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Literary Relatives

Claudia Zelevansky | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Claudia Zelevansky

Unlike Nora Ephron, Maya Angelou and I have nothing in common. When I read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, it did not offer me identification as Heartburn had, it offered me access -- vivid, scary, and profound access -- to a place I had never been before.

'Animal Farm' Lessons

Pauline Hawkins | Posted 07.28.2014 | Education
Pauline Hawkins

Every year, I get rebellious while teaching Animal Farm; I can't help it. I see the similarities between the corruption of power and our present educational system, and I feel the intense desire to shout "Rebellion!" from the roof tops.

9 Muses Who Inspired Incredible Literature

Sally O'Reilly | Posted 07.27.2014 | Books
Sally O'Reilly

Love, passion, poetry, pain, suffering and drug-crazed self-destruction, although not necessarily in that order. Being a muse -- or channelling one -- is clearly a high risk occupation.

The Last Words of Mass Murderer Elliot Rodger Remixed Into Poetry

Seth Abramson | Posted 07.25.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

Can hateful words be turned against themselves and become, instead, a vehicle for amity and compassion? The metamodern poem linked to above, and transcribed below, seeks to answer that question.

Puzzling Book Titles

Dave Astor | Posted 07.22.2014 | Books
Dave Astor

There are novels with titles that are puzzling, at least at first. What exactly do they mean? What are they referring to in the book? It can be frustrating to figure that out, but also fun. Many people like to read mysteries, and an obscure novel title is sort of a mystery in microcosm.

Daughter of Chaos Full of Magic, Mythology and More

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 07.21.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Daughter of Chaos is honestly a must for anyone whose a fan of young adult fantasy. I was fortunate enough to chat with author Jen McConnel to get the inside scoop on her magical novel.

Philip Roth Reads One Last Time

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 07.14.2014 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

Roth's reading brought tears to anyone who has buried someone beloved. Yet what flowed from it was nowise morbid or even poetically elegiac. Nostalgic, yes, for the eighty years just past, but realistic about them too -- and above all historic.

Does Literary Fiction Challenge Racial Stereotypes?

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 07.06.2014 | Books
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

Reading literary fiction can be highly pleasurable, but does it also make you a better person? Conventional wisdom and intuition lead us to believe that reading can indeed improve us. However, we may overestimate the capacity of literary fiction to foster moral improvement

Damned Beautiful: F. Scott Fitzgerald Unexpurgated

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 07.06.2014 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

That Fitzgerald intended some of the stories in Taps at Reveille to be brutal and unpleasant is clear. The title itself indicates that we wake up to death. T It's also unsurprising to find Fitzgerald could use words as weapons, coarse language to create.

Dining With the Author: Dangerous Misadventures With Owen Matthews

Jennifer Walker | Posted 06.28.2014 | Books
Jennifer Walker

The story of Russia's colonies in Alaska and northern California have been filed away in obscure historical territory for those who come from outside of Russia, but for author, journalist and historian Owen Matthews, it became the core topic of his book Glorious Misadventures.

5 Questions for Poets: Part 5

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.28.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

Some of America's top poets respond to questions by readers of poetry in this final blog for National Poetry Month 2014.

An Appreciation of George Eliot

Dave Astor | Posted 06.25.2014 | Books
Dave Astor

Back in college, I started Middlemarch but put down that sprawling book after just a couple dozen pages. I guess I was too young and inexperienced to really appreciate a fictional work of that magnitude.

5 Questions for Poets: Part 4

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.17.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

In the 4th part of the National Poetry Month blog, I ask America's best poets to answer five more questions by readers of poetry.

5 Questions for Poets: Part 3

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.14.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

"I know a handful (if not a heartful) of poems by heart. Lines surface and go under. They keep me company, whether on the tip of my tongue or in the basement of my unconsciousness."

Yahya Hassan: Poems of Rage

Louisiana Channel | Posted 06.10.2014 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

Meet the 18-year-old sensation Yahya Hassan, who has written literary history in Denmark with his powerful, personal poems criticizing his family and Muslims in the Danish welfare system.

The Tragic Death of the Good Read

Mark Morford | Posted 06.09.2014 | Books
Mark Morford

Has this happened to you? Have you, whilst attempting to read an actual, dead-tree novel or lengthy magazine article, inadvertently swiped at the page with your finger, expecting a Delete tab to appear?

5 Questions for Poets: Part 2

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.08.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

Last week, some of America's top poets answered five questions from a pool of questions offered by readers of poetry for National Poetry Month. In this second part of the series, our poets tackle five more of their questions.

'Other Voices, Other Classrooms': The Musings of a Gay Middle School Teacher

J. Patrick Redmond | Posted 06.07.2014 | Gay Voices
J. Patrick Redmond

I have experienced my share of intolerance and "chin-wagging" from adults whose world perspective is limited. It is my goal to populate the world, as best I can via education, with the antidote to these kinds of die-hards and dogmatists.

Pilgrimage to Gibran

Emily O'Dell | Posted 06.04.2014 | Travel
Emily O'Dell

Tired of the toxicity of hate, and disturbed by the carnage of rockets and bombs, I decided to make a mini-pilgrimage of peace to the final resting place of Khalil Gibran.

Me, My Hometown and Mr. Gatsby

Bill Stieger | Posted 06.04.2014 | Books
Bill Stieger

Great writing achieves an effect that no movie can: It's a world built of language and the reader's imagination, where it remains as real as the money you either have, or don't.

Our Girl in Havana: Cuba Reading List

Tyler Wetherall | Posted 06.04.2014 | Books
Tyler Wetherall

Cuban and otherwise have brought its past to life with stunning and compelling narratives. There is no more immersive way to experience a country without traveling there than through their stories and sagas, their collective imagination and memory.

The Palmist: A Short Story from Birds of Paradise Lost:

Andrew Lam | Posted 05.31.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Andrew Lam

The Palmist is a short story collected in Andrew Lam's latest book, Birds of Paradise Lost. It was published in March of 2013 and won a Pen/Josephine ...

5 Questions for Poets: Part 1

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.01.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

I have decided to celebrate National Poetry Month by submitting questions by readers of poetry to some of the top poets writing in America today.

Sisters and Brothers and Fiction

Dave Astor | Posted 05.28.2014 | Books
Dave Astor

What are your favorite works of literature with memorable sibling relationships?

11 Must-Read Books You Won't Want To Put Down This Spring

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Sloane Tanen | Posted 03.28.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Ready for a some new must-reads? Our books editor has found these gems you won't want to put down. Read more from ...