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Walk a Mile in a Villain's Shoes

Off The Shelf | Posted 04.28.2016 | Books
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By Leora Bernstein | Off the Shelf You is not the kind of book you should read alone, while walking the dark streets of New York. It is not the kind ...

The Spirit of Activism: From Occupy Wall Street to a New Playbook for Revolution

Jaime Lubin | Posted 04.27.2016 | Books
Jaime Lubin

"People can't ignore my book," says Dr. Micah White, PhD. Well, people can, but once they've read the award-winning activist's innovative call-to-arms...

11 Books Inspired by Shakespeare

Off The Shelf | Posted 04.25.2016 | Books
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By Allison Tyler | Off the Shelf It's been 400 years since William Shakespeare shuffled off his mortal coil on April 23, 1616. To honor the Bard of A...

Happy 200th Birthday, Charlotte Brontë: 14 Books That Celebrate the Literary Icon

Off The Shelf | Posted 04.21.2016 | Books
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By Sarah Jane Abbott | Off the Shelf Charlotte Brontë and her autobiographical character Jane Eyre are nothing short of cultural icons. Generations...

A Burning, Brilliant, and Brutal Novel

Off The Shelf | Posted 04.22.2016 | Books
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By Molly Prentiss | Off the Shelf I recently listened to a New Agey yet fairly brilliant podcast in which a Buddhist psychotherapist discussed the me...

Little Miracles Everywhere, or How Billings, Montana Got Its Bookstore Mojo Back

Carrie La Seur | Posted 04.13.2016 | Books
Carrie La Seur

Last Friday night in Billings, Montana, a little miracle occurred, and I was part of it. It has been a season of miracles here in big sky country, and...

Castles, Kilts, and Combat... and a Love Story for Good Measure

Off The Shelf | Posted 04.11.2016 | Books
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Six hundred pages may seem daunting at first, but once I got into the story, I couldn't let go. It also didn't take very long to finish since I had to stay up late at night to find out what would happen.

Brevity Has Its Advantages: 9 Astounding Short Story Collections

Off The Shelf | Posted 04.08.2016 | Books
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By Susan Perabo | Off the Shelf I know so many great readers who don't read short stories. On one hand, I get it. Short stories are definitely differ...

Becoming a Supermodel With the Help of a Supermodel

Gabriel Ruas Santos Rocha | Posted 04.04.2016 | Books
Gabriel Ruas Santos Rocha

Yearly, thousands of young kids reach out to modeling agencies in the hopes of becoming a model. They call, send pictures and letters in the mail, sho...

A New Life, A New Memoir: Toni Tennille Speaks About Life After The Captain

Jed Ryan | Posted 04.04.2016 | Books
Jed Ryan

Love Will Keep Us Together. Muskrat Love. Do That To Me One More Time. These are the irresistible songs that cemented their place in pop culture fo...

An Enchanting Tale of Humanity, Destiny and Symphony

Off The Shelf | Posted 04.06.2016 | Books
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It glitters like a dark star, leaving the reader enchanted, authentically moved, and somehow longing for the gallant, threadbare humanity of a ruined world. This slender book feels immense -- though sparely told, it never shrugs off the import it claims.

8 Glorious and Triumphant Novels of Scientific Discovery

Off The Shelf | Posted 03.31.2016 | Books
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By Leora Bernstein | Off the Shelf Your dusty old high school biology textbook might have been dull beyond redemption, but a glorious novel of scient...

A Wonderful and Meticulous Tapestry of War, Passion, and Revenge

Off The Shelf | Posted 03.29.2016 | Books
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By Johanna Castillo | Off the Shelf I was almost ten when my father brought a leather-bound copy of The House of the Spirits to our home in Ecuador. ...

12 Powerful War Novels that Transcend War

Off The Shelf | Posted 03.25.2016 | Books
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By Matt Gallagher | Off the Shelf That war stories must occur in strange lands far from home, filled with bullets and blood, remains a powerful fall...

For Women's History Month: Two Books To Fall In Love With

Janet Mason | Posted 03.25.2016 | Books
Janet Mason

Reading these two books reminded me that reading also helps you learn more about yourself, in addition to learning about the world in all of its time dimensions. Reading is like looking in a mirror and seeing things that not only have you never seen before but things you never expected to see.

A Love Letter to a Hemingway Classic

Off The Shelf | Posted 03.30.2016 | Books
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By Peter Golden | Off the Shelf I spot them whenever I'm there: tourists with copies of Walks in Hemingway's Paris in their hands. Inspired by Erne...

13 Irish Writers to Read This St. Patrick's Day

Off The Shelf | Posted 03.17.2016 | Books
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We will be taking the opportunity to revisit some incredible books by Irish authors, from enduring classics to powerful memoirs to contemporary novels that are taking the literary world by storm. So take your pick and spend this March 17th celebrating Ireland through the written word.

A Pappy Van Winkle Like Bluegrass, and Other Lessons I Learned From the Whiskey Queen

Jaime Lubin | Posted 03.17.2016 | Books
Jaime Lubin

"I'm not attuned to this kind of spirit world," I say as Heather Greene arranges five bottles of hard liquor on the bar. Fortunately my drinking compa...

Living History: Three Books to Find Yourself In

Janet Mason | Posted 03.15.2016 | Books
Janet Mason

I have to admit that I find history fascinating. This hasn't always been the case. I first came across history in the way that most of us are "fe...

A Masterful and Moving Tale of Too Much Time

Off The Shelf | Posted 03.14.2016 | Books
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By Richard Fifield | Off the Shelf I'm now at the age where time is a villain in a horror movie. Time is frightening to me--hours lost at bad dinner ...

12 Novels that Take a Bite Out of the Big Apple

Off The Shelf | Posted 03.11.2016 | Books
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By Hilary Krutt | Off the Shelf British novelist Angela Carter once declared, "Cities have sexes: London is a man, Paris a woman, and New York a well...

I Like Una Merkel, Helen Twelvetrees, and Sally Phipps

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 03.10.2016 | Arts
Thomas Gladysz

About old film stars, someone once said "they had faces then." As it turns out, they also had stories to be told.

Mind the Gap: Entering the World of Shana Corey and Chris Sickels' The Secret Subway

Monica Edinger | Posted 03.09.2016 | Books
Monica Edinger

(All sketches and images, unless otherwise indicated, credited to Red Nose Studio) Last week I was honored to premier Shana Corey and Chris Sickels'...

Star-crossed Lovers and Bygone Times

Off The Shelf | Posted 03.07.2016 | Books
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By Kerry Fiallo | Off the Shelf We like to romanticize the age of sixteen. Pop culture tells us it's a turning point, filled with sweet birthdays an...

11 Literary Servants Tell Their Own Stories

Off The Shelf | Posted 03.03.2016 | Books
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By Emma Volk | Off the Shelf The glamorous gowns and sparkling jewels might be the upstairs, but as anyone who's seen "Downton Abbey" can attest, th...