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Elliot Tiber Talks New Memoir After Woodstock and LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with writer/producer Elliot Tiber about his third volume of memoirs entitled "After Woodstock." The book completes his trilogy following the critically acclaimed "Palm Trees on the Hudson" and his breakout bestseller "Taking Woodstock" co-written with Tom Monte and made into a feature film by director Ang Lee.

The Perfect Rock for Christmas

Linda DeMers Hummel | Posted 12.18.2015 | Good News
Linda DeMers Hummel

My daughter's favorite story is one she calls "Daniel's Rock." A far cry from Frosty the Snowman, it is one I can count on being asked to recite as Christmas approaches. It begins when she's picked up the small rock that sits on the southeast corner of my desk and has nestled herself in my lap.

Autism, Families, and Growing Up

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 12.16.2015 | Books
Liane Kupferberg Carter

Now there is a new must-read memoir, Ketchup is My Favorite Vegetable: A Family Grows Up With Autism by Liane Kupferberg Carter. I have been a fan of Liane's for quite a while.

Don't Quit Your Day Job

Amy Koko | Posted 12.16.2015 | Books
Amy Koko

Well I did it. I wrote a book. I sold a book. I am a published author. The day my book came out was one of the highlights of my life. My facebook blew...

My Friend Allen, Depression, and Me

Ruby Pipes | Posted 12.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Ruby Pipes

We can talk about how they make up the whole. How they all want the same thing, are all trying to solve the same problems, meet the same needs. They all have my best interests in mind, but different ideas of how to serve them. I know I have to listen to all of them. They all have valid voices, they all have stories. But they do not all get pens. They don't all get equal say in who this woman is.

Little Boy Blue and the Man on TV: The Coming-Out Story That Became Father-Son Bonding

Jaime Lubin | Posted 12.08.2015 | Books
Jaime Lubin

Kevin Newman believes nothing scares men more than vulnerability. "They haven't had a vocabulary that's safe," the veteran journalist says. "It's almo...

Review: A Feminist Icon Takes Us On a Sometimes Too-Fast-Moving Adventure

The National Book Review | Posted 12.04.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

This review first appeared in The National Book Review My Life on the Road By Gloria Steinem Random House 304 pp. $28 By Carol...

Epigenetics: Embracing the Role It Plays in Your Life

Greg Archer | Posted 12.19.2015 | Books
Greg Archer

Seventy-five years ago, Joseph Stalin's henchmen (the NKVD) came pounding on my Polish family's door in Eastern Poland. It wasn't until 2012, after a series of serendipitous events, that I decided it was time for me to do some knocking on a few doors myself -- the doors of history.

Book Review: The Daily Hazards of a Middle Eastern Wife by Soad Nasr

Lara Lillibridge | Posted 11.24.2015 | Books
Lara Lillibridge

Her conversational tone pulls the reader in, so that I felt like a new friend she was explaining her customs to, and not an unwelcome voyeur peeking through a window. Humorous, lighthearted, respectful but not unduly submissive, Soad Nasr's book gives a glimpse into one woman's life in the Middle East that will break down stereotypes and create space for real understanding.

Anne Lamott: How to (Gracefully) Not Have It All

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 11.17.2015 | Women
Barbara Falconer Newhall

Forget those gotta-dos, author Anne Lamott was saying. Forget about those things we should have done, and, crap, the things we never should have done in the first place.

5 Hot Books: Steven King, "Gray's Anatomy" Creator Shonda Rhimes, and Ted Koppel on Looming Disaster

The National Book Review | Posted 11.17.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

From the woman who owns Thursday night television ("Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal") and founder of "Shondaland," The Year of Yes is Rhimes's winning story of what happened when her sister spurred her to say "yes" more often and do more things that scared her.

Knocking Yourself Out With Your Own Fist

Sheila Hamilton | Posted 11.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Sheila Hamilton

My hope is that my story, told from the other side of this sixth stage, will be a catalyst for positive change in the way we approach, regard, and respond to the social fallout of mental illness.

