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The Truth About Thanksgiving

On 27 November millions of Americans will sit down to Thanksgiving dinner. The spread is so famous, even non-Americans (like me) know what's on the table. When Norman Rockwell, that great fabulist of US life, depicted "Freedom from Want"...Show More Summary

But who will do the cooking and cleaning?

The Two Career Couple Hall 1979 Submitter: The opening prolog to this books states “Used-car dealers are shady. Librarians are quiet and a bit boring.” Thanks for the compliment and associating us with lemon dealers. This book would have been a great choice for a library when it was first published. That was 1979. 35 […]

Branches are people too.

With all of the amazing activities taking place at the Mothership Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Main (language lessons, poetry, author visits, crafting) it is easy to forget that CLP has 17 neighborhood branches and the Library for the Blind and Physically … Continue reading ?

Infinite Grace: The Millions Interviews Caetano W. Galindo

The only man who seemed to be showing us, through all that was modern and new in his literature, a possibility for an old-fashioned answer to the great existential questions that have guided philosophers and writers for ages. And he kills himself. Show More Summary

Holiday Gift Guide: Games

Here at Smart Bitches, we like to help you do your holiday shopping. This week’s theme? Games! My husband and I like to play games…wait, that sounds bad. We like to have friends over for game-night. Board games. Totally wholesome. STOP LOOKING AT ME LIKE THAT. Here are a list of some of my favorites.... Continue reading ?

The Rumpus Interview with Richard Ford

Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Richard Ford discusses his new book, Let Me Be Frank With You, how metaphor shapes our world, and why he doesn't like the idea he has a battery to recharge.

Interview: Patrick Rothfuss on his charitable fans, priorities, and kissing a llama

Patrick Rothfuss is the author of the Kingkiller Chronicle trilogy, with the first two books—The Name Of The Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear—having landed on The New York Times bestseller list, and the third eagerly awaited. He recently published The Slow Regard Of Silent Things, a story about a Kingkiller Chronicle side character, Auri. Show More Summary

‘The Very Hungover Caterpillar’ adapts a children’s favorite

Writers Josie Lloyd and Emlyn Rees and illustrator Gillian Johnson follow a very father on a quest to feel human.

Best Children's Books of 2014

This year there seemed to be as many great children's books in the first half of the year as the second, great news for all of us book lovers who didn't have to wait until the big fall books to...

Jeff Kinney Gets Boys to Read Books. What's His Secret?

Time Magazine named Jeff Kinney one of the 100 most influential people in the world, but if you have adolescent sons, he's probably among the 10 most influential people in your household. That's because he's the creator of the DiaryShow More Summary

We Need to Lie Down

“But migraines! Everyone relishes a migraine. They have a literal aura! Migraines foster the sort of pure narcissism that only intense, essentially benign pain can. We sufferers (that’s how it’s described, “migraine sufferer”) feel it is meet and right that the migraine should be dramatized in films like Pi or White Heat; this strengthens the […]

Questions for Douglas Kennedy, Author of 'Five Days'

In anticipation of the November 25 release of my novel, The Perfect Mother, I had the opportunity to pick the brain of bestselling author, Douglas Kennedy. Here's what he divulged on the art of noveling, his trademark complex heroines,...Show More Summary

To Her, I Was

This is my mother's passport picture. She was pregnant with me when it was taken. When I was a little girl, my mother used to send me out on errands. I loved any excuse to shop, even then, and I took it quite seriously. I remember one time she gave me her list and a five-dollar bill and off I went. Show More Summary

HBO Plans Documentary on Cobain

'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' is an authorized documentary about the Nirvana frontman.

Love and Correspondence

On Monday, the Harry Ransom Center announced that it had acquired the complete archive of Gabriel García Márquez, which includes notebooks, photo albums and correspondence by the late Nobel laureate. For Márquez fans, the most important part of the collection may We’ll See Each Other in August, the author’s final, unfinished novel. Pair with: Charles Finch […]

Guest Essay: David Baldacci, on the Origins of "The Escape"

In David Baldacci's latest novel, special agent John Puller hunts down an escaped prisoner who's become the most wanted man in America--his own brother. The Escape is an Amazon Best Book of the Month for November. ~ The year was...

Why God Makes More Sense than Atheism

After two centuries of the tug-of-war between science and religion, it's clear science occupies the dominant position. It has passed the "So what?" test, meaning that science as applied to practical daily life has been immensely more important to modern people than God. Show More Summary

Horns: Movie Review

Horns (2013) Directed By : Alexandre Aja Written By: Keith Bunin, Joe Hill Genre :HORROR Rated : R Time : 120 min Starring : Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella Plot : In the aftermath of his girlfriend's mysterious death, a young man awakens to find strange horns sprouting from his temples. Show More Summary

The Compulsive Type

I have six old typewriters, and my Underwood No. 5 dates back to 1889, shortly before I was born. I was content with my collection until a friend shared a photograph on Facebook of a teapot shaped like an old typewriter. Without anyShow More Summary

Comics Panel: ODY-C launches, the Teen Titans get overhauled, and Joe Sacco does satire

Need to establish an epic scale for your story? Begin it with an eight-page gatefold splash like ODY-C #1 (Image), the start of Matt Fraction and Christian Ward’s new gender-bent sci-fi take on Homer’s The Odyssey. Unfolding that first...Show More Summary

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