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Want to Write Better, More Suspenseful Fiction? This Is What You Need to Know

Quora | Posted 08.29.2016 | Books

What are some tips for novice writers trying to create suspense in stories? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compell...

"The Light Between Oceans": A Heartrending Collision of Love and Morality

Off The Shelf | Posted 08.29.2016 | Books
Off The Shelf

By Susan Crandall | Off the Shelf Oh, the magnificence of the well-drawn character--well-drawn, mind you, not necessarily well-loved, and certainly n...

The Novelist

Terence Clarke | Posted 08.29.2016 | Politics
Terence Clarke

It came to me last night in a dream that I haven't understood Donald Trump. It must be that, really, he's a novelist. All this bother about his run for the presidency, and the many personal trials he has faced have all been side-bars to his real passion, which clearly is fiction.

Personality; Not Just For People Anymore - Part II

Carl Safina | Posted 08.29.2016 | Green
Carl Safina

It's easier to accept that elephants, dolphins, wolves, and dogs have personalities. What's surprising -- until you make individual acquaintances -- is how deep and widespread the phenomenon of personality is.

Personality; Not Just For People Anymore - Part I

Carl Safina | Posted 08.28.2016 | Green
Carl Safina

We are watching "elephants," true enough. But I realize, embarrassed, that I know nothing of how these beings live, of who they are. I scarcely know what it means to be "watching elephants." Cynthia Moss knows, because she's been here, watching, for forty years--more time than any other human has ever watched elephants.

How Well Do You Know Your Spouse?

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 08.26.2016 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

Do you ever wonder this? Have you ever asked yourself in the middle of the night, as you turn to look at your husband or wife in bed next to you, "Do I know everything I should about this person?"? This is exactly what makes the "marriage thriller" the hottest, compulsively readable genre right now. It's the page-turning thriller that hits closest to home--both figuratively and literally--and is the most unsettling because of this.

Dog Training the American Male on National Dog Day

Steve Alten | Posted 08.26.2016 | Books
Steve Alten

My friend, L.A. Knight sent me a reminder that today is National Dog Day. I didn't know there was such a thing, but as the author of the comedic novel, Dog Training the American Male (to be released on Sept 13 from A&M Publishers) Knight has immersed himself in the concept that a behavioral and genetic link exists between men and dogs.

Book Review: Victoria Bolton's 'Rude Boy' USA Trilogy

Adeyemi Adetilewa | Posted 08.25.2016 | Books
Adeyemi Adetilewa

If you read one gripping book this fall, it should be the story of the Chimera Group, a multi-cultural group of mobsters running a shell investment firm in the 1960s.

Could Bookstores Be The Next Start-Up Boom?

Gene Marks | Posted 08.25.2016 | Business
Gene Marks

According to recent data released by research firm Statista, the bookselling business is on a rebound. After a number of years in decline, sales picked up in 2015 (a 1.9 percent increase from the previous year), and the trend continued into the first half of 2016 with revenues up another 6.1 percent. Is this a fluke?

9 Boy Books for Long Summer Days

Off The Shelf | Posted 08.25.2016 | Books
Off The Shelf

By Sarah Jane Abbott | Off the Shelf We know the many girls of literature --whether they are gone or on a train or marked with a dragon tattoo--but...

That Awkward Moment: When Your Family Reads Your Writings On Sex

Mackenzie Patel | Posted 08.24.2016 | College
Mackenzie Patel

Blowjobs and overprotective fathers will never mix.

6 Fascinating Books That Peer Into How The Rich Live

O, The Oprah Magazine | Ashley Sepanski | Posted 08.24.2016 | OWN


When Someone Shows You Who They Really Are

Catherine Nagle | Posted 08.23.2016 | Weddings
Catherine Nagle

Are you always seeking? I know I am. I seek reflections of inspiration everywhere because of the darkness that appears around me. And because of this ...

8 Great Books About Dogs

Helene Cohen Bludman | Posted 08.23.2016 | Books
Helene Cohen Bludman

The dog days of summer, they are. Nightfall comes earlier now. The evening performance of the cicada orchestra is unfailingly on time. Local blueberries are no longer in season; once plump and juicy, they are now unpleasantly sour and soon will be gone until next year.If it sounds like I'm in an end-of-summer funk, it's true.

Five of the Coolest PR Strategies from Around the World

Kara Alaimo | Posted 08.23.2016 | Business
Kara Alaimo

My book which was published by Routledge today, Pitch, Tweet, or Engage on the Street: How to Practice Global Public Relations and Strategic Communica...

Think Small: More Time Does Not Equal Greater Productivity

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 08.22.2016 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

Think small and make use of what's available to you. I'm not saying, "You have to make time for it." I hate hearing that. (Especially as it relates to exercise...) Instead, take advantage of and be productive with whatever you have. There's no point in waiting for the perfect time to start writing or editing a novel. No such thing exists.

Present Over Perfect: An Interview With Shauna Niequist

Amy Cummins | Posted 08.22.2016 | Books
Amy Cummins

After finding herself exhausted, isolated, and sick, author Shauna Niequist came to a point where she knew her life had to change. She was tired, burnt out, and felt unconnected to the people she loved.

Here's What Happens When Things Fall Apart

Off The Shelf | Posted 08.22.2016 | Books
Off The Shelf

By Tolani Osan | Off the Shelf On a Sunday afternoon, I read the heartrending climax of Chigozie Obioma's debut novel, The Fishermen, breathlessly. W...

When Self-Help Becomes Self Hell -- 6 Tips To Stay Focused

Melanie Young | Posted 08.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Melanie Young

Many of us want to improve our lives. That's a good thing. Whether you want to change your body, your career, your financial situation or your love li...

Why I'm Not Giving In To "Surrender, New York"

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.24.2016 | Books
Lev Raphael

It's been a long time since I read The Alienist, which I found absorbing and beautifully written, so I was intrigued to see a review of his latest boo...

Derek Chollet on Books and Writing

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 08.20.2016 | Books
Taylor Dibbert

Derek Chollet is Counselor and Senior Advisor for Security and Defense Policy at the German Marshall Fund. Your book, The Long Game, was published ea...

The Suitable Inheritor (Book Review)

Stacey Chillemi | Posted 08.20.2016 | Books
Stacey Chillemi

Pushpendra Mehta provides the reader with life lessons filled with epic adventure and romance. This alone intrigued my interest and makes the mind wonder about what really matters the most in life.

The Power of Song

Vicki Cobb | Posted 08.19.2016 | Books
Vicki Cobb

How does a privileged young man fight for social justice, rights for labor, world peace, civil rights and a clean planet and actually make a differenc...

7 Books That Take You Inside the Strange and Wonderful World of Carnivals

Off The Shelf | Posted 08.18.2016 | Books
Off The Shelf

By Sarah Jane Abbott | Off the Shelf Come one, come all! Step right up and see what's under the big top! Try your luck at a game of chance! Few thin...

11 Romance Novels Even Book Snobs Will Love

Kirkus | Posted 08.18.2016 | Books

"Highly recommended." When a duke's forgotten ward embroils herself in a scandal, the duke decides to deal with her himself. That's easier said than done.