Becoming the Author of Your Life: The Gift and Challenge of Memoir

William Kenower | Posted 11.03.2015 | Books
William Kenower

I cannot tell a story from my life until I allow myself to become its author. If I still believe that something shouldn't have been said to me or done to me, whether by another person or simply by life, then I am still stuck within the story as I first perceived it when I lived it, the story of a world that should be something other than what it is.

Part and Parcel: Tom Hart

Hannah Stephenson | Posted 11.02.2015 | Arts
Hannah Stephenson

When submerged in the darkest darkness of grief, how do we crawl toward the light? How, as humans, do we stagger forward under the weight of unbearable loss?

Sara Bareilles Braves Broadway, Book Writing

David Michael Conner | Posted 10.30.2015 | Entertainment
David Michael Conner

Sara Bareilles became known to millions in 2007 when her ironic "Love Song" cemented her a place among timeless pop classics and ultimately went platinum three times over.

Drummer Freda Love Smith Dishes on Food, Rock and Roll and Parenting in New Memoir

David Chiu | Posted 10.23.2015 | Arts
David Chiu

In this interview, Smith, who is also a food columnist for Paste, talks about her interest in cooking; what it means to a musician to have eat good while on the road; and a favorite recipe from the book.

A Conversation with Leah Lax, Author of Uncovered

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Julie R. Enszer

Leah Lax's extraordinary new memoir is Uncovered: How I Left Hasidic Life and Finally Came Home. Lax, who is a lesbian, presents a rare and intimate account of a woman's life among the insular Hasidim, the Jewish ultra-orthodox, where she had an arranged marriage and raised many children.

Monty Python's Terry Gilliam: I'm Not Dead Yet!

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.21.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Last month, Variety magazine inadvertently reported that Terry Gilliam had died, sparking a viral flurry of condolences from around the world.

Q and A With Charlotte Laws About Her Romance With Tom Jones and Her Memoir, "Rebel in High Heels"

Charlotte Laws | Posted 10.20.2015 | Entertainment
Charlotte Laws

My new memoir, Rebel in High Heels, chronicles my life, including my battle against revenge porn, my party crashing escapades and my three-year relationship with singer Tom Jones.

Mark Lukach Talks About Writing as a Support System

Loren Kleinman | Posted 10.20.2015 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Mark Lukach is a writer and teacher who lives in Martinez, CA with his wife, son, and bulldog. He has been published in The New York Times, Pacific Standard, and The Atlantic Monthly, among others, and is publishing a memoir with Harper Wave in spring of 2017.

Polish Heritage Month Reveals Significant Underreported Stories From World War II

Greg Archer | Posted 10.20.2015 | Chicago
Greg Archer

Growing up in Chicago in the 1970s, I was aware that my parents were Polish immigrants. My father, William Krzos, was an engineer at GTE -- I was intrigued by his vague remarks about being in a German labor camp.

A Glimpse at Living Blindly Without Internet

Robert Kingett | Posted 10.15.2015 | Technology
Robert Kingett

A dictionary has many definitions for the word "need". Until October, when I decided to take up a challenge by a friend to not use any Internet for a whole month, I didn't really understand what I needed or even why I needed it.

The Hot 5: Books People Are Talking About This Week, or Should Be

The National Book Review | Posted 10.13.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

Alexievich's Nobel Prize in Literature this year was the first for a non-fiction writer in more than half a century, and only the 14th ever given to a woman.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o: Memories of Who We Are

Louisiana Channel | Posted 10.13.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

"Memory is what makes us who we are," says Kenyan Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o - a frequent contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature - in this video about how colonizers sought to erase the memories of the natives by severing their linguistic connections.

This Poignant and Delectable Memoir Isn't Just About Pizza

Off The Shelf | Posted 10.15.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

Delancey is the memoir of a young woman's decision to open a restaurant with her husband in Seattle. Picking it up from my bookshelf, I was expecting to find the kind of feel-good but ultimately frivolous narrative that often characterizes writings on food. I was wrong.