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Getting the Message Across

This past weekend I've immersed myself in two David vs Goliath stories. The first is Elizabeth Warren's book A Fighting Chance. The formation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau -- a new government agency with some teeth to prevent...Show More Summary

A Recipe for Love: Renee Swindle's New Novel

In Renee Swindle's breezy third novel, A Pinch of Oooh La La (August 5th/ Penguin-Random House) narrator Abbey Lincoln Ross, discovers that her artist boyfriend is having multiple affairs while watching a documentary about him at a film festival. Show More Summary

'All Quiet on the Western Front' - A Farewell to Arms, Legs, Youth and Hope

Can a WWI novel shame the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs into caring for the spotters, coordinators, trainers, and advisors who have to deal with the convert-or-die genocides of ISIS? Our institutions have not done wellShow More Summary

Smoking Gun: 5 Crime Novels Elmore Leonard Might Have Loved

A year ago, we lost a legend of American crime and suspense writing. Elmore Leonard died on this day at the age of 87, after a six-decade career that produced dozens of crime novels, westerns, and short stories, many of...

Roughing It

51 minutes agoEntertainment / Books : The Millions

Coming this fall: a newly published autobiography that Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote before she decided to retool her life story into the Little House on the Prairie books. Originally intended for an adult audience, Pioneer Girl gives a...Show More Summary

Four Great Ways to Find Indie Books You'll Love

Thanks to the Internet and the rise in indie and self-publishing our choices of reading materials has skyrocketed; there are genres and niches for everyone's tastes and price points -- but as a reader looking outside the traditionalShow More Summary

Holy Land

In the 1880s, a group of rural Illinoisans formed a Christian sect that believed that a local woman, Dorinda Beekman, was the new Jesus Christ. When Mrs. Beekman died, a follower of hers claimed that her spirit lived inside him; as the new leader of the sect, he moved his followers into a barn and […]

The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson

Imogen Robertson’s previous novels have largely been set in England around 1780, but The Paris Winter, takes us to Paris in 1909. Fortunately, Robertson hasn’t lost anything in the move. If anything, she has refined her usual combination...Show More Summary

Farbige Hochzeitskleider

Farbige Hochzeitskleider Habt ihr schon mal die Frühlingskollektion (2013) von Claire Pettibone angesehen? Doch kleine, verspielte Details wie Rosen auf den Schultern, hübsche Stickereien und vor allem florale Designs verzieren die Hochzeitskleider der aktuellen Kollektion. Show More Summary

If the Tabloids Are True What Are You? by Matthea Harvey

Jeannine Hall Gailey reviews Matthea Harvey's If the Tabloids Are True Who Are You? today in Rumpus Poetry.

The Importance of Being Feminist

Liked watching Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk last year? Then consider picking up a copy of We Should All Be Feminists. The longform essay, now published as an ebook original, was adapted from topics Adichie touched upon in her speech, among them the importance of being a feminist in the twenty-first century. You could also […]

Death Did Me a Favor

Last weekend a couple of longtime friends stayed with my husband and me at Bassborough. My friend lost her first husband to a heart attack when she was in her late twenties and her current husband, to whom she's been married 19 years, recently underwent his second heart transplant and is now facing kidney failure. Show More Summary

Do the Jitterbug

How to Jitterbug Javna 1984 Submitter: It totally doesn’t belong in the children’s library collection anymore, but it’s more AWESOME Library Book than Awful (actually, one of my coworkers took it home for her own collection as soon as I showed it to her). FREE RECORD TOO! LOOK! IT WAS STILL INSIDE! You’ll notice it’s […]

15 Writing Quotes to Challenge and Inspire

Many writers would drool at the idea of spending a week at a writers retreat on a private Bahamian island, but not every writer is in a position to invest the time and money to attend. Now, thanks to the generosity of Salt Cay Writers...Show More Summary

5 Journeys Through The South

In the fall of 1942, Vladimir Nabokov, unsuccessful at extending his teaching position in creative writing at Wellesley College, found work as a lecturer on a tour that included stops at small southern towns in South Carolina and Georgia. Show More Summary

9 Amazing Fictional Trios

"Two is company, three a crowd" the saying goes, but whoever said it missed the point. Trios are fantastic precisely because they're inherently unstable. Romantic tales become rich in conflict when a love triangle emerges. AdventureShow More Summary

Practical Art: On Teaching the Business of Creative Writing

This is the inside joke of creative writing programs in America. We know creative writing doesn’t make money, and yet we continue to graduate talented writers with no business acumen. At best, it is misguided. At worst, it is fraudulent.

Me and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

When I first heard that Jesse Andrews‘ debut novel Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was being made into a movie, and was being filmed here in Pittsburgh, no less, I immediately snatched the book up from our teen section at CLP – … Continue reading ?

HaBO: Trying Again With Smugglers Under Her Skirts

by SB Sarah Back in 2009, Katherine was looking for a book, but alas, it wasn't identified. She's remembered more details of this book she's still hunting, and wanted to ask again. HaBO, Take Deux! So I sent this in a few years ago, but nobody was able to ID the book for me. Show More Summary

Books on Sale: A Susanna Kearsley Novel, Plus Popular Historical Romances

by SB Sarah The Splendour Falls by Susanna Kearsley is $1.99 today! This is an older Kearsley title, originally published in 1995, I believe, and features the hallmarks of her novels: parallel storylines in the present and past, a mystery, and some romance. Show More Summary

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