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Eric Asimov on Wine

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 06.02.2015 | Books
Taylor Dibbert

I inadvertently stumbled upon How to Love Wine by Eric Asimov and am very glad that I did.

A Blackout Drinker Untangles the Mystery of Her Alcoholism

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 05.28.2015 | Books
Dean Dauphinais

Reading about people's struggles with--and triumphs over--addiction is especially fascinating to me. In the world of drug and alcohol abuse, everyone's story is so similar; but at the same time, everyone's story is so unique.

Writing a Memoir That Moves People to Take Action

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 05.28.2015 | Books
M. Shannon Hernandez

As memoir authors, it is our hope then when we publish our books, the words are moving, and connect deeply with our readers

Ylonda Gault Caviness on Being Black, a Mom, a Black Mom and How to Get a Book Deal

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.27.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors first met Ylonda Gault Caviness when she won our Pitchapalooza at Words Bookstore in Maplewood, NJ. We were immediately struck by her presence, authority, wit, style, and the way she could string words and ideas together in exciting ways.

The Glory Days: III

John O'Kane | Posted 05.27.2015 | Religion
John O'Kane

The pavement seems to shake slightly, like in the first rumblings of an earthquake, as I dodge vehicles to reach a phone on the other side. No one else seems to notice these movements. Someone beats me to the phone.

Fat Girl Walking: A Conversation with Author Brittany Gibbons

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

What if you looked at your daughter and saw yourself? Not only the good parts but all of the negative self-talk you heaped upon yourself since you emerged from childhood. What would you do to stop your daughter from carrying the weight of that nonsense?

Book Review: Out From the Underworld by Heather Siegel

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
Sarah Cottrell

Released in April 2015, Out from the Underworld by Heather Siegel is a captivating memoir that traces the heartbreaking story of how the author and her two siblings survived abandonment, neglect, and abuse.

A Man for All Seasons Except Allergy Season

Greg White | Posted 05.18.2015 | Los Angeles
Greg White

I'm suffering from allergies. I know it's not a cold because I'm somewhat of a professional googler.

7 Lessons You Need to Learn When Writing Your Book

Maria Ross | Posted 05.18.2015 | Books
Maria Ross

Ever wanted to write a book? Do you have an unfinished opus about your expertise sitting on your laptop? How about the next Harry Potter or crime thriller?

Conversation With George Clinton

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 05.08.2015 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

For few hours I allowed myself to be an insufferable fanboy instead of my default Mr. Cool disposition when the opportunity to interview George Clinton came up. I've been listening to George Clinton/Parliament/Funkadelic since I was 15 or something. We mostly talk about music and drugs. What more could you want?

250 Books Later, I Finally Tell Mom's Story

Michael Levin | Posted 05.04.2015 | Books
Michael Levin

You might ask what took me so long. My mom, Jenny Graubart, a Holocaust refugee who spent World War II in Havana with her family before entering the United States, finally has her life story inside hard covers. It only took her son, the author, decades to get around to making the book happen.

Bettyville: A Writer Returns Home to Care for His Ailing Mother

Mindy Trotta | Posted 06.30.2015 | Books
Mindy Trotta

Whether you grew up in New York City or Iowa, you cannot help but see commonalities in this mother-son relationship. At its core, Bettyville is about elder care, but it is just as much about family and all the infuriating, frustrating, and wonderful warmth that goes with it.

For Mom, the Yia Yia (Grandmother) of All Pontians

Thea Halo | Posted 06.28.2015 | Impact
Thea Halo

When I die, don't weep for me as if I am gone. Whisper my name to someone beside you. Whisper it loud, so my name will be carried on the air to all corners of the earth.

The Glory Days: II

John O'Kane | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion
John O'Kane

The confessional is the perfect refuge from the lights. I wait and listen. How long has it been? A few minutes, an hour? I wish it had a lock. A sanctuary within a sanctuary.

Connor Franta Reveals His Dream Vlog Collab (EXCLUSIVE)

The Huffington Post | Carly Steyer | Posted 04.21.2015 | Teen

Connor Franta is a mega YouTube star, philanthropist and entrepreneur. As of today, the Internet personality can officially add another accomplishment...

The Power Of Confession

Pacific Standard | Alissa Wilkinson | Posted 04.21.2015 | World

I belong to a church that isn’t big enough to afford its own building, so we pay rent to another congregation and meet in their sanctuary in the eve...

Undefeated: Interview With Kola Boof

Loren Kleinman | Posted 06.16.2015 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Kola Boof is the award winning author of The Sexy Part of the Bible and Long Train to the Redeeming Sin, a book that put her life in danger in 2002. Her latest release is Undefeated: A North African Writer's Support for Israel.

Beth Kephart On Why Living a 'Small Life' Is Big

Annie L. Scholl | Posted 06.16.2015 | Books
Annie L. Scholl

Beth Kephart is the award-winning, multi-genre author of 19 published books. Her latest, One Thing Stolen (Chronicle Books, $17.99), was released April 14.

Two Women from India, and God: A Review of Visa, Stickers and Other Matters of the Soul

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 06.10.2015 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

I am yet to meet Lom Harshni Chauhan, but I'm quite sure that if any of the sort of unpleasant men who have been spotlighted in recent news stories about India got near her, she would leave them feeling truly sorry.

Memoirs: No One Wants to Read Your Diary

Jennifer S. Wilkov | Posted 06.13.2015 | Books
Jennifer S. Wilkov

We all have a story to tell. Our lives are our stories. That's why the memoir category exists--because we love to read biographies and memoirs of those names we know and the people we want to learn more about.

Boyhood at Twilight: John Hampsey's Memoir 'Kaufman's Hill'

Elan Barnehama | Posted 06.08.2015 | Books
Elan Barnehama

Unlike many memoirs, Kaufman's Hill, John Hampsey's remembrance of his boyhood in a middle-class Catholic Pittsburg neighborhood, is not a born out of an intense personal experience or extreme personal adventure.

Oh My Gods: The Triumphs of a Little Brown Kid

Sutheshna Mani | Posted 06.01.2015 | Religion
Sutheshna Mani

To me, all faiths shared similarities, and my childhood naiveté could not comprehend tension and factionalism within and between these religions. I was also incapable of understanding why my teacher went so in-depth with the Abrahamic faiths, but skipped over the eastern religions, including mine.

10 Books Everyone Over 50 Should Read This Spring

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 06.01.2015 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

Whether you need a book club recommendation or something to enjoy in your backyard this spring, these books are some of the best of Spring 2015. There are new novels from old favorites, unique voices, and continuing sagas of families you may already know. Plus a memoir that looks fascinating!

I Never Knew My First Boyfriend

Ian Oriol | Posted 05.26.2015 | Teen
Ian Oriol

The first month was bliss, and I truly mean it. Your first love blinds and cripples you. Everything is seen and done under a shiny filter and eerie carnival music; and you don't realize how fake the memories are until when the memories are all you have left.

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Lifelong Brow Obsession

Ravishly | Posted 05.25.2015 | Women

If the eyes are the window to the soul, certainly brows must be the curtain. Or maybe I'm just rationalizing what is surely a sign of insanity.