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William Petrocelli


Sadly, Rachel Maddow Just Insulted Every Independent Bookseller in America

William Petrocelli | December 20, 2014 | Books
Will the truth ever be told about the courage exhibited by independent booksellers during that period? We can only hope so. In the meantime, Rachel Maddow and her producers owe a lot of booksellers -- and Salman Rushdie -- an apology.
Mike Alvear


The Top 10 Bestselling Gay Sex Books of 2014

Mike Alvear | December 19, 2014 | Gay Voices
Given how obsessed gay men are with gay sex, you'd think this category would be producing more titles than an automatic profile generator on Grindr, but it isn't. If you look at my list of the top 10 most popular gay-sex books on Amazon, you'll see that only one of the books was published in 2014. The rest go as far back as 1998! Take a look.
Alex Cacioppo

The Chronicles of Gringolandia

Alex Cacioppo | December 19, 2014 | Books
Americans like to think that they live in a perpetual present, as author Ilan Stavans, a Jewish-Mexican immigrant to the U.S. in the 1980s, writes in A Most Imperfect Union, lavishly illustrated by his compadre Lalo Alcaraz. But that is another illusory convention that, like many others, gets knocked down in the manner of a summary execution.
Bryan Young


Need a Last Minute Gift? Try the Local Comic Shop

Bryan Young | December 19, 2014 | Books
If you're looking for a last minute holiday gift for the nerd in your life, do your best to eschew the big stores and instead take a gander into your closest comic book store.
Scott Goodson


10 Mind-Altering Business Books from 2014

Scott Goodson | December 19, 2014 | Books
The following 10 books (with a few honorable mentions at the end) do just that. Some you've no doubt heard of already; a few are under-appreciated gems. All are worth reading, even in a time when we all have too much to read.
Garrett McCord


Interview With Robin Cherry, Author of Garlic: An Edible Biography

Garrett McCord | December 19, 2014 | Taste
Written by the enigmatic Robin Cherry, it is the garlic lover's new bedside bible.
Off The Shelf

When Writers Write For Themselves

Off The Shelf | December 19, 2014 | Books
It is exactly the kind of literature I divine to find. Where the writer has chosen not to appeal to a reader, a market, but to an impulse which makes sense of life through writing; an inspection, so to speak, of feelings, signals, and moments.
Cari E. Guittard


A Christmas Story Every American Should Read

Cari E. Guittard | December 18, 2014 | Books
This story is small but powerful and its lessons timeless. If only every elected official in D.C. and across the country would read this over the holiday break perhaps we might inspire the seeds of a new kind of leadership this spring. One can only hope.
Valerie Alexander


What Amazon Fails to Understand About Readers (...and Authors)

Valerie Alexander | December 18, 2014 | Books
I don't want my new relationship with a book, with all its promise of knowledge and thrills and emotions, to start with the action. I want that slow build of courtship that leads to longer and deeper satisfaction, which only a few "get-to-know-you" pages can supply.
Larry Paros


Word Origins as Comics: What Conversation, Poetry, and Advertising Share in Common

Larry Paros | December 18, 2014 | Books
Tired of a pedantic approach to word origins? Try this for size.
Peter Bosshard


Greed and Resistance in Sarawak's Rainforest

Peter Bosshard | December 18, 2014 | Green
The greed and corruption of a small clique are now turning Sarawak's rainforests into a monoculture of oil palms and hydropower reservoirs. Lukas Straumann documents the local politics, international complicity and desperate resistance in the struggle over one of the world's last paradises.
Mitch Ditkoff


The Power of This Moment

Mitch Ditkoff | December 18, 2014 | Books
Personally, I find this message quite refreshing -- one that cuts to the chase in today's multi-tracking, information-overloaded world. Here is someone not claiming to have the answer, but boldly asserting that we all have the answer.
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg


Why I Don't Miss My Breasts Anymore

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg | December 18, 2014 | Women
Shortly after my double mastectomy 12 years ago, my oncologist asked me how I felt about losing my breasts. I told him I was sad and afraid I would feel this way forever. "How you feel will keep evolving," he said.
Lisa Parkin


Top 12 Young Adult Books of 2014

Lisa Parkin | December 18, 2014 | Books
As impossible as this task always is, I found it especially difficult this year when thinking about the top young adult books I've read. This genre hosts some of the best stories I've ever had the pleasure of reading.
John McWhorter


J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit: How to Speak Elvish Conlang

John McWhorter | December 18, 2014 | Books
Elvish is only one of the many magical languages developed by J.R.R. Tolkien. The feat of creating language for fantasy has proven to add to viewers and readers experiences. By transplanting their imagination to a new world, fans are able to learn the new language and engage with each other.
Kylie Cardell

How The Diary Became A Public Way Of Getting Personal

Kylie Cardell | December 18, 2014 | Books
Stashed in the darkest corner of my bookcase is my childhood diary. Between its pastel-floral covers, behind the flimsy, almost wholly symbolic lock is a blunt emotional barometer. Entries peak in adolescence, where reflections are characterized by litanies of perceived injustices. Tragedies include not being allowed to go unsupervised to...
Mary Pauline Lowry


Q&A With Kate Ormand About Her YA Novel Dark Days

Mary Pauline Lowry | December 18, 2014 | Books
Kate Ormand's debut young adult novel Dark Days tells the story of sixteen-year-old Sia who lives in a dystopian future in which the world has been divided in sectors.
Suzanne Kingsbury

The Girlfriend's Guide to Book Giving This Season

Suzanne Kingsbury | December 17, 2014 | Books
Better than turtle doves or maids-a-milking, these 12 books will satisfy everyone on your list from the reader who digs a great beach read to the one who is (lovably) meticulous.
Allison Pataki


'Tis the Season for Reading: My Favorite Holiday Books

Allison Pataki | December 17, 2014 | Books
There's perhaps nothing cozier and more likely to get you into the holiday spirit than to curl up beside the Christmas tree, nestle under a blanket with a mug of something warm to drink and dive into the pages of a beloved book.
Nathan Robinson


Twitter Campaign Takes Aim at Charles Johnson's Publisher

Nathan Robinson | December 17, 2014 | Books
In July, Johnson announced proudly that he had inked a deal with St. Martin's Press, a veteran New York publisher and part of the global giant Macmillan.
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