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How Laughter Helped Me Through My Grief

Kambri Crews | Posted 05.29.2012 | Books
Kambri Crews

They say laughter is the best medicine, so it's no wonder I got into the comedy business. After the life I've led, I could use a healthy dose.

Author: I Survived A Shark Attack

Paul de Gelder | Posted 05.28.2012 | Books
Paul de Gelder

All was going smoothly until suddenly I felt something smack me hard on the leg. I rolled over and looked down... straight into the cold black eyes of a massive bull shark, one of the most ferocious predators ever to stalk the world's oceans.

PHOTOS: 13 Awesome Moments In Science History

Jon Agar | Posted 05.28.2012 | Books
Jon Agar

Science has been at the heart of twentieth-century history -- from Einstein's new physics to the Manhattan Project, from eugenics to the Human Genome Project, or from the wonders of penicillin to the promises of biotechnology.

Catching The White Horse Pandemic

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 05.26.2012 | Books
Kim Michele Richardson

Alex Adams' debut, White Horse, is the first in a brilliant trilogy which will no doubt be ranked among the great fantasy novels.

What Is It Like To Go To War?

Annemarie Dooling | Posted 03.27.2012 | Books

Last week we announced our latest book club pick, Karl Marlantes' spiritual and psychological battle novel, "What It Is Like To Go To War," and since ...

The History Of 7 Bizarre English Words

David Crystal | Posted 05.27.2012 | Books
David Crystal

If you can tell the history of the world in 100 objects, as the British Museum's Neil MacGregor did in 2010, then it ought to be possible to tell the history of a language in a similar number. But, as with objects, it isn't enough for each word to be interesting in its own right. It has to tell a story.

EXCERPT: Holocaust Survivor Shares Her Story

Posted 03.27.2012 | Books

Madeleine Crum, The Huffington Post: The following is an excerpt from from "Two Rings: A Story of Love and War," by Millie Werber and Eve Keller [Publ...

'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Movie Rights Sold To Universal Pictures And Focus Features

Posted 03.26.2012 | Books

The film rights for "Fifty Shades of Grey", a steamy trilogy by British author E L James that evolved from the author's Twilight fan fiction, were sol...

EXCERPT: John Kennedy Toole's Inspiration For 'Confederacy of Dunces' Character

Posted 03.26.2012 | Books

Madeleine Crum, The Huffington Post: The following is an excerpt from Cory MacLauchlin's biography of John Kennedy Toole, "Butterfly in the Typewriter...

13 Ways to Quit ANYTHING

Susan Shapiro | Posted 05.26.2012 | Books
Susan Shapiro

I show how you can also get hooked on such "soft" habits as Facebook, over-exercising, drinking too much Diet Soda or eating too much ice cream. Regardless of what kind of habit you want to break, here are ways I recommend to begin the process.

New Kurt Vonnegut Book Released

Posted 03.23.2012 | Books

A previously unpublished novella by satirical war critic Kurt Vonnegut was released today by RosettaBooks exclusively as a Kindle Single for only $1.9...

PHOTOS: 6 Ancient Muslim Advancements We Still Use Today

Posted 03.26.2012 | Books

Imagine that you're on a camping trip. Are you jaunting through the Rockies, an earth-toned REI tent in tow? Imagine that you're in a garden. Are y...

PHOTOS: 18 Awesome Pieces Of Street Art

Hank O'Neal | Posted 05.22.2012 | Books
Hank O'Neal

I try to stay as invisible as possible when I'm on the street taking pictures. This is where my ancient CIA training comes in handy: I'm a guy with a camera who can easily blend in.

Should Amazon Be Taxed To Protect Smaller Booksellers?

Posted 03.21.2012 | Books

The French Ministry of Culture has proposed a controversial new tax on digital book industry giants such as Amazon that goes far beyond any other curr...

PHOTOS: The Science Behind Your Favorite Foods

Erik van der Linden | Posted 05.21.2012 | Books
Erik van der Linden

Eating is a multi-sensory experience, yet chefs and scientists have only recently begun to deconstruct food's components, setting up the stage for science-based cooking.

John Steinbeck's Letter From Vietnam

Posted 03.21.2012 | Books

Madeleine Crum, The Huffington Post: Though John Steinbeck is best known for chronicling the woes of The Great Depression, his raw, journalistic acco...

Undead Letter Office

Laurence Hughes | Posted 05.20.2012 | Comedy
Laurence Hughes

The Count returned last night in a foul mood, his attempt to acquire stamps foiled because the village post office closed before dark. "Fools!" he raged. "Eliminating evening hours -- I shall make them pay!"

Rejected Covers: See How 'The Mirage' Might Have Looked

Posted 03.20.2012 | Books

This is part of a new series on rejected book cover designs, in which we invite cover artists to reveal some of the rejected ideas and inspirations be...

PHOTOS: 5 Adorable War Dogs And Their Stories

Maria Goodavage | Posted 05.20.2012 | Books
Maria Goodavage

Military working dogs and their handlers can be together 24/7 while deployed. More often than not, the canine warriors eat and work and socialize with their handlers. They sleep in or near their handlers' cots. Some dogs crawl right into their sleeping bags.

Marilynne Robinson: 'When I Was A Child I Read Books'

Posted 03.20.2012 | Books

By Madeline Crum, The Huffington Post: The following is an excerpt from "When I Was A Child I Read Books" by Marilynne Robinson [Farrar, Straus and Gi...

10 Beautiful Places Humans Could Destroy

Michael Klare | Posted 05.20.2012 | Books
Michael Klare

There are many good reasons for speeding the development of renewable sources of energy, not the least of which is the threat posed by accelerating climate change. But a look at these threatened habitats might provide another good reason to hasten the introduction of alternatives.

March Madness Kid Book Style

Monica Edinger | Posted 05.19.2012 | Books
Monica Edinger

For the fourth year running School Library Journal's Battle of the Kids' Books is underway. Inspired by the venerable Tournament of Books featuring a...

The Book We're Talking About This Week

Posted 03.20.2012 | Books

"Birds of a Lesser Paradise" by Megan Mayhew Berhman Scribner, $24.00 Published on March 6, 2012 What is it about? Vermont native Megan Ma...

8 Drinking Benders And Hangovers In Literature

| Posted 03.18.2012 | Books

By Jonny Segura for Bookish: St. Patrick's Day isn't St. Patrick's Day until you slip in a puddle of Guinness-black vomit. Heritage aside, St. Pat'...

Why America Will Become A Cashless Society

David Wolman | Posted 05.20.2012 | Books
David Wolman

Cash is an anachronism -- and it may be on its way out. No one knows if physical money is in its twilight or just very late in the afternoon. It's getting there, though. Much of this is because of technology.