It is difficult to know whether the elegiac mood I felt while reading The Shepherd's Crown was due to the book itself or to the fact that the fifth Tiffany Aching novel (and forty-first Discworld novel) was in fact the late Sir Terry Pratchett's final work.
I've been reading Jim's poems, and listening to him read them aloud, for 30 years now. They still snatch my breath with revelations of the man's great heart, his keen eye, his feeling for the experience of others.
Wonderfully weird and profoundly witty, Australian writer Dovey (Blood Kin, 2008) recounts a history of 20th-century human catastrophe in 10 short stories, each told by an animal who was there.
Believing that sentence can wreak havoc on your mental health and will pretty much destroy your self esteem. Now that I'm running my own business I really have no choice but to face this fear of inadequacy head on. How can I be oozing confidence if inside, I'm still doubting?
By Sarah Jane Abbott | Off the Shelf One effect of being an avid reader is that almost everything reminds me of a book. I'll see a story on the news ...
Talking about race isn't easy. It's personal, it's political, it's visceral. That these were two of the most hotly anticipated and talked-about books of the year only underscores the power of literature to provide a window into this most difficult of subjects. Here are twelve books that have changed the way we talk about race in America.
Dear Brené Brown, I have a bone to pick with you (the only Texan phrase I could think of). Your books need to come with warning labels on the cove...
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This book explores the gruesome misdeeds of a murderer (and rapist), but it is also an extended reflection on how and why one might write about, and even befriend, such people. On both counts, it is an admirable success.
Computer passwords have gotten so complicated. Gone are the days that "abc123" would suffice. Now they want you to have a minimum number of characters, but some have to be capitalized and some have to be lowercase.
The alternative to the LGBT community is to be invisible. There is strength in numbers and in community and that is why we band together. Historicall...
Caitlin Kleinschmidt | Off the Shelf Outlander has wrapped up its phenomenally addictive first season and seriously, this show has everything--polit...
Alice Hoffman's sentences possess a musical cadence that demand to be read aloud like poetry, which I often did with great pleasure as I read "The Marriage of Opposites."
From "The Girl in the Spider's Web" by David Lagercrantz to "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates, here are the must-read books for 2015.
It's not that you want to save Taylor; you know you can't. By the end of page two, Debra Busman has established a child character as complex and compelling as any adult.
The Story of My Teeth, on every level, is obsessed with artifice and the slipperiness of identity. Now translated by Christina MacSweeney, in collaboration with Luiselli, the book mimics her own play with authorial identity. In the book, Gustavo Sánchez Sánchez, also known as Highway, claims to be writing a “dental autobiography,” though the question of whose words we’re actually reading later becomes complicated.
by no less than Chinua Achebe, to be a colonialist, ultimately racist piece of writing about Africa and indigenous peoples who are little understood