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Torn Between Two Bosses, Not Feeling Like a Fool

(This is an excerpt from the forthcoming book, Field Notes from a Music Biz Life.) Question: What to do when you have two bosses who hate each other so much they automatically disagree about everything and speak to each other only through...Show More Summary

Should You Join an Online Book Club? Hell, Yes.

Regular readers of this column will know that I recently started my third online book club experiment (yes, you are reading that right), called One Book One Facebook. The idea is to get as many people as possible all reading a book together and discussing it weekly. Show More Summary

Positively Freudian

Chances are that your mental image of Pavlov is that of a man giving commands to a barking dog. However, as a new biography makes clear, the doctor who brought us his very own adjective has a far more complicated legacy. In The New Yorker, Michael Specter writes about the man behind the bell.

First Encounter of the Worst Kind: On Reading James Patterson at 32,000 Feet

Books like this are for people who don’t really like to read but love to be able to say they have read, much as fruity cocktails are for people who don’t really like to drink but love to get knee-walking drunk.

Break Through Writer's Block by Living Your Own Fantasy

Snow swirled by the window and an empty fireplace taunted my blue fingers as I sat in the parlor of Lednice Castle, in the Czech Republic, listening to the tap, tap, tap of inspiration seeping from my soul into my brain. My first novel was coming. Show More Summary

Hardly Working

Why is it okay to say “I’m working on a novel” but not okay to say “I’m working on my novel”? The former is a normal, straightforward, expression, while the latter smacks of arrogance and self-absorption. At Bookforum, Jesse Barron writes about the oddity of Working on My Novel, a collection of retweets (you read […]

Sheepish Info

TV Vet  Sheep Book TV Vet 1972 Think of this as DIY manual for the sheep farmer. Evidently, this is part of a series of books on animal husbandry.  I am really curious on the TV aspect of this series. Perhaps this is an offshoot of an all-farm channel? Of course, veterinary medicine ages, just […]

Ask a Man

Always Ask a Man the key to femininity Dahl 1965 (paperback: 1967) Ladies! Your wait is over!  Arlene Dahl is here to tell you all the insider secrets of catching and keeping a man. Inside you will find tons of helpful tips on fashion, hair, makeup,and even romance! Evidently, the dudes just love when women […]

Gym Candy

Drugs in Sports Dolan, Jr. 1986 Submitter: Is drug use still a problem among athletes? I’m sure it is. However, this book, found in the stacks at my public library, is as outdated as the sweatband worn by the arm on the cover. It’s time for a new book on the same topic.   Holly: […]

Masculine Men

The American Male: A Penetrating Look at the Masculinity Crisis. Brenton 1966 Submitter: Well Boohoo! Men being oppressed. Let me get a tissue. 1966? I can understand this book being in an academic library. A public library? Patrons need updated info on topics like this. Holly: Here is a link to the Kirkus Review of […]

A Magic Year of Living in The Eternal City

By Hilary Krutt for Off the Shelf Each time I sat down to read Anthony Doerr's recent National Book Award nominee, All the Light We Cannot See, I found myself cocooned in his velvety evocations of Saint-Malo, an enchanting French city perched upon the sea. Show More Summary

Resourceful Teens Will Always Find Books To Read

When I was a teenager, what I most wanted to read were fantasy novels. Not Tolkien and Malory, but sword-and-sorcery pulp. I craved glowy blue magic, chainmail bikinis, dragons with unpronounceable names. Today I might head into theShow More Summary

Top Ten Best-Selling Ebooks -- Week of November 15

Self-published titles have made a remarkable splash on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list lately, but the tide seems to have turned this week. There are quite a number of new titles on this week's list--four of them within...Show More Summary

Emancipation from Irony: On ‘The Best American Comics 2014?

When you read a comic, you are accepting a direct message from one singular honest soul. Your hand touches theirs. That soul can be strange. That soul can be sick. And it can also be oh-so earnest,

My Body is a Book of Rules by Elissa Washuta

Samantha Claire Updegrave reviews My Body Is a Book of Rules by Elissa Washuta today in Rumpus Books.

2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Part I

Time to round up all the neat and clever and oh-so-tempting items for your holiday shopping and wish-listing needs. I’ve been collecting ideas for a few weeks now — and really, this is so fun, like I’m shopping for all of you. Each Wednesday, I’ll be posting collections of gifts and ideas for gifting and... Continue reading ?

Liberating the Lobster

Grief can flatten you. What is its purpose?

Podcast Transcript 115 is up!

Extra, extra, read all about it! If you like reading the podcast transcript, this week’s episode transcription is ready.

The New Testament by Jericho Brown

Jeannine Hall Gailey reviews Jericho Brown's The New Testament today in Rumpus Poetry.

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