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The Art of Zelda Fitzgerald

Zelda Fitzgerald's paper dolls of her family Zelda Fitzgerald is, still, best known as the wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. True, Zelda was an inspiration for heroines and dialogue in his stories, and half of the golden couple of what Scott dubbed "The Jazz Age," but she was also an accomplished writer, and artist. Show More Summary

Simply Say It in Greek!

One of the most difficult tasks facing Greek-American society today is how to teach its native tongue to the newer generations. In most major metropolises, strong Greek communities have numerous Greek schools that are fully capable of handling this endeavor. Show More Summary

Making Asian-American Women Visible: The Joy Luck Club

Asian Americans often feel invisible within the dominant white culture in the United States. Few American television programs, movies and commercial Internet sites focus on Asian Americans. Part of this invisibility of Asian Americans...Show More Summary

Too Early for Flowers, Just in Time for Kurt Sipolski

Kurt Sipolski was born in Streator, Illinois. At the age of two he was struck by polio, the only case in town. After graduating from Northern Illinois University in Journalism, Kurt was hired by Rupert Mudoch to work as a reporter for his chain of newspapers in Sydney, Australia. Show More Summary

3 Fake Quotes by Famous Authors To Watch Out For

A lot of people swear by Goodreads. I swear at it. Often. It's a font of unsourced quotations, some of them fake, just like Wikiquotes. Take the line that tops the list of George Eliot quotes: "It is never too late to be what you might have been." There's no proof she ever said it. Show More Summary

Torn Between Two Bosses, Not Feeling Like a Fool

(This is an excerpt from the forthcoming book, Field Notes from a Music Biz Life.) Question: What to do when you have two bosses who hate each other so much they automatically disagree about everything and speak to each other only through...Show More Summary

Should You Join an Online Book Club? Hell, Yes.

Regular readers of this column will know that I recently started my third online book club experiment (yes, you are reading that right), called One Book One Facebook. The idea is to get as many people as possible all reading a book together and discussing it weekly. Show More Summary

Break Through Writer's Block by Living Your Own Fantasy

Snow swirled by the window and an empty fireplace taunted my blue fingers as I sat in the parlor of Lednice Castle, in the Czech Republic, listening to the tap, tap, tap of inspiration seeping from my soul into my brain. My first novel was coming. Show More Summary

A Magic Year of Living in The Eternal City

By Hilary Krutt for Off the Shelf Each time I sat down to read Anthony Doerr's recent National Book Award nominee, All the Light We Cannot See, I found myself cocooned in his velvety evocations of Saint-Malo, an enchanting French city perched upon the sea. Show More Summary

Resourceful Teens Will Always Find Books To Read

When I was a teenager, what I most wanted to read were fantasy novels. Not Tolkien and Malory, but sword-and-sorcery pulp. I craved glowy blue magic, chainmail bikinis, dragons with unpronounceable names. Today I might head into theShow More Summary

Top Ten Best-Selling Ebooks -- Week of November 15

Self-published titles have made a remarkable splash on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list lately, but the tide seems to have turned this week. There are quite a number of new titles on this week's list--four of them within...Show More Summary

'For I Have Sinned' Delivers a Memorable Pageturner

We live in an entertainment era filled with overdoses of testosterone. Let's face it, even Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Willis refuse to let go of the bravura that catapulted them toward stardom decades ago, and female protagonists -- really strong and embraceable ones -- are often overshadowed by their male counterparts. Show More Summary

Anna Quindlen on Reading, Writing and Real Life

Anna Quindlen has been a huge influence on my life. Her "Life in the 30s" column in The New York Times was my bible when my kids were little and I've read every one of her books, columns and essays. Luckily, she's a few years older than...Show More Summary

Poetry in Translation: A Conversation With Care Santos

Care Santos is one of Spain's most versatile and prolific writers. Writing in both Catalan and Spanish, and for both adults and young readers, she is the author of over 40 books in different genres, including novels, short story collections, young adult and children's books, etc. Show More Summary

The Disposables by David Putnam

I like being able to trust the author of the book I'm reading. Fiction or non-fiction, I want the truth -- or at least as close to the truth as the author can get. Which is why I not only enjoyed but appreciated The Disposables by David Putnam. Show More Summary

'Crooked River': A Talk with Valerie Geary

Crooked River, Valerie Geary's debut novel, is a coming-of-age-story, a ghost story, and a literary tale of psychological suspense. Told in the alternating voices of 15-year-old Sam and her 10-year-old sister Ollie, the novel opens with them grieving the sudden death of their mother. Show More Summary

What Isaiah Berlin Taught Me

My girlfriend didn't want to go. I had received an invitation for a lecture on "Oxford in the '30s" to be given by Sir Isaiah Berlin in the spring of 1974 at Balliol College's Holywell Manor. Sir Isaiah was then the founder and President...Show More Summary

Copycat Culture: Adapting to a World of Adaptations

When it comes to fiction - which today includes television, movies, video games, and other narrative media - copying someone else's ideas is nothing new. The Romans, after all, openly borrowed most of their gods from the Greek pantheon;...Show More Summary

To Read or Not To Read, Part 2

I'm was completely blown away by the overwhelming support I received for my last post, "To Read or Not To Read," so I've decided to give it a sequel. Though most readers agreed with my opinions, many of them still didn't know where or how to start. Show More Summary

My Top Five Mystery Reads

After spending this past weekend discussing what makes a truly great mystery novel at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention, I found myself analyzing my favorites. Why did these particular books have such a hold on my imagination?Show More Summary

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