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It's the End of the World as We Know It: 7 Profound Books of Pessimism, Plagues, and Pandemics

By Julianna Haubner | Off the Shelf It's seemed that in this election cycle, the only thing that both sides can agree upon is that if their candidate is not chosen, it will be the end of our country as we know and love it. We here at...Show More Summary

Bear: The Life and Times of Augustus Owsley Stanley III

Bear behind amps. Photo Credit: Amalie R. Rothschild By Robert Greenfield Prologue The Muir Beach Acid Test Amid all the swirling madness being created by Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters in the Muir Beach Lodge on Saturday, December 11, 1965, one thing is eminently clear. Show More Summary

'Rebecca': Second Wives, Detached Husbands, and a House Full of Secrets

By Kerry Fiallo | Off the Shelf I collect ghost stories. I don't believe in ghosts--but I'll read any and all types of haunting stories. One of my favorites, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, is a Gothic novel that doesn't technically have a ghost but features many fundamentals of a classic ghost story. Show More Summary


Book Review - Jackie K Cooper L.OVE LITERARY STYLE by Karen Gillespie Sometimes there is pure gold hidden within an ordinary story. That is certainly the case with LOVE LITERARY STYLE, a seemingly routine novel about a blossoming love affair between a writer of literary fiction and a writer of romance novels. Show More Summary

How NOT To Get People To Review Your Book (in 20 easy steps!)

I wrote and published a book. That should have been enough. I did this to prove to my sibling rival, err sister, that I too, could accomplish something important. She finally believed me. That should have been enough. Other people read my book. Show More Summary

Young Gay Men, Bludgeoned In Barrow's Point

Barrow's Point by Robert Schirmer Long a fan of Schirmer's short stories, I eagerly awaited his debut novel, winner of Gival Press' annual fiction prize. Schirmer has a gift for creating atmosphere, for dropping readers, phrase by phrase,...Show More Summary

The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments

The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments: The Best and Worst Strategies for Becoming Pain-Free by Cindy Perlin is an empowering and informative book that will motivate readers to take charge of their health. The book provides chronicShow More Summary

How to Survive (and Maybe Enjoy) Going Public with Your Book

Recently, I asked a debut novelist what events she had planned around her book launch. She shrugged and said, "Not much. Most marketing is done online these days. That's fine with me. I hate speaking in public." She's right. Unless you're selling like Paula Hawkins or John Grisham, your publisher won't pay to send you anywhere. Show More Summary

Computer Engineering and Propaganda

With the rise of the modern digital computer, engineers and other cyber experts have tried to add intelligence to machines. Some of the experts even talk of machine consciousness, almost daring to suggest that machines can be programmed to think. True, computers and other machines do things that appear miraculous. Show More Summary

Book Review: Able Archer 83: The Secret History ...

Able Archer 83: The Secret History of the NATO Exercise That Almost Triggered Nuclear War Edited by Nate Jones. Forward by Tom Blanton. A National Security Archive Book. The New Press, (New York) 2016. I recently got called out for being too nice in my book reviews. Show More Summary

The Foreign Policy of a "God Blessed" America

Review of The Tragedy of U.S. Foreign Policy: How America's Civil Religion Betrayed the National Interest. By Walter A. McDougall. Harvard University Press. 408 pp. $30. Nearly fifty years ago, the sociologist Robert Bellah coined the...Show More Summary

Lee Child's NIGHT SCHOOL; Blame It On Tom Cruise

Book Review - Jackie K Cooper NIGHT SCHOOL by Lee Child A few years ago I read my first Lee Child novel on the recommendation of a friend whose opinion I valued. That book was titled MAKE ME, a "Jack Reacher" story, and it was an interesting read; not great but it made me interested in reading the next "Jack Reacher" book. Show More Summary

The Resurgence And Allure Of Anais Nin

I am a baby boomer, so Anaïs Nin has been a huge influence on my development both as a writer and as a woman. She has liberated my inner voice and has given me the courage to be honest about my feelings. For years I've been entranced...Show More Summary

All the King's Men Couldn't Put Humpty Back Together Again

After the initial shock waves had subsided, it began to be apparent that the Trump victory was a revolution on the part of the disenfranchised, in this case non-college educated white males who had become sidelined by the forces of immigration and outsourcing. Show More Summary

A Teen's Guide to Modern Manners: Sam Norman Talks About His Witty Poems

Sam Norman's new book, A Teen's Guide to Modern Manners, is a witty, hilarious, and completely delightful collection of poems featuring cautionary tales about teenagers whose poor choices, from leaving clothes on the floor to makingShow More Summary

Is There a Phenomenological or Psychoanalytic Solution to the Homelessness Crisis?

Heidegger and Freud both used the term Unheimlichkeit which literally means not being at home. Freud employed the word in his discussion of the uncanny, a phenomenon that occurs when something familiar suddenly looks strange. But does...Show More Summary

The Dinner Party Of Dreams

If I'm being completely honest, I can't believe I haven't written this post soon; it combines my two most favourite things: books and food. You can't go wrong... I've managed (with the help of some friends) to dream up the best dinner party of all time. Show More Summary

The Winners of the 2016 Kirkus Prize

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Fighting Blind: A Green Beret's Story of Extraordinary Courage

By Ivan Castro and Jim DeFelice A Simple Man I was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, and lived the first few years of my life in the New York City area, but if you ask me, I'll tell you I'm Puerto Rican. Puerto Rico is where I mostly grew up. Show More Summary

Harbinger: Betty Smith And Election '16

Betty Smith's semi-autobiographical novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn features both the 1912 and 1916 presidential elections. We see not only the polling places, but also the important social interactions that help form an individual's political identity. Show More Summary

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