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The Crusades Through Arab Eyes (Book Review)

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 04.20.2015 | Books
Ricardo B. Salinas

The goal in enlisting mental health professionals in your divorce is to help you move forward. Remember, there is no shame in asking for help, especially if it will get you to a better place emotionally and spiritually.

What Research Did American Sniper Screenwriter Jason Hall Do for the Oscar Nominated Film?

Quora | Posted 04.20.2015 | Entertainment
Quora

I went down to Texas to meet Chris in 2010. I spent the weekend hunting with him and his son, getting to know his family a little bit, meeting his wife, and watching him with his kids. I was watching this marriage, which on many ways was on a heal, reeling from this war that they had endured together, as well as the book, put together by Jim DeFelice, which had been dictated after that.

'Zero to One' by Peter Thiel

Michael Levin | Posted 04.20.2015 | Books
Michael Levin

There's a reason why Peter Thiel and his merry band of "PayPal Mafia" members have created seven companies worth a billion dollars each, including PayPal, SpaceX, YouTube, and a few others you may never have heard of. Ever wonder what makes a guy like that so smart?

Fifty Shades of Normal

Iris Krasnow | Posted 04.20.2015 | Fifty
Iris Krasnow

A 35-year career writing about relationships has given me two crucial takeaways: Most people lie about sex, and there is no normal when it comes to sex.

Would Someone on This Train Please Tell Me I'm Hot?

Greg Schwem | Posted 04.20.2015 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

It was time to assume the reading-while-commuting position, something foreign to me since I rarely read on subway cars and never while standing up.

Book Review: In My Mother's House

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 04.19.2015 | Books
Taylor Dibbert

Given that Muslims have frequently been left out of discussions and reflections upon a war that pitted the (mostly ethnic Sinhalese) military against the (almost exclusively Tamil) LTTE, her devotion to Muslim issues and perspectives in general and displacement in particular is refreshing.

Thanks But No Thanks, Shel Silverstein

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 04.19.2015 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

My old book and I went down the stairs and curled up with three children under a blanket on the couch. The Giving Tree I read loudly, so excited to share this special book from my childhoodwith them. Within four minutes, two children were sobbing uncontrollably and one (the smallest one) had run away to escape the mayhem I had created.

How the Fifty Shades Movie Is Better Than the Book

Em & Lo | Posted 04.19.2015 | Women
Em & Lo

Before the movie came out, we had a list of 10 ways we hoped the movie would improve upon the book. Let's see how it faired below. Then we'll cover the pleasant surprises and less expected disappointments.

Why I'll Root for Reese on Oscar Sunday

Lauren Daley | Posted 04.19.2015 | Books
Lauren Daley

When I saw pictures of Cheryl on the red carpet at the Golden Globes in January, I somehow felt a tinge of pride. It's kind of like the feeling you might get when a college basketball player you've always thought was great gets selected for the NBA, and then becomes an NBA star.

Top 5 Ways Authors Can Promote and Sell More Books

Dorit Sasson | Posted 04.15.2015 | Books
Dorit Sasson

With so much competition, you must find a way to stand out from the crowd if you want to sell more books.

24 Reasons Books Are Actually Your One True Love

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 02.13.2015 | Books

The tail end of the gift-giving holiday season is upon us, and whether you celebrate Valentine's Day, Galentine's Day, Anna Howard Shaw Day, Singles A...

50+ Posts That are Sexier Than 50 Shades of Grey!

Angela Keck | Posted 04.15.2015 | Books
Angela Keck

In those years I have read many, many books that have inspired me to put my love of writing those amazing characters, love stories, and yes sexy love scenes to work for me.

Have Mercy and Stop With All the Puntastic 50 Shades of Grey Titles

Beth Bartlett | Posted 04.15.2015 | Comedy
Beth Bartlett

We're talking to you, regional falconry magazine and 50 Shades of Prey. And you, culinary blogger with 50 Blades of Bobby Flay.

