to downright ambitious.
What started as a field trip to SFMOMA for a college photography class, ironically shaped Caitlin's serendipitous path to becoming a master of sweets. The former co-owner of San Francisco's pastry shop Miette and current pastry chef for Blue Bottle Coffee Company, Caitlin blames her career change from aspiring photographer to pastry tycoon on Thiebaud's Display Cakes. "Once I discovered it, I found myself sneaking off for illicit visits while my classmates ogled the old Walker Evans photos," she writes.
We caught up with Caitlin to delve into the book's fascinating backstory. Keep reading to get the scoop on recipes from the book she swears anyone can do, her crazy kitchen renovation ideas, and more!
Some of our favorite authors are out with new novels this month, just in time for the beginning of beach season. The Da Vinci Code's Dan Brown is taking on Dante's Inferno, while the author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns is back with a book that travels from San Francisco to Kabul. There are also a number of promising memoirs and nonfiction titles out this month. Click through to find out what we're adding to our reading list.
Are books one of your biggest spending vices? You may think that great literature is worth any price, but buying books here and there can quickly add up. If you're a voracious reader, try to save money by getting some of your books for free through these means:
- Library: You won't need to spend a cent on books when you borrow from the library. And if you can't find a book you want in your local branch, you can put in a request for a book that's available in other branches to be sent to a library near you. And if ebooks are your favored way of reading, you can borrow ebooks for free from most libraries. Check out the other freebies from the library.
- Become a well-known reviewer: You can get free books from authors, even the acclaimed and famous ones, if you try this trick. A lot of times, you can even get the book ahead of its release. All you have to do is start building up a nice repertoire of really solid and detailed book reviews on Amazon or Good Reads, the social network for book recommendations. If your Amazon reviews are good, people will start voting on them, which may qualify you for Amazon's Vine program, an exclusive club that "invites the most trusted reviewers on Amazon to post opinions about new and prerelease items." And if you're a popular Good Reads reviewer, authors will start reaching out to you to review their books.
- Follow authors and book blogs: If you don't have time to review books, you can follow other reviewers or the authors themselves on their blogs to see when they host giveaways for their latest books. You may even get books ahead of their releases.
- Amazon free list: Online superstore Amazon has a huge collection of free ebooks. It has a top 100 free ebooks list that's regularly updated.
- Book swap: There are many sites that let you swap books with others for free. This includes bookmooch, paperbackswap, and even one that swaps eBooks, eBookFling. There may also be in-person book swaps in your city, so check out event sites like meetup to see if there are any local book swaps.
With The Great Gatsby movie coming out next month, now's the time for F. Scott Fitzgerald fans to dive into the best books written by and about the famous author. F. Scott's fascinating real-life romance with Southern-belle-turned-flapper Zelda has been studied nearly as much as his writing — including an onscreen interpretation in 2011's Midnight in Paris.
Eager to learn more about the author and his glamorous wife? To celebrate Gatsby's release, we've gathered a variety of must reads to help you get in the jazz age spirit. F. Scott's novels, letters, and short stories are a great start, but we've also included biographies and works of fiction that follow F. Scott, Zelda, and their tumultuous relationship. Stock up on these compelling reads now to immerse yourself in the thrilling "Roaring Twenties" of F. Scott's most famous work!
How much do you know about the world's most famous geeks? Get a glimpse into their personal and professional lives with one of these fascinating books. We've rounded up nine must-read biographies to help you learn about the smartest, savviest nerds.
You've heard about, witnessed, or maybe even watched remarkable athletes, but have you read about them? Searching for an inspiring story, we found three memoirs that have to be shared. From coach Pat Summitt's perspective on life to Olympian Amanda Beard's journey to find herself, it's clear that the podium is just a small piece of the overall journey. These books are honest and open accounts of three women who have fought their way to the top and will motivate you well beyond your next workout!
A Life Without Limits: A World Champion's Journey
A must read for anyone passionate about triathlons, A Life Without Limits ($15) is the firsthand account of Chrissie Wellington. In 2007, Chrissie won the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii — as a newcomer. But there's more to her than shaking up the sport and shocking the press. In this book, she opens up about a journey that has taken her around the world and the challenges she had to overcome, like anorexia and near-drowning. Bonus material: Chrissie includes a few diet, training, and motivational techniques that have helped fuel her through one of the world's most grueling events.
Sum It Up: 1,098 Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective
Simply put, Pat Summitt can handle anything that comes her way; after reading Sum It Up ($28), you'll know why. The all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history, Pat opens up about her victories and challenges, the biggest being early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Despite her devastating diagnosis in 2011, she continues to turn setbacks into success — all with a sense of humor!
In the Water They Can't See You Cry: A Memoir
Amanda Beard is more than the little girl holding her teddy bear at the 1996 Olympic Games. Not only did she go on to compete in three more Olympic games, winning a total of seven medals, but she also has an incredible story to go along with it. Beyond her smile, success, and cover spreads, she is honest about her struggles with depression, an eating disorder, and unhealthy relationships. Her story is real and inspiring. After all, In the Water They Can't See You Cry ($16).
The Fifty Shades of Grey cast is still one of the most-buzzed-about topics in Hollywood, and one actor, Stephen Amell, has addressed the rumor that he's up for Christian. Read what he said about his meeting with the studio, along with the comments of other stars like Emma Watson and Mila Kunis, who have recently addressed rumors or ideas that they could star in the sexy movie.
— Additional reporting by Becky Kirsch and Shannon Vestal
If you've been craving a good tell-all, April is your month. Former exchange student Amanda Knox is coming out with her much-anticipated memoir, and a behind-the-scenes look at the cutthroat world of morning TV will also hit shelves. Mixed in with those new titles are a time-traveling novel about Paris and a tale of two best friends who decide to marry when they're still single at 30. Get the scoop on those books and more with our roundup of this month's most promising new books.