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  • Soundtracks For Books: How One Author Is Using Booktrack For Her Novels

    The Creative Penn
    Joanna Penn
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:33 pm
    I live in central London and every time I travel on the Tube, I see people reading … with headphones plugged in. They are listening to music at the same time as reading.  My husband does it at home as well, usually to block out the sound of my interviews for the podcast. Ambient noise while reading blocks out the sounds that might distract you from the book. But what about using sound to actually enhance a book? We’re not talking about audiobooks where you are being read to, but a sound track that goes alongside your reading, one that adjusts to your reading pace. Booktrack…
  • August 2015 Business Book Bestsellers

    In the Books with 800-CEO-READ
    Blyth
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:08 am
    Each month we compile a list of our top selling books. These books are featured on our site, within our Keen Thinker Newsletter, and syndicated through various publications. We hope the popularity of these titles offers guidance for those seeking an interesting and helpful new book. We report our business book bestsellers to The New York Times and Nielsen BookScan. Congratulations to these bestselling authors for August!   1. The Power of Relentless: 7 Secrets to Achieving Mega-Success, Financial Freedom, and the Life of Your Dreams By Wayne Allyn Root Published by Regnery…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Thursday Morning

    Pixel of Ink
    Pixel of Ink
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:25 am
    For even more of the best eBook deals, be sure to check Pixel of Ink every day! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Action & Adventure, Contemporary Fiction, Paranormal, Romance Devil in Disguise by Heather Huffman Still free? Click Here to find out! Tenacious reporter Rachel Cooper devotes her life to exposing corruption by shining a light on the darker corners of the world – a career that doesn’t leave much room for relationships. Even so, she finds it impossible to stop thinking about her unexpected run-in with Conrad Langston, an…
  • The Many Benefits of Coloring

    Chronicle Books Blog
    Griffin P. McEvoy
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:01 am
    Here at Chronicle Books, we’re all about the analog. While we’re on screens just as much as the next guy, most of us jump at the chance to extol the virtues of a curling up with a book or winding down with some coloring. We take it so seriously that we even launched The Coloring Club and celebrated the publication of Fantastic Cities with an afternoon coloring session here at CBHQ. The simple, guided artistic expression did wonders to quiet the mind and alleviate the stress of the day. Psychologists have long recognized the mental health benefits of coloring. True story: Carl…
  • February 2015: Book notices

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    Debra Hamel
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Hy Conrad, Mr. Monk and the New Lieutenant The stakes are unusually high in the latest Monk novel, because someone wants Captain Stottlemeyer dead. Monk and Natalie  have to figure out who's targeting him while dealing with a handful of distractions--a mysterious woman who hires Natalie for her divorce case, the hippie printers next door to their office, and an oafish new lieutenant who can't hold a candle to Amy Devlin, let alone Randy Disher. Eventually, inevitably, the case is solved, and you'll be surprised at the who and why behind the attempts on Stottlemeyer. The bigger news, though,…
 
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  • Superpowers Meet The Supernatural In 'Wayward'

    Etelka Lehoczky
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:03 am
    Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will get a kick out of Wayward, a graphic novel series that takes the magical-teens-battling-evil-monsters trope and transplants it to a lovingly-rendered Tokyo.» E-Mail This
  • 'Sorcerer' Is A Delightful Romp With Deep, Solid Roots

    Amal El-Mohtar
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:03 am
    Zen Cho's new novel is a charming, character-driven romance, set in a magic-ridden Regency England — but there are serious questions of race and class underpinning the light-hearted action.» E-Mail This
  • 'NeuroTribes' Examines The History — And Myths — Of The Autism Spectrum

    2 Sep 2015 | 10:48 am
    Steve Silberman talks about how Nazi extermination plans and a discredited scientific paper about childhood vaccines shaped our current understanding of autism.» E-Mail This
  • Franzen's Latest Novel: An Ambitious But Tarnished 'Purity'

    Maureen Corrigan
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:28 am
    Jonathan Franzen weaves together a cavalcade of stories and characters in his latest novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan says that despite its breadth, Purity fails to "emotionally move the reader."» E-Mail This
  • 'Twelve Kings' Launches A Bold New Fantasy World

    Jason Heller
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:03 am
    Twelve immortal, iron-fisted god-kings rule over the desert metropolis of Sharakhai. No one can stand against them, until the gladiator Çeda begins hunting for the truth behind her mother's death.» E-Mail This
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  • Stafford, Bortles shine as Lions beat Jaguars 22-17

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:11 pm
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Matthew Stafford completed 11 of 15 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Detroit Lions beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 22-17 in a preseason game Friday night. The Lions (2-1) trailed most of the night, but rookie Zach Zenner’s 3-yard touchdown run with 1:41 remaining was the winner. Detroit played without star receiver Calvin Johnson for the third consecutive game, but Stafford carved up Jacksonville’s secondary in a half of work. Stafford threw a perfect deep ball to Golden Tate for a 62-yarder in the second quarter and then hooked up…
  • Vin Scully to return for record 67th year with Dodgers

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:42 pm
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vin Scully will return for a record 67th season in the broadcast booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The news was revealed in the second inning of Friday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel appeared on the Dodger Stadium video board and told the crowd via cue cards without uttering a sound. His last card read: “God bless us everyone.” The 87-year-old Scully stood up and waved from his booth as the crowd cheered. The Hall of Fame announcer continues to enjoy describing the action on the field. His consecutive years of…
  • AP Top Sports News At 9:16 p.m. EDT

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Stewart claims he didn’t see man on track before fatal crash Continue Reading...
  • Redskins say QB Griffin to miss Ravens game

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:34 pm
    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins say quarterback Robert Griffin III will miss Saturday’s exhibition game at the Baltimore Ravens because of a concussion, reversing an earlier decision to let him play. In a statement released Friday by the Redskins, NFL independent neurologist Robert Kurtzke is quoted as saying that Griffin “should be held from gameplay this weekend and be retested in one (to) two weeks before a firm conclusion to return to gameplay can be made.” Griffin left last week’s exhibition game against Detroit with what Redskins coach Jay Gruden…
  • Despite volatility, on-air rampage difficult to predict

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:13 am
    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Living alone in a world of perceived slights, Vester Lee Flanagan II festered and fumed. His hair-trigger temper directed at a random collection of people he encountered never seemed to stray into the type of violent behavior that would have put him on the radar of police or mental health professionals. By not crossing that line, he avoided doing anything that would have made it illegal for him to purchase the gun he used to kill two former co-workers on live TV in Virginia. Flanagan, 41, had never been arrested for a felony and had no criminal record. There are no…
 
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  • Eleven Ways to Get Better Book Reviews for Your Novel

    Joel Friedlander
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:05 am
    By Florence Osmund (@FlorenceOsmund) As most successful novelists can tell you, book reviews are an important part of marketing and selling your books. The prospect of seeking out book reviews can, however, be a bit overwhelming. Today Florence Osmund is sharing her thoughts and experience on the subject and I think you may find what she has to say very helpful. Whether written by a professional book reviewer or your average everyday reader, book reviews can be a valuable promotional tool for authors. Even a few negative reviews can be beneficial—opposing viewpoints often incite readers…
  • 5 Favorite Free Fonts for Interior Book Design

    Joel Friedlander
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:05 am
    Book design begins with typography, and the biggest typographic decision you’ll make in designing a book is selecting the text typeface. As I said a number of years ago, as publishers “we want our books to be as easy to read as possible while communicating the author’s intent. Style and fashion also play their part in many book designs, particularly in popular niches. The accumulated expectations of 500 years of book readers also come into play. Books are pretty conventional objects, after all. “Some fonts really lend themselves to book design while others, which look…
  • Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies Issue #59

    Joel Friedlander
    30 Aug 2015 | 12:05 am
    Welcome to this issue of the Carnival of the Indies blog carnival. This issue is for August, 2015. We welcome your submissions on topics related to writing, self-publishing, book design or marketing books. A collection of outstanding articles recently posted to blogs, your reading here will be richly rewarded. See the end of this post for links to submit your blog posts for the next carnival, or for participating Bloggers and Featured Bloggers to grab your sidebar badges. Thanks to everyone who participated. Featured Posts Jay Artale presents Ebook Library Services For Authors. An Alliance of…
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  • August 2015: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:47 pm
    Joe Finder, The Fixer Joseph Finder's latest thriller, The Fixer, is about a former investigative reporter, Rick Hoffman, who winds up living in his father's abandoned house when he loses his job. But it turns out the house has secrets, and so does his father, who's been vegetating in a nursing home for some 20 years after a stroke. Of course Rick starts looking into things and winds up in trouble with various unpleasant characters who want him to mind his own business. The Fixer is a decent enough read, and it certainly helped pass the time on a train ride recently. But there are two things…
  • April 2015: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:06 am
    Joe Finder, Zero Hour In this standalone thriller by Joe Finder, terrorist-for-hire Henrik Baumann is unleashed on the United States with instructions to bring down the world's financial markets. FBI Special Agent Sarah Cahill is the one we're rooting for on the other side. She's a veteran of the Lockerbie investigation and the mother of a young son, with a problematic ex-husband who causes trouble along the way. I always love reading about smart criminals, and Baumann is supposed to be the best, but he makes an awful lot of mistakes for all of his vaunted prowess. That he didn't shine…
  • March 2015: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:05 pm
    Stephen Carpenter, Killer I love the main storyline of this book. Jack Rhodes is the author of a bestselling series of crime novels that focus on the murders of a mysterious serial killer. The killer has a gruesome M.O. that involves the beheading of his victims' corpses and the amputation of their hands. Jack's story starts when a corpse is found with eery similarities to the victim in his first book. It might have been a copycat killing if it weren't that the real-life murder pre-dated the book's publication. So, trouble ensues, and it's a good story. The real-life killer's story…
  • February 2015: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Hy Conrad, Mr. Monk and the New Lieutenant The stakes are unusually high in the latest Monk novel, because someone wants Captain Stottlemeyer dead. Monk and Natalie  have to figure out who's targeting him while dealing with a handful of distractions--a mysterious woman who hires Natalie for her divorce case, the hippie printers next door to their office, and an oafish new lieutenant who can't hold a candle to Amy Devlin, let alone Randy Disher. Eventually, inevitably, the case is solved, and you'll be surprised at the who and why behind the attempts on Stottlemeyer. The bigger news, though,…
  • January 2015: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Lee Goldberg, My Gun Has Bullets This early book by Lee Goldberg has elements that will be familiar to his readers: television references that betray the author's love for the medium, and a certain light, readability to his prose. It's not as good as Goldberg's more recent stuff, however. The characters are cartoony (the guy with hair implants, for example), or some of them, the plot a bit too farfetched (the pair of stunt men), and the story sometimes veers into excessive detail when it comes to discussions of the television schedules of the various networks. The lead character was…
 
