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Down the Darkest Road Is a Look at Crime in the Early 1990s

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 02.14.2012 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Down the Darkest Road is the latest in Tami Hoag's stories about Oak Knoll. It is also her latest book about a world before DNA testing, massive related computer intelligence, and other criminal techniques became common.

The Sugar Zone Is Bittersweet

Joan Gelfand | Posted 01.29.2012 | Books
Joan Gelfand

It is difficult to resist the temptation to compare, if not the style of poems, then simply the location of Mary Mackey's The Sugar Zone to Elizabeth Bishop's series, Questions of Travel, written during her fifteen years in Brazil.

A Path to Power and Wholeness: Finding Inspiration in the Goddess

Lisa Levart | Posted 01.15.2012 | Women
Lisa Levart

Without realistic role models, is it really surprising that so many young women are confused, isolated and deeply depressed?

India an Eye-Opening Journey

John Harden | Posted 01.11.2012 | World
John Harden

At 10, Roberta, or Robi Ley knew she wanted to be a writer. She would dream endlessly toward the day she would see her byline printed on a book cover.

Jeffery Eugenides On Love And Books

Madeleine Crum | Posted 02.16.2012 | Books

If you walk through Times Square in New York right now, you'll be met with a rare site: a book-themed billboard. A stern-faced Jeffery Eugenides strid...

The Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2011

Anis Shivani | Posted 12.11.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

As usual, fall is when the big guns come out. Exciting novels by major writers like Ha Jin, Haruki Murakami, Umberto Eco, Jeffrey Eugenides and Russell Banks.

Did You Say Something, Dear?

Jenna McCarthy | Posted 12.06.2011 | Books
Jenna McCarthy

Chalk it up to nature, nurture, biology, destiny or innate gender differences: The fact is, men and women--especially when they are married to one another--often have a hell of a time with the basic exchange of ideas and information.

Great Rock & Roll Reads for the Fall

Holly Cara Price | Posted 11.11.2011 | Books
Holly Cara Price

As we leave summer 2011 behind, it's time to curl up with a good book, remembering some of the moments that brought us to where we are currently in music and pop culture.

Kicks Books: Pulp Fiction and Non-Fiction Rules Again

Holly Cara Price | Posted 11.09.2011 | New York
Holly Cara Price

Nick Tosches opens up a glorious treasure trove of rock and roll history with his new book, Save the Last Dance for Satan, recently published as part of a new series of hip pocket paperback gems by Kicks Books.

8 Cool New Book Covers

Posted 11.01.2011 | Books

We know, we know. We aren't supposed to judge books by their covers. But these current and upcoming book covers appeared so intriguing that we couldn'...

On Our Radar: The Best Upcoming Books

Posted 10.31.2011 | Books

It may be sad that it's the end of summer, but every literature buff knowns that with that end comes all the great fall books. Here are some of our up...

Critics and Other Cultural Gatekeepers: Mind the Gate!

Carla Seaquist | Posted 10.26.2011 | Books
Carla Seaquist

Where is the recognition that a "book of raunch," rather than reflecting a mature and vibrant culture, is symptomatic of one in steep, full-on decline, drunk on its power and narcissism (including Baker's pet vice, sexual titillation)?

An Interview About Body Image With the Author of New Hit Novel Skinny

Kate Fridkis | Posted 09.26.2011 | Women
Kate Fridkis

Skinny is the story of a young woman named Gray who struggles with guilt after her obese father's dramatic death. She begins to compulsively overeat, driven by an enormous hunger she can't sate.

Marine's Memoir Commands Our Attention -- And Personal Investment

Greg Barrett | Posted 09.04.2011 | Books
Greg Barrett

Books like Rye Barcott's It Happened on the Way to War come with a price that can't be easily discounted. You can't finish it and remain prone on the sofa.

Making Sense of the City

Todd Reisz | Posted 08.27.2011 | Books
Todd Reisz

Just about every writer in this installment makes it clear: each city is unique. But that doesn't settle our craving to look for what makes a city a city.

Can You Evolve On-Demand?

Steven and Michael Meloan | Posted 08.15.2011 | Healthy Living
Steven and Michael Meloan

We spend a lifetime learning the details of our culture and the tools of intellectual inquiry. But we invest virtually no energy in mastering our own consciousness.

On Our Radar: What's New And Hot In Books

Posted 08.07.2011 | Books

Books come into our office by the truckload and as we open these precious packages, we want to point out those we think are interesting and some you m...

Your House Is an Inadequate Indefensible Piece of Trash

Philip Mackey | Posted 08.01.2011 | Comedy
Philip Mackey

It is almost guaranteed that your current dwelling is not up to end-of-days "code." Can your house withstand prolonged attacks from the smiting fires ...

Why I Wrote Sex, Mom, and God: How the Bible's Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics--and How I Learned to Love Women (and Jesus) Anyway

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 07.31.2011 | Books
Frank Schaeffer

The reason I've written my latest book is because the insane rightward tilt of the Republicans post-Obama's election has meant that the path taken by the religious right was something I felt needed to be better understood and exposed... from the inside.

The Book of (Even More) Awesome Celebrates the Simplicity of Living Well

Laura Cococcia | Posted 06.04.2011 | Books
Laura Cococcia

I spent a week with the book, opening it once a day to a random page and reading from there. 350 entries later, I have a dog-eared tome of favorites that I know will serve me well.

Why Can't You Play Music?

Robbie Gennet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Robbie Gennet

As I started playing in bands and writing songs, I developed skills at various jams and sessions that had me stumbling onward and upward as a player.

20 Years On, The Influence Of Teach For America Is A Mixed Bag

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

There's no question that Wendy Kopp and Teach for America have changed the landscape and made a significant contribution. But let's not pretend that it's all good or all bad.

The Memoir Dilemma: What's With All These Memoirs?

Jennifer Lauck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jennifer Lauck

Memoirs have been called misleading, fraudulent, overly confessional and now are also deemed narratively non-rigorous and too easy to write.

How Blogging Helped Me Get a Book Deal

Alan Paul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Alan Paul

I never would have written my upcoming book Big In China, if I had not started the blog.

Battle Hymn of the Hippopotamus Mother

Ted McCagg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Ted McCagg