After receiving an advanced reader's copy of Neil Gaiman's Fortunately, the Milk, I asked my class if they'd like me to read it aloud. Now keep in mind that while Neil Gaiman may have a huge adult fan base, he isn't particularly well-known among young kids. Actually, I'd say he isn't known at all.
I'm a big fan of Benjamin Weaver, the Jewish prize-figher turned "thief taker," who is the hero of David Liss's The Devil's Company, the third in the series of crime novels set in 18th century London.
In The Comfort of Lies, Randy Susan Meyers explores such modern-day themes of love and obsession, motherhood and adoption, trust and infidelity, and above all, the resiliency of the human spirit and the intrinsic need to forgive.
Larry Brown's final story/novella at the end of Big Bad Love, "92 Days," is essentially a story about a struggling writer, Barlow, trying to get published. The drive to be published acts as a reprieve from the rambling life of squalor that Barlow lives.
Today, rather than savouring our current place and time, we are in constant quest for something better. The obsession with "now" is the topic of Present Shock, the new book from well-known media theorist Douglas Rushkoff.
While researching Too Big to Ignore: The Business Case for Big Data, it became pretty obvious to me pretty quickly that we don't know nearly as much a...
We've not chosen books from best-seller lists. Such books may be quirky, sometimes challenging, often beautifully printed. This year, we turned to Correction of Drift by Pamela Ryder.
The fact of Proust's poems will be news to many, the number and quality of them yet another surprise. Astonishing to virtually all of us, though, comes the revelation that Proust spent much of his life trying to decide whether he was a poet or a prose writer.
This is the kind of book that makes me absolutely envious of authors and their incredible ability to bring their words to life. I found myself up until the wee hours of the night on more than one occasion completely immersed in this book.
The book helps to understand our history and extrapolate lessons to the delicate global situation of public finances, especially since governments that claim to be the solution to the global crisis often represent the problem.
There were so many terrific words and phrases in the '20s, why not use them? If you're claiming your novel strives for verisimilitude with the lives, and if you cite to the biographies and letters and critical studies, then make the language real, too.
For many years the prior editions, written by David Mechanic alone, have been the standard text for students of mental health policy. This edition promises to continue to be the standard text because it provides so much information and insight so clearly and briefly.
It seems Alexander Pope's bitch, Bounce, whelped a number of pups, one of which he gave to the Prince of Wales in 1736 to guard his house in Kew. The poet engraved this epigram on the collar: "I am his Highness' Dog at Kew. Pray tell me Sir, whose Dog are you?"
As we begin to celebrate March as National Women's Month, my eternal commitment to raising and strengthening the status of women -- both in my world and in my books -- is as strong as ever.
Everything is a pathway to something else. If you get a bunch of awards for your book and figure your work stops there, that's a big mistake. Follow the path to something else. At some point at the end of that road you'll likely be selling more books.
Rachel Shukert's upcoming young adult novel, Starstruck, is epic and expert in a new way.
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Published on September 24th, 2013