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9 Books Everyone Is Still Talking About

Kirkus | Posted 07.26.2016 | Books

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11 Teen Titles You Don't Want to Miss This Summer

Kirkus | Posted 07.20.2016 | Books

"This memoir's unique eyewitness view of epochal events makes it essential reading for an understanding of those times--and these. (Graphic memoir. 11 & up)" A living icon of the civil rights movement brings his frank and stirring account of the movement's most tumultuous years (so far) to a climax.

4 Ways Fiction Makes You A Better Human

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 07.19.2016 | Healthy Living

In addition to strengthening the bonds of friendship your monthly book club could also be helping you increase your stores of empathy ― as long as t...

10 More Awesome Summer Reads

Kirkus | Posted 07.06.2016 | Books

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'Star Wars' Was Nearly Ruined By A Hacky Alien Invasion Storyline

Inverse | Posted 07.06.2016 | Entertainment

In nearly twenty Star Wars novels published between 1999 and 2003, a giant alien invasion trope threatened the galaxy, and the legitimacy of Star Wars right along with it.

The Joy of Killing: Good, Evil, And Everything Justifiable In Between

Catherine Goldberg | Posted 07.01.2016 | Books
Catherine Goldberg

View post on imgur.comThe paperback edition of The Joy of Killing was released recently, but I wouldn't recommend taking Harry Maclean's first stab at...

Writing A Tame Romance In the Age Of 50 Shades

Nicole Evelina | Posted 07.01.2016 | Books
Nicole Evelina

I'll be the first to admit that my new romantic comedy Been Searching for You is about as far away from the erotica craze as you can get. It's not tec...

This Land is Your Land: 8 Literary Pit Stops Across the USA

Off The Shelf | Posted 07.01.2016 | Books
Off The Shelf

By Hilary Krutt | Off the Shelf We're kicking off the summer season with a literary road trip from the lush forests of Maine, to the small towns of t...

Beverley Lee: The New First Lady Of Dark Fantasy

Mandy Jackson-Beverly | Posted 06.29.2016 | Books
Mandy Jackson-Beverly

Six weeks ago a book appeared multiple times on my Instagram feed. The last thing I needed was another book on my TBR (to be read) list, but due to th...

11 Excellent Summer Reads for Your Book Club

Kirkus | Posted 06.22.2016 | Books

Breezy with substance; an absorbing summer read." Adams' sensitive debut follows a tightknit quartet of college friends as they navigate their shifting relationships--and evolving identities--over the course of two decades.

An Old School Writer Adapts to the New Publishing Landscape

beth brophy | Posted 06.16.2016 | Books
beth brophy

This journey is forcing me to leave my comfort zone and push on. I'm hoping to prove that a dinosaur can adapt to her new terrain, and not succumb to extinction.

June's Best Bets

Kirkus | Posted 06.14.2016 | Books

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The Case for Fiction

Lyndsay West | Posted 06.14.2016 | Books
Lyndsay West

I'll be up front with you: I'm a fiction apologist. I can appreciate a good non-fiction piece, but I find that the payoff from fiction is

'Wilde Lake,' A Conversation with Laura Lippman

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.13.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Laura Lippman began writing novels while working as a reporter. Seven "Tess Monaghan" books were published before she left journalism in 2001.

Should We Censor What Teens Read?

Peter Brown Hoffmeister | Posted 06.09.2016 | Books
Peter Brown Hoffmeister

I was walking back from my high school's audio-visual room with my English 9 students. We were all carrying our new class book, a memoir titled The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.

Five New Travel Books to Pack in Your Carry-On

Lena Desmond | Posted 06.09.2016 | Travel
Lena Desmond

Summer's here--meaning it's time to cast away those crochet blankets, switch off that Netflix series, and seek out a sun-kissed adventure. Whether you...

A Tonic for Today: A Review of an Interracial Comedy

Lisa Shanahan | Posted 06.07.2016 | Books
Lisa Shanahan

The funniest woman I've ever known is my college roommate, Beth Wareham. In her new book with co-author, Jason Davis (a Blood, O.G.), a Westchester Co...

10 Summer Reads Everyone Is Talking About

Kirkus | Posted 06.07.2016 | Books

Leary (The Good House, 2013, etc.) writes about nutty, pedigreed New Englanders in this noirish comedy in which financial wrangling and emotional secrets are kept under wraps within a well-born Connecticut family until the arrival of an interloper from west of the Rockies.

Perfectly Scary Summer Read

Melanie Bishop | Posted 06.06.2016 | Books
Melanie Bishop

I don't know when I last read such an intoxicating novel. This is the water, Murphy writes, treating setting as character. The water in the pool has a...

9 Books That Let You Travel Abroad (Without Leaving Home)

Kirkus | Posted 06.01.2016 | Books

"A promising debut that's awake to emotional, political, and cultural tensions across time and continents." A novel of sharply drawn character studies immersed in more than 250 hard, transformative years in the African-American diaspora.

Cats, Cherry Fizz and Color! Studio Visit with E.V. Day

Hilary Harkness | Posted 05.31.2016 | Arts
Hilary Harkness

E.V. Day, recipient of the 2016 Rome Prize, is a visionary artist with originality and a joie-de-vivre that isn't easily captured by words.

Why Excitement Over 'Me Before You' Is Deeply Troubling

Kim Sauder | Posted 05.25.2016 | Impact
Kim Sauder

There is a big difference between actual human people having feelings about their actual lives and experiences of disability and a fictionalized account written by someone who isn't disabled and which heavily romanticizes very problematic stereotypes about disability.

15 Expert Hacks for Wannabe Successful New Writers

Yusuff Busayo | Posted 05.23.2016 | Arts
Yusuff Busayo

How can new writers become successful online or offline?

Dimestore: An Interview With Lee Smith

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 05.11.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

In Dimestore: A Writer's Life, Lee Smith reflects back on her growing up as a daughter of the Appalachian South and as a fiction writer. While she reports that her fiction finally clicked when she wrote about the life she knew growing up, her non-fiction benefits from the same gaze.

Gomorrah: The Crime Drama You Don't Want to Miss

Giulia Blasi | Posted 05.11.2016 | Entertainment
Giulia Blasi

Gomorrah's season two premiered in Italy on May 10th. An excellent excuse to talk about one of the finest works of televised storytelling to break out of the country in recent years: the show was sold in 130 countries all over the world, including the U.S.