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Rachel Syme

Rachel Syme is a frequent contributor to NPR Books. She is the former culture editor of The Daily Beast, and has written and edited for Elle, Radar, Page Six Magazine, Jane,theNew York Observer, The Millions, and GQ.

  • Vacations are where we do some of our most serious thinking, but when it comes to summer reading, we often reach for mindless reads. This year, beautifully written memoirs — about unspeakable loss, motherhood and the process of healing — offer substantial stories that tear at the heart.
  • It's been 100 years since the sinking of the RMS Titanic, and the anniversary brings with it a barrage of literature. Former NPR editor Rachel Syme has been keeping track of the new releases and lists her favorites here. Do you have a favorite Titanic book? Let us know in the comments.
  • The season of pleasure reading is upon us, and the publishing world has readied a handful of thrilling titles to be released just in time for the summer heat. After surveying the crop, here are our picks for fun reading in the sun.
  • After ten years, author Francine Pascal has written an update to her classic Sweet Valley Highseries — and Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody is writing a movie about the original Sweet Valleybooks. Rachel Syme reports on the continuing phenomenon that is the Wakefield sisters.