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  • Raising the Next Generation of Star Wars Fans

    Lara Starr
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:06 am
    It was the summer of 1977, and my whole family—like the rest of the country—had Star Wars fever! Here’s my brother and I in our T-shirts, off to see the movie (again), and that Christmas we all got the gift of Star Wars: comic books for me, a lightsaber for my brother, and my mom got a picture-disc LP record of the soundtrack. Fast forward thirty years or so, and my son was also big into Star Wars. We loved watching the original trilogy together, but his slice of the post-millennial generation’s real point of entry was Star Wars: The Clone Wars. He was obsessed! Jump via hyperspace to…
  • The Many Benefits of Coloring

    Griffin P. McEvoy
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:01 am
    Here at Chronicle Books, we’re all about the analog. While we’re on screens just as much as the next guy, most of us jump at the chance to extol the virtues of a curling up with a book or winding down with some coloring. We take it so seriously that we even launched The Coloring Club and celebrated the publication of Fantastic Cities with an afternoon coloring session here at CBHQ. The simple, guided artistic expression did wonders to quiet the mind and alleviate the stress of the day. Psychologists have long recognized the mental health benefits of coloring. True story: Carl…
  • Cooking Up a Storm: Recipe for Creole Chicken with Okra

    Sarah Lin Go
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:58 am
    After Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans in 2005, we published Cooking Up a Storm—a collection of recipes telling the story of the city’s citizens and their determination to preserve their culinary legacy. Now, 10 years later, we’re celebrating the resilience and rebuilding of this great food city by releasing a hardcover edition of the original cookbook. Enjoy this recipe for Creole Chicken with Okra, from Cooking Up a Storm 10th Anniversary Edition.  Creole Chicken with Okra Doris Landry received a first-place award for this creation in The…
  • Design Lab

    Ryan Hayes
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Every week, our Creative Director Michael Carabetta, and Industrial Designer Ben Laramie, gather the Fellows together for a meeting called Design Lab. And every week, we walk by, peer in, and wonder just what’s going on in there. Luckily, we had the chance to sit down with Ben for a quick Q&A about what they’re up to in there. So what is Design Lab? Design Lab is a weekly creative workshop with the Design Fellows, lead by Michael Carabetta/Creative Director and Benjamin Laramie/Senior Industrial Designer. The format of each meeting varies based on varying assignments, each of…
  • Look Who Took a Bow for Leo!

    Lara Starr
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:35 am
    Leo: A Ghost Story is the first collaboration between modern picture book masters Mac Barnett and Christian Robinson—and it’s charming the socks off everyone who reads it! “Dazzling.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review “A warm and wise story about acceptance trumping difference.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review “A tender, touching story of friendship and the power of imagination.”—Booklist, starred review ”A whimsical tale from Barnett aptly accompanied by enthralling artwork by Robinson.”—School Library Journal, starred review We invited folks to post a…
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  • Why We Work

    Dylan
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:27 am
    Why We Work by Barry Schwartz, TED Books, 120 pages, $16.99, Hardcover, ISBN 9781476784861 In the past two months' Jack Coverts Selects, we’ve explored how we work, how to get better at certain aspects of our work, who we go to work to serve, and what jobs will be left for us to even do. Barry Schwartz goes even deeper and asks the crucial question, “Why do we work?” His answer takes shape in his new book, Why We Work. Adam Smith had a rather pessimistic answer: It is in the inherent interest of every man to live as much at his ease as he can; and if his emoluments are to be precisely…
  • We're moving!

    Blyth
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:51 am
    Our company began as the business and computer section in the Harry W. Schwartz Bookshop on Wisconsin Avenue. As the bookshop opened new locations in response to the big box bookstores, we evolved into a backroom, online retailer—the weird kids in the back of the home office on Milwaukee Street. The bookstores have closed (though one location still thrives as Boswell Book Company), and we are all that’s left in that office. For many years we have made our home here in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward, but with books covering every last spare inch and spreading out over multiple floors…
  • The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers

    Dylan
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:17 am
    Gillian Tett, the U.S. managing editor and columnist at the Financial Times, follows up her previous acclaimed books Saving the Sun and Fool’s Gold with The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers. The Silo Effect articulates a revelatory new understanding of the workplace. Tett shows how our tendency to create silos hinders our work, and how some people and organizations can break those silos down. The book is structured around eight case studies: Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s City Hall in New York Facebook in San Francisco The Chicago Police Department…
  • August 2015 Business Book Bestsellers

    Blyth
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:08 am
    Each month we compile a list of our top selling books. These books are featured on our site, within our Keen Thinker Newsletter, and syndicated through various publications. We hope the popularity of these titles offers guidance for those seeking an interesting and helpful new book. We report our business book bestsellers to The New York Times and Nielsen BookScan. Congratulations to these bestselling authors for August!   1. The Power of Relentless: 7 Secrets to Achieving Mega-Success, Financial Freedom, and the Life of Your Dreams By Wayne Allyn Root Published by Regnery…
  • Remix Strategy: The Three Laws of Business Combinations

    Dylan
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:53 am
    Ben Gomes-Casseres, author of The Alliance Revolution and Mastering Alliance Strategy, has a new book coming out from Harvard Business Review Press today. Entitled Remix Strategy, the publisher's press release tells us: Remixes are common in the world of music and art. Different medias are used to create new styles. Musicians remix tracks to create new and unique sounds. But what about business? In his new book, Remix Strategy: The Three Laws of Business Combinations, Brandeis University professor Ben Gomes-Casseres uses the word to describe the mixing of resources, assets, and capabilities…
 
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  • Why?

    Cara DuBois
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:30 am
    Jesse Eisenberg’s nephew has a few questions for him in The New Yorker. Listen to Eisenberg read a piece of his new book, Bream Gives Me Hiccups, and face existential doubt in Shouts and Murmurs.
  • Lost in a Book

    Cara DuBois
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    World-building is an essential part of any story, but what about map-making? At Book Riot, two cartographers explain how they create the maps we see inside books. One cartographer’s perspective: “I really wanted to make a map that could easily be an artifact from the world of the book…. I came up with the idea that the map could be a page ripped from an atlas, and someone had written notes on it.” See also: Rob Goodman’s essay for the reader on world-building and its relationship to reality.
  • Devastating Stories

    Cara DuBois
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:30 am
    Recommended Reading: “The Misanthropic Genius of Joy Williams” in The New York Times Magazine. Her latest collection of short stories, The Visiting Privilege: New and Collected Stories, which was included on our most anticipated list, will be released on September 8th. “When I asked Williams what she wants out of a great story, she replied, ‘I want to be devastated in some way.’”
  • How Iceberg Slim Schooled Dr. Dre: On Justin Gifford’s ‘Street Poison’

    Bill Morris
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    1. Justin Gifford’s timing is impeccable. He has just published his second book, Street Poison: The Biography of Iceberg Slim, a vivid retelling of the fluorescently eventful life of a hardened pimp, drug addict, and convict who turned to writing highly autobiographical pulp fiction about black street life. Though published by a small press and available mostly in drugstores, liquor stores, barbershops, and prisons, Iceberg Slim’s books, including his scorching autobiography Pimp: The Story of My Life, sold millions of copies and influenced countless writers, actors, directors, comedians,…
  • Sounds, Feelings, Thoughts

    Bruna Dantas Lobato
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Recommended Reading: Clare Cavanagh on the experience of translating the work of Polish poet and Nobel Laureate Wisława Szymborska.
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  • What 4 top agents desire in a memoir

    Alan Rinzler
    10 Aug 2015 | 9:17 pm
    Sometimes it seems like everyone’s writing a memoir. You too? So how can you break out of the pack and and persuade an agent to take a look? Here are four accomplished literary agents, and they’re all selling memoirs. Scroll down to see some of the books they represent. These agents are the real deal and they…
  • Can writing a book make you a star? Yes it can!

