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The Fastest Growing Group In The U.S. Is Also The Most Invisible

Asian Americans are the fastest growing group in the United States today. Their history in the U.S. is deep-rooted, and spans five centuries. But it's a history that many people don't know that much about. In her sweeping, powerful new book, The Making of Asian America, Dr. Show More Summary

The Writerly Benefits of Getting a Dog

This post was co-authored by Jon Steele, an award-winning journalist and author. Steele, a fellow expat writer in Switzerland, wrote this heartwarming article for last week's National Dog Day. He shares how his dog helped him survive...Show More Summary

Atticus Finch as Racist Bigot: 'More Human'?

It's been a tough season of late for heroes. They are shattering all around. Lance Armstrong, who beat cancer to win the Tour de France a record seven times, is revealed to be a doper who bullied other cyclists into silence. Greg Mortenson,...Show More Summary

The Intriguing Politics of Asian Food

Photo: Japan National Tourism Organization Asian food has become such an important component of the American diet that we often take it for granted. Staples like sushi, Thai curries, and Chinese dumplings belong to the everyday culinary vocabulary of many Americans. Show More Summary

Abortion Without Apology

This review appeared first at The National Book Review. Talk about great timing. The paperback edition of PRO: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, Katha Pollitt's fierce and engaging response to the raging crusade against women's reproductive...Show More Summary

The Mystery of Mastery

Mastery: The feeling that we have a greater command of reality, other people and ourselves. Robert Greene - Mastery Most of us have a hard time even feeling adequate, but the truth is we were built for MASTERY whether we are aware of it or not. Show More Summary

Why Social Security's Complexity is a Strength, Not a Weakness.

Dodd-Frank. ObamaCare. And most recently, Social Security, on the occasion of its 80th birthday this month. All have been blasted of late, if not since inception. And in each case, the charge is the same: Complexity. Overcomplexity - an accusation also leveled at the tax code, the criminal code, and just about every set of US government rules. Show More Summary

The Words After War Interview With Jesse Goolsby By Siobhan Fallon

Jesse Goolsby is the author of I'd Walk With My Friends if I Could Find Them, which has been hailed as "beautiful and brutal" (Janet Burroway), "a major literary event" (Robert Olen Butler), "a book about the human heart" (Brian Turner), "powerful" (Esquire) and "an earthquake-in-your-soul-novel" (Michael Garriga). Show More Summary

The Fellowship: Why the Inklings Still Matter

The Inklings met here each Thursday night at Magdalen College in C. S. Lewis's rooms. Photo: Greg Garrett This summer, I lived for five weeks in Oxford, where the influence of the Inklings -- the group of Oxford writers and thinkers including J. Show More Summary

11 Unforgettable First Lines in Literature

By Sarah Jane Abbott | Off the Shelf If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then the first line is the window to the book. A first line can drag you in, shock you, confuse you, or touch you. A first line is what makes you read on. Here are some of our favorite first lines that set the tone for some incredible books. Show More Summary

The Mysterious, Anonymous Author Elena Ferrante on the Conclusion of Her Neapolitan Novels

BY ELISSA SCHAPPELL "I prefer to think of myself as being inside a tangled knot; tangled knots fascinate me." The Community Bookstore in Park Slope is not the sort of place you might imagine a West Side Story-style rumble to break out,...Show More Summary

Emily Dickinson 101: Demystifying One of Our Greatest Poets

Emily Dickinson published very few poems in her lifetime, and nearly 1,800 of her poems of were discovered after her death, many of them neatly organized into small, hand-sewn booklets called fascicles. The first published book of Dickinson's...Show More Summary

What Authors Did Before Facebook (Yes, Agatha, I'm Looking At You)

There's one mystery that has always intrigued and infuriated mystery buffs in equal measure, and that is the real-life disappearance of the Queen of Mysteries herself, Agatha Christie, back in 1926. Until recently, however, I gave it...Show More Summary

How a 'Pornographic' Lesbian Graphic Novel Ignited a Culture War at Duke

BY ELIEL CRUZ A group of freshmen at Duke University is boycotting a critically acclaimed book assigned for summer reading because of its gay-themed content. The book in question is Alison Bechdel's illustrated memoir Fun Home--which has recently been made into a Tony Award-winning musical. Show More Summary

Koryta's LAST WORDS Exists In a Cold, Dark Place

Book Review - Jackie K Cooper LAST WORDS by Michael Koryta Michael Koryta manages to make Indiana the coldest place on earth in his new novel LAST WORDS. The setting of this compelling story is Garrison, Indiana during the winter and...Show More Summary

A Woman Alone - A Biography of Famed Novelist Mary Gaunt

Famed Novelist Mary Gaunt from her book Alone in West Africa Bronwen Hickman's new book, MARY GAUNT Independent Colonial Woman, honors and gives new life to the celebrated Australian novelist, who lived from 1861 to 1942. Gaunt's life was unprecedented for a woman born in the Victorian era. Show More Summary

Word Origin Comics: Who Are Those Masked Men and Crusading Women?

Guess who? "They are the ones who act first and talk later. They are fiercely independent thinkers who know how to fight the lizard brain (to use Seth Godin's term). I don't believe many are born, rather they are products of an environment,...Show More Summary

Why Marketing Metrics Don't Always Matter

In the sixteen years that I have been running Author Marketing Experts, there's a word I've come to hate: metrics. Now, don't get me wrong, metrics can be great when it comes to running ads or website data. However when it comes to book promotion, getting caught up in metrics can be the quickest way to kill any marketing endeavor. Show More Summary

Remembering Blackouts: An Interview With Sarah Hepola: Part 1

There's been a glut of addiction memoirs released of late but none have made quite the impact of Sarah Hepola's masterpiece, Blackout: Remembering The Things I Drank to Forget. And there's good reason for it: the Salon editor and journalist...Show More Summary

Changing How We Change

We can't change until we know what to change. Marshall Goldsmith - Triggers   For some change is frightening for others exhilarating and for many a combination of both. However, we all experience it and we all want the change in ourselves to be for the better. Show More Summary

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