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10 Books Everyone Is Talking About This Fall

Posted 10.23.2014 | OWN

Autumn is the season of plenty -- especially if you love to read. Here are highlights from this year's bountiful harvest of uncommonly strong offe...

The Two-Book Release: An Interview With Aaron Goldfarb

Phil Simon | Posted 12.22.2014 | Books
Phil Simon

I recently sat down with Aaron Goldfarb to talk about his two new books: The Guide for a Single Man and The Guide for a Single Woman (Foundry Group Press). Aaron and I have known each for four years, meeting via social media and (when I'm back in the tri-state area) in person.

Lou and Lee in the Island of Perfection, a Greek Writer's Tale

Maria Zavakou | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents
Maria Zavakou

Ever since I was a child, I loved storytelling. I used it in making my own Muppet shows, in-school fanzines, and invent stories when I was at home. It...

How Bedtime Stories Restored My Faith in Humanity

Robert Peake | Posted 12.22.2014 | Books
Robert Peake

We share stories and rhymes about creatures who slither and fart. We laugh. He points at the illustrations. As soon the poem chimes to an end, he asks for another. I begin to read more slowly.

The Top 10 Hotel Libraries in the World

Oyster | Posted 12.22.2014 | Travel
Oyster

We've seen many hotels that offer a small shelf of loaner books, but these hotels went above and beyond in creating a literary oasis for their guests.

Writer Eric Kaplan on The Big Bang Theory, Metaphysics and Santa Claus

Nell Minow | Posted 12.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Nell Minow

In an interview, Kaplan explained that the idea for the book came from a mother who did not want her son, who believed in Santa, to go to the zoo with Kaplan's son, who did not.

Not So Novel: Polite Racism

Hannah Sutker | Posted 12.21.2014 | Books
Hannah Sutker

Seldom do we see a white character described as having almond shaped eyes, or skin the color of a beverage, because white characters are not frequently described beyond eye color, hair color, and body type.

A Writer's Guide - Part 5: Why "I'm Just Being Realistic" are the Worst Words in The English Language

Dan Miles | Posted 12.20.2014 | Books
Dan Miles

It's been ten weeks since my novel Filthy Still was released and nine since it went bestseller and I am no closer to figuring out how I managed it than I was eight weeks ago.

From Jesus to Hollywood: Author Jay Parini

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 12.20.2014 | Religion
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

Perhaps you know his name from his book Jesus: The Human Face of God, or perhaps you know him as author of The Last Station, which was turned into an Academy Award-nominated film.

From Lizzy Bennet to Fanny Price: My Jane Austen Journey

Mackenzie Broderick | Posted 12.18.2014 | Books
Mackenzie Broderick

At age 12, my obliviousness was a survival instinct. As my peers experimented with make-up and clothes, I wore a sports bra to school, my hair frizzing into the stratosphere. Most days were spent doing what I loved best -- reading.

Is This Why Indie Bookstores Are Dying Out? A Personal View

Rachel Thompson | Posted 12.17.2014 | Books
Rachel Thompson

It's no big secret that the best way to sell books is via word of mouth. You read a book, love it, become a fan of the author, buy more of their work, tell your family and friends, who then love the author and buy all their books, and so it begins.

From Suits to Sweats, A Woman's Reconciliation With Her New Self

Juliana Maio | Posted 12.17.2014 | Women
Juliana Maio

Most troubling was the shift of identity that was taking place inside of me. Law had been so good to me, I couldn't think of shedding that identity. And why should I? I was still a lawyer; but in the eyes of the world, the metamorphosis from lawyer to author was at the very least confusing.

Review: Hyperobjects--Philosophy and Ecology After the End of the World

Illya Szilak | Posted 12.17.2014 | Books
Illya Szilak

What would it look like if we actually recognized the legitimate and inscrutable existence of things apart from ourselves? How would this alter how we interact with each other and with the planet?

4 YA Book Trends to Look for in 2015

Lisa Parkin | Posted 12.17.2014 | Books
Lisa Parkin

You'll be happy to know that young adult fiction has some new topics and trends coming atcha in 2015! As a YA book blogger, it's my job (minus the getting paid part) to tell you that the next big book themes of the year will be.

A Major Triumph: Author Shari Arnold's Debut Young Adult Novel Is a Winner

Emily Liebert | Posted 12.17.2014 | Books
Emily Liebert

Normal is so overrated. At least that's what Shari Arnold's protagonist in her debut YA novel, Kate Triumph, tries to tell herself. But why? You'll have to read it to find out--no spoilers here.

Love Them Enough to Let Them Go

Kat Bern | Posted 12.16.2014 | HuffPost Home
Kat Bern

I've been recently going through my shelves trying to put some order into my book display when I realized I haven't actually read (or finished) half of them!

Fat Kids: Truth and Consequences

Rebecca Jane Weinstein | Posted 12.16.2014 | Books
Rebecca Jane Weinstein

I remember that red lollipop like I wasn't six-years-old then and 46 now. Before being bestowed that glistening cellophane-wrapped, ruby-red, cherry-sweet consolation prize, I was just a little kid trapped in a world of grown-ups who hated themselves for reasons they were too ill-equipped to identify.

A Fragrant Journey With Mandy Aftel

Mary Orlin | Posted 12.16.2014 | Style
Mary Orlin

The backdrop to the aromatic adventure is what Mandy calls the five "landmark scents" from around the world: cinnamon, mint, frankincense, ambergris and jasmine.

5 Books To Read This Semester

Alexis Jane Torre | Posted 12.16.2014 | College
Alexis Jane Torre

Read a book that's not assigned, even though it can be a struggle to just read what was assigned, to take a mental break, find inspiration, or even remember feelings that you may have forgotten. So, curl up, grab a cup of coffee, and get ready to get lost in a good book.

The War of the Roses, 25 Years Later

Warren Adler | Posted 12.15.2014 | Books
Warren Adler

I am astonished at the staying power of The War of the Roses, which takes a rather dark view on the end of a marriage, and what the process itself does to people. People I meet are convinced that the story is autobiographical.

The Most Memorable Meals From Classic Books Brought To Life

Posted 10.21.2014 | OWN

By Hilal Isler Dinah Fried reads some 25 books in a year and listens to a dozen more -- but no matter how riveting the plot, she's always most ...

When Excellent Sheep Grow Up

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 12.15.2014 | Books
Aaron Zelinsky

Many have identified the weaknesses in Deresiewicz's jeremiad. In his forthcoming novel, Supreme Ambitions, David Lat, founder of the legal blog Above the Law, takes a different approach. What happens, he asks, to all those excellent sheep after graduation? His answer won't surprise many: The sheep get herded to law school.

9 Books That Steve Jobs Thought Everybody Should Read

Business Insider | Drake Baer | Posted 10.15.2014 | World

Why did Apple think different? Because, Steve Jobs said while introducing the iPad, the Mac maker was never just a tech company. "The reason t...

6 YA Witch Books to Read This Halloween

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 12.14.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Whether you're a fan of the "casters" found in Beautiful Creatures, or a witch in a modern fairy tale like Spellbound, this list has something for everyone and is sure to satisfy all your spooky needs this fall.

How Rude! Alex J. Packer's New Teen Guide to Good Manners Is a Must-have Book!

LuxEco Living | Posted 12.09.2014 | Books
LuxEco Living

By Nancy Chuda founder and Editor in Chief of LuxEcoLiving and co-founder of Healthy Child Healthy World "Hallelujah! Finally a book for all ages...