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The Importance of Wild, Complicated Women's Stories

I successfully ignored Cheryl Strayed's memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, for over two years after its publication. This was no small feat, considering the widespread critical acclaim it received, the book's...Show More Summary

Why a Book is my 2015 Priority And Why it Should be Yours, Too.

It was nearly 3 a.m. last Friday and I was up in the middle of the night, sitting on the couch in my living room on the north shore of Chicago. A cup of hot tea rested beside me, a soft blanket covered my legs, and two dogs flanked either...Show More Summary

'The Assassination Option': A Talk with W.E.B. Griffin

Photo: W.E.B. Griffin W.E.B. Griffin writes military and detective fiction and has more than 40 novels published under that name. He has published 200 books under 13 different pseudonyms. He joined the U.S. Army in 1946 and was involved in counter-intelligence. Show More Summary

Grace Revealed: A Powerful, Haunting Memoir

There is something in the human heart that has an unconscious yearning to know about the past, most specifically our own family's past. Who hasn't looked at old, faded pictures of relatives long gone and wondered about their lives? Who...Show More Summary

Win Charles, Wins Daily, Despite Her Disability

It isn't often that I can sit down and read a book, from start to finish, in one entire sitting -- that just isn't the type of person I am. However, when I picked up a copy of I, Win: My Journey as a Disabled Woman Living in a Non-disabled...Show More Summary

13 Books to Help Kids Feel Good About Themselves and Their Bodies

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media book editor We all want to find entertaining reads for our kids and tweens, but unfortunately, even some of the best stories reinforce body and gender stereotypes. Girl characters are judged by how pretty they are. Show More Summary

The Freedom to Write From the Gut

I still remember the day I was told that I had some talent at writing. I had dropped into the mail room in my dormitory to see if my mother had bestowed me with one of the care packages my brother seemed to be receiving daily at hisShow More Summary

New Book Erases the Boundary Between Poetry and Nonfiction

Poets Amaranth Borsuk and Andy Fitch recently released a fantastic collaborative book entitled As We Know. Published by Subito Press and distributed by Small Press Distribution, As We Know is a masterpiece of cross-genre exploration by two artists at the top of their game -- and already well-known for challenging generic boundaries. Show More Summary

The Syria I Miss

In the last few years, Syria has been associated solely with violence, terror, displacement, and war. The tragic events and crimes taking place there have become the only images we see of the country. My first memories of Syria go back to 1994 when I was a seven-year-old Palestinian refugee in Lebanon. Show More Summary

On a Quarrel: David Shields and Caleb Powell Go Into a Cabin (With James Franco)

Two writers argue. In the Woods. For a Week. And they record everything. From this intriguing premise, David Shields and Caleb Powell produce a fascinating reality-show romp of a new book, and -- two years later -- a movie based upon...Show More Summary

Trusting Nothing: Having no Purpose on Purpose

I like the revision process. It gives me a chance to see what I was thinking when I wrote that very lousy, uneven, not-so-good rough draft. Revising, re-seeing, re-thinking, re-visioning allows me to make some sense of what my characters have done and then I get a do-over. Show More Summary

Time Magazine's So-Called 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time

Dear Time magazine, Among your "100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time" are a significant number (I found 31) that were written for certifiable children, prepubescents, say seven, eight, nine, and 10-year-olds. That is, they are notShow More Summary

How to Break Through Writer's Block... by Sitting Around Doing Nothing (Except Meditating!)

You may know that electric have an amazing new idea, it bubbles in your brain and heart. It settles in, you decide to write it down. You clutch your coffee or your wine or vitamin water and circle your writing desk. Often, the circling widens. Show More Summary

6 Hot Romances Coming in January

Originally published on BookBub If you love great romance, you're going to have a lot to choose from this January. We're looking forward to lots of new books, but we're particularly excited about the six below, with their publisher description and related books. Show More Summary

Word Origins as Comics: What's Behind the Language We Are Forced to Endure Daily

We all love words. But their roots are often forgotten or paid little heed. Word origins have a story to tell in their own right, one which expands the impact of the word and creates an ancillary reality. Tired of a pedantic approach to the subject? You've come to the right place. Show More Summary

Never Tell Me the Odds

Writing, like so many other things in life, is just not easy. Some days the words flow, other days you can't produce a coherent phrase. It can be maddening. And when you finally do finish a story, or so you thought, it's time to edit and rewrite. Show More Summary

Remorse Culture and the Boyhood Witness: Ryan Spooner's Regret

2014 was a year of profound gender discussion in the literary world. While conversations on equality in literature and publishing have circulated for decades, last year many authors took to their social networks and publishing platforms with renewed energy. Show More Summary

Reality Hits Cartoonist Author of 'The Realist'

Asaf Hanuka is an illustrator and comics artist whose books have been published all over the world. With his twin brother Tomer, he created the comic Bipolar, which earned Ignatz and Eisner Award nominations. His collaboration with writer Etgar Keret Kamikaze Pizza won a nomination for Eisner in 2007. Show More Summary

Take Time for Passionate Pursuits

Time to add serious fun to your life with a passionate pursuit. Whether you are retired or just thinking about it, don't be caught unexpectedly asking, "Now What?" In my new book, Energize Your Retirement: Stories of Passionate Pursuits,...Show More Summary

A Book As Impossible To Describe As It Is To Put Down

By Meg Miller for Off the Shelf Consider the shop girl. She's on her feet all day, circling the floor or standing behind the counter, appeasing indecisive old ladies, harried mothers with screaming children, impatient business men, lecherous supervisors. Show More Summary

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