    Alan Rinzler
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Just ask my author Lenore Skenazy, whose debut book Free-Range Kids – How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry) led to her own reality TV show, among many other surprises. We had a lot of fun working on the book together, but I’ll let Lenore tell the story: Here’s my advice…
  • Toni Morrison: Write, Erase, Do it over

    Alan Rinzler
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:57 pm
    When Toni Morrison talks about writing, I listen. I’ve taken a keen interest in what she’s had to say ever since I began working with her in 1968, when I acquired, edited, and published her first novel The Bluest Eye. More on what it was like working with Toni here. The Bluest Eye was a…
  • Lessons from a great book jacket designer

    Alan Rinzler
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:14 pm
    The bright yellow cover of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is instantly recognizable. The Wall Street Journal called the jacket, designed by Peter Mendelsund, one of the most iconic in contemporary fiction in the U.S. Mendelsund, Associate Art Director at Knopf, now has his own new book, Cover, published by powerHouse…
  • Wouldn’t you love an agent like this one?

    Alan Rinzler
    3 Jan 2015 | 8:17 pm
    Kimberley Cameron is a great example of how one innovative agent is dealing with the stonewalling risk-averse attitude these days of many mainstream commercial book publishers. “Traditional publishers are rejecting so many quality books we’re submitting, by both debut authors and those with a solid track record of successful titles,” Kimberly told me recently. “We’re…
 
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  • Sob story update: Lord Sugar doesn’t buy Simon Cowell’s X Factor tears

    Marina Hyde
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:37 am
    But the two titans of reality TV both have a history of welling up in publicReality formats at dawn as Lord Siralan Sugar doesn’t buy into Simon Cowell’s tears during an audition on The X Factor.On last week’s show, Simon – whose mother died just before filming began – was seen welling up as a contestant dedicated his song to a dead friend. Cowell eventually had to leave the arena to compose himself. Continue reading...
  • England v Australia: first ODI – live!

    Rob Smyth (then) Tom Bryant(now)
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:37 am
    Latest updates from the one-day international at the Ageas BowlEmail tom.bryant@theguardian.com or tweet @tombryMoeen Ali confesses to his love of being an opening batsman 6.37pm BST 6th over: England 40-0 (Roy 21, Hales 19) Target 306 Coulter-Nile digs a short one in at Roy, who swings like an Essex housewife. Result: a top-edged four over his head down to fine leg that was nearly a six. Roy pulls him again, this time for one, as Smith turns to Cummins and tells him to start warming up. 6.34pm BST 5th over: England 35-0 (Roy 16, Hales 19) Target 306 Smith brings an extra fielder into the…
  • Cyprus v Wales: Euro 2016 qualifier – live!

    Nick Miller
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:25 am
    Goals from the Euro 2016 qualifiers with the focus on NicosiaLive scores: follow all the goals as they go in around EuropeAnd email nick.miller@theguardian.com or tweet @NickMiller79 1.14pm BST In the qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup, Wales finished second-bottom, winning three games and losing to last-placed Macedonia. They had a tough group, sure, facing Belgium, Croatia and Serbia, but it was a general performance of depressing familiarity and a decidedly limp exit from the tournament before it even began. The 6-1 battering at the hands of Serbia in September 2012 was a particular…
  • When Barack met Bear: Grylls goes wild for his backwoods bromance with President Obama

    Marina Hyde
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:14 am
    Quaffing urine, eating mice … there’s nothing TV’s leading adventurer won’t do for ratings survival. Now he’s landed the big one: a trip to Alaska with the US presidentNorth Wales, about three weeks ago: a child is stranded on some rocks off the coast, as the tide rolls in and threatens to cover them. But who is this hoving into view? Why, it is the RNLI, along with television’s Bear Grylls, who has masterminded the entire dumb-show. Not for a television programme, you understand. Just for fun. The big reveal for the lifeboat crew is that they have no idea there is going to…
  • From journalism to teaching: I’m nervous, excited and ready for comedy

    Holly Welham
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    Everyone said Holly Welham should go into teaching – so she became a journalist. But she soon found herself drawn to the classroom after all Seeing kids come out of themselves is pretty hard to beat.Friends have been telling me for years that I should become a teacher, but it’s only in the past few months that I realised I should maybe start listening to them. I’ve always been put off because both my parents were teachers and the path felt too predictable; I wanted to try something different. Related: How to survive your first year: a practical guide for new teachers Related: Secret…
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  • Breathless: Over and over

    18 Aug 2015 | 2:48 pm
  • This Space of Writing

    3 Aug 2015 | 3:44 am
    Well, I've waited around a long time for this, and I couldn't be more thrilled... Zero Books have announced the forthcoming publication of my wonderfully talented friend Stephen Mitchelmore's This Space of Writing: What does 'literature' mean in our time? While names like Proust, Kafka and Woolf still stand for something, what that something actually is has become obscured by the claims of commerce and journalism. Perhaps a new form of attention is required. Stephen Mitchelmore began writing online in 1996 and became Britain's first book blogger soon after, developing the form so that it can…
  • Ben Harper: Fade into you

    2 Aug 2015 | 2:50 pm
  • Wakeful sleeping

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:09 am
    Those of you who notice these things will have noticed that ReadySteadyBook has been very quiet for a very long time now. Recently, Stephen Mitchelmore wrote: "The main reason I still write this blog is to maintain a contact with the need or condition that drove me to read and write in the first place; a need often misdirected in pursuit of what the industry is talking about. Long silences here report stout resistance to the temptations of disinterested reception. But what is this need?" My "resistance" is fully compromised, as I work in the industry to which Steve refers; my "long silences"…
  • PEN seeks linguists

    29 Jun 2015 | 3:59 am
    PEN Translates "seeks expert linguists with good knowledge of the publishing field to help us assess books submitted for a grant. Assessors are paid £140 per assessment. For the current round, we are urgently seeking assessors in the following languages: Occitan (Gascon), Portuguese (Brazil) and Danish." Please write to rebekah@englishpen.org.
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  • Patti Boulaye: From Strife To Stardom

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Garry’s guest tonight Patti Boulaye shot to fame on ITV’s talent show New Faces. But hers is not a normal showbiz story.  Nigerian-born Patti lived through one of the worst genocides of the 20th century, growing up during the horrific Biafran civil war where one million people died either in fighting or from famine. Patti emigrated to London at 16, where she became an actress by accident… and a star through her pure talent. On tonight’s GBH, you’ll have an intimate encounter with a huge star… whose an heart is even bigger. Download the show as mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes The…
  • Serial Killers of the World Unite!

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:35 am
    Lawks a-mercy! Whatever would we do without Florida? Florida principal tries to quietly ban book to appease Christians -- sets off sh*tstorm instead The ‘Real’ Cookie Lyons Sues ‘Empire’ For $300 Million, Claiming Fox Series Is Based on Her Life Why do introverted writers have to schmooze? Alleged serial killer threatens to sue TV judge over book Follow ups: Millions for murder? Charlie Hebdo has an interesting problem Yahoo employee admits leak to author, settles suit Download the show as mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes
  • Frost - Thomas Bernhard

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    13 Aug 2015 | 3:23 am
    Medical intern sent by boss to spy on a painter named of Strauch.  What the intern finds is the gaping wound of Lower Austria, which may or may not stand in for the entire world. Extremely bleak.  Extremely funny.  Basically, extreme in all senses. Photo: Florin Draghici Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes >>> From recent débuts to classics, fiction to non-fiction, memoirs, philosophy, science, history and journalism, Burning Books separates the smoking from the singeworthy, looking at the pleasures (and pains) of reading, the craft of writing, the ideas that…
  • Gender Discrimination in Publishing

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    9 Aug 2015 | 6:26 am
    Some new research, anecdotal but telling, suggests that female writers have a much tougher time getting their book proposals into agents’ hands than male authors do. What’s the truth behind this? Plus all the latest news from the crazy/weird nexus where publishing meets the law… Homme de Plume: What I Learned Sending My Novel Out Under a Male Name Hamilton Ends Deal with SMP Claiming Lack of Support Florida Parents Try to Ban Books With Characters That Pray to Non-Christian God Freelancers of the World, Unite! A Publishing Contract Should Not Be Forever - The Authors Guild Georgia sues…
  • The Cargo Cult of Europe

    8 Aug 2015 | 9:56 am
    How are you going to vote in the forthcoming Euro-referendum? Conventional wisdom says that if you’re on the political right wing, you’ll probably vote against staying in the EU, and if you’re to the left, you’ll probably vote in favour of staying. Well, Garry’s guest tonight, Brian Denny of the RMT Union, has got some mind-opening surprises in store for you. “The EU means fascism at home”, says Brian, “and war abroad.” So he’s in Nigel Farage’s camp, then? By no means. UKIP comes across as psychotic, he says – and in reality, UKIP agrees with many of the EU’s…
 
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    Omnivoracious

  • "Uncovering the Mystery that was My Older Sister": Val Brelinski on "The Girl Who Slept with God"

    Sara Nelson
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:51 am
    The Girl Who Slept with God is Val Brelinski’s stunning debut. A highly autobiographical novel about her devout, evangelical family, it features three sisters with very different relationships to religion. When we asked Brelinski what she wanted to write about it, she sent us this essay, about her sister’s experience of reading the book, which is, of course, partly about her. My older sister has always been a mystery to me, a stranger with whom I shared a childhood home and very little else. Only four years separate us in age, but they may as well have been decades. From the time we were…
  • Sara Says: Ferrante-mania

    Sara Nelson
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Here are two of the best feelings a passionate reader can have:  1. Pleasure in watching a beloved author have her moment, break out, find her time and audience. 2. Pride in having even the smallest bit to do with it. Today I have both, as I watch what's happening to The Story of the Lost Child, a book that we put on the Best of September list yesterday. Within 24 hours, the fourth in the Neapolitan Novels by the pseudonymous Italian author has flown into the top 100 of Amazon's bestseller list. And while I first heard about Ferrante from an agent named Anna Stein (hi, Anna!) five…
  • "The How and Why of A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing" by Eimear McBride

