The Internet is choked with nostalgia for the youth-oriented entertainments of the not-too-distant past: Tumblr blogs regurgitating images of half-forgotten toys; YouTube compilations of long-lost TV-show intros; countless blogs playing “Remember when?” with movies and video games whose rose-colored recollections aren’t always properly earned. Show More Summary
"Bo Suerte" -- Monica Ong Reed's mother's family portrait presents her disguised as a boy (second from the right) so that her grandfather would not lose face for having so many daughters. Nathan Gauer: Let me begin by thanking you for your time and saying congratulations. Show More Summary
In Bettyville: A Memoir, author George Hodgeman leaves Manhattan for Paris to take care of his aging mother. Amazon editor Erin Kodicek quips in her review, "Did I mention that it’s Paris, Missouri?"
Kelly Link just published her first book for adults in 10 years. Photo by Sharona Jacobs Photography. Imagine you were a teenage girl in a world of heroes who have petty superpowers, where fairies were real and somewhat abusive, where the rich kids built themselves pyramids and partied on the moon. Show More Summary
The Best Resource Directory By Mike Enemigo Published by The Cell Block (2014) P. O. Box 212, Folsom, CA 95763 ISBN 978-1492798408 $17.25 Available in paperback through Amazon. The Best Resource Directory is a relatively new player in...Show More Summary
The fast-talking, ball-busting “Entourage” agent Ari Gold is coming out with a how-to-succeed-in-business manual.
This month our five-book selection of the best YA titles includes amazing debuts and new books by established YA authors that I've been waiting to see (get ready Will Grayson, Will Grayson fans)...
March 4 is National Grammar Day: Have you made plans yet? Perhaps a visit to the library with your soul mate or maybe you're still figuring out which thrilling grammar gala to attend. Just in case you haven't planned ahead, here areShow More Summary
There are a few women writers whose work I pine for: Mary Karr, Anne Lamott, Alice Munro and Ann Patchett. As soon as they publish something new, I read it as fast I can. And it is Ann Patchett's non-fiction that brings me to my knees. I first read Patchett's novel Bel Canto years ago and liked it. Show More Summary
Mavis Gallant, who passed away a year ago this February, published a total of a hundred and sixteen short stories in The New Yorker, which puts her on par with short story factories like John Cheever and John Updike. Yet by the time she died, she was penniless and alone, a fact which worried the few […]
The 26-year-old rapper Big Sean’s new album, “Dark Sky Paradise,” opened at the top of Billboard’s album chart.
If Three Kings, Jarhead, and In The Loop have taught us anything, it’s that Americans don’t care how scathing your indictment of the Iraq war is, they’re still not going to go see it in theaters. But start picking off men, women, and...Show More Summary
This post first appeared on Mom-Mentum in February 2015. Two years ago, a consulting job advocating for childcare providers made me realize how much motherhood had changed my life. Ultimately, it was that realization which led me toShow More Summary
Recommended Reading: Colson Whitehead on the rise of the “loser edit.” You could also read our review of Whitehead’s Zone One.
Hurricanes. Droughts. Forest fires. Melting glaciers. Man made or acts of God? There are two types of climate change deniers. The first, motivated by commercial or ideological reasons, is a mentality that ignores scientific evidenceShow More Summary
Tillman’s authorial voice is singular, and her spoken voice is, too. It’s truly an amplification of the voice on the page. Many people have remarked on the quality of Tillman’s voice: its strength and intellect, its wit and warmth. It’s also raspy, sensitive, perceptive, keen—delivered with a New York accent.
This May, the Marvel Universe gets a major reimagining in the form of Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic’s Secret Wars miniseries, which is serving as a launchpad for numerous new projects offering different takes on familiar Marvel characters. Show More Summary
In 1998, Matthew Stokoe kicked off his career as a novelist with Cows, a stomach-turning book set largely in the confines of a slaughterhouse. Now, Stokoe has written a book with a somewhat ironic title, considering it dials down the obscenity in comparison to his early work. Drew Smith interviews the author over at Full-Stop.
New York City may never live up to the vision of its future reported by the Times in 1906. “The state of civilization about New York in the year 2015 will resemble very closely that of England in the early days of the Saxon settlement,” the paper declared on June 30th of that year. Show More Summary
"Books are dangerous. The best ones should be labeled: 'This could change your life!'" Helen Exley, author of several little books about wisdom, is credited to have penned that statement. However, I could have written it from my own experience. Most recently, I've had my life completely wrecked by a book. Show More Summary