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If at Birth You Don't Succeed

by Zach Anner ...Well, Why Don't I Start? It's 8:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning and I'm bouncing on a trampoline surrounded by a film crew, shouting jokes into a camera. Soon, the doors of the Jumpstreet trampoline park in Austin, Texas,...Show More Summary

A Stirring Memoir

"At 28, Jessica Fechtor was happily immersed in graduate school and her young marriage, and thinking about starting a family. Then one day, she went for a run and an aneurysm burst in her brain. She nearly died. She lost her sense of smell, the sight in her left eye, and was forced to the sidelines of the life she loved. Show More Summary

5-Minute Book Marketing

So, you say you're too busy to market your book? Well, welcome to the club. Most of the authors that I work with have day jobs paired with evenings at home trying to cram in as much marketing as they can after an exhausting day at the office. Show More Summary

7 Things You Need to Write a Bestselling Nonfiction Book

I never set out to become an author. My main source of income had always been through my work as a psychotherapist. I'd only started writing articles as a way to earn extra money after my husband passed away. But everything changed when one of my articles--13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do--went viral. Show More Summary

Greetings From Utopia Park, by Claire Hoffman

A cast of characters doesn't get any better than this: Levitating yogis, a dreamy, beautiful, transcendent mommy, Midwestern thugs in metal t-shirts, and one wide-eyed, unicorn-loving, pure-hearted girl-all of this in, yes, Greetings from Utopia Park, by my friend Claire Hoffman. Show More Summary

A New Life, A New Memoir: Toni Tennille Speaks About Life After The Captain... and Much More

Love Will Keep Us Together. Muskrat Love. Do That To Me One More Time. These are the irresistible songs that cemented their place in pop culture forever, and made household names of Captain and Tennille, the musical husband-and-wife team who performed them. Show More Summary

"What's LOVE got to do with it?" Self-publishing as a Black feminist act of radical self-care

Today is the birthday of my twenty-third book! I haven't arranged a book launch since 2012 and as an introvert, I'm really not much of a party girl. But I've decided that the publication of this particular book is worth celebrating.Show More Summary

Julie Buxbaum Tells Me a Few Things

Many of us know what it's like to navigate at a new high school. Fewer of us know how to do it after losing a parent. But what are you supposed to do if you start getting mysterious emails from someone you don't know? In Julie Buxbaum's...Show More Summary

50 Pieces Of Advice For Aspiring Authors

One of the questions I'm asked on a daily basis is some form of, "I want to become an author. Can you help?" There are certainly better people to ask than me. But after writing hundreds of articles and nine books in 15 years -- bothShow More Summary

'Kill and be Killed,' A Conversation with Louis Begley

Photo: Louis Begley Louis Begley is best known to readers of literary fiction for his observations about life among the upper crust denizens of New York City. One of his earlier novels, About Schmidt, was made into a movie starring Jack Nicholson. Show More Summary

Author Jennifer Brown Talks about How to Research a Novel, Conquering Rejection, and Writing Even When It Hurts

I'm addicted to book review porn the way some people ogle real estate ads, vacation brochures, or the latest iPhone gadgets. When I first read the advance reviews of Jennifer Brown's debut novel, Modern Girls, I knew this was a must-read. Show More Summary

Author Jacquelyn Mitchard On How To Move Forward When It All Falls Apart

Author Jacquelyn Mitchard's life has been marked by epic luck: massively good and heartbreakingly bad. She lost her first husband to cancer, and had three young sons to support. Then she wrote a novel, "The Deep End of the Ocean," which was the first-ever selected for Oprah's Book Club in 1996. Show More Summary

A Talk With Poet James Kimbrell

I've used the phrase "measured belligerence" to characterize certain kinds of poetry in the past, and though I now find the parlance a shade hyperbolic, I still recognize, in poems, the exhilarating lyric ferocity that led to its coinage. Show More Summary

No More Masks!: Advice From a Master Poet

Ellen Bass, best known for "The Courage To Heal," on how to live with open eyes Ellen Bass is an award-winning poet and teacher whose work I've admired since the 1980s, when her bestselling book, The Courage To Heal, helped to open my eyes to the power of writing as a tool for self-realization and -reckoning. Show More Summary

An Enchanting Tale of Humanity, Destiny and Symphony

By Jacquelyn Mitchard | Off the Shelf Thanks to its description as post-apocalyptic science fiction, I initially thought Station Eleven was something to avoid. I'm glad I didn't, because it is a triumph. It glitters like a dark star,...Show More Summary

Word Origin Comics: The Scruples of Getting Stoned

"I swear there are about a million rocks underneath me," [Dylan] said grouchily. Think of it as therapeutic. Like a shiatsu massage." (Sadie) You obviously have a much better imagination than me," he said." ? Sarah Mayberry, Take onShow More Summary

5 Deliciously Decadent Ways to Take On National Poetry Month

Photo by Hanna East. Creative Commons, via Flickr. Why should National Poetry Month be oh-so-predictable? It's time to take it into your own hands and spice up April. Here are just 5 deliciously decadent ways: 1. Jazz it with Jewels The story of the world is rich with gems and jewels. Show More Summary

A Murder Over a Girl

by Ken Corbett Part One Murder 1 Behind Me Have you tried not to think about this at all until today? Yes. Is this really hard for you? Yes. Did you see Brandon when he came into the courtroom this morning? Yes. You saw the same person that you saw shoot Larry King? Yes. Show More Summary

Becoming a Supermodel With the Help of a Supermodel

Yearly, thousands of young kids reach out to modeling agencies in the hopes of becoming a model. They call, send pictures and letters in the mail, show up unannounced at the agency's doorsteps, and call relentlessly to follow up, hoping to find a place in the spotlight. Show More Summary

Small Miracles, Epic Battles: An Interview with Ken Liu

Ken Liu's poetic, spellbinding collection of short stories ranges from science fiction to fantasy to everything in between, with one constant: the stories employ metaphor in an examination of humanity, and are in themselves deeply humane. Show More Summary

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