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Thank You!

Last Saturday marked my 8th anniversary as a book blogger. I missed this date last year and I had every intention of celebrating this year. As this post illustrates, I missed the date yet again. Thank goodness Literate Housewife is a forgiving thing or I’d be in the dog house. This blog has brought wonderful […]

The Rumpus Interview with Peter Mendelsund

Writer, designer, and thinker Peter Mendelsund talks about book design, the tangled process of reading and perception, and his two new books, Cover and What We See When We Read.

125. An Interview with RedHeadedGirl and Courtney Milan

This week, RedHeadedGirl and Sarah sit down with Courtney Milan to talk about her brand-new New Adult Contemporary Trade Me, which was released this past Tuesday. We discuss reader reactions, the development of the characters and Milan’s take on the billionaire trope. Show More Summary


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Playing With Fire and Facing Death in Savage Park

It was the subtitle of Amy Fusselman's new book, Savage Park, that got my attention: A Meditation on Play, Space, and Risk for Americans Who Are Nervous, Distracted, and Afraid to Die. As a restless American who is tethered to her chirping...Show More Summary

On the Books: Stuart Scott memoir coming in March

-While the sports world still mourns the loss of ESPN anchor Stuart Scott, Penguin Random House imprint Blue Rider Press

Not Without My Father: One Woman's Walk of the 444-Mile Natchez Trace

In this age of self-publishing, a sea of blogs, and social media glut it can be difficult to find a writer with a fresh voice that draws the reader in and inspires a genuine feeling of pleasure from the act of reading. In Andra Watkins'...Show More Summary

6 Tips to Make Your Kids Love To Read

Now that kids have returned to school after a long holiday vacation, learning has moved, once again, to center stage. Reading is one of the main cornerstones of learning. However, many kids nowadays do not value reading like they should. Show More Summary

Your Life Will Change

“Your shipment of personal copies will never arrive. Your publisher will not be able to track their fate, nor replace them. A week will pass and you will wander into the animal shelter at a nearby strip mall and find a dog cage lined with the urine-soaked pages of your book. Your eyes will meet […]

I Never Thought I'd Read This Book With My Daughter

By Sheila Curry Oakes for Off the Shelf "Mom, were you alive during the Vietnam War?" My middle school daughter often "fact checks" history versus my existence. At least asking about Vietnam wasn't as far off base as when she once asked me if I was around for Prohibition. Show More Summary

M is for Mischief

My children, now 12 and 10, have been library power users since birth. I decided to write a post about our very favorite picture books, they ones the kids requested over and over. When I perused this section in the Children’s Department at … Continue reading ?

Blondie, 1970s New York, and Chris Stein's Heart of Glass

In the early 1970s, Chris Stein was a student at the School of Visual Arts in New York, spending his off-hours photographing the pre-Giuliani Big Apple of garbage strikes, murder, muggings, and a Midtown more S&M than M&M (see this....

The First American Novel

“He is now even upon the point of marrying—shall I proceed!—of marrying his Sister! I fly to prevent incest!” Dan Piepenbring writes about reading The Power of Sympathy, America’s first novel, for The Paris Review.

Rupi Kaur: The Poet Every Woman Needs to Read

Rupi Kaur's first book, Milk and Honey is the poetry collection every woman needs on her nightstand or coffee table. Accompanied by her own sketches, the beautifully honest poems read like the everyday, collective experiences of today's modern woman. Show More Summary

A Scorching Farce: Brock Clarke’s ‘The Happiest People in the World’

The first law of farce is that bodies in motion will eventually collide, and Clarke orchestrates the inevitable collision by beckoning each character from across the world and assembling them at the Lumber Lodge under the watchful eye of the moose.

Pierce Brown talks ‘Red Rising’ trilogy, reveals the cover of book 3 — exclusive

If there’s a void in your life that can only be filled by a sci-fi adventure book reminiscent of Star

Tickle Some Funny Bones at Your Next Speaking Engagement

There is a vicious rumor circulating that modern business speakers are facing more and more expectation to be funny. David Nihill may well have started this rumor with is new book Do You Talk Funny, 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker, which has been ranked No. Show More Summary

Best So Far

What’s the best book of the 21st century? To date, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao seems to be the favorite – the BBC polled a few dozen US critics and Junot Diaz‘s novel came in first place. The full list is available from The Guardian, and includes Zadie Smith‘s White Teeth and Michael Chabon‘s The […]


Recommended reading: “Olikoye,” a new short story from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

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