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The Girlfriend's Guide to Book Giving This Season

Suzanne Kingsbury | Posted 12.17.2014 | Books
Suzanne Kingsbury

Better than turtle doves or maids-a-milking, these 12 books will satisfy everyone on your list from the reader who digs a great beach read to the one who is (lovably) meticulous.

'Tis the Season for Reading: My Favorite Holiday Books

Allison Pataki | Posted 12.17.2014 | Books
Allison Pataki

There's perhaps nothing cozier and more likely to get you into the holiday spirit than to curl up beside the Christmas tree, nestle under a blanket with a mug of something warm to drink and dive into the pages of a beloved book.

Cop Story (Too)

Andrew Cotto | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Andrew Cotto

Police brutality is real and wrong. But what we as the American public should consider are the profound pressures applied to law enforcement officers in high-crime areas and how said pressures often inform the distance between the officers and the communities they are obliged to protect.

Book Review: A Jungian Life by Thomas B. Kirsch

Rob Kay | Posted 12.17.2014 | Books
Rob Kay

If anyone can legitimately claim to have lived A Jungian Life it would be Thomas B. (aka Tom) Kirsch. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that Jungian DNA oozes from his pores.

A Christmas Story for the Videogame Generation

Blake J. Harris | Posted 12.17.2014 | Entertainment
Blake J. Harris

Although one could argue that Nintendo's games provided a portal to those same adult-oriented fantasies (by learning how to hunt ducks, or how to master kung-fu), the delivery method of this wish fulfillment was foreign to parents.

Yes, There Was A Jew At Hogwarts

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.16.2014 | Religion

Christmas at Hogwarts was quite a magical season, at least in novelist J.K. Rowling’s imagination. Warm fires blazed in the hearths inside the schoo...

Three Essential Green Books of the Year -- and a Poem

Jeff Biggers | Posted 12.16.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Drawing from years of research and case studies, these three books challenge such trends with empirical evidence of breakthrough regenerative development efforts in our cities, villages and agricultural fields as acts of restoration, resistance and climate mitigation -- and the still small possibility of hope in an age of climate destabilization.

A Christmas Read About Auschwitz

Trisha de Borchgrave | Posted 12.16.2014 | Books
Trisha de Borchgrave

A compelling and poetic reflection on what it took to escape and survive the aftermath of human extinction is Göran Rosenberg's A Brief Stop, On the Road from Auschwitz.

Twelve Days of Burlesque

Leslie Zemeckis | Posted 12.15.2014 | Entertainment
Leslie Zemeckis

On the twelfth day of Christmas Harold Minsky gave to me . . . 12 strippers stripping 11 flashers flashing 10 tappers tapping 9 groins a-grinding 8 b...

Best Cookbook Gifts for the Cooks and Food Lovers on Your List

Jamie Schler | Posted 12.15.2014 | Taste
Jamie Schler

Offer a book and then cook together.

Great Leadership Books for Your Holiday Shopping List

Tom Fox | Posted 12.12.2014 | Business
Tom Fox

As the holiday shopping spree begins, consider picking up a gift that's professionally useful -- a good book to help you or someone on your list gain insight on leadership and work-related issues.

33 Inspirational and Thought-Provoking Books That Will Help You Create a Life You Love in the New Year

Renee Lo Iacono | Posted 12.11.2014 | Books
Renee Lo Iacono

With New Years just around the corner, now is a great time to start thinking about what New Year's resolutions we would like to make in the upcoming year.

'Practice Makes Perfect', Says Jayme Karales

Loren Kleinman | Posted 12.11.2014 | Entertainment
Loren Kleinman

Jayme Karales is the author of the novel Disorderly and the limited-run comic book series The Extractor. In 2013 he was named editor-in-chief of the popular literary press Practice Makes Perfect is his directorial debut.

Would You Like to Go on a Reading Date With Me?

Erdika Wirengjurit | Posted 12.11.2014 | Books
Erdika Wirengjurit

A reading date is your answer for it is free of charge and very simple to organize. You do not need much to set it and you can let that creative mind of yours run free.

Happy Holidays and Happy Reading! A Book Gift Guide

Audrey van Petegem | Posted 12.11.2014 | Books
Audrey van Petegem

The holidays are coming and you know what that means... It's that time of year when you start looking for inspiring gift ideas to give to friends and family! Sure you can give gift cards or clothes, but why not give something that is a bit more meaningful?

Three New Books on the Theme of "It Isn't Easy Being Gay"

Janet Mason | Posted 12.10.2014 | Books
Janet Mason

I have never been one to complain about my lot -- after all coming out as a lesbian was, for me, a kind of freedom (and I wouldn't trade my life for any other). But I was reminded of the fact that it is still hard to be gay by three new books that I recently read.

10 (or so) Great 2014 Kid Books for Gift-Giving

Monica Edinger | Posted 12.10.2014 | Books
Monica Edinger

I have read and loved a ton of books this year; among my many favorites are the following suggestions for great gifts this holiday season.

The Best Art Books Of 2014

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 12.13.2014 | Arts

We're counting down the last days of December 2014, and -- in typical fashion -- we're reviewing a year's worth of art in the process. In celebration ...

How to Claim Your Inner Creativity

Faisal Hoque | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Faisal Hoque

Mindfulness helps us see the ways in which our actions aren't in correlation with ideals we have about ourselves, and in this way it helps us become more aware of our own interior states, which leads to being more empathetic for others and more authentic.

Calling All Harry Potters, Bilbo Baggins and Katniss Everdeens

Kyle Zimmer | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Kyle Zimmer

So come on all you Bilbo Baggins, Captain Ahabs, Harry Potters, Anne of Green Gables and Katniss Everdeens. I know you are out there and we need you to win this one. Because how this story ends affects us all.

What Martin Scorsese's 'The 50 Year Argument' Tells Us About Today

Christine Deakers | Posted 12.08.2014 | Media
Christine Deakers

The 50 Year Argument, a literary documentary on The New York Review of Books directed by Martin Scorsese, available through HBO, is not necessarily the tour de force that only pats the intellectual echelon on its cashmere-and-tweed-backs, which some may expect.

New Book Is a Message to Parents With Drug Addicted Teens

Janet Mason | Posted 12.08.2014 | Books
Janet Mason

There's a lot of wisdom in this thin volume. Kaye tells us her story -- including information about her brother who died early on from drug addiction and about her daughter, Jennifer, who finally stopped lying to her mother, and told her that she was addicted to heroin and that the "recovery from heroin is one in a hundred."

Gorgeous... Again

Mandy Jackson-Beverly | Posted 12.08.2014 | Books
Mandy Jackson-Beverly

He saw past our bargain eyeliner and supermarket shampoo and conditioner and understood that we're all princesses wanting to escape from our dormant lives.

Five Reasons Why Everybody Should Write a Book

Juliana Maio | Posted 12.06.2014 | Books
Juliana Maio

We should all write a book, one that reflects our individuality and gives substance to our ideas, a book to be shared with the world. Here are my five reasons for doing it:

Malala and Motivation

Vicki Cobb | Posted 12.05.2014 | Impact
Vicki Cobb

When asked what made her fight for education, she describes how badly she felt when her school was closed, how it made her realize how important her education was to her when it was taken from her.