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Camille Styles Holiday Party Idea: Cookies and Cocktails May Be Consumed

'Tis the season for holiday parties and who better than Camille Styles to offer some smart ideas for keeping it festive. Styles has a very popular lifestyle blog and the author of a new book, Camille Styles Entertaining: Inspired Gatherings...

Great deals on classic literature from Oxford University Press

Our friends at Books2Anywhere, one of our longtime booksellers, have sliced 55% off the RRP price for more than 200 titles published by Oxford University Press. This offer lasts until December 31. Lots of classic literature is available here, including some masterpieces from Trollope, Kipling, Woolf and Lovecraft. There is also a decent helping of […]

On the Books: ‘The Invention of Wings’ is Amazon’s bestseller in 2014

-The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd topped the 2014 Amazon bestsellers list, which the e-giant released this morning. The selection is composed

Newswire: Exclusive DC preview: The Kitchen introduces 3 women to the reality of the mob

At the end of The Kitchen #1, mob wives Kath, Raven, and Angie stood over the unconscious body of a man Kath had beaten to get the money she was owed. Now that the three are firmly in the game, they’re discovering the pressures of a life of organized crime. Show More Summary

The Looks You’re Born with and the Looks You’re Given

I was born cross-eyed—not all the time, but some of the time. My right eye drifted inward, especially when I was tired or daydreaming. Meanwhile, my mother was extremely beautiful. She was one of the top Ford models of the nineteen-sixties, frequently appearing on the covers of Vogue, Elle, and all the other major fashion magazines. Show More Summary

A Year in Reading: Rabih Alameddine

Simply put, I think it just might be the best book I have read in -- oh, I don’t know, maybe ever.

The Last Book I Loved: Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Why would a fictional character’s opinion about a city matter to me? Because Bernadette Fox says things like “I would laugh at the whole thing, but I’m too bored” and “Already I wished a Chechen rebel would shoot me in the back.”

On the Border of the Illusion

I'm generally met with reactions of surprise and intrigue when my musical works based on Jacqueline Rose's writings are presented. The general idea, it goes, is that the connection between a work like Proust Among the Nations and a piano sonata is not an easy connection to make. Show More Summary

Book Excerpt: Softball, The Music Biz and the Me Decade

(This is an excerpt from the forthcoming book, Field Notes from a Music Biz Life.) Once in a great while, the exploits of a sports team transcend the playing fields to illuminate something profound about a particular time and place. Consider the 1964 St. Show More Summary

92nd Street Y Announces Latin Jazz Festival

The first Latin on Lex festival will include Eddie Palmieri, Yosvany Terry and more.

Sourcing ‘The Hobbit’

In an essay for The Guardian, John Garth identifies an interesting source for parts of Tolkien‘s The Hobbit: Native American lore.

DC announces ‘Arkham Knight’ prequel comic — exclusive

Rocksteady Entertainment’s Arkham series of Batman games are among the best superhero games ever made. Granted, that’s a bar that wasn’t terribly

A Year in Reading: The Book Report

In a holiday-themed installment that's sure to become an instant classic of weekly Internet shows sponsored by literary websites, Janet and Michael celebrate the end of the year the way they always have: with trivia and regret.

J.K. Rowling’s new Pottermore material hints at Snape’s past

Today marks the first day of Pottermore’s 12-day fete of new material to the site, including new entries that explore the

Big Issues: Princess Ugg caps off an exceptional year for female comic-book characters

Each week, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic book of significance. This week, it’s Princess Ugg #6. Written and drawn by Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin, Polly And The Pirates) with coloring and lettering by Warren Wucinich (Courtney...Show More Summary

Gothic Roots

“If Gothic literature had a family tree, its twisted gnarled branches chock-full of imperiled, swooning heroines and mysterious monks, with ghosts who sit light on the branches, and Frankenstein’s monster who sits heavy, with troopsShow More Summary

A Woman Without a Country by Eavan Boland

Jenna Le reviews Eavan Boland's A Woman Without a Country today in Rumpus Poetry.

Holiday Cookbooks for Giving and Getting

Cookbooks are a wonderful source of inspiration, especially those with beautiful photography and the occasional step-by-step illustration for tricky techniques. A well-worn cookbook is like a cherished friend, one we turn to again and again for comfort and encouragement. Show More Summary

These Are the STAR WARS Books You're Looking For

So did you hear that there's a new Star Wars movie on the way? Chances are you know someone who's a little excited about it, if you're not excited about it enough yourself (soccer droids notwithstanding). If you can't wait...

119. Listener Mail: Novellas, Clergy and Religion in Romance and More

This week, Sarah dives into the mailbag, or the inbox that she imagines looks like a mailbag, to answer listener email on topics ranging from novellas, clergy in romance, library behind the scenes information, and more. Here are the podcast recommendations mentioned in this episode: The History of Rome Revolutions Hardcore History History of English... Continue reading ?

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