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9 Books To Get Your Mom

Madeleine Crum | Posted 12.05.2011 | Books

When you were too restless to sleep, she read you the same story a million times, never wavering in her theatric enthusiasm. Instead of battling the m...

'Gold-Hatted Gatsby' And What Your Other Favorite Books Were Almost Called

Madeleine Crum | Posted 12.02.2011 | Books

A book title is a story's thesis statement. If it's boring or off-putting, readers will turn their attention elsewhere. If it's evocative or captivati...

Writer Wednesday: 5 Most Dangerous Career Pitfalls For New Writers

Posted 12.01.2011 | Books

From Writer's Relief: The writing life is fraught with dangers big and small—everything from life-crushing depression to sore fingers from long t...

The Unabomber, And 3 Other Murderers Who Read A Lot

Posted 11.30.2011 | Books

By Rose Young for Bookish: Here's a shocker: Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people and injured 51 in two attacks in his native Norway last s...

WATCH: Steamy Romance Novel Cover Shoot

Madeleine Crum | Posted 11.30.2011 | Books

When it comes to romance novels, it's hard to adhere to the old adage about judging books by their covers. Whether or not the assumption is fair, when...

12 Authors You Didn't Know Were From New Jersey

Sharon Kay Penman | Posted 01.28.2012 | Books
Sharon Kay Penman

But many people don't know that New Jersey is a fertile breeding ground for writers, some of them quite renowned. And I would wager that most would be truly startled to learn that the star in the Jersey firmament is--drum roll here--Newark. This is a city that struggles with many burdens.

Black Friday Mania: 11 Dystopian Books

Madeleine Crum | Posted 11.25.2011 | Books

The bizarre and sometimes violent social phenomenon that is Black Friday is upon us. Although past years have resulted in sleep loss, trampling and st...

The Plight of the Mainstream Novelist

Warren Adler | Posted 01.22.2012 | Books
Warren Adler

Lost in the conversation of the impact of eBooks is the plight of the mainstream novelist, who writes books that fit no genre category but nevertheless represent the crown jewels of the authorial world, the lynchpin of the trade publishing business.

13 Quick Airplane Reads

Madeleine Crum | Posted 11.21.2011 | Books

If you're anything like the rest of the country, you'll be spending Thanksgiving in your hometown, happily surrounded by family and food. The only thi...

'On The Rocky Road' And Other Junk Food Novels

Madeleine Crum | Posted 11.21.2011 | Books

Sure, we've heard of Proust's Madeleine, that little lemon cookie that packs a punch, and the enticing dinner parties Mrs. Ramsey is known for whippin...

How China Is Beating The U.S.

Dr. Stephen Leeb | Posted 01.18.2012 | Books
Dr. Stephen Leeb

The world is entering an era of resource scarcity. China's leadership recognizes this and is beating us to the punch. They're racing to accumulate critical and diminishing resources vital to every aspect of modern life, from growing and transporting food to making and running the computers

Which Author Is Appearing On The Simpsons?

Madeleine Crum | Posted 11.17.2011 | Books

This Sunday, fantasy writer Neil Gaiman will be the latest celebrity to make a guest appearance on The Simpsons. He is perhaps best known for writing ...

The Best Writing Tool Ever?

Madeleine Crum | Posted 11.21.2011 | Books

When you sit down to scribe a killer essay or your take on The Great American Novel, do you usually wind up with a headache, a blank page and a disenc...

The Mrs. Nixon You Don't Know

The Daily Beast | Posted 01.09.2012 | Women

Ann Beattie's playful and polymorphous new book, Mrs. Nixon: A Novelist Imagines a Life, is unlike anything she has written. Beattie is noted for the ...

Film Biographers Take Center Stage in Bay Area

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 12.27.2011 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

Fortunately, for local film buffs, the San Francisco Bay Area is a hotbed for those interested in just this sort of thing. Anyone interested in early Hollywood will want to check out at least one of three events taking place in the coming weeks.

Happy 50th Birthday, Phantom Tollbooth!

Monica Edinger | Posted 12.25.2011 | Books
Monica Edinger

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Goodnight Moon Parody - Goodnight iPad Set to Hit Bookstores This Week (Video)

Rocco Staino | Posted 12.23.2011 | Books
Rocco Staino

This parody replaces the familiar Goodnight Moon room with electronic gadgets and "a fed-up old woman, who is trying to sleep" amid "the bings, bongs, and beep of e-mails and tweets" to spread the word "that some of the simple and quieter things get lost" in our device filled lives.

All Hallow's Read: A Few Spooky Suggestions for Kids

Monica Edinger | Posted 12.20.2011 | Books
Monica Edinger

Having had a lot of fun creating a Last Gasp Summer Reading video, Betsy Bird and I decided to support Neil's initiative by making a Spooky Recommendations edition. Enjoy!

How To Begin An Affair (Fiction)

Posted 12.04.2011 | Women

I met him in my sister's garden in Enniskerry. That is where I saw him first. There was nothing fated about it, though I add in the late summer light ...

The Enigma of Matchmaking Between Author and Reader

Warren Adler | Posted 12.05.2011 | Books
Warren Adler

How does one find their reading material of choice when the filters, meaning the old army of "experts" who once dominated the book pickers round table have been lost in the fog of the Internet?

Are Books As Sexy Without Their Covers?

Indie Reader | Jane Genova | Posted 11.22.2011 | Books

From Indie Reader Ebooks sales spiked more than 145 percent last July. And that’s despite that fact that many of the titles don’t even have co...

Brian Selznick's Wonderstruck

Monica Edinger | Posted 11.13.2011 | Books
Monica Edinger

Set in different time periods, these tales of a mysterious girl and an unhappy boy twist and twirl around each other in nature, in museums, in New York City, finally coming together in a dramatic, moving, and satisfying ending.

Our Favorite Classic Outsiders In Literature

Posted 10.24.2011 | Books

You'd be lying if you were to say that never in your life did you feel like an outcast. Whether only for a few moments or maybe a few years, everyone ...

A Few Great Listening Books

Monica Edinger | Posted 10.24.2011 | Books
Monica Edinger

I live in a city and haven't driven in a million years, so I only began listening to books when I figured out that I could do so while running. While slow of foot, I'm a speedy reader and have discovered that certain books work better than others, listening-wise.

Last Gasp Summer Reading Suggestions for Kids [VIDEO]

Monica Edinger | Posted 10.11.2011 | Parents
Monica Edinger

I asked Betsy Bird, a New York City librarian, if she'd join me in suggesting a few final fun reads for summer. Here is a video featuring the two of us, a bunch of books, and the occasional baby sound effects. Enjoy!