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Plague Plots: Dispatches From Geraldine Brooks

"Person of the Year" 1666 -- Anna Frith, the hero of Geraldine Brooks' Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague. To escape present-day harsh realities, one might do well to turn to literary portrayals in which lives are elevated. In Year...Show More Summary

How Sharing Your Story Can Save Your Life (If You Let It)

When I started writing in a journal at the age of eleven, I knew instinctively that something had clicked into place. Some odd, misshapen piece of me that had previously resigned itself to loneliness had found a home. The words once tangled up inside my messy, prepubescent mind were untangled and straightened out into sentences. Show More Summary

The Books We Loved in 2014

Each year, millions of books make their way through The New York Public Library system. With so many books to choose from, it would seem an impossible task for our librarians to select their favorites. But, shockingly, it wasn't nearly as difficult as we thought! Below are the favorite books NYPL staff read in 2014. Show More Summary

The Shock to Come: A Writer Takes on Economics and Finance

It is a short book -- barely 100 pages. Published by a small house (Les Liens Qui Libèrent). Available in good bookstores since the end of the summer -- and yet to be reviewed, as far as I know, in any newspaper or magazine. François...Show More Summary

Success in Midlife and Afterlife: At Sea with P.D. James

When I boarded the Queen Elizabeth 2 at Southampton, UK, for my first Atlantic crossing in August 2002, I felt like an impostor. We had invited Levenger customers to join me on an Authors' Cruise, and they had accepted. Or at least,Show More Summary

7 Books To Read Now That 'Serial' Is Over

We know that you and everyone you know listened to "Serial." Now that it's over, fill the void with 7 books that the team at XOXO After Dark are reading to satisfy our true crime obsession. The Alienist by Caleb Carr The Gilded Age gets...Show More Summary

Another Compelling Novel By The Author Of 'Station Eleven'

By Suzanne Donahue for Off the Shelf When a publisher asks you to review a book, in this case, Last Night in Montreal, and the book is written by Emily St. John Mandel, whose latest book, Station Eleven, was nominated for the National Book Award, you have to take the request seriously. Show More Summary

Last Minute Xmas

If you rush to your bookstore or computer, you can purchase these books for last-minute Christmas giving. There is something for him (How to Roast), something for her (The Kitchn) and something for folks eager to cook more fish in 2015...Show More Summary

The 12 Days of Editing

Sing along; you know the tune. On the 12th day of Christmas, the Internet gave to me... 12 misplaced apostrophe's. 11 tautological, repetitive, superfluous, iterative redundancies. 10 anthropomorphisms, who need love, too. 9 gratuitous...Show More Summary

Unearthing Ted Turner: Last Stand Is a Fascinating Read

When you hear these provocative topics -- female genital mutilation; rewilding the American West with bison, wolves and grizzly bears; dramatically transforming capitalism as we know it; eradicating nuclear weapons; the actress-activist...Show More Summary

Book Excerpt: A World of Giving

This article appears in the most recent issue of The Carnegie Reporter Today, many of America's most prominent foundations support institutions or programs abroad, but few have been active on the global stage for as long as Carnegie Corporation of New York. Show More Summary

Four Things Writers Need to Deal With Rejection

Back before email, there were days when I would get several rejections from magazines in one day, which meant big fat manilla envelopes in my mailbox. If I happened to be there when the mailman was filling the boxes in our apartment building, it also meant pitying looks from him. Show More Summary

Conscience and the 1914 Christmas Truce

In the throes of one of the most destructive and dehumanizing wars in world history, something extraordinary occurred, never to be repeated. It happened on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1914. The "Great War" had been raging, inconclusively, for five ferocious months. Show More Summary

Librarians! What Are We Hiding?

I've worked behind the circulation desk of my local public library for 15 years and I love my job. But that job has gone through plenty of changes. When I began, library work was all about the books. These days, while our patrons still...Show More Summary

10 Surprising Literary Facts for Christmas

My blog, Interesting Literature: A Library of Literary Interestingness, is celebrating its second birthday this month. Launched on December 1, 2012, the website aims to share surprising and intriguing nuggets and factoids about famous literary works. Show More Summary

Art And The Family Narrative

The other morning I was cleaning my office. Rooting through a stash of bad first novel drafts, I found a cassette tape labeled "The Harry Mayhew Project." I didn't know that I had it -- the one recording of my grandfather's voice. IShow More Summary

Sadly, Rachel Maddow Just Insulted Every Independent Bookseller in America

Sometimes in their zeal to make a point, newscasters use an historic event to make a point about a current story. And sometimes, when they do so, they distort the facts about that prior event beyond all recognition. That's what happened on the Rachel Maddow show on December 19. Show More Summary

The Top 10 Bestselling Gay Sex Books of 2014

As a sex-advice columnist, I like to keep up with the latest books on gay sex. Given how obsessed gay men are with the subject, you'd think this category would be producing more titles than an automatic profile generator on Grindr, but it isn't. Show More Summary

The Chronicles of Gringolandia

"Today America chooses to cut loose the shackles of the past," President Obama declared in a televised address on Dec. 17 as Raul Castro simultaneously addressed Cuba: after a half-century, diplomatic relations between the United States...Show More Summary

Need a Last Minute Gift? Try the Local Comic Shop

If you're looking for a last minute holiday gift for the nerd in your life, do your best to eschew the big stores and instead take a gander into your closest comic book store. (You can use the handy comic shop locator service to find...Show More Summary

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