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10 More Awesome Summer Reads

Kirkus | Posted 07.06.2016 | Home

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Of Ice and Men: Blair Braverman's Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube

Catherine Armsden | Posted 07.05.2016 | Home
Catherine Armsden

A chill wind blows through Blair Braverman's powerful memoir, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube, but it doesn't emanate only from the story's frozen lan...

Father Loss And More

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 07.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Conclusion: The father plays a major role in who we are and who we become; his absence may occupy the center stage of a person's life.

Barbara Williams And 'The Hope In Leaving'

Robert Scheer | Posted 06.26.2016 | Politics
Robert Scheer

On this week's episode of Scheer Intelligence, Robert Scheer sits down with acclaimed Canadian actress, musician and author Barbara Williams.

The Heart Of A Surgeon

SreyRam Kuy, MD | Posted 06.21.2016 | GPS for the Soul
SreyRam Kuy, MD

The Heart of a Surgeon Dr. SreyRam Kuy was recently interview by Sally Croom, Louisiana State University Health Shreveport. This interview was or...

Metering To Black: Neal Snidow's Vista Del Mar, A Memoir of the Ordinary

Jane Vandenburgh | Posted 06.20.2016 | Home
Jane Vandenburgh

I'll need to take immediate exception with Neal Snidow's elegant and modest subtitle: this book is extraordinary, as gorgeously written as it is structurally complex. While plain, there is nothing about this work that is simple.

How To Prime Your Memory Pump

Patti M Hall | Posted 06.17.2016 | Arts
Patti M Hall

We all feel our memories are fading. But that simply isn't how memory works.

My Real Education at Cal

Andrew Lam | Posted 06.12.2016 | College
Andrew Lam

Despite the odds, despite not having a perfect GPA, and the discouragement from a certain teacher - "Your English is not good enough. You're much better off at City College!" - I somehow managed to get accepted to Cal, and afterward, I was never the same.

Should We Censor What Teens Read?

Peter Brown Hoffmeister | Posted 06.09.2016 | Home
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.

Spontaneous Combustion

Sherry Caris | Posted 06.06.2016 | Comedy
Sherry Caris

I used to be a very busy person. I wasn't on my OCD medication yet, and in addition to my full time job I had a long list of Very Important Things (VI...

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

Kirkus | Posted 06.01.2016 | Home

"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.

Angie Martinez: How The Voice of New York Found Her Voice

Nancy Arroyo Ruffin | Posted 05.26.2016 | Latino Voices
Nancy Arroyo Ruffin

It is such an authentic and honest look into her life and career in radio. It's that authenticity that kept me turning the page and not wanting to put the book down. I also think it's what has made her so successful and has cemented her legacy in hip-hop.

11 Books That Kept Us Up at Night

Kirkus | Posted 05.25.2016 | Home

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The Penny Poet of Portsmouth: A Conversation with Katherine Towler

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 05.24.2016 | Home
Brandi Megan Granett

Katherine Towler's memoir, The Penny Poet of Portsmouth follows her move to Portsmouth, along with a marriage and a settling down into the community s...

What I Learned From My Romantic Vacation Alone

Laurel Moll | Posted 05.24.2016 | Travel
Laurel Moll

Don't get me wrong, I love to travel with friends, family, or with a lover, but I am so happy I experienced a solo trip, and I'll definitely do it again (though next time I'll probably pick a spot that's less packed with honeymooners).

9 New Books Publishing People Are Betting Will Be Hits

Kirkus | Posted 05.18.2016 | Home

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Can You Meet God Outside the Bible?

Paul Perkins | Posted 05.17.2016 | Religion
Paul Perkins

Although I didn't know it at the time, my faith was all brain and no heart. Like learning algebraic formulas, I treated God as just an intellectual belief.

Taraji P. Henson Announces Memoir 'Around the Way Girl'

Entertainment Weekly | Taryn Finley | Posted 05.13.2016 | Black Voices

Taraji P. Henson’s memoir, Around the Way Girl, is coming out this fall, the actress announced on Instagram Thursday. The Empire star also revealed ...

Deena Kaye Rose Talks Transgender Memoir Some Days Are Diamonds (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 05.12.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlotte Robinson

In her true country voice Deena recounts her times with Nashville legends, from conversations with Dolly Parton to writing the first lesbian country music song as well as the first, and probably only, country song about being transgender that ended up being a chart-topping hit.

8 Books to Get Your Book Club Talking

Kirkus | Posted 05.11.2016 | Home

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Dimestore: An Interview With Lee Smith

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 05.11.2016 | Home
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.

What Every Memoir Writer Must Eventually Decide

Patti M Hall | Posted 05.11.2016 | Home
Patti M Hall

The world is waiting to hear your story and the most confident way to get it out there is to make writing a team sport. Find your team. Pick your writing tribe. Ask readers to comment. Hire a coach like me, or find an editor with a keen sensitivity to your concern. But decide that whatever makes it into the story is your right to tell.

Remembering My Dad On the Anniversary of His Death

Sue Frederick | Posted 05.06.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Sue Frederick

Excerpted from my newest book - Water Oak: The Happiness of Longing - A Memoir August 1969 - Long Beach, Mississippi My dad is sitting on an old wi...

Scotty McCreery Talks J. Lo, American Idol, and His New Book

Philip Louie | Posted 05.05.2016 | Entertainment
Philip Louie

Scotty McCreery, winner of season 10 of American Idol, stopped by AOL BUILD to discuss his memoir titled "Go Big Or Go Home". It's been 5 years since...

Best Bets for May

Kirkus | Posted 05.03.2016 | Home

"A deep, significant exploration of artistic atonement in postwar Germany." An elucidating cultural study explores the ways artists forged a sense of redemption -- both personal and societal -- from the devastation of post-World War II Germany.