    Chris Schluep
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:49 am
    Eimear McBride's debut novel A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing is a book you may have heard about at some point. It won several awards, had its name dropped a lot by literary types, and received attention from publications like The New Yorker and The Washington Post along the way. (Ron Charles of the Post wrote one of my favorite lines in any book review, even if I didn't agree with it, when he said, “'A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing' is an extraordinarily demanding novel that will fascinate dozens of American readers.") That's right: dozens. Go read his review.
  • Can't Quite Say Goodbye...A Conversation with Rebecca Stead

    Seira Wilson
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Seventh grade. Have you ever met anyone who would voluntarily return to that time in their life?  No thanks. Nothing really bad ever happened to me, it just felt like everything became uncertain, unknowable, and kind of messy. I keep thinking of girl cliques in junior high (or middle school, depending on where you grow up) with their demands for conformity and acts of exclusion that remind me now of prison gangs... In spite or because of my distaste for that rocky period of growing up, I love Rebecca Stead's recently released novel, Goodbye Stranger, which is a story of three friends…
  • Amazon's Best Books of September: Part One

    Sara Nelson
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:47 am
    As the poet never said, September is the busiest month. Maybe it’s the back to school effect, but every fall we see an abundance of great books to read. Here are the first five titles in our Best of the Month for September.   Shop on AmazonPrint Book | Kindle Book Fates & Furies by Lauren Groff   A brainy but accessible story of a marriage, told from the points of view of its two participants, Groff nods to Greek mythology but fashions a novel all her own about the secrets we keep in relationships – especially the ones that work. Editor Erin Kodicek says that “for all the smoke…
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  • Fresh Pick | MARKED by Sarah Fine

    SaraReyes
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Fresh Pick for Thursday, August 20th, 2015 is MARKED by Sarah Fine #SupernaturalThursday 47North January 2015 On Sale: January 1, 2015 332 pages ISBN: 1477825851 EAN: 9781477825853 Kindle: B00K8EM26S Paperback / e-Book Add to Wish List Paranormal – Supernatural, Fantasy Buy A Copy Amazon.com Kindle BN.com Powell’s Books Indiebound Marked by Sarah Fine In a … Continue reading Fresh Pick | MARKED by Sarah Fine
  • Fresh Pick | COUNTESS BY COINCIDENCE by Cheryl Bolen

    SaraReyes
    21 Jul 2015 | 11:50 am
    Fresh Pick for Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 is COUNTESS BY COINCIDENCE by Cheryl Bolen #WhatsNewTuesday sometimes the best-laid plans go awry in a delightful way House of Haverstock #3 Harper & Appleton July 2015 On Sale: July 7, 2015 276 pages ISBN: 193960236X EAN: 2940151246194 Kindle: B00YTISP60 Paperback / e-Book Romance Historical Buy A Copy … Continue reading Fresh Pick | COUNTESS BY COINCIDENCE by Cheryl Bolen
  • Chelsea Fine | Release Day for RIGHT KIND OF WRONG

    Pasha Carlisle
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:47 pm
    It’s release day for the paperback edition of Chelsea Fine’s RIGHT KIND OF WRONG, and we’re celebrating with a tease… Excerpt from RIGHT KIND OF WRONG Opening my car door, I slide into the driver’s seat, turn to put the key in the ignition and— “Ahh!” Jumping back, I thwack my open palm against the … Continue reading Chelsea Fine | Release Day for RIGHT KIND OF WRONG
  • Fran Stewart | How to Write a Ghost

    Pasha Carlisle
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:05 am
    I’ve written elsewhere about the first time I ever saw a ghost, but the ghosts I used as inspiration for Dirk, the 14th-century Scotsman who is—somehow—attached to a shawl Peggy Winn buys while visiting Scotland, appeared to my sight in the 1980s. It was my first visit to London. I wandered the streets alone, map … Continue reading Fran Stewart | How to Write a Ghost
  • Samantha Chase | Planning the Perfect Romance

    Pasha Carlisle
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    In my newest romance RETURN TO ME, Selena’s love of event planning could really be put to the test by her love for James. She’s a list maker, a planner, but James has a way of catching her off-guard and messing up her best laid plans throughout the story! But in a perfect world, if … Continue reading Samantha Chase | Planning the Perfect Romance
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  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass + Giveaway (US/Canada)

    3 Sep 2015 | 8:59 am
    Hi, everyone! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE CRESSWELL PLOT by Eliza Wass, releasing June 7, 2016 from Disney Hyperion. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Eliza:   We all have our story. Something that is unique only to us.   It isn’t always a happy story.   At least not all the time, but it’s personal, vibrant, heart-beating alive. And it’s scary to share.   The Cresswell Plot is that story for me. It was inspired by feelings of powerlessness, of being controlled, of fear, but also by laughter, lust and finding the…
  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: Vicarious by Paula Stokes + Giveaway (International)

    2 Sep 2015 | 8:59 am
    Hello, YABCers! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for VICARIOUS by Paula Stokes, releasing August 2016 from Tor Teen. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Paula:   I am so excited to be here on YABC revealing the cover for VICARIOUS. This book has been the slowest of all my books as far as path to publication. I wrote it way back in 2012, but due to a variety of factors (finishing grad school, overlapping deadlines with my work-for-hire books, my option clause, etc.) it didn’t go out on sub until the end of 2013 and it’s not hitting the shelves until…
  • Meet the New Griffin Teen!

    1 Sep 2015 | 1:36 pm
      Contributed by the Griffin Teen Team!   The new school year means a whole new wardrobe.  Not wanting to be left out of the fun, Griffin Teen got a brand new look! Newly updated, we now have a beautiful website featuring some of our favorite and up-and-coming titles and a very convenient way to sign up for the Griffin Teen Newsletter!         Check out the Griffin Teen Griffin Ten Sweepstakes for a chance to win books from Rainbow Rowell, Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, R.L. Stine, Amanda Hocking and more!   As always, you can still…
  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: Nirvana by J.R. Stewart + Giveaway (US/Canada)

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:00 am
    Happy September, YABC! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for NIRVANA by J.R. Stewart, releasing November 10, 2015 from Blue Moon Publishers. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from J.R.:   Testing 1-2-3. Ha, tech-joke. Welcome! I’m author and virtual reality expert J.R. Stewart and I’m pleased to present the cover for my upcoming dystopian novel, Nirvana.   A few days ago, I was told that I was going to be doing a “reveal” and I nearly had a stroke. I do not believe in revealing anything as I am still working on a number of secret corporate and…
  • Giveaway: Tammy & the Declaration of Independence (The Wutherington Diaries #2) US Only

    1 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    Tammy and the Declaration of Independence ( The Wurtherington Diary Book #2)  Illustrated by Duy Trung, Nour Hassan, Jesse Ty  Release Date: October 1, 2015   About the Book Follow alongside of ten-year-old Tammy Wurtherington, the little doll girl from River Falls, Ohio in this exciting new adventure that is sure to delight any youngster. Her cute associates, Cedric the Mongoose, Zeke the orphaned opossum, and Alfred the mouse accompany her in this trip through history in which they must see that the space-time continuum is maintained and the Declaration of Independence is…
 
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    The Horn Book

  • On crossing over: straight from the horses’ mouths

    Horn Book
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:05 am
    Why do some authors “cross over” from writing adult to children’s books or children’s to adult? To find out, we went straight to the source. Shopaholic series author Sophie Kinsella (“The Queen of Romantic Comedy”), author of Finding Audrey — her first YA! — graciously submitted to our Five Questions treatment (sad to say she’s not a secret gamer). We asked Patrick Ness and Ben Mezrich: What has writing adult books taught you about writing YA, or vice versa? Patrick Ness: That if you want either to be good, there can’t be any…
  • Five questions for Sophie Kinsella: Crossover Week edition

    Horn Book
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    Photo: John Swannell. Sophie Kinsella, author of the Shopaholic series for adults, is known as “The Queen of Romantic Comedy.” Her new book, Finding Audrey, is her first foray into YA territory…and it’s a good one. Kinsella graciously submitted to The Horn Book’s Five Questions treatment during Crossover Week. 1. Your portrayal of anxiety disorders is so vivid and true. How did you do your research? SK: I have always written what I see around me, and I see more and more young people struggling to deal with the pressures of the world and modern teendom. I…
  • If you only had a brain

    Roger Sutton
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:52 am
    Farah Mendlesohn called my attention to this bit of fuckwittery from The Guardian, in which their art critic Jonathan Jones opines that the late Terry Pratchett wrote “trash” while the equally late Günter Grass was a “true titan of the novel,” so why is everyone more sad about the passing of Sir Terry? The dumbness of this point–let’s start with the fact that more people love Pratchett’s books more than people love Grass’s–is exacerbated by the fact that Jones admits, nay, crows, that he’s never read a word of Pratchett and…
  • Steam Train, Dream Train app review

    Elissa Gershowitz
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld, of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site fame, chug along with the digital book app edition of their goodnight-train picture book Steam Train, Dream Train (Oceanhouse Media, February 2015). Just as with the Construction Site digital book app, this one includes soothing narration that can be turned on or off; you can also record your own. Tap any word in the text to hear it read aloud, and tap on items in the illustrations to have them identified, both with written words and spoken aloud. There’s some dynamic motion and zooming in and out of the…
  • Six of one, half a dozen of the other

