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Christopher Atamian

Meline Toumani, the Armenian Genocide and the Politics of Appeasement

Christopher Atamian | January 28, 2015 | Books
Meline Toumani's puzzling and sometimes maddening first book There Was and There Was Not: A Journey Through Hate and Possibility in Turkey, Armenia and Beyond purports to analyze the hatred still separating Armenians and Turks on the eve of the one hundredth commemoration of the Armenian Gencocide.
Mark E. Olive

Texas Sending Man to Death Chamber on Thursday Based on 'Of Mice and Men'

Mark E. Olive | January 28, 2015 | Politics
Invoking Lennie as its benchmark, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals announced rules that fail to protect persons with intellectual disability from execution. Because of these unscientific and fictional standards, Robert Ladd, a man who has an IQ of 67, faces the death chamber this Thursday.
Dean Rader

Three Books of Poems You Should Have Read in 2014

Dean Rader | January 28, 2015 | San Francisco
However, my focus is not on any of these collections, but rather on three recent books by Bay Area Poets that not only deserve to be part of this larger literary conversation but are among the best books of 2014. If you missed them last year, I have good news--2015 is young.
Holly Robinson

Tempted to Read Your Own Book Reviews? Resist!

Holly Robinson | January 28, 2015 | Books
At the end of the day, writers can't worry about what readers think, want or buy. We have one job, and one job only: to follow our passions and put words on the page, creating books that we, ourselves, feel proud to have written.
Dora Levy Mossanen

Lisette's List Walks Readers Through Tumultuous, War-Torn World War II Europe

Dora Levy Mossanen | January 28, 2015 | Books
Vreeland's exploration of the emotional and societal influence of art and her passionate descriptions of the countryside, with its rich scents and colors, the ochre mines and brutal mistral, but especially the vivid depiction of paintings, are the most pleasurable parts of the novel.
Digital Book World

Top Ten Best-Selling Ebooks -- Week of January 24

Digital Book World | January 28, 2015 | Books
Media tie-ins are well known to power titles up the ranks of the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List. And this week, the Bradley Cooper film adaptation of American Sniper drives two separate editions of the book into the No. 1 and No. 22 spots of this week's top 25.
Tom Falco

Gutenberg Would Be Proud

Tom Falco | January 28, 2015 | Books
There's something interesting happening and it's almost like we're going back in time. According to many sources, I've read that Kindle and iPad sales are down.
Dorit Sasson

Ways to Use Your Character as a Setting and Help Build Your Platform

Dorit Sasson | January 28, 2015 | Books
Hope C. Clark's latest mystery, Murder on Edisto, uses setting for depth, and it has become her brand to place fiction in a real place. The locals of Edisto Beach absolutely love it. The setting of the beach is perfect for influencing characters and it's just as important...
Larry Paros

Word Origins as Comics: Sticks and Stones, The Art of Poking Fun at Others

Larry Paros | January 27, 2015 | Books
How do I mock thee? Let me name the ways. In the wake of Charlie Hebdo, the various verbal options available to us in dealing with the inanities, hypocrisy, and contradictions with which we are confronted daily...
Brooke Warner

How Your Body Is a Gateway to Your Creative Expression

Brooke Warner | January 27, 2015 | Books
Here's something to consider. If you knew your creativity was something inside of you that you could treat, would you do it? If, like chi, it just needed to get unblocked, would you pursue opportunities to make that happen?
Fiona Citkin, Ph.D.

Russian Tattoo: For Whom the Bell Tolls

Fiona Citkin, Ph.D. | January 27, 2015 | Books
While embarking on a book project about prominent immigrant women leaders, I realized that many of them are authors as well.
Off The Shelf

The Power of Memoir to Heal Unspeakable Pain

Off The Shelf | January 27, 2015 | Books
By Marina Nemat for Off the Shelf When she was a 16-year-old Iranian student, Marina Nemat was arrested for crimes against the Iranian government and sent to the notorious Evin Prison, where she was beaten, tortured and condemned to die. Her miraculous story of survival is told in...
Greg Carey

Getting Started With the Bible

Greg Carey | January 27, 2015 | Religion
Every once in a while someone asks for advice: "How do I learn more about the Bible?" In church we act like the Bible is important, but few among us feel confident we understand it -- or even that we know what's in it.
Jackie K. Cooper

Crash & Burn Is Lisa Gardner's Most Complex Novel

Jackie K. Cooper | January 26, 2015 | Books
Lisa Gardner pulls out all the stops in her latest novel, Crash & Burn. There are so many muddled characters who try to make sense of all that is going on, while there are other seemingly crazed characters who are determined to hide the truth. In short you can't breeze your way through this one.
Alain Elkann

What Tom Stoppard Says About Consciousness in His New Play

Alain Elkann | January 27, 2015 | World
The "hard problem" as you probably know is actually a phrase referring to the problem of accounting for consciousness. Most things are not conscious. This table we are sitting at isn't conscious. Vegetables aren't conscious. We are conscious, and nobody understands how we do that; physically, scientifically or metaphysically. Nobody really knows; and that's the "hard problem."
Peggy Nolan

6 Must-Read Books for Overwhelmed Stepmoms

Peggy Nolan | January 26, 2015 | Divorce
Read this book with your sweetheart. It could very well save your relationship or become the go-to resource anytime either of you forgets that your relationship must take priority if you want your relationship to flourish and your marriage to succeed.
Jesse Pinho

Never Let Me Go Falls Short of Its Potential

Jesse Pinho | January 26, 2015 | Books
It began as an investigation into the social dynamics of intensely intimate and vulnerable relationships. It concluded, I suppose, as a love story set against the backdrop of worldwide apathy to human suffering.
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Hope: Entertainer of the Century -- A Book Review

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | January 26, 2015 | Books
Known as an historian of stand-up comedy, Richard Zoglin's biography of Bob Hope is vivid and entertaining. He has given us a portrait full of detail, rendered with warmth and honesty, not to deify the man but to give him the extraordinary due he worked so hard to earn.
Brandi Megan Granett

Creating Voices for Women in History: Meet Author Heather Webb

Brandi Megan Granett | January 26, 2015 | Books
"There's nothing quite like feeling the heartbeat of a location and immersing oneself in the visceral sensations that are unique to each place."
Brad Wheelis

The Time My Boss Outed Me

Brad Wheelis | January 27, 2015 | Gay Voices
Embarrassed, humiliated, shocked and even shamed. Those are some of the emotions I felt when my jackass of a boss outed me many years ago. I'm proud to say that I've been out of the closet for several years now, and feel no shame, but it was a long and sometimes painful road.
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