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These Magical Worlds Are Even Better Than 'Harry Potter'

By Jeff Somers for Off the Shelf You know what I hate? I hate The One. You know The One -- he's the guy or girl in a story who is fated to save the universe by dint of prophecy or lineage or genetics, or a giant plot-generating box the...Show More Summary

Five Books About Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury was born on August 22, 1920, and so this year he would have celebrated his ninety-fourth birthday. But, sadly, this man, this teller of tales, who I had assumed out of love would have made it to at least 100, died in 2012. Show More Summary

Review: Reading Writing Interfaces: From the Digital to the Bookbound

Lori Emerson's Reading Writing Interfaces "When computers move into people's homes, it would be most unfortunate if they were merely black boxes whose internal workings remained the exclusive province of the priests." "Homebrewery vs. Show More Summary

Review Essay on Levels of Life" by Julian Barnes

"You put together two things that have not been put together before. And the world is changed" (p. 3). These two opening sentences announce the central theme of Levels of Life -- a book about self-transcendence, love, and devastating...Show More Summary

10 Leadership Lessons from a Combat Logistician

Key lessons in leadership from The Lieutenant Don't Know: One Marine's Story of Warfare and Combat Logistics in Afghanistan by Captain Jeff Clement. "Amateurs talk about tactics, but professionals study logistics." - Gen. Robert H. Barrow,...Show More Summary

Books to Make You Hungry

Many of us take books about food and cooking to bed and read them as novels. I like it better when they read as history and connect us to identity and culture: More substance, less fluff. Two such scholarly tomes are Al Dente: A History...Show More Summary

Top Ten Best-Selling Ebooks -- Week of August 16

All it takes is a quick glance at the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List on any given week to see how a TV or movie adaptation boosts best-selling ebook sales. But once in a while the effect is especially pronounced. If I Stay...Show More Summary

When Music Saved Lives

When people ask me about music during the Holocaust, they are often surprised to learn about the orchestras in Auschwitz. It seems impossible to imagine emaciated prisoners making music in the most notorious of the Nazi concentration...Show More Summary

Self-Publishing Literary Fiction: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Cari Noga Reveals All to the Book Doctors

The Book Doctors met Cari Noga in 2011, when she won our National Novel Writing Month Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for books). Her pitch was spectacular, haunting and superbly crafted. Her story is about a 12-year-old boy withShow More Summary

Q&A: The Bravery of Those Who Toiled to Expose Injustice

Renowned Nigerian author and critic Chinua Achebe once said that foreign correspondents are often the only means of drawing attention to disasters "in the making or being covered up." The making or covering up can happen anywhere in the world. Show More Summary

The Panama Canal - Part 2 of 3

1890-1904: Theodore Roosevelt resumes the project Given the failure of the French initiative, the United States, under the leadership of Theodore Roosevelt, took up the project of an inter-oceanic canal. The U.S. Navy was gradually gaining...Show More Summary

A Recipe for Love: Renee Swindle's New Novel

In Renee Swindle's breezy third novel, A Pinch of Oooh La La (August 5th/ Penguin-Random House) narrator Abbey Lincoln Ross, discovers that her artist boyfriend is having multiple affairs while watching a documentary about him at a film festival. Show More Summary

'All Quiet on the Western Front' - A Farewell to Arms, Legs, Youth and Hope

Can a WWI novel shame the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs into caring for the spotters, coordinators, trainers, and advisors who have to deal with the convert-or-die genocides of ISIS? Our institutions have not done wellShow More Summary

Four Great Ways to Find Indie Books You'll Love

Thanks to the Internet and the rise in indie and self-publishing our choices of reading materials has skyrocketed; there are genres and niches for everyone's tastes and price points -- but as a reader looking outside the traditionalShow More Summary

Death Did Me a Favor

Last weekend a couple of longtime friends stayed with my husband and me at Bassborough. My friend lost her first husband to a heart attack when she was in her late twenties and her current husband, to whom she's been married 19 years, recently underwent his second heart transplant and is now facing kidney failure. Show More Summary

15 Writing Quotes to Challenge and Inspire

Many writers would drool at the idea of spending a week at a writers retreat on a private Bahamian island, but not every writer is in a position to invest the time and money to attend. Now, thanks to the generosity of Salt Cay Writers...Show More Summary

5 Journeys Through The South

In the fall of 1942, Vladimir Nabokov, unsuccessful at extending his teaching position in creative writing at Wellesley College, found work as a lecturer on a tour that included stops at small southern towns in South Carolina and Georgia. Show More Summary

9 Amazing Fictional Trios

"Two is company, three a crowd" the saying goes, but whoever said it missed the point. Trios are fantastic precisely because they're inherently unstable. Romantic tales become rich in conflict when a love triangle emerges. AdventureShow More Summary

Bestselling Author Marie Force Provides Her Path to Success

How many times have you had a goal or a dream you wanted to pursue but you kept making excuses, only to find that you never accomplished what you set out to do? You go through life constantly wondering what if and you never quite feel whole inside. Show More Summary

Staycation With Exotic Suspense Fiction

Traveling to a far-flung destination is a great way to get away from it all. But you don't always have the money, time or health to cast off for ports unknown. If this summer you couldn't get farther than a poolside chair, it's not too late to refresh your mind with novel ideas. Show More Summary

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