    Siân Gaetano
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    The line between adult literature and YA is definitely bendy and sometimes more a “smudge” than a “line” (and then there’s that whole New Adult thing — remember that?) Not only are there great numbers of books that have been published for one community of readers and then been adopted by the other, there are also books that straddle the border, publishing as one in the U.S., the other internationally. Like, what’s with that, Australia? (Okay, okay; there are some British/UK ones too.) Some examples: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak was originally published as adult, in…
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    The Fine Books Blog

  • Bright Young Collectors: Rose Berman

    Nate Pedersen
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:24 pm
    Our Bright Young Collectors series continues today with Rose Berman, who recently won third prize at the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest. Rose collects Antoine de Saint Exupéry. Where are you from / where do you live? I'm from Gaithersburg, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. I'm currently gearing up to move to France to teach English for a year. What did you study at University? What do you do now for an occupation? I studied history at the University of Chicago and wrote my bachelor's thesis on the French memory of World War I during World War II. Though…
  • No More Harper Lee Manuscripts

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:12 am
    Well, the verdict is in. According to a report by rare book dealer James S. Jaffe, there are no more mystery manuscripts in Harper Lee's safe-deposit box. Lee's long-awaited second novel, Go Set a Watchman, was "found" in 2011 and published this past July. At the time, her lawyer, Tonja B. Carter, intimated that a third novel might also be hidden among her papers. She called in Jaffe to inspect the typescripts (and Lee's vintage Quiet DeLuxe Royal portable typewriter). What he found was an early draft of part 1 of To Kill a Mockingbird, an original typescript of Go Set a Watchman, and the…
  • The Oldest Surviving Book Printed in the Americas

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:33 am
    Typically when we talk about the oldest "American" book, we are referring to the Bay Psalm Book, printed in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1640 (and it is, incidentally, the current record-holder for most expensive printed book sold at auction). To some, that statement is Anglocentric; if we instead take a Pan-Americanist view and eye the entire continent, we find in Mexico City a book printed nearly a century before the Bay Psalm Book. Perhaps it is safest to grant that this volume, Doctrina breve, is the oldest surviving book printed in the Americas*. According to Dorothy Penn's 1939 article,…
  • Archie Andrews: Looking Good at 75

    Barbara Basbanes Richter
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:33 pm
    After seventy-five years, Riverdale's perennial heartbreaker Archie Andrews got a major makeover. Archie Comics tapped Eisner Award winner Mark Waid ("Daredevil" series) and "Saga" illustrator Fiona Staples to revamp characters who have remained virtually unchanged since their appearance in 1941. The updated look debuted at ComicCon in July, and there's no mistaking it, Archie is a hot dude. The cover shows young Mr. Andrews stepping out of his (slightly messy) car, looking happily off scene, hair perfectly coiffed, jean jacket tousled just so. Put him in a suit and swap the jalopy for a…
  • Bright Young Collectors: Anne Steptoe

    Nate Pedersen
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:52 pm
    Our Bright Young Collectors series continues today with Anne Steptoe, who recently won the Essay Prize at the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest. Anne collects 20th century Southern literature:Where are you from and where do you live?I grew up in the small town of Charles Town, WV. After a decade in the Northeast, I  returned to the South last year and now live in Durham, NC. What do you study at University?I was a Classics and English major as an undergraduate at Harvard, focusing on late Republican Latin literature's influence on twentieth-century Southern literature.
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    Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

  • Another Mixed Bag with Contemporary, Historical, & Erotic Romances!

    Amanda
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:30 am
    Exclusively Yours RECOMMENDED: Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey is .99! This is book 1 in the Kowalskis series, and Sarah thinks it’s just terrific. She reviewed this book when it came out in 2010 and wrote, “I had such a good old time reading this book. There were some flaws to the plot but while reading it, I was charmed and giggly and totally absorbed. This book made me happy. That’s probably the best way to put it: it made me smile. A lot. Books like this are why I read romance.” It was a Sizzling Book Club selection as well. If you like contemporary comedy, this is a…
  • Chapelwood by Cherie Priest

    Carrie S
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:00 am
    B+ Chapelwood by Cherie Priest September 1, 2015 · Roc Horror I hadn’t intended to review Chapelwood for Smart Bitches, but as soon as I told my fellow Bitches that I was reading a book in which Lizzie Borden fights Lovecraftian monsters with an axe, something really alarming happened. Their eyes got really big and they started drooling and tentacles sprang forth and reached out towards the book that was inconveniently located in my hands, and they gibbered, “GIMMIEGIMMIEGIMMIE.” So clearly there’s some overlap between people who like to read books about true love and…
  • Historical Romances from Lorret, Hunter, & More

    Amanda
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:30 am
    A Lily Among Thorns A Lily Among Thorns by Rose Lerner is 99c! This is a historical romance that deals with some close quarters interaction, as the heroine offers the hero a place to stay. Readers mentioned that Solomon makes a great beta hero, if that happens to be your catnip. However, others said there was too much going on aside from the central plot. Have you read this one? Honesty can be the deadliest policy of all. Lady Serena Ravenshaw is one of London’s most prosperous women, but she’s never forgotten the misery that set her on the path to success. Nor has she forgotten the…
  • Only a Kiss by Mary Balogh

    Elyse
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:00 am
    A Only a Kiss by Mary Balogh September 1, 2015 · Signet HorrorScience Fiction/Fantasy If you’re going to read Only a Kiss by Mary Balogh, plan on calling in sick to work. Trust me–just do it. Either you’ll need the day off to power through the book because putting it down is not an option, or you’ll need time to recover from the crushing weight of your own feels and the emotional hangover you’ll have.  I recommend calling your boss and starting off with “I got dinner from a food truck that looked a little sketchy, and by ten p.m. the cramping and bloating…
  • HaBO: Hero Refuses Sex with Heroine to Protect Her

    Amanda
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:00 am
    This HaBO request comes from Catherine, who is looking for a possibly out of print historical romance: I am really hoping you guys can help me out, because I remember very little about the book I am looking for since I read it about 10 years ago. It’s an out of print “bodice ripper” historical romance probably from the 70s/80s (maybe early 90s at the latest). The time period was around the Anglo-Saxon/Norman era. The major event in the novel that has stuck with me is the heroine nearly dying in child birth. As a result, her husband who previously had passionate, detailed sex…
 
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    London Review of Books

  • Letters

    9 Sep 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 37 No. 17 (10 September 2015)
  • Joanna Biggs: Elena Ferrante

    9 Sep 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Are Elena Ferrante’s four Neapolitan novels even books? I began to doubt it when I talked about them with other people – mostly women. We returned to life too quickly as we spoke: who was your Lila, the childhood friend who effortlessly dazzled everyone? Or – a question not happily answered – were you Lila? S. said she had got back in touch with an estranged friend to give her the first volume in the series; K. felt that, impossibly, embarrassingly even, the books captured how she’d gone about finding an intellectual identity for herself.
  • Nicholas Spice: At Tate Modern

    9 Sep 2015 | 4:00 pm
  • Fredric Jameson: In Hyperspace

    9 Sep 2015 | 4:00 pm
    It is probably not immediately obvious what interest a new theoretical study of science fiction holds for the mainstream adepts of literary theory; and no doubt it is just as perplexing to SF scholars, for whom this particular subgenre of the subgenre, the time-travel narrative, is as exceptional among and uncharacteristic of their major texts as SF itself is with regard to official Literature. To be sure, so-called alternative or counterfactual histories have gained popularity and a certain respectability; my personal favourite is Terry Bisson’s Fire on the Mountain.
  • John Lanchester: Let’s all go to Mars

    9 Sep 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Some stories are so well known in outline that we don’t really know them at all. The headline news about the Wright brothers’ invention of powered flight is so familiar that it’s easy to think we know all about it. David McCullough’s excellent biography The Wright Brothers brings the story back to life with facts that the non-specialist either doesn’t know or has blotted out with a misplaced broad brush. Yeah yeah, we get it: the brothers were provincial tinkerers who first flew their invention at Kitty Hawk, then became world-famous.
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    McSweeney’s

  • I Have No Idea What This Thing Is, Is It Authentic and Made In Traditional Cultural Ways? by Josh Freedman

    3 Sep 2015 | 4:01 am
    Ah, it’s so nice to be in a real market for once, outside of those sterile shopping malls with air conditioning and clearly marked aisles. I’m simply overwhelmed by how much activity there is here. I love it! Why, yes, hello to you to sir! Just browsing, really. Wait a moment – what’s that over there? That thing, sir, the one that looks authentic and representative of what I believe to be your traditional cultural heritage. No, not that one; the one behind that, with the jagged edges and slightly curved handle. May I take a look? Wow, it’s just beautiful. I have…
  • Facepalm Pilot: Where Technology Meets Stupidity: An Interactive Guide to Ambiguous Grammar by Vijith Assar

    3 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Depending on whom you ask, the use of the active voice over the passive is arguably the most fundamental writer’s maxim, thought to lend weight, truth, and power to declarative statements. This absolutist view is flawed, however, because language is an art of nuance. From time to time, writers may well find illustrative value in the lightest of phrases, sentences so weightless and feathery that they scarcely even seem to exist at all. These can convey details well beyond the crude thrust of the hulking active voice, and when used strictly as ornamentation, they needn’t actually…
  • List: Updated Children’s Book Classics for Millennials by Justine Bui

