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Rock n Roll Watergate

After feverishly reading Robert Rosen's updated 15th anniversary eBook edition of Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon, you feel like you are inside The Dakota with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. This isn't quite your average rock n roll biography. Show More Summary

Book Review: The Daily Hazards of a Middle Eastern Wife by Soad Nasr

I was at a party recently, and talk turned to prejudices we carry and wish we didn't. Of course, Muslim women who wear burqas came up in conversation. I am ashamed to admit that while I consider myself very accepting of other cultures,...Show More Summary

When Greg Pardlo Won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, He Was a Graduate Student In... Non-Fiction

Greg Pardlo submitted "Digest," his slim book of poems, to the major publishers. All rejected it. He sent it to Four Way Books, which is, like the poet, literary and decidedly non-profit. In 2014, Four Way published his 75-page book....Show More Summary

Superheroine Princesses Protecting the People and the Planet

Fashion designer and feminist, Coco Chanel, said, "A girl should be two things. Who and what she wants." I don't believe that all princesses have to wear glittery pink dresses and dazzling tiaras. And I definitely don't think that every fairy tale needs a prince. This is why I was thrilled to discover The Guardian Princess Alliance. Show More Summary

Over the River With Two Dads: An Interview With Author Linda Ashman

Our daughter received her annual birthday greeting and gift of $10 from the Toy House here in Jackson, MI. It's one of our favorite places to shop as it's a local, family-owned business plus they have really cool stuff for both kids and adults alike. Show More Summary

The Day I Stopped Reading Reviews

One morning a year ago I received a Google alert that someone had written a blog about a book I'd recently published. Because I'd gotten the alert just as I was sitting down to work, I decided not to read it until I was done writing....Show More Summary

A Novel with No Easy Answers Probes Complex, Emotional Questions

By Meredith Vilarello | Off the Shelf I was so struck when I heard about Ahmed Mohamed, the fourteen-year-old boy in Texas who made headlines when his teacher mistook the clock he built for a bomb. I cheered as #istandwithahmed trended on Twitter and Ahmed visited the White House to show off his creation. Show More Summary

James Dashner: A Brilliant Mind

It is no secret that authors create worlds for readers. They shape new worlds, new words and new characters that eventually become our best friends. James Dashner, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner series, is one of these brilliant minds. Show More Summary

5 Hot Books: Paris's Best Street, How to Beat Cancer, and a Transgender Novel

The following article first appeared in The National Book Review Five books that people are talking about this week -- or should be: 1. The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff (Penguin Books, reprint edition) Writer/editor Ebershoff's debut...Show More Summary

New Book Assesses State of 'America's War Machine' Five Decades After Ike's Speech

James McCartney spent his career covering defense and foreign policy issues, and throughout that time he was keenly aware of the impact that the machinations of the military-industrial complex (MIC) had on these areas of U.S. policy....Show More Summary

Best Films Books of 2015

It's been a great year for film books, with biographies and studies of key individuals dominating the field in 2015. Among trade publishers, Pantheon continues to issue "must read" books, while one smaller publisher, Chicago Review Press, is emerging as a leading publisher of film biographies. Show More Summary

Write Now: Crashing Through The Wall Part I

Marathon runners call it hitting the wall. This is the point in a race, usually around the 20 mile mark, where muscles seize up with lactic overload, and your body tells you continuing to run is impossible. As a novelist, I have hit a writing wall at around the 75% completion mark in every novel I've written. Show More Summary

Write Now: Crashing Through The Wall Part 2

In Part 1, we began looking at ways to break through the resistance trying to stop us from completing a novel. Following are four more jackhammer tips to help crash through the writing wall... RESIST CREATIVE PROCRASTINATION At about the mid-point of writing this two part column, I began to struggle with completing it (I'm not kidding). Show More Summary

How I Wrote and Published Two Books in Less Than a Month (And You Can Too!)

Okay, so maybe you don't want to publish a book; maybe it's a new business you want to start, a new hobby you wanted to take up or something else that's been floating through your head for a while. I've been there. An idea flashes into your brain and you think, "Brilliant! I should do that!!" But you don't. Show More Summary

The Author and Editor Relationship: Professional Sparring Partners

A friend of mine who is about to join the ranks of published authors emailed me in a panic. His new manuscript was in editing with a small but well-respected press and the edits he was receiving from their top-notch editor were not at all to his liking. Show More Summary

Beans, Biscuits and Kentucky's Bill Goodman

"Who knows how long this will last Now we've come so far, so fast But somewhere back there in the dust That same small town in each of us" -- Don Henley and Bruce Hornsby As the Chairman of RRP International Publishing and Digital Media, it was an easy decision for our company to publish a book written by Bill Goodman. Show More Summary

'Justice Redeemed,' A Conversation with Scott Pratt

Photo: Dylan Pratt Scott Pratt, the bestselling author of the Joe Dillard series of legal thrillers, worked as a criminal defense lawyer before writing his first novel, An Innocent Client. His new novel, Justice Redeemed, published by...Show More Summary

Keep the Change: The Beads that Bought Manhattan

"One man's trash is another man's treasure." In the Age of Exploration--which could just as easily have been known as the Age of Exploitation--Europe was expanding its knowledge of the world. And it was doing so through unapolo­getic conquest. Show More Summary

National Book Awards: The Best Reader Wins!

The winners of the National Book Awards were selected this week following an evening in which all the nominees participated in a reading hosted by New School University. Even though I have no idea whether or not the judges attended the...Show More Summary

20 Ways Not to Talk to Your Teenage Daughter - Then How to Fix Things

Teenage girls are sensitive to the way people in authority talk to them, especially their mothers. They are easily wounded, feel criticized, and vulnerable when they sense or get outright disapproval. However, even the most devoted mothers are only trying to shape them up to be young women and don't understand their sensitive narcissism. Show More Summary

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