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Add Glamour and Glitz to Your Life and Some Proper English as Well

"Someday the laws of glamour must be discovered, because they are so important that the world would be wiser now if Sir Isaac Newton had been hit on the head, not by an apple, but by a young lady." So wrote Booth Tarkington, a somewhat...Show More Summary

The Art of Book Signing 101

I've been doing book signings for quite a number of years now but I never get over the thrill of meeting people who enjoy reading my books and want an autographed copy of one. I've learned to relax, be myself, and enjoy the 'meet and...Show More Summary

THE STRANGER Is Not Up To Coben's Standards

Book Review - Jackie K Cooper THE STRANGER by Harlan Coben Harlan Coben is an author who possesses extreme talent in telling tales of suspense. His list of successful novels of this sort is huge. Sometimes, however, even the most talented have an off day and this is the case with Coben's latest novel THE STRANGER. Show More Summary

Book Review: Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry (and Antipsychiatry) Gets Told

When a non-fiction book by someone in power, like Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry by former American Psychiatric Association President Jeffrey Lieberman includes a description of dropping acid you know you're in for a fun read. Show More Summary

The Triangle Fire's Lasting Legacy

Frances Perkins was having tea with a friend when she heard the fire engines. They looked out to see a crowd rushing past them toward the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, whose top floors were shrouded in smoke and flames. Women and girls...Show More Summary

An Altruistic Terrorist?

In an essay/review in The New York Review of Books ("The Biology of Being Good to Others," NYRB, 3/19/15), H. Allen Orr revisits the question of how altruism can be equated with natural selection. The occasion of the piece is the publication of a book by David Sloan Wilson, Does Altruism Exist?: Culture, Genes, and the Welfare of Others. Show More Summary

How to Turn a Freebie Lover Into a Super Fan

A few years ago I worked on a project that was tied to Days of Our Lives. For those of you who grew up with soap operas (or maybe still try to catch them from time to time) you know that this show has been on the air for 50 years. At the time they had just released their 45th anniversary coffee table book. Show More Summary

Irvine Welsh Talks to The Book Doctors About Writing, America, Rejection and the 'Sex Lives of Siamese Twins'

Well, he's at it again. Yes, Irvine Welsh has produced another wild tale full of maniacal madness: The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins. Naturally it's got Siamese twins sexing it up and being surgically sawn in half. Murder, envy, lunatic kidnappers, media feeding frenzy, dildos pumping away like there's no tomorrow. Show More Summary

Top Ten Best-Selling Ebooks -- Week of March 21

The Girl on the Train hangs on at the top of the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List for eight weeks and counting. The novel by first-time author Paula Hawkins is joined this week by veteran James Patterson, whose NYPD Red 3 debuts at No. Show More Summary

'The Stranger': A Conversation with Harlan Coben

Photo: Jean Francois Baumard Harlan Coben is known to readers everywhere. His first novel was published when he was 26, and after two stand-alone thrillers, Play Dead in 1990 and Miracle Cure in 1991, he began writing the popular Myron Bolitar series. Show More Summary

The Quiet Book That Ended My Reading Rut

By Nicholas Elliot | Off the Shelf Every now and then, I get in a reading rut. I start a book and put it down, pick up something different only to find that I'm just not feeling that one, either. Sometimes I'll switch over to magazines for the week or binge-watch TV, deciding that I need a break from reading altogether. Show More Summary

In Character: The Life We Live Behind Glass, With Lilibet Snellings

The first thing I remember from my initial call to Lilibet was her talent for setting the dramatic to a well-lit narrative; one where all the places and players are carefully examined, illustrated, and given vibrancy by their all-too-human...Show More Summary

Ridiculous Quote Alert!

When our youngest son was a song leader back in the 1980s for a Jewish youth group, our favorite song was this one: Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend, And together we will walk in the ways of HaShem We never found out who wrote it and nobody seems to know its origin. Show More Summary

5 Reasons Why Your Book Isn't Being Carried in Bookstores

Having worked my entire career for small presses, I've received the "why isn't my book in the bookstore?" email many many times from authors. Most new authors assume their books are going to be carried in any brick-and-mortar store they go into; savvier authors who've been around the block a few times know that it's not that cut and dry. Show More Summary

Review: 'I am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son' by Kent Russell

Kent Russell is a hell of a good writer. His first book, I am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son (Knopf, $24.95), a collection of essays published earlier this month, is the most compelling and engaging book you'll read this year. With...Show More Summary

Ruth Cardello: From School Teacher to New York Times Best Seller

While her children ran around her, Ruth Cardello wrote in the basement of her tiny house in spare moments, worked on improving her craft, and juggled her day job as a kindergarten teacher. Then, when the economic slowdown began, and her teaching career became less stable, she took a leap of faith. Show More Summary

"All My Poems Are Social Crucifixions": A Conversation About Robert Creeley's Letters

It is impossible to conceive of post-modern poetry without Robert Creeley. And poetry -- in whatever iteration it is in right now -- has not been the same since Creeley died in 2005. Thankfully, the poet's work still has much to teach...Show More Summary

'Inspector of the Dead': A Conversation With David Morrell

Photo: Jennifer Esperanza After receiving a doctorate in American literature at Pennsylvania State University, in 1970, David Morrell became an English professor at the University of Iowa. In 1972, his debut novel, First Blood was published;...Show More Summary

Monica Murphy Talks Romance, Relatability and Living Life With No Regrets

New York Times, USA Today, IndieReader and internationally bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children. She's a workaholic who loves her job. When she's not busy writing, she also loves to read and travel with her family. Show More Summary

The Lasting Power Of End-Of-The-World Stories

Next week, my debut YA novel, We All Looked Up, will be published by Simon & Schuster. It tells the story of four teenagers at the same Seattle high school. At the beginning of the book, an asteroid called Ardor is spotted in the sky, and it turns out it has a sixty-six percent chance of colliding with the Earth in about two months. Show More Summary

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