    3 Sep 2015 | 3:59 am
    Illustration by R. Dobler - - Illustration by Taylor Dell - - Illustration by Taylor Dell - - Illustration by Emily Johnson
  • Reviews of New Food by Various New Food Tasters

    2 Sep 2015 | 4:06 am
    Mulberry Jam with a Twist Submitted by Mara Altman You want to make fresh mulberry jam. You look up recipes online. Pectin, what is that? No thanks. Sounds like a naughty sex position for hummingbirds. You decide to go for a simple and straightforward concoction: mulberries, lemon and sugar. You pick mulberries every other day for a week to ensure that you will have a large enough batch of jam to share with your whole family. You can’t wait to share the bounty of your garden with your family. While you pick, you pop big juicy berries into your mouth. One for jam, one for you. You chuckle to…
  • Taylor Swift: A Socratic Dialogue by Jared Smith

    2 Sep 2015 | 4:01 am
    TAYLOR SWIFT: Tell me, Socrates, must the player always play, play, play? SOCRATES: Well, that depends on what it is to be a player and what it means to play. Could you be more specific? SWIFT: I’m thinking of the dirty, dirty cheats of the world. Those about whom so many get down and out while they could be getting down to sick beats. Alcibiades, for example, abandoned Athens and sought refuge in Sparta, then left Sparta for Persia before finally returning to Athens, leaving an inter-imperial trail of broken hearts. SOCRATES: Yes, I see. Alcibiades is, in fact, a player who will play,…
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    Podiobooker

  • New ADULTS ONLY release! Thank God For Plan B, Because Plan A Didn’t Work – Vol 1 by Michael Mahue Moore

    Evo
    16 Aug 2015 | 10:56 pm
    Michael Mahue Moore has listed the first of his “Journey” series with us. Be advised that Thank God For Plan B, Because Plan A Didn’t Work – Vol 1 is flagged as ADULTS ONLY, so keep the kiddies away from it! Here’s what he has to say about it: I believe that in everyone’s life there is “PLAN A” and a “PLAN B”; however, not in the traditional sense as in having a backup plan, but rather …Plan A: Is designated as the time in one’s life before you personally met Christ. PLAN B: Is after you met him and you now have a personal relationship…
  • New release! Astreya Book 3: The Wanderer’s Curse

    Evo
    15 Aug 2015 | 12:56 am
    With Astreya Book 3: The Wanderer’s Curse, Seymour has published the final piece! The conclusion of The Astreya Trilogy. Lindey takes Astreya, Cam, Damon, and Arneb to Matris, only to discover that much has changed since she left home. Suspicion and distrust surround them. Astreya and Lindey begin to resolve their difficulties, but a gossipy old man on a horse misrepresents the past, and all five must flee aboard Arneb’s boat. Once outside the shelter of the hills surrounding Matris, the group discovers that the Men of the Sea are searching for their navigation stones, and they…
  • The Heavenfield series is now complete!

    Evo
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:28 pm
    (Evo’s note: I’m going to break with tradition and gush unapologetically about this series. It’s quite simply amazing, from writing, production, narration… everything. I’ve blocked off the rest of the morning to mainline these final seven episodes!) The fourth and final installment of the Heavenfield story! Hailed as a ‘Modern-day Classic of Science-Fiction’, the Heavenfield is a dark science-fiction thriller set within a British experimental research facility, involving clandestine Government Agencies, Supernatural Forces, and Alternate Realities.
  • New release! My Brother’s Story by Allen Johnson Jr.

    Evo
    10 Jul 2015 | 7:21 pm
    We’ve got a three-times award-winning book live on the site today! Please enjoy the young adult tale, My Brother’s Keeper by Allen Johnson Jr! The Blackwater Novels are set in the 1930s along the Blackwater Swamp, near the fictional town of Turpentine, Georgia. Get in trouble with the twins when they shoot green tomatoes in a giant slingshot, and dynamite a toilet with a cherry bomb. Explore the magic and mystery of nature . . . hear the critters in the swamp, sleep in a treehouse, find a hidden grave, and sleep on an island by the embers of a campfire. The post New release! My…
  • New release! The Champion by Scott Sigler

    Evo
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:18 am
    Book five in the gangsters-meet-aliens young adult series The Galactic Football League is finally on Podiobooks.com. Get caught up on all the action, then dive right into The Champion by Scott Sigler. Seven centuries in the future, the sport of American football has never been bigger, never been faster, never been more lethal. Trillions of fans from all over the galaxy watch six unique races battle in contests so violent that deaths are part of the stat sheet. Star quarterback Quentin Barnes has led his beloved Ionath Krakens to glory on the gridiron and become the most-recognized individual…
 
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    Berkeley Heights Public Library Book Blog

  • What We Posted One Year Ago: Movies We Watched in 2014

    Anne
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Movies We Showed at the Library in 2014, a blog post from one year ago.Did you miss one of our Third Thursday Movie Nights? All of the movies shown in 2014 are part of the library’s circulating collection and can be checked out.  January                       Shun Li and the Poet (Italian, Mandarin)February                     Austenland (English)March…
  • Selecting Research Databases for the Library

    Anne
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:42 am
    Librarians are raised on selecting books,but database selection is another kettle of fish entirely.   Professional journals contain reviews of new and updated online research resources and comparisons to similar products.  Some databases are necessary because they have replaced commonly used print resources.  Like books, new or recommended databases are brought to our attention by patrons, visits to other libraries, professional development webinars and advertisements.  Our database subscriptions, other than those provided through the New Jersey State Library, are…
  • Summer Reading: a Summer trilogy, Books about Bookstores, turn back the clock a decade or two and more...

    Anne
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Summer Reading So Far I have been remiss in writing a summer reading post this year.  My intentions were good, as usual, but the last few hot days have served as a reminder that I can’t ignore.  I always start with a summer/beach trilogy and Mary Alice Monroe’s Low Country Summer Trilogy is just right.  When the first book, Summer Girls, ended with a cliff-hanger, I was anxious to see how the second book, Summer Wind, would start.  Well, it started the next day.  No flashbacks or explanations, the action picked up right where it ended.  The last book,…
  • If You Like PBS Mysteries, Read the Books

    Anne
    17 Jul 2015 | 1:04 pm
    'In a Dry Season If you like the PBS television show 'DCI Banks,' read the series it is based on by Peter Robinson. 'In a Dry Season' is the tenth in the series and the first I've read. Alan Banks has been relegated to boring desk jobs for insubordination and is assigned to a cold case when a skeleton is found in an abandoned village which is revealed when the summer drought dries up the reservoir that had covered the town for fifty years. The book alternates between the story of the village during WWII and the current investigation into what appears to have been an unreported murder there.
  • Top 5 Reasons to Listen to Audiobooks

    Berkeley Heights Public Library
    17 Jun 2015 | 9:51 am
    Audiobook advantages: The 5 top reasons to 'read' audiobooksAudiobook Advantage #1: Your house will be very clean!I recently started “reading” books on my daily commute and discovered a few advantages to listening to a book compared to reading words on a page.  I was a little reluctant to listen to someone else do the reading (I rather like the voices in my head,) but two people convinced me to give it a try; plus I was curious as to how a narrator manages the voices of more than one character. The first person told me that she downloads audiobooks to her smartphone and listens while…
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • How Amazon Underground will affect content pricing and business models

    Joe Wikert
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:21 am
    As interesting as the all-you-can read models from Next Issue, Oyster Books and Scribd are, I believe Amazon just introduced a new model that’s likely to be much more disruptive in the long run. I’m talking about Amazon Underground, where... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • It’s time to radically improve the content sampling experience

    Joe Wikert
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    The goal of the content sample is to acquire new customers, right? So why are publishers settling for sample content models that are outdated and largely ineffective? Look at ebooks, for instance. Publishers mostly rely on retailers for discovery and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How content containers can dramatically affect user experience

    Joe Wikert
    10 Aug 2015 | 7:55 am
    I’m a big believer in the notion that content containers are slowly going away in the digital world. Those things we think of in the physical world as books, newspapers and magazines are being redefined digitally. It’s a slow evolution... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Are content curators becoming more important than content creators?

    Joe Wikert
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:57 am
    I’m sure most of you bristle at the thought of curators being more valuable than creators. After all, the former have no job without the latter. I agree, but it’s not as if the content creation population is declining. In... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What is a "book-plus" and who are tomorrow's readers?

    Joe Wikert
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:57 am
    Some people think the book is dead, much as Joe referred to obsolete single-use devices like the GPS while discussing the potential for peer-to-peer content distribution. The truth is, we're living in a world that's going to want and need... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    First Book Blog

  • Educators say this about First Book…

    Samantha McGinnis
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:28 pm
    A new school year is upon us. And as always, it’s critical that teachers and program leaders have the right tools, so that they can succeed. According to a recent First Book survey, the books they get from First Book make a big difference – to them, and to the kids they serve. In our survey of our educator community, 79 percent of respondents agreed that access to books from First Book helps them be the best educators they can be. If you work with kids in need, you can receive books and resources to use in your classroom or program. Make it a great school year and sign up with…
  • Monthly Book List: Our Five Favorites for August

    Samantha McGinnis
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Our favorite books this month will get kids exploring the outdoors, show them the importance of kindness and illustrate the bond between parents and children, no matter the distance. You’ll also find a beautiful coming-of-age story for older readers and a tale about life during wartime. Pre-K – K (ages 3-6) Outdoor Opposites by Brenda Williams Jenn’s pick this month: “This colorful book featuring a diverse group of friends is perfect for young children! Use it to get kids up and moving, learning about opposites, and exploring the great outdoors.” Grades 1-2 (ages 6-8) The…
  • Children Should Have Books

    Julia Hornaday
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:17 am
    Diane Brownstone Diane Brownstone grew up one block from the nearest public library. She attributes her love of literature to her early proximity to books. “The public library of my youth gave me an addiction to books that has enriched my life.  My wish is to give this experience and pleasure to many other young people.” Years later, Diane and her husband Clyde created the Brownstone Family Foundation to share the joy of reading with kids in need. The stars aligned when Diane was introduced to First Book while supporting the Reach Out and Read program site at Bellevue Hospital in New…
  • It’s Time to Play (And Win!)

