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Word Origin Comics: Thoroughbred or Mutt? Your Family's Lineage Finally Laid Bare

Take pride in your lineage? All well and fine to honor those on whose shoulders you stand. But let's not get carried away with it. As Neil DeGrasse Tyson noted, "If you need to invoke your academic pedigree or job title for people to believe what you say, then you need a better argument. Show More Summary

Daren Dean and Fiction Southeast Go Far Beyond the Pale

Few literary journals are as diverse and prolific as Fiction Southeast. The Louisiana based online journal founded by Chris Tusa and Michael Garriga publishes new content on a weekly basis, a feat that is even more impressive because...Show More Summary

Q&A with Best-Selling Author K.A. Tucker

With over a dozen novels under her pen, K.A. Tucker recently added a new novel, Chasing River, to her Burying Water series. I caught up with K.A. just before Chasing River's release to chase down some answers about her fascination with Ireland, the depth of her characters, and her dream automobile. Show More Summary

CultureZohn: #Joanontheten

For certain women, Joan Didion's books are a kind of Bible. They sit on my shelf in the section devoted to authors who have been my--and thousands of other womens'-beacons. Not just because I am a writer, in fact quite the contrary.Show More Summary

Can Children's Books Improve Society? A Look at Beyond the Laces

We can correlate a healthy society with the quality education it gives to its citizens. Education has two aspects: 1) giving children opportunities to develop their interest and 2) helping children build an inner protective mechanism to navigate through life in the contemporary environment. Show More Summary

Notes from a Magical Mystery Book Tour

Right before I left for Fresno, Krista's e-mail arrived. I knew I was in trouble. "The program will be in the Police Station conference room, which is right next door to the library... I hope we get a good turn out! The library was in...Show More Summary

10 Quick Reads

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10 Quick Reads

Originally published on Kirkus. For more from Kirkus, click here. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

Effortless Acceptance

For the first twenty years or so of my writing life, I experienced mostly rejection. For the last five or so years, I've experienced mostly acceptance. In the midst of all that rejection, why something was or was not accepted seemed very complicated to me. Show More Summary

A Long, Hard Look at 'Zionism in Damascus'

A healthy debate is currently underway within some Syrian intellectual circles, despite the disaster that has befallen them, about the role of Damascus Jews in the industry, culture and social life of their city prior the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. Show More Summary

iPhoneography Pro: A Q&A With Commercial Photographer Robert Morrissey

"The one quick thing iPhone users need to understand is that the minute you switch over to camera mode your iPhone is no longer a phone but a camera. If you want to take good photos you need to understand photography." - Robert Morrissey,...Show More Summary

On the Shelf: Madeline Kahn: Being the Music, A Life

Those of us who watched the actress Madeline Kahn (1942-1999) as she slipped into prominence--with a startling performance in the 1969 off-Broadway musical Promenade, followed by an over-the-top and almost-starmaking turn in RichardShow More Summary

Still Setting the Watchman

The hoopla around the release of Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman is a welcome contraindication for the frequently bemoaned decline of the American novel-reading public. I have been reluctant to enter the fray with my own take on thisShow More Summary

Book Review: "Aware Awake Alive" by Elliot Dacher, M.D.

When we mistakenly think that pleasure innately resides in an experience, object, or person, we desire more of it. We grasp at it, crave it, and develop attachment and in certain instances an addiction to it. From this comes all of the afflictive and disturbing emotions that result in mental distress and suffering. Show More Summary

Ties That B(l)ind

Review of Just Married: Same-Sex Couples, Monogamy & the Future of Marriage. By Stephen Macedo. Princeton University Press. 300 pp. $29.95. During the litigation over the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8, which defined...Show More Summary

Are Emoticons And Emojis Destroying Our Language?

If you are on the far side of 70, as I am, you may not even know what emoticons and Emojis are, but trust me, your grandchildren do. Emoticons -- those little smiley face icons used to show various emotions, and their descendants, Emojis...Show More Summary

Summery Novel of Sisters and Honey

By Wendy Francis | Off the Shelf I love a book steeped in summery goodness and brimming with sisterly drama. Add a touch of humor and an unforgettable voice, and I'm sold. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd is one of those rare books. Show More Summary

Fright Night, Tales of Halloween and the Art of Horrible People: An Interview With John Skipp

John Skipp is a New York Times bestselling author and editor, whose 25 books have sold millions of copies in a dozen languages worldwide. His first anthology, Book of the Dead, laid the foundation in 1989 for modern zombie literature. Show More Summary

Fortune Smiles Down Upon Adam Johnson's Readers

The 2012 release of The Orphan Master's Son, primarily set in North Korea, painted a portrait of an embattled country and its people in such a vivid and insightful manner that it must have been written by an author with ties to the region. Show More Summary

The Power of a Story: Controlled

The fundamental question for people who deal with sexual assault is what happens next? What do I do now? Can I be helped, can I be saved? The memoir "Controlled", by Neesha Arter, paints the perspective of a now 25-year-old woman looking back upon her 14-year-old self with a desire to help, to heal, to learn, and to understand. Show More Summary

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