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Review: Sarah Vowell Is Great -- But a Little Goes a Long Way

The National Book Review | Posted 11.19.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

Don't get me wrong. I like Sarah Vowell. But her new book, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, is something of a puzzle. Vowell's funny. She's smart, quick, and clever. If you've heard her on "This American Life," you'll know she's a sound artist -- working her antic way through the great collection of words left, boxed up, in history's archives.

Life and Other Near Death Experiences: A Conversation With Camille Pagán

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.10.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

For many people, their bucket lists remain abstract, a list of things to do some day in the future. But for Libby, the protagonist of Camille Pagán's novel, Life and Other Near Death Experiences, a terminal cancer diagnosis prompts her to take charge of the time she has left to reinvent her life.

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.

5 Ways to Engage Your Readers

Dorit Sasson | Posted 10.06.2015 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Spend time crafting and perfecting your book so your storytelling shines. Invest in a high quality editor who is well-versed in your genre and can help take your book to the next level.

The Hot 5 -- Books People Are Talking About This Week, Or Should Be

The National Book Review | Posted 10.05.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

With the zeal of a new convert, the once-conservative Brock takes aim at the "vast right-wing conspiracy" to smear Hillary Clinton. Among the names he names are Rush Limbaugh, the Koch Brothers, Fox News, and The New York Times.

Ethnographic Interventions: Waking Up and Walking With Abel

Paul Stoller | Posted 09.29.2015 | College
Paul Stoller

In a destructive climate how do we open the eyes of our students to the complexities of the human condition? How do we ignite their curiosity about the natural and social world? How do we teach them to think critically and respect human difference?

'Protocol Zero,' A Conversation With James Abel

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.12.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

James Abel is a pseudonym for Bob Reiss, the bestselling author of more than 20 books. He is a former Chicago Tribune reporter and previously was a correspondent for Outside Magazine.

How to Tell a Good Story

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 06.19.2015 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

Story is the ocean we are swimming in. And because it is, we don't necessarily feel wet when we're in it, but we are. Fish aren't taught to swim. And you aren't taught to tell stories. As a child, you didn't need to be taught.

Books That Will Brighten a Father's Day

The New York Public Library | Posted 06.18.2015 | New York
The New York Public Library

At The New York Public Library, we recognize that father figures have varied and diverse interests, and that it can be difficult for their progeny to find the perfect gift. So, if you're looking for something a little different this year, NYPL's Recommendations Editor Gwen Glazer has selected a few books to suit a wide variety of dads

The House of Cards Effect

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 05.12.2015 | Entertainment
Deirdre Maloney

If there's a fictional world you love but you know that it's dark and can negatively impact your mood or actions, then make sure you watch, listen to or read something lighter afterwards to balance it out.

Irvin D. Yalom: A Conversation

Terence Clarke | Posted 05.07.2015 | Books
Terence Clarke

I spoke with Yalom recently, interested in why he writes both fiction and non-fiction. I wanted to ask him which of these forms he prefers, and what does each form require of him that the other does not.

Book Review: The Best Resource Directory

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 05.04.2015 | Books
Christopher Zoukis

The Best Resource Directory is a terrific buy for any prisoner or their loved ones. It's chock-full of listings and contact information for a huge number of resource vendors for prisoners and their families.

Autopsy of a Fraud: Update on Deborah Solomon's Disastrous Norman Rockwell Bio

Abigail Rockwell | Posted 04.25.2015 | Arts
Abigail Rockwell

I just learned from Alexandra Hildebrandt Hoy, Fred Hildebrandt's daughter, that her father did not write a diary account of this Canadian camping trip with Norman Rockwell in 1934. By this account, the diary that Deborah Solomon refers to in her biography of my grandfather does not exist; it never did.

Crude Justice: Stuart Smith, How to Win the Legal War with Big Oil (Interview)

Jerry Cope | Posted 04.12.2015 | Green
Jerry Cope

Crude Justice is the detailed story of Smith's clients and breakthrough legal victories on their behalf. It is a cautionary tale of what has happened in the United States as the system of government has frequently failed to protect the interests of its citizens.

The Female Farmer Project

Brad Puet | Posted 01.11.2015 | Women
Brad Puet

The mission of the Female Farmer Project is to document the rise of women in agriculture. I share the images and the stories of women who farm. Some of these women are first generation farmers who come from the corporate world; lawyers, anthropologists, executives, scientists who are bringing a unique skill set to the farm. Some are third or fourth generation farmers but bring a new vision and fresh ideas and are responding to the needs of today's economy by diversifying the farm income.

'The Darkest Hour': A Talk with Tony Schumacher

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 12.11.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Tony Schumacher has written for The Guardian and the Huffington Post. He is also a regular contributor to BBC Radio and London's LBC Radio. His debut novel, The Darkest Hour, reimagines history in a chilling way.

Q&A Session with Award-Winning Author, Sheri Booker

Christina Scribner | Posted 10.19.2014 | Women
Christina Scribner

Sheri Booker is a teacher in Baltimore, spoken word artist, poet, public speaker, and author. Her latest publication, a memoir titled, "NINE YEARS UND...

The Perfect Stranger: A Talk With Wendy Corsi Staub

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.27.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

With the release of her 21st thriller, The Perfect Stranger, NY Times bestselling suspense novelist Wendy Corsi Staub will have published more than eighty novels in various genres.

SHORTLISTED: The 2014 PEN Literary Awards

PEN American Center | Posted 08.20.2014 | Books
PEN American Center

Spanning fiction, essays, science writing, biography, sports writing, translation and children's books, the 2014 PEN Literary Awards celebrate the best of literature from around the world.

What Just Happened?!

Katie Schwartz | Posted 05.24.2014 | Comedy
Katie Schwartz

Though friends speculated about the true nature of our relationship, I don't recall a moment when sexual tension or chemistry crept between us. From the day we met, it never occurred to either of us to be more than friends.

'Just Babies': In Praise of Popular Non-Fiction

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.17.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

"The one year old decided to take justice into his own hands." Thus opens Paul Bloom's Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil, an exceedingly enjoy...

In Pursuit of Human Ponies and Other Strange Subcultures of Florida

Lynn Waddell | Posted 04.30.2014 | Weird News
Lynn Waddell

As I thumb through a horse supply catalog, I can't help but think of the pony people I met during the research for my book Fringe Florida. The research forever changed the way I look at the world and the humanity of people who do things many consider weird.

Gladwell and Goliath: When a Great Strength Becomes a Weakness

Rob Brooks | Posted 12.14.2013 | Science
Rob Brooks

Hasn't Malcolm Gladwell had a busy fortnight? His latest book shipped on the first of October. And the deluge of reviews washed out a flood of anti-Gladwell bile. He's an unusually polarising author, Gladwell. And it looks like some of the criticism has stung.

The Writing Life: What's the Process?

Deborah Doucette | Posted 09.16.2013 | Books
Deborah Doucette

My novel, Bad Girls, just launched -- hooray and hallelujah! -- which, among other things, prompted lots of questions from family, friends and co-work...

The Facts About Fiction, the Fiction About Facts

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 06.19.2013 | Books
Steven Paul Leiva

As a reader I am always reading one non-fiction and one fiction book at the same time.