    Samantha McGinnis
    6 Aug 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Games and activities are a fun, hands-on way for kids to learn through play. They help kids tackle complex subjects like STEM, foster problem solving skills and build imagination. We’ve picked some of our favorite games and activities to get kids of all ages interacting and learning in the coming school year. How would you use these activities in your school or program? If you are a registered member of First Book’s community of educators working with kids in need, you can enter to win a collection of games and activities for your classroom, school or program. Simply share how…
  • How to Foster a Love of Reading

    Samantha McGinnis
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:55 pm
    93% of educators and program leaders use books from First Book to develop a lifelong love of reading in their students. But how can we help kids develop this love of reading? First Book hosted a Twitter chat last week wherein educators around the country convened to discuss their experiences and tips for fostering a love of reading in the kids they serve. Here are some of the highlights from our chat. To see full answers to all six questions, visit the hashtag #FirstBookEDU on Twitter or read our full recap on Storify. Why is it important for kids to love reading? What have you noticed about…
 
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    In the Books with 800-CEO-READ

  • Why We Work

    Dylan
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:27 am
    Why We Work by Barry Schwartz, TED Books, 120 pages, $16.99, Hardcover, ISBN 9781476784861 In the past two months' Jack Coverts Selects, we’ve explored how we work, how to get better at certain aspects of our work, who we go to work to serve, and what jobs will be left for us to even do. Barry Schwartz goes even deeper and asks the crucial question, “Why do we work?” His answer takes shape in his new book, Why We Work. Adam Smith had a rather pessimistic answer: It is in the inherent interest of every man to live as much at his ease as he can; and if his emoluments are to be precisely…
  • We're moving!

    Blyth
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:51 am
    Our company began as the business and computer section in the Harry W. Schwartz Bookshop on Wisconsin Avenue. As the bookshop opened new locations in response to the big box bookstores, we evolved into a backroom, online retailer—the weird kids in the back of the home office on Milwaukee Street. The bookstores have closed (though one location still thrives as Boswell Book Company), and we are all that’s left in that office. For many years we have made our home here in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward, but with books covering every last spare inch and spreading out over multiple floors…
  • The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers

    Dylan
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:17 am
    Gillian Tett, the U.S. managing editor and columnist at the Financial Times, follows up her previous acclaimed books Saving the Sun and Fool’s Gold with The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers. The Silo Effect articulates a revelatory new understanding of the workplace. Tett shows how our tendency to create silos hinders our work, and how some people and organizations can break those silos down. The book is structured around eight case studies: Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s City Hall in New York Facebook in San Francisco The Chicago Police Department…
  • August 2015 Business Book Bestsellers

    Blyth
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:08 am
    Each month we compile a list of our top selling books. These books are featured on our site, within our Keen Thinker Newsletter, and syndicated through various publications. We hope the popularity of these titles offers guidance for those seeking an interesting and helpful new book. We report our business book bestsellers to The New York Times and Nielsen BookScan. Congratulations to these bestselling authors for August!   1. The Power of Relentless: 7 Secrets to Achieving Mega-Success, Financial Freedom, and the Life of Your Dreams By Wayne Allyn Root Published by Regnery…
  • Remix Strategy: The Three Laws of Business Combinations

    Dylan
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:53 am
    Ben Gomes-Casseres, author of The Alliance Revolution and Mastering Alliance Strategy, has a new book coming out from Harvard Business Review Press today. Entitled Remix Strategy, the publisher's press release tells us: Remixes are common in the world of music and art. Different medias are used to create new styles. Musicians remix tracks to create new and unique sounds. But what about business? In his new book, Remix Strategy: The Three Laws of Business Combinations, Brandeis University professor Ben Gomes-Casseres uses the word to describe the mixing of resources, assets, and capabilities…
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  • Three Articles on Three Great Indie Presses: Graywolf, Coffee House, Europa

    Chad W. Post
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:22 am
    Yesterday I posted a little summary on two great translators, so it’s only appropriate that today I post about three great pieces that have come out about three of my favorite presses over the past few days. First up was this Vulture piece by Three Percent favorite Boris Kachka (BORIS!!) on Graywolf Press. There’s a lot of great things in this article about how the press has exploded over the past decade, going from a modest-sized nonprofit to one of the most notable and beloved presses in the country. Graywolf has been winning for a while. Over the past few years, as publishing…
  • Complete Brooklyn Book Fair Schedule

    Chad W. Post
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:48 am
    I mentioned a few Brooklyn Book Fair Events in my post about all forthcoming Open Letter events (which I just updated), but the full schedule went up yesterday and, damn. If I were going, and if these were all taking place at different times, here are the panels I would attend: Twisted Fables. Fiction has come a long way from Aesop, but the influence of fables in literature remains. Three contemporary fabulists—Lincoln Michel (Upright Beasts), Amelia Gray (Gutshot), and Porochista Khakpour (The Last Illusion)—discuss the state of the modern fable, the place of the trickster and…
  • Latest Review: "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy

    Kaija Straumanis
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    The latest addition to our Reviews section by Christopher Iacono one of the great Russian classics, Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, translated by Marian Schwartz and published by Yale University Press. I recently had a brief correspondence with Marian about [epic] classic literature and the mediums in which one can experience said literature. For my part, I’ve recently discovered that I love love LOVE the combination of reading and listening to these huge works of classic literature, particularly those that have been translated by great translators (some of whom I know personally, or…
  • Two Great Translators: K. E. Semmel & Amanda DeMarco

    Chad W. Post
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:27 am
    I guess both of these articles are a couple of weeks old now—but do things really count if they happen in August while all of Europe is on vacation?—but I still want to share them since both are really interesting and feature two great translators and friends. First up, Asymptote has a nice profile of Danish translator K. E. Semmel, whose most recent publication is his translation of Naja Marie Aidt’s Rock, Paper, Scissors. How did you know you would become a translator? How did you become a translator? I didn’t really start out wanting to be a translator, I know that…
  • All Open Letter Fall Events

    Chad W. Post
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:17 am
    Although I already miss the lazy days of summer, this fall is going to be amazing. First off, the St. Louis Cardinals will be in the playoffs, again, which guarantees me at least a couple weeks of emotional rollercoasting and eventual disappointment. In terms of books, there are a ton of great things coming out this fall—just see this Flavorwire preview to load up your to-read shelf. And most relevant to this post, Open Letter has two dozen events lined up for September and October. TWO DOZEN. These events are for Naja Marie Aidt’s Rock, Paper, Scissors, Andrés Neuman’s The…
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  • Stress Can Be a Good Thing If You Know How to Use It

    Alia Crum
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    With all the media and medical attention on stress and its negative health impacts, it is easy to reach the conclusion that stress is irredeemably bad—something to be avoided as much as possible. We have a different perspective. We believe that pursuing a “stress-free” life often causes more stress down the line—problems compound, and by failing to face our most intense challenges we never overcome them. Think about a time when you experienced substantial personal or professional growth, or a time when you performed at your highest level, such as finishing a race,…
  • 5 Strategy Questions Every Leader Should Make Time For

    Freek Vermeulen
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Have you ever noticed that when you ask someone in your company, “How are you?” they are more likely to answer “Busy!” than “Very well, thank you”? That is because the norm in most companies is that you are supposed to be very busy – or otherwise at least pretend to be – because otherwise you can’t be all that important. The answers “I am not up to much” and “I have some time on my hands, actually” are not going to do much for your internal status and career. However, that you are very busy all the time is…
  • The U.S. Government Needs to Hire More Geeks

    John Paul Farmer
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Randy Watson is choking back tears. He is a proud and grizzled Vietnam veteran, standing in front of an audience of hundreds. With the help of his daughter, Randy has just driven 1,100 miles from his home in Joplin, Missouri to Washington, DC to tell the story of how he almost died. But as he stands on stage overcome with emotion, Randy is very much alive. And he wants to thank the people responsible: policy wonks and data geeks. Three years ago, the White House welcomed the Presidential Innovation Fellows program to the world. The mission was simple: save lives, save taxpayer dollars, and…
  • A New Way to Rate Retailers on Providing Good Jobs

    Zeynep Ton
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:05 am
    Executives have a choice in how they run their operations. They can run them in a way that uses people as interchangeable parts. Or they can run them in a way that leverages a skilled, capable, motivated workforce. Both ways can be profitable. But the employee-centered way is a better way — even in low-cost retail. In my research, I’ve found that retailers using an employee-centered operations strategy, which I call the good jobs strategy, have two strategic advantages. First, they differentiate themselves by offering low prices and good service at the same…
  • Make Yourself Immune to Secondhand Stress

