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Retired VA Employee Shows Pride for New Disabled Veterans Memorial

I am a veteran with more than 30 years of service both as an enlisted servicemember and as an officer. I served in Vietnam and the Middle East, in addition to serving as a member of the Stabilization Forces in the Balkans. When I retired, I chose to serve 10 years with the Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits Section. Show More Summary

‘Boyhood’ Leads Gotham Film Nominations

Other nominees for the kickoff event of awards season include "Birdman" and "Grand Budapest Hotel."

Midwife Mondays

  It’s been a while since I’ve written about midwifery on my blog, but it’s a subject that’s near and dear to my heart, and never far from my mind. My homebirth baby, Jonah (pictured above) is now thirteen, and in 2016, my novel The Birth House (inspired by the midwife who once lived in my house) will be a decade old. Show More Summary

Review:  For Love and Liberty, by Alyssa Cole, Kate McMurray, Lena Hart, and Stacey Agdern

by CarrieS Grade: C- Title: For Love and Liberty Author: Cole Publication Info: Seditious Sisters 2014 ISBN: 978-1-941885-00-0 Genre: Historical: American For Love and Liberty is an anthology of romance novellas that take place during the American Revolution. Show More Summary

REVIEW: ‘The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances’ is a quick, funny read

Why run such a long distance? It’s a good question to ask yourself. And while training for a marathon or triathlon you’ll have plenty of alone time in your head to think it over.

Food Fiction: A visit from the scary food critic

Even fictional people have to eat. Sometimes food reveals what we should know about a character, sometimes it’s a pleasant pause in the action, sometimes it’s crucial staging platform for exposition, and sometimes it’s how the fairy folk back home cure their three-day stubble. Show More Summary

Doctor's Dilemma: Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole

Famed and multi-awarded neurologist Dr. Allan Ropper, author of the definitive textbook on clinical neurology, with the help of Brian David Burrell, has turned his prodigious medical knowledge to us, the people, with an entertaining and eminently readable book, Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole. Show More Summary

TEV 2.0 - Launch of the newsletter edition

At its height, The Elegant Variation had over 50,000 daily readers. It gave me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of books I loved, like Rob Riemen's Nobility of Spirit, and it engendered many stimulating, international conversations...

Why Drake Is One Of The Best Contemporary Poets

I often have one poet that I am in love with for a very long time, whose songs I can't ever completely tap out of their inspirational resources. For the past few years, that poet has been Drake. You all likely know who Drake is. Aubrey...Show More Summary

Books on Sale: Contemporary Romance with Preorders, Cowboys, & Small Towns

by Amanda At the Billionaire's Wedding is available for preorder for $2.99! This book features a handful of favorite authors: Maya Rodale, Caroline Linden, Katharine Ashe, and Miranda Neville. Normally, these authors write amazing historical romances, but it looks like they're trying out something more contemporary this time. Show More Summary

If You Self-Publish Your Book, Can You Sell It to a Big Publisher Down the Road -- And Would You Even Want To?

As many of you know, my book The Gift of Maybe is being published by Perigee, an imprint of Penguin Random House, on November 4, 2014. What some of you may not know is that I originally self-published my book in February 2013 (the original title was The Book of Maybe). Show More Summary

Hard Time

One of the more common questions that comes up in The Nervous Breakdown’s self-interviews is what the subjects consider to be the hardest part of the writing life. The most recent edition sees Jac Jemc, whose latest came out last week, admit that time is what foils her: “Everything takes longer than I think it […]

Exclusive Excerpt: The Sweetest Sound, by Rick Bragg (From “Good Dog: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Loyalty”)

The Sweetest Sound (Excerpted from Good Dog: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Loyalty, a collection of stories inspired by Garden & Gun magazine’s popular “Good Dog” column. Other contributors include Jon Meacham, Roy Blount, Jr, Dominique Browning, P.J. O’Rourke,...

Tavi Gevinson conquers ‘the hole of cyberspace’ with Rookie’s Yearbook Three

You can tell a lot about Tavi Gevinson by the way she wields her silver Sharpie. Her body rigidly bent

Graphic Novel Friday: The Long Halloween

October is here, October is here! With the onslaught of all things pumpkin-flavored (but who can resist?), now is the time to settle down with a good fright. This month, publishers prepare the very be(a)st in spooky reads, and comic...

Cinderella has gone to the dogs!

Cinderella Wegman 1993 Submitter: I can’t believe this book. I literally did a double-take when I saw the cover, and as I flipped through it, I began to wonder what made the library purchase this book in the first place. The dog/people combos are a bit freaky and probably would have frightened me as a […]

The New Trailer for the "Unbroken" Movie

For those who haven't read Unbroken (I realize a lot of us have read it), there's still time to read the book before seeing the movie. I've had a lot of conversations through the years about whether one should read...

On the Books: Tom Hanks pens short story for The New Yorker

- We know how much Tom Hanks loves typewriters—but since he co-wrote 2001’s Band of Brothers, the actor hasn’t had much

Love Italian Style

Love Italian style Parca 1966 Submitter: Chapter 3 is where all the dirt comes out. We get great insight to a select few Italian males’ mind sets in 1966. This book interviews men in Italy and asks the same set of questions. From the table of contents I had to read A Roman Truck Driver. […]

Margaret Atwood, others explore the short-story cycle

On one hand, you have novels. On the other, you have short stories. But is the split that clear-cut? If

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