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Book Review of The Big Book of Parenting Tweets Edited by Kate Hall and Science of Parenthood

If motherhood has taught me anything it is that getting angry rarely alleviates any ridiculous or trying circumstance that children will undoubtedly toss a mom (or dad) into. You may as well find the humor in the chaos, which is where...Show More Summary

Review: American Ambassadors, The Past, Present, and Future of America's Diplomats

The micro-review of Dennis Jett's American Ambassadors: The Past, Present, and Future of America's Diplomats is this: Since 1960, 72 percent of America's ambassadors to Western Europe and the Caribbean have been political appointees,...Show More Summary

Twelve Days: A Talk With Alex Berenson

Alex Berenson, a former New York Times reporter, covered topics ranging from the occupation of Iraq, the flooding of New Orleans, to the financial crimes of Bernard Madoff. He's written eight previous John Wells novels, all geopolitical...Show More Summary

'Zero to One' by Peter Thiel

There's a reason why Peter Thiel and his merry band of "PayPal Mafia" members have created seven companies worth a billion dollars each, including PayPal, SpaceX, YouTube, and a few others you may never have heard of. Ever wonder what...Show More Summary

Conflict on the Surface: An Excerpt from The Orbital Perspective

During my half year in space, I was moved by many other views of Earth from the windows of the space station besides the India-Pakistan border. One such scene occurred while we passed over the Mediterranean Sea. I was struck by the contrast...Show More Summary

The Danger of Viewing Fifty Shades of Grey As Sex Ed

In what may be the greatest orgasm omission of all time, it turns out that Ana, the protagonist of Fifty Shades of Grey, never has an orgasm on screen. You have to ask, how is this possible in a story purported to be about female sexual...Show More Summary

Top 5 Strategies for Revising Your Memoir

Like any kind of writing, memoir writing is slow going. With each revision, you need to deepen the scene and your memoir's takeaways. You need to constantly think about your reader and how s/he can relate to your story. Knowing the craft...Show More Summary

Top Ten Best-Selling Ebooks -- Week of February 14

The average price of a best-seller jumps up this week on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List, from $6.89 to to $8.05. Higher priced ebooks seem to be contributing to the rise. Whereas last week just four titles had price-tags...Show More Summary

9 Radical Books About Motherhood

The fallacy that motherhood turns previously intelligent, discerning, engaged Female Persons into more or less boring morons is predicated on another fallacy: that there is a dearth of intelligent, discerning, engaging writing and thinking about motherhood. Show More Summary

Fifty Shades Of Grammar Mistakes

For better or worse, Fifty Shades of Grey is a worldwide phenomenon. As the long-awaited (and much maligned) movie adaptation hits the big screen, we wanted to revisit the most shocking, depraved element of E.L. James's erotic trilogy. No,...Show More Summary

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photo by Meme Binge Nestled peacefully under my blankets, I heard my bedroom door swoosh open with a sense of urgency. A second later, inches from my head, I heard, "Honey!" It was my husband's aggressive whisper. The kind that's meant...Show More Summary

An Afghan War Vet Adopts the Voice of an Afghan Boy in His Heartbreaking First Novel, Green on Blue

Elliot Ackerman. Photo by Peter van Agtmael. Elliot Ackerman is a decorated veteran of the Iraq War and the War in Afghanistan, and now the debut author of a remarkable novel, Green on Blue, out February 17 from Scribner. Green on Blue...Show More Summary

Book Review: In My Mother's House

Sharika Thiranagama's In My Mother's House is a unique, dense book that's best read early in the morning with something highly caffeinated. An anthropologist who now teaches at Stanford University, Thiranagama writes dispassionately (if at times verbosely) about issues close to home. Show More Summary

How the Fifty Shades Movie Is Better Than the Book

Yes, the movie was better than the book. Of course, if you've read the book, then you know that's not saying much. The bar was pretty low to begin with. And one would hope that with a 40 million dollar production budget and a feminist director, that bar would inevitably be raised pretty high. Show More Summary

Fifty Shades of Marina: The New Literary Sensation

Eat your heart out E.L. James! Move on over. There's a new book in town. A real slice of life-- something everyone can sink their teeth into. Its heroine's exploits dwarf those of Ana Steele. Its images will leave you speechless and crying for more. Show More Summary

How Writing a First Draft (of Anything) Is Like a Trip to the Gynecologist

(Authors note: I have resolved this year to write more creatively from time to time. So, here is my first stab at a piece I dreamed up while...yes... you guessed it...sitting in the gynecologist's office, waiting for the doctor to come into the room. Show More Summary

LGBT Books to Warm Up With

It's been a cold winter. Very cold. One of the things that I'm doing to keep warm is to take an imaginary LGBT cruise in my head -- through books -- to exotic lands. The first stop was the land of queer history, which I entered by reading Katie Gilmartin's mystery Blackmail my Love from Cleis Press. Show More Summary

Why I'll Root for Reese on Oscar Sunday

I like Reese Witherspoon well enough -- I thought she was great in Walk the Line, and Election is a classic. But I wouldn't necessarily consider myself a huge Reese fangirl. And yet, when they announce the nominees for Best Actress at the Academy Awards Feb. Show More Summary

How To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse Or Repel An Irate Library Patron

There are two kinds of people. Those who prepare for the upcoming collapse of civilization, calamitous natural disaster and/or zombie apocalypse... and the rest of us. But I do try to hedge my bets. Whenever I see a new book about coping...Show More Summary

Why Reading On A Screen Is Bad For Critical Thinking

"Think fast!" As kids, that's what we used to say at school recess when tossing the ball around. Is "Think fast!" what we're now saying when we read? Historically, thinking and reading have gone hand-in-hand. Eric Havelock argued years back that development of alphabetic writing in Greece enabled a level of analysis not earlier possible. Show More Summary

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