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5 Courageous Fictional Characters Who Teach Us How to Stay Brave

Meira Bienstock | Posted 09.19.2014 | Books
Meira Bienstock

Sometimes it is not as obvious as a knight riding his horse into battle to face the enemy. Below are different types of courage displayed by five fictional characters who endure so much, and yet always stay strong, never, ever giving up.

Why Do Women Read More Novels Than Men?

Warren Adler | Posted 09.16.2014 | Books
Warren Adler

There is statistical evidence showing that adult women read more novels than men, attend more book clubs than men, use libraries more than men, buy more books than men, take more creative writing courses than men, and probably write more works of fiction than men. If women suddenly stopped reading, the novel would nearly disappear.

Do College Towns Really Need Tanks to Keep Them Safe?

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.13.2014 | Crime
Lev Raphael

The people of Davis, California don't think so, as The New York Times reports this week. Their police department is returning the Pentagon's gift of a "mine-resistant, ambush-protected" motorized tank (MRAP).

I Almost Quit Writing; This Book Is Why I Didn't

Maya Rodale | Posted 09.05.2014 | Books
Maya Rodale

Earlier this year, I almost quit writing. The hours are endless, the pay is wildly unpredictable, and writing emotionally driven books is draining.

Success Bias

G. Doucette | Posted 09.05.2014 | Books
G. Doucette

It's not a science experiment, though, so I'll sign off with a different conclusion: Find a way to get readers. Any way you can think of, anything you think might work. Be prolific, be professional, and be available on social media for them. Maybe, if you're very lucky, the stampede will turn in your direction.

No Book Is an Island: On the Dual Identity of Art

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 09.05.2014 | Books
Steven Paul Leiva

No work of art exists in a vacuum. No work of art is an unbreachable creation with a purity that defines it as one thing in and of itself. No work of art is its own Platonic form.

Seinfeld Writer Peter Mehlman Pens Debut Novel

Elan Barnehama | Posted 08.29.2014 | Books
Elan Barnehama

Set in the crushing complacency of suburbia, It Won't Always Be This Great is narrated by an unnamed Long Island podiatrist who commits an accidental act of vandalism that shakes him, albeit temporarily, out of his sleepwalking existence.

The Fate of the Novelist: A Reality Check

Warren Adler | Posted 08.26.2014 | Books
Warren Adler

Over the past 15 years as an independent author, I have learned a few things. Some might disagree with my conclusions, but not to worry. I am used to being pummeled, rejected and contradicted. I have been around a long time, and I am still standing.

A Recipe for Love: Renee Swindle's New Novel

Elan Barnehama | Posted 08.20.2014 | Books
Elan Barnehama

In Renee Swindle's breezy third novel, A Pinch of Oooh La La narrator Abbey Lincoln Ross, discovers that her artist boyfriend is having multiple affairs while watching a documentary about him at a film festival.

Is Every Friggin' Person in America Writing a Novel?

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 08.18.2014 | Books
Steven Paul Leiva

Is every friggin' person in America writing a novel? Yes, absolutely, every friggin' person in America is writing a novel or so it can seem and so drives me to such an outrageous hyperbole.

Death, Modern Families and the Saga of Casey Kasem

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

I also spent more than a decade in hospice care, where our care team sought to companion families, many like Kasem's, in finding sacred consonance in the midst of fear, pain, death, and grief, all inherently dissonant experiences.

How The Digital Realm Reinvented Cozy Heartwarming Kindness

Sophia Stuart | Posted 08.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Sophia Stuart

The Internet has made old-fashioned things possible on a global scale while making the world feel sort of cozy and nice. Which means the digital world just brought back kindness. And that's a very good thing.

How These Best-Selling Women Co-Authored 10 Novels

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.08.2014 | Books

Everyone knows the adage “two heads are better than one,” but these two women are embodying the expression on a daily basis. Emma McLaughlin a...

Judith Frank: Choosing Life

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 08.06.2014 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

In All I Love and Know, Judith Frank presents a family that, though scarred and scared, overcomes division and distrust to create their own kind of unity.

Producer Juliet Blake on What it is Like to Work with Spielberg, Oprah, and Adapting a Best Seller

Quora | Posted 08.05.2014 | Entertainment
Quora

These questions originally appeared on Quora. Answers by Juliet Blake, Producer of The Hundred-Foot Journey What is it like to produce a film invo...

Borneo

Terence Clarke | Posted 07.23.2014 | Books
Terence Clarke

With a degree in English Literature fresh in my hands and with little money of my own, I figured the Peace Corps was a good way to travel, something I had almost never done.

On Meaningful Connections and Creative Expression: Q&A with Genevieve Morgan

Laura Cococcia | Posted 09.15.2014 | Books
Laura Cococcia

With an extensive - and impressive -- career in publishing and writing, Morgan is about to release her new fiction novel, The Fog of Forgetting.

When Doubting Love, Turn to This Novel for Reaffirmation

Meira Bienstock | Posted 08.27.2014 | Books
Meira Bienstock

The strongest love story in classical literature is in the novel Wuthering Heights written by Emily Bronte where she develops the love story between Heathcliff and Catherine, proving the power of the emotion can carry on over a lifetime.

Henry Miller's Women, Part Two: Orgasm

Arthur Hoyle | Posted 08.24.2014 | Books
Arthur Hoyle

Although Henry Miller recognized that June was mentally unstable, perhaps even psychotic, he was fascinated by her ability to survive on illusions and surrendered his will and his reason to her fantasies.

The Murder Complex Is a Killer Read

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 08.24.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Everything changes for Meadow once she meets Zephyr James -- a programmed assassin with a shattered memory who is trying to put together the pieces of his life. Is there meeting a coincidence? Or is there more to them crossing paths?

4 Bad Side Effects of Reading Fiction According to the 19th Century

Beth Bartlett | Posted 08.20.2014 | Books
Beth Bartlett

These days we're desperately trying to get more people to read ("Please, read anything, here's a YA novel by the Kardashians") but in the 1800s, it was a different story.

A Fiction First Aid Kit: 7 Bibliotherapy Techniques to Help You Feel Better With Fiction

Lucy Horner | Posted 08.18.2014 | Books
Lucy Horner

Using books as therapy is accessible to us all, is free with a library card, and even has a name: bibliotherapy. Here are a few ways to apply bibliotherapy to your own life and create your personal fiction first aid kit for challenging feelings and situations.

Best Summer Beach Read: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender Is The Night

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 08.17.2014 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

You needn't be by the sea to read it, of course, for you can see and smell and almost taste the Mediterranean, wherever you are, thanks to Fitzgerald's magical words.

5 Summer Must-Reads That Are Actually About Addiction

Substance.com | Posted 08.10.2014 | Books
Substance.com

If summer, for you, means the chance to find a beach and lose yourself, for once, in a piece of writing longer than an email, never fear -- we've done the hard work for you and checked out a whole bunch of this year's hottest reads.

Side Effects, in Spanish: The Books of Almudena Solana

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 08.09.2014 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

I am a huge fan of the Spanish writer Almudena Solana. Great news for me: I am finally meeting her this week after years of reading and re-reading he...