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New Dr. Seuss Book Hits The Stands

Associated Press | Kelly Chen | Posted 07.28.2015 | Books

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Beautiful Ruins: A Wildly Imaginative Work of Art

Off The Shelf | Posted 07.28.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

I don't think it is much of a stretch to say that narrative voice is the single most important element in fiction.

With Apologies to My Mother

Juliana Barbassa | Posted 07.28.2015 | Books
Juliana Barbassa

Holding my own country to different -- lower -- standards would be the real offense. I expect more, not less, of Brazil.

Boy Who Couldn’t Afford Books Asks Mailman For Junk Mail To Read; Mailman Responds Spectacularly

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 07.28.2015 | Good News

Twelve-year-old Mathew Flores is a bit different from the rest of us. He loves junk mail.  Until recently, advertisements were the only...

Black 'Harry Potter' Characters Aren't Just Beautiful -- They're Revolutionary

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 07.28.2015 | Black Voices

There's an unspoken rule in literature: Characters are white unless explicitly described otherwise. Take, for example, Hermione Granger from H...

This 1927 Essay Proves We've Always Worried About The Future Of Books

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 07.28.2015 | Arts

Amid fear that screens will squander our attention spans and squelch our thirst for books, writers have taken to their laptops to defend the imp...

If I Were Writing the Great American Novel

Dan Truong | Posted 07.27.2015 | Books
Dan Truong

If I were writing the Great American Novel, I would be white. If I were writing the Great American Novel, I would be 10-20 years older. If I were writing the Great American Novel, I would not look at the Wikipedia page for the Great American Novel daily, as if it held some sort of great and terrible secret that would tell me exactly what to write and how to write it.

Friendship and Romance: A Conversation With Author Cathy Lamb

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 07.27.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

I had the privilege of talking with her about what makes her tick as an author, how she keeps the ideas coming and the power of friendship, romance and love.

How the Astronaut Wives Club Got It So Darn Right

Meredith Spidel | Posted 07.27.2015 | Entertainment
Meredith Spidel

Of course they weren't perfect, but they got so much so darn right--in a time when it mattered so darn much.

The Need to Know

Barry Kibrick | Posted 07.24.2015 | Science
Barry Kibrick

Our conversation of this primal drive to know is divided into two parts. The first episode airing this week takes us from our primitive ancestors who lived in trees to Sir Isaac Newton. In Part II, which airs next week, we go from the wisdom of Newton to the most current knowledge we have about our universe.

What Novels Teach Us About Life

Omer Aziz | Posted 07.24.2015 | Arts
Omer Aziz

The irony of novels is that they are dressed-up lies with one crucial caveat: Unlike most lies, novels attempt to reach some fundamental truth of the kind our mostly inconsequential and barely-factual newsfeeds could never match.

An Interview With Jason Smith, Author of "The Bitter Taste of Dying"

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 07.24.2015 | Books
Dean Dauphinais

When I reviewed Jason Smith's addiction memoir, The Bitter Taste of Dying, I called it "a gripping, no-holds-barred memoir," "a riveting story of addiction and recovery," and "a story of self-discovery and hope, too."

How to Write Memoir

LJ Charleston | Posted 07.23.2015 | Books
LJ Charleston

Whether it's something that you simply want to leave for your children or grandchildren to read, or whether you went through something life changing or traumatic and feel that writing a memoir will help you exorcise some demons -- as a cathartic exercise -- then it's time to stop thinking about it and actually doing it.

Five Essential Doctorow Reads (Plus Three Surprises)

The New York Public Library | Posted 07.22.2015 | New York
The New York Public Library

As a lifelong New Yorker, Doctorow chronicled the city with the piercing eye of an observer tempered by the affection of a hometown boy.

5 Ways to Help You Read More Books | Posted 07.22.2015 | Entertainment

As technology advances, it's making it easier and easier to keep up with some of our favorite hobbies, such as reading. Even though books have become more accessible -- after all, you don't have to carry a paperback book around anymore -- Americans are not making time for reading.

9 Titles Every Book Club Should Read

Kirkus | Posted 07.22.2015 | Books

9 new titles to add to your book club's reading list.

Am I Losing My Devotion to Reading?

Joseph A. Domino | Posted 07.21.2015 | Books
Joseph A. Domino

I can turn away from writing. The beauty of it is not fame, fortune, or even recognition. Its value is best realized within, the journeys and joys of self-discovery. What writers can learn about themselves. I've done my share and it But if the passion for reading wanes, that's a big gaping hole and I want to conclude the fault lies within which I must endeavor to discover.

17 Memoirs By Women You Should Add To Your Reading List

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 07.21.2015 | Women

Looking for some end-of-summer reading? We have some women's stories to suggest -- 17 of them, in fact.  The remarkable women on this list of un...

Are Astronauts Looking Forward to the Upcoming The Martian?

Quora | Posted 07.22.2015 | Entertainment

I just watched the trailer for The Martian and am looking forward to seeing this one and reading the book. What really resonated with me was the concept that we as humans will do whatever we can to help someone in need.

The 50 Best Books for 5 And 6-Year-Olds

Brightly | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.20.2015 | Parents

There’s so much happening with 5 and 6-year-olds. They’re learning to tie their shoes, practicing cutting out shapes with scissors, some ...

Where's the Travel Writing for Black Women?

Sarah Enelow | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Sarah Enelow

Ever since I got into travel writing, I've been told to read the works of Joseph Conrad, Jack Kerouac, Edward Abbey, Bruce Chatwin, Paul Theroux, William Dalrymple, Bill Bryson, and other white men. While I learned a lot from their stories, I was also repeatedly left with questions about misogyny and racial insensitivity.

Harper Lee's 'Watchmen' Infused With Religious Symbolism

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.18.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Harper Lee’s “new” book “Go Set a Watchman” is infused with religious life and Christian moral argument, from its...

The Genius Within Us All

Barry Kibrick | Posted 07.17.2015 | Books
Barry Kibrick

Is the word "genius" overused or do we all possess a little genius within? The answer is both. We do use genius too often to describe attributes that do not meet the standard, while at the same time we all have a bit of it in ourselves.

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Can Be Refuges from Homophobic Parents

Matt Baume | Posted 07.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

If you're looking for an escape, take a look at the book Trouble on Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia, by Samuel R. Delaney. It's a sci-fi novel set on a moon of Neptune where the freedom is near absolute.

How to Master the Difficult Art of Letting Go

Faisal Hoque | Posted 07.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Faisal Hoque

Letting go is a difficult skill that requires deep self-awareness, willpower, and repeated practice. The noted French author, François de La Rochefo...