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Thanksgiving Poetry Potluck

Grammarly | November 27, 2014 | Books
Ah, Thanksgiving. A time of pie and petty squabbling, of turnips and togetherness. When you gather together with our nearest and dearest, break out one of these five verses during the inevitable awkward silences.
Larry Paros


What the Media Is Serving Up for This Thanksgiving

Larry Paros | November 26, 2014 | Books
This is the seventeenth column from that first book. Enjoy! Feel free to share your thoughts. Feedback and Pushback are encouraged.
Holly Robinson


NaNoWriMo: Writers, Ban 'Birdman' from Your Brain

Holly Robinson | November 26, 2014 | Books
After seeing Birdman I decided every writer should see this movie. That's especially true if you're desperately hammering away at that novel you're trying to finish for National Novel Writing Month.
Dave Pruett


A Line in the Tar Sands: Naomi Klein on the Climate

Dave Pruett | November 26, 2014 | Green
I was to have been one of 400,000 protestors gathered for the People's Climate March in New York on Sept. 21. Alas, a knee injury sidelined me. As a consolation prize, a friend bought me Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. So wowed am I by Klein's singular accomplishment that I dedicate this post to an unsolicited review.
Digital Book World

Top Ten Best-Selling Ebooks -- Week of November 22

Digital Book World | November 26, 2014 | Books
It's only been a little over a week since Amazon and Hachette buried the hatchet, so it's likely premature to see much change for the publisher's titles on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List. Still, Hachette titles do appear to have gained a bit of ground
Steve Leveen


Old Family Recipe for a Thanksgiving of Books

Steve Leveen | November 26, 2014 | Books
Being no cook, I offer no recipes for oyster stuffing or pumpkin tarts, but I am going to share my recipe for cooking up a Thanksgiving of books, and you're welcome to it.
Nina Martyris

Philip Roth's Nemesis: Polio & Ebola

Nina Martyris | November 26, 2014 | Books
Set against the backdrop of World War II, human limitation forms the moral framework of Nemesis, as personified in its protagonist, Bucky Cantor, an upright, young playground director in Weequahic.
Jeffrey Wasserstrom


A Mongkok Morning

Jeffrey Wasserstrom | November 26, 2014 | World
Ever since I had arrived in Hong Kong, people had told me not to leave without going to Mong Kok, a neighborhood in Kowloon, just across the harbor from Hong Kong Island proper, that was home to the territory's second largest Occupy zone.
Savas Abadsidis


Camelot's Cousin

Savas Abadsidis | November 26, 2014 | Books
Camelot's Cousin is an espionage thriller set against the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis and other famous events during the Kennedy administration. The discovery of a long-buried journal indicates that one of President Kennedy's most trusted friends was actually a Soviet mole.
Malcolm Gaskill

The Truth About Thanksgiving

Malcolm Gaskill | November 26, 2014 | Books
Thanksgiving ceremonies were commonplace in old England, and a key part of the seventeenth-century Protestant calendar.
Dan Solin


View Tony Robbins' Investing Advice with Skepticism

Dan Solin | November 26, 2014 | Business
Financial journalists who drilled into the merits of the financial advice proffered by Mr. Robbins have skewered his investing recommendations. I share these concerns.
Melanie Bishop


Guess What? This Ain't the Holiday Inn: A Memoir on Adolescent Mental Health

Melanie Bishop | November 26, 2014 | Books
I consider teaching to be a privilege, and consider myself lucky to have loved my job. Shepherding talents like DeLeo's, witnessing her insight, hard work, growth and self-rescue, there is no greater satisfaction for a teacher than this.
Michael Levin


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

Michael Levin | November 25, 2014 | Books
Jeff Kinney was traveling to Virginia to for a signing of The Long Haul, the 9th Wimpy Kid installment, when he took time out to speak to me about his highly unexpected (at least to himself) success.
Nina Darnton


Questions for Douglas Kennedy, Author of 'Five Days'

Nina Darnton | November 25, 2014 | Books
Here's what he divulged on the art of noveling, his trademark complex heroines, the circumstances that keep up tethered to our own unhappiness, and his latest book, Five Days.
Tricia McCallum


To Her, I Was

Tricia McCallum | November 25, 2014 | Parents
Her name was Catherine. Her favorite song was "Imagine" by John Lennon. Her favorite color, yellow. She knew the words to just about any song you could name and would sing at the drop of a hat.
Larry Paros


Deconstructing American Education: A Visual Journey

Larry Paros | November 26, 2014 | Education
This is the seventh column from the second book. Enjoy! Feel free to share your thoughts. Feedback and Pushback are encouraged.
Elaine Ambrose

The Compulsive Type

Elaine Ambrose | November 25, 2014 | Fifty
My fascination with typewriters dates back to my early childhood. To supplement the family income, my mother worked at night typing reports for local businesses. I remember being lulled to sleep with the sounds of syncopated typing and the familiar ding at the end of a line.
Vanessa Mártir

Writer Moms and the Sacrifices We Make

Vanessa Mártir | November 25, 2014 | Parents
Mom wrote about sitting at the edge of el Rio Cangrejal in Honduras while her Abuelita Tinita slapped their clothes against the rocks. She wrote about when she stole the gallina when she was 10 because she wanted a soup so bad, she didn't think beyond her hunger.
Jayson Lusk


Agricultural and Food Controversies

Jayson Lusk | November 25, 2014 | Books
Rather than striking a defensive or muckraking tone, as so often is the case in this genre of writing, Norwood and colleagues embrace the controversies, interpreting them as a sign of a healthy democracy struggling to deal with pressing challenges.
Brooke Warner

5 Things I Wish Every Author Knew

Brooke Warner | November 25, 2014 | Books
These are five things I wish I every author could carry with them through their writing journey. Though they're all things people know, writing a book is one of those experiences that cause rational people to sometimes lose perspective, if not their sanity.
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