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Daily Meditation: Rest Awhile

Posted 03.15.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Belonging to Wyoming, Belonging to the World: An Interview With Author Nina McConigley

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 02.23.2014 | Books
Stacy Parker Le Melle

I love outsider stories, especially outsider-in-America stories -- the stories of characters that show up in places central casting would never expect them to be. Same for the stories of characters that have every right to be someplace.

Food for (Literary) Thought on Julia Child's Birthday

Dave Astor | Posted 10.15.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

With Aug. 15 being the 100th anniversary of Julia Child's birth, I figured a post about food in novels might be appropriate.

Author! Author! (As Writer and Character)

Dave Astor | Posted 10.03.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Authors often write what they know, so it's no surprise that many fictional characters are authors themselves.

The Pleasures of Rereading

Dave Astor | Posted 11.19.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

Reading a beloved book twice, thrice, or more is a craving that can't be denied. It's pleasurable, comforting, and relaxing -- partly because you don't have to figure out what the author is doing from scratch.

The Most Novels You've Read By an Author

Dave Astor | Posted 11.14.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

My list includes the authors' names, the number of novels I've read by each of them, and my three favorite novels (in rank order) by each of them. If you have different favorites by those authors, I'd like to hear about that.

The Best Two Half-Decades in Literary History

Dave Astor | Posted 10.08.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

They were unplanned "Five-Year Plans" for the ages: the amazing proliferation of classic novels published from 1846 to 1851 and from 1922 to 1927. And, believe it or not, one author had a book in both those periods!

Reading Harry Potter and Other Multi-Volume Works in One Big Gulp

Dave Astor | Posted 09.14.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

For me, reading a book series after all the installments have been written is as satisfying as watching a great Quidditch match. Well, almost.

Less Famous Literary Masterpieces

Dave Astor | Posted 08.10.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

There are plenty of cases where an author's masterpiece deserves the top billing it gets in the author's canon. But then there are the cases where a writer's most famous book is not the writer's best book.