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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.

A Passion for Telling True Stories: An Interview With Journalist Fernanda Santos of The New York Times

Daniel A. Olivas | Posted 11.10.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel A. Olivas

Santos has reported in three languages, in Latin America and the United States. She began her career in journalism in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, her home country. Santos says that this is where she "bore witness to violence, inequality and immeasurable hope."

CT Lions Distribute 'Price' to Local School Systems

Michael Putzel | Posted 11.02.2015 | Books
Michael Putzel

Robert Howard II was four years old when an American commander in Vietnam wrote him a letter telling him his father had died bravely in battle. The boy's father had been a hometown sports hero, and the son grew up trying to emulate a man he never really knew.

Conversation with Adam Parfrey (Part Two)

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 10.29.2015 | Books
Michael Nirenberg

Publisher Adam Parfrey was in town a few weeks ago for the Brooklyn Book Festival. I caught up with Adam at his hotel room to discuss the history of his publishing imprints Feral House and Process Media as well as several other things.

Teaching the Common Core 30 Years Ago

Vicki Cobb | Posted 08.05.2015 | Education
Vicki Cobb

The teachers didn't have to waste time filling in checklists to prove that they had met these standards because they are internalized in high-quality teaching.

Why Reading to Learn Is Seldom Taught; Part II

Vicki Cobb | Posted 08.10.2015 | Education
Vicki Cobb

In my last post, where I posited that high-quality trade books, like those in the picture, have a hard time getting into classrooms, several people challenged me: Where did I get my information?

9 Titles Every Book Club Should Read

Kirkus | Posted 07.22.2015 | Books

9 new titles to add to your book club's reading list.

Stages of Authorship

Michael Putzel | Posted 07.01.2015 | Books
Michael Putzel

Writing a book is not like journalism. For one thing, it takes longer. Sometimes a lot longer. In a four-decade career in news, I wrote on tight deadlines, often under pressure, and with no excuses for a story that didn't get done on time.

Bestselling Indie Author Rachel Thompson Talks About Writing to Heal

Loren Kleinman | Posted 06.26.2015 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Rachel Thompson is the author of newly released Broken Places (2015 Honorable Mention Winner, San Francisco Book Festival) and the multi award-winning Broken Pieces, as well as two additional humor books, A Walk In The Snark and Mancode: Exposed.

Amye Archer Turns Weight Into Words

Loren Kleinman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Amye Archer is a writer and teacher living and working in Northeastern Pennsylvania. She holds an MFA from Wilkes University, and is a recipient of the Beverly Hiscox Scholarship.

Conversation With Author Robert Rosen

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 06.03.2015 | Books
Michael Nirenberg

Robert Rosen's newest book Bobby in Naziland: A Portrait of the Author As a Young Jew explores the author's childhood growing up in 1950's and 1960's postwar Jewish Brooklyn under the shadow of the Holocaust.

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?

Are Doctors Just Sweet Talking Us?

Alena Dillon | Posted 06.29.2015 | Comedy
Alena Dillon

Some women have terrible taste in men. I know -- I used to be one of those women. Then I married a perfectly lovely man, and that must have thrown the universe off-balance.

5 Books to Get You Out of Your Literary Comfort Zone

Alexis Jane Torre | Posted 06.26.2015 | College
Alexis Jane Torre

While many of you likely don't have the time to read right now with finals and papers and all that fun stuff, you should remember this list for the summer time. Here is a list of books I've read and enjoyed that'll help you step outside your literary comfort zone!

Author Rachael Herron Tells Us About Love, the Coolest Writing Desk in the World and Her New Novel

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.03.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

In the hands of another writer, this topic could be dreary and depressing, but Rachael spins a story of resilience and love that leaves you believing in the healing power of family and forgiveness.

The Writing Life: Why Telling Stories in the Global Bazaar is Important

Pranay Gupte | Posted 04.15.2015 | Media
Pranay Gupte

I have always admired men and women who are able to sustain writing over a significant period of time. I often wonder, "What do they consume at breakfast that gives them such mental energy and willpower?"

The Mountain

Allison Gruber | Posted 04.11.2015 | Books
Allison Gruber

Brian took me and Josephine to a bar on Armitage where the bartenders let us drink, where Josephine made me dance, where they played the kind of music we liked: Jane's Addiction, Fugazi, Joy Division.

New Book Erases the Boundary Between Poetry and Nonfiction

Seth Abramson | Posted 03.14.2015 | Books
Seth Abramson

Published by Subito Press and distributed by Small Press Distribution, As We Know is a masterpiece of cross-genre exploration by two artists at the top of their game -- and already well-known for challenging generic boundaries.

10 Nonfiction Books You'll Be Reading About This Fall

| Posted 09.10.2014 | Books

A new memoir by inaugural poet Richard Blanco and Walter Isaacson’s follow-up to his mega-bestselling bio of Steve Jobs!

A Strange Journey Into A Near-Deserted Secondhand Store

Annabel Osberg | Posted 07.12.2014 | Weird News
Annabel Osberg

On the fringes of the boarded-up hinterlands of a former industrial section of a small Missouri town stands a building, decrepit yet painted a shade of purple so striking that it seems phantasmal against its drab backdrop of deadened grays and tans.

Teaching Then and Now, Part 2

Vicki Cobb | Posted 06.30.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

A few months ago, I wrote a post about my early experiences as a young teacher 50 years ago. I learned a very important lesson on the very first day of my new job. It transformed the way I taught.

Creative Writing Program or Creative Writing Mill? Effectiveness and Outcomes For Female And Minority Writing Program Students

Rae Bryant | Posted 06.28.2014 | Books
Rae Bryant

How well does your creative writing program rank in job placement and graduate publication placement? How does your writing program address gender and diversity?

Where Is the American Writer Writing About America in Pakistan?

Ethan Casey | Posted 06.15.2014 | Books
Ethan Casey

It's like the proverbial tree falling in a forest: If an American writer engages with the American empire, but no American readers read it, is the writer still engaging with the empire?

Who Says Nonfiction for Children Can't Capture the Imagination?

Vicki Cobb | Posted 05.26.2014 | Books
Vicki Cobb

I can only say that the most imaginative science fiction author in the universe couldn't come up with some of the stuff in this book. That's the beauty of nonfiction; you can't make anything up.

A Book for Serendipitous Discovery

Vicki Cobb | Posted 05.21.2014 | Books
Vicki Cobb

Animals are intrinsically and endlessly fascinating to children. How can anyone make sense of the diversity and variety of animals on Earth? This is exactly what The Animal Book sets out to do.