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Confidence Game: The Problem With 'Lean In'

Sheryl Sandberg, author of the best-selling book Lean In and CEO of Facebook, has now plunged into social media to market her self-improvement formula. Its website,, is upbeat, encouraging, and, as many members say, "inspiring." Its...Show More Summary

Literary Expectations, Or, Judging A Book By Its Cover Story

My high school age sons, in the process of applying to college, are at that stage where they are regularly encountering classic literature. I remember those days well, approaching the classics with dread, fearing irrelevant, dull stories written in archaic styles. Show More Summary

ONE KICK Introduces Readers to New Chelsea Cain Characters

Book Review Jackie K Cooper ONE KICK by Chelsea Cain Suspense writer Chelsea Cain has set aside her stories about Gretchen Lowell and Archie Sheridan in order to create a new set of characters. In her latest novel she introduces her readers to Kick Lannigan and John Bishop, two characters who are guaranteed to hold your interest. Show More Summary

Please Stop

To: Everyone writing about Amazon vs. Hachette From: An indie and self-published author Subject: Please stop Dear everyone, If you are an author who happens to be published by one of the "big 5" houses, I offer you my congratulations. Show More Summary

Permission to Judge a Legal Brief by Its Cover Is Granted

Despite the adage, "Never judge a book by its cover," many consumers do just that. The artistic packaging in which things come not only powerfully affect what interests us but also how we react to the contents we find inside. The cover page for an appellate brief or legal memorandum is no different. Show More Summary

Agnes Repplier, Honored by Edith Wharton But Ignored in Philadelphia

In my book, Legendary Locals of Center City Philadelphia, I profile the life of an important Philadelphia writer, Agnes Repplier. Repplier was born in 1855 in Philadelphia and went to the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Eden Hall, in Philadelphia's Torresdale section. Show More Summary

The Poetry and Prophecy of Edgar Allan Poe

There is a story that, while serving as a young cadet at West Point academy, Edgar Allan Poe was expelled for reporting to a military march wearing nothing but a pair of white gloves. Like most good stories, it appears that this is an urban legend, but there are many unusual details about Poe's colourful life and work which are certainly true. Show More Summary

Top 10 Art and Design Bookstores Around the World

For lovers of art and design, a travel itinerary should always include a good bookstore among its listings of local museums and art galleries. After all, a great bookstore is often a destination unto itself. Here are of ten of the most...Show More Summary

The Metamodernist Manifesto: After Postmodernism (Part II)

{Below is Part II of the second in a series of articles exploring the basic principles of a sphere of thought within metamodernism, "transcendent metamodernism." Other spheres of thought under the general heading of this cultural paradigm...Show More Summary

10 Dares to Take in Your 20s

When you look at my CV -- a founding writer of New York magazine, bestselling New York Times author, political writer for Vanity Fair -- you might think to yourself: Oh, she's glided right through. But my career almost ended before it...Show More Summary

Amazon, what's next?

The battle of US authors and publishers against the online retailer Amazon may seem minor - in terms of the current world economic and geopolitical issues at stake - and far removed from the thoughts of all of us - because it seems to concern only the distribution of revenue sales from digital book sales in the USA. Show More Summary

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

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