Forget 50 Shades: Feminist Adult Film Producers Pick Their Favorite BDSM Erotica

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 04.14.2015 | Women
Nikki Gloudeman

While we have no way of knowing what the actual film adaptation of the book--coming out tomorrow--will be like, it's more-than-fair to assume it too will leave much to be desired, simply given the source material.

The Gift We Must Keep on Giving

Ed Gragert | Posted 04.14.2015 | Education
Ed Gragert

As we enter the Valentine season of giving and exchanging chocolates and messages of love, I am reminded of the most important gift that I have received in my life... the gift of an education.

Excelsior! J.C. Lee, Stan Lee's Own 'Super Kid,' Discusses Her New Book, App, and the Power of Love

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 04.14.2015 | Books
Gregory Weinkauf

The talent (and perhaps a touch of alliteration) runs in the family: Ms. Lee deftly designs, prolifically paints, sonorously sings (this J.C. has a tune about "Little Baby Jesus" she'd like you to hear), plus only this week she's completed a massive outline for her own new prose work.

Lessons Learned From Fifty Shades of Grey

Carol Morgan | Posted 04.14.2015 | Entertainment
Carol Morgan

I approached reading the books as more of a research project. I was trying to figure out the psychology behind the characters. And more importantly, the psychology behind every woman who fell madly in love with Christian Grey -- and the whole story in general.

Hobo Author Jim Tully Celebrated in New Documentary on PBS

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 04.12.2015 | Books
Thomas Gladysz

As this new documentary shows, Jim Tully (1886-1947) was a larger-than-life character: stocky, short, and with a tussle of red hair, this rough and tumble writer was hard to miss either in person or on the printed page.

15 Ways Fifty Shades of Grey and the Publishing Industry Are Similar!

Stephanie D. Lewis | Posted 04.12.2015 | Entertainment
Stephanie D. Lewis

If you want to get published, it takes lots of passion and discipline to send your submission to 50 places. The stress may make you gray. Ironically, Fifty Shades of Grey is also all about passion, stress, discipline and submission. But you'll be surprised to find there's even more overlap!

Killer Covers Can Boost Book Sales

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.10.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

Because the University of Wisconsin Press had done such a bang-up job on my memoir My Germany--which got me three different tours, two in Germany--I gave them Assault With a Deadly Lie, and the cover they came up with knocked me out. So I decided the older Nick Hoffman books needed a makeover.

Is This a Real-Life Hobbit Hole or a Hotel?! Maybe Both...

Oyster | Posted 04.13.2015 | Travel
Oyster

Sleeping in a Hobbit hole is a fantasy for many, and this hotel may be as close as you can get. And unlike the Hobbit holes in the Shire, this property faces the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean.

Reading as Construction in Humans and Machines -- Part I: Humans

Bill DeSmedt | Posted 04.12.2015 | Technology
Bill DeSmedt

Do stories exist only in our heads? Put the question another way: Is it possible that the "overt story" -- the surface text physically presented to us, whether on parchment or computer screen -- is really only a string of cues intended to guide the reader in reconstructing the full narrative?

Author and Journalist Eric Brach on Why Net Neutrality Matters

Jarod Cerf | Posted 04.11.2015 | Business
Jarod Cerf

In light of the recent debates on tiered access to broadband service and whether telecommunication companies have the right to charge both content providers and home users (as well as the federal government's evolving stance on the issue) I sat down with Eric Brach.

Oprah Announces New Book Club 2.0 Pick

Posted 02.11.2015 | OWN

“I have never read a book like this before,” Oprah says about Ruby, Cynthia Bond’s haunting debut novel. Watch the video to find out why the...

The Difference Between British and American Poetry

Robert Peake | Posted 04.11.2015 | Books
Robert Peake

Contemplating the similarities and differences between British and American poetry, having steeped myself in both for some time now, I have been slicing my experiences as a reader along two axes: innovation and craft.