    Shawn Achor
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    HBR STAFF Over the past decade, we have learned how our brains are hardwired for emotional contagion. Emotions spread via a wireless network of mirror neurons, which are tiny parts of the brain that allow us to empathize with others and understand what they’re feeling. When you see someone yawn, mirror neurons can activate, making you yawn, in turn. Your brain picks up the fatigue response of someone sitting on the other side of the room. But it’s not just smiles and yawns that spread. We can pick up negativity, stress, and uncertainty like secondhand smoke. Researchers Howard…
 
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    Books on the Nightstand

  • BOTNS #347: 1700 Was a Long Time Ago

    Michael Kindness
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Books written before 1700, plus we recommend Primates by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks, and The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs by Matthew Dicks. A special thank you to everyone who has left us an iTunes review. We love reading them and they help other iTunes users discover BOTNS! We received a message from a listener who thinks we might have our “heads in the sand” when it comes to e-books. We think he means e-book only titles, since, when we discuss books, we just want you to read them, and don’t care how you do that. We fully admit that our own reading tends to be…
  • BOTNS #346: AirB and Bookstore

    Ann Kingman
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Coloring books for adults, a bookselling vacation, and two backlist books that we can’t wait for you to read.   Have you heard about the new craze rocking the book world? Coloring books for grownups are selling like crazy, and in this episode we talk about what might be driving this craze, and if we are going to try it out. The trend started with books illustrated by Johanna Basford, and now it seems that almost every publisher has some in its lineup. Coming in October: The Official A Game of Thrones Coloring Book and Diana Gabaldon’s Official Outlander Coloring Book.
  • BOTNS #345: Illustrated books, for grownups

    Ann Kingman
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:15 pm
      Bring Your Own Book Michael and I are both Kickstarter backers of a game called Bring Your Own Book. We played the game at Booktopia Vermont, and I’ve played the game with my family. Well, now they are fully funded and are taking preorders from the public to ship in October. We’re not affiliated with the company at all, but we do think that book lovers will enjoy this and wanted to share it with you.   Audiobook of the week (03:52)   Any Human Heart by William Boyd, narrated by Simon Vance, is Michael’s pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of…
  • BOTNS #344: A listener’s ethical dilemma

    Ann Kingman
    11 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    An iphone app to find books by or about people of color; a listener asks, “is it stealing?” and new books by Alex Kershaw and Jennifer McMahon.   We were thrilled to learn about We Read Too, an iphone app that was developed by Kaya Thomas,  a young woman who couldn’t find books with characters that reminded her of herself. The app is a great resource for booksellers, librarians, teachers and readers who want to discover literary works written by authors of colors with characters of colors that don’t fall into stereotypes. Find We Read Too in the iOS app store. We…
  • BOTNS #343: What You’ll Be Reading Next Spring

    Michael Kindness
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Sneaking a peek at books coming out next Spring, and we recommend The Dog Master by W. Bruce Cameron, and Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal.   Ann was thrilled (and just a little smug) when Hanya Yanagahara’s A Little Life was included on The Man Booker Prize Longlist, along with A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James, The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota and ten other books. Are you someone who tries to read the whole longlist, or the shortlist? What are your thoughts on this group of titles? Let us know in the comments below!    Audiobook…
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    Omnivoracious

  • "Uncovering the Mystery that was My Older Sister": Val Brelinski on "The Girl Who Slept with God"

    Sara Nelson
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:51 am
    The Girl Who Slept with God is Val Brelinski’s stunning debut. A highly autobiographical novel about her devout, evangelical family, it features three sisters with very different relationships to religion. When we asked Brelinski what she wanted to write about it, she sent us this essay, about her sister’s experience of reading the book, which is, of course, partly about her. My older sister has always been a mystery to me, a stranger with whom I shared a childhood home and very little else. Only four years separate us in age, but they may as well have been decades. From the time we were…
  • Sara Says: Ferrante-mania

    Sara Nelson
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Here are two of the best feelings a passionate reader can have:  1. Pleasure in watching a beloved author have her moment, break out, find her time and audience. 2. Pride in having even the smallest bit to do with it. Today I have both, as I watch what's happening to The Story of the Lost Child, a book that we put on the Best of September list yesterday. Within 24 hours, the fourth in the Neapolitan Novels by the pseudonymous Italian author has flown into the top 100 of Amazon's bestseller list. And while I first heard about Ferrante from an agent named Anna Stein (hi, Anna!) five…
  • "The How and Why of A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing" by Eimear McBride

    Chris Schluep
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:49 am
    Eimear McBride's debut novel A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing is a book you may have heard about at some point. It won several awards, had its name dropped a lot by literary types, and received attention from publications like The New Yorker and The Washington Post along the way. (Ron Charles of the Post wrote one of my favorite lines in any book review, even if I didn't agree with it, when he said, “'A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing' is an extraordinarily demanding novel that will fascinate dozens of American readers.") That's right: dozens. Go read his review.
  • Can't Quite Say Goodbye...A Conversation with Rebecca Stead

    Seira Wilson
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Seventh grade. Have you ever met anyone who would voluntarily return to that time in their life?  No thanks. Nothing really bad ever happened to me, it just felt like everything became uncertain, unknowable, and kind of messy. I keep thinking of girl cliques in junior high (or middle school, depending on where you grow up) with their demands for conformity and acts of exclusion that remind me now of prison gangs... In spite or because of my distaste for that rocky period of growing up, I love Rebecca Stead's recently released novel, Goodbye Stranger, which is a story of three friends…
  • Amazon's Best Books of September: Part One

    Sara Nelson
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:47 am
    As the poet never said, September is the busiest month. Maybe it’s the back to school effect, but every fall we see an abundance of great books to read. Here are the first five titles in our Best of the Month for September.   Shop on AmazonPrint Book | Kindle Book Fates & Furies by Lauren Groff   A brainy but accessible story of a marriage, told from the points of view of its two participants, Groff nods to Greek mythology but fashions a novel all her own about the secrets we keep in relationships – especially the ones that work. Editor Erin Kodicek says that “for all the smoke…
 
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    THE PLANET ESME PLAN

  • Best Picture Books for the New School Year!

    30 Aug 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Oh my goodness, if teachers haven't spent enough already on glue sticks and bulletin board border and what-not...but one of the great pleasures of the plundering of the pedagogue's paycheck is the building of one's own special classroom collection.  Here are a baker's half-dozen of primary picture book titles that I would hazard to suggest are useful and lovely enough to be considered must-haves of the season.  Treat yourself, or if you're a parent, treat a teacher...and know that the children are being treated as well! Mouse's First Night at Moonlight School by Simon Puttock,…
  • PLANETESME PICKS: Best Picture Books and Nonfiction of 2014

    31 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    What makes a book great?  I created this list with a teacher/school librarian's eye.  These are books that are fun to share with a group;  books that children love and make children cheer;  books that connect to the wider world, and springboard us into further classroom connections or themes; books that promote empathy, history, imagination and arts appreciation; books that are exemplary in their beauty and expand what a book can be.  I create these lists with the belief that children's literature is our best hope for equalizing education in America, and recognizing…
  • THE PILOT AND THE LITTLE PRINCE (NONFICTION)

    28 Sep 2014 | 3:11 pm
    The Pilot and the Little Prince:  The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry by Peter Sis (Farrar Straus Giroux). 
  • MY TEACHER IS A MONSTER! (PICTURE BOOK)

    4 Mar 2014 | 3:41 pm
    My Teacher is a Monster!  (No, I Am Not.) by Peter Brown.  A boy with a penchant for irritating his teacher encounters her outside of school and finds her to be an entirely different creature.  Brown's pictures are funny and Ms. Kirby's illustrated metamorphosis into a human being is gradual and pretty darn great.  This book, despite it's laughs, has an unexpected depth and speaks volumes about teacher/student relationships; the only disappointment is that when Robert regresses into his bad behavior back in the classroom at the end of the book, Ms. Kirby is depicted as the…
  • FIREFLY JULY (POETRY)

    28 Feb 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Firefly July:  A Year of Very Short Poems by Paul B. Janeczko, illustrated by Melissa Sweet.  Sun's a roaring dandelion, hour by hour.Sometimes the moon's a scythe, sometimes a silver flower.But the stars!  all night long the stars are clover.Over, and over, and over!- Robert Wallace, "In the Field Forever"What greater gift on the bookshelf than a perfect anthology of poems?  This lovely, over-sized tome of thirty six well-chosen treasures takes us through the wheel of the year with evocative and colorful full-edge mixed media. The only complaint might be wishing the…
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    The Writing Life

  • Terry Whalin Writes a Billy Graham biography . . .Twice!

    Terry Whalin
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:28 am
    Recently my friend Diane Huff Pitts interviewed me about my Billy Graham book and a number of other great topics. The interview is located at this link. I'm letting you know about it in this article so you can click over and read my interview. She is publishing it in two parts.  Just to give you a taste of what it contains, here's her questions: About my Billy Graham Biography HC (High Cotton): Terry, what instigated the Billy Graham biography? What has to happen to get a book like this sanctioned by someone so famous? Faith Impacts Whalin’s Work HC: In “Two Words That Changed…
  • Deadlines Help Writers

    Terry Whalin
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:38 am
    I've always found a deadline helps me get into my chair and get my fingers moving on the keyboard toward the completion of a writing project. In the newspaper business, the deadlines come fast and furious. I would write a story in the morning and it would appear in the afternoon newspaper. Print magazines work on a longer time frame yet also have deadlines to help the writer consistently work on meeting the needs of the publication. Books have a larger number of words and even longer deadlines. It's up to the writer to set the time frame and meet those deadlines. Writers are notoriously late…
  • Find A Job That You Love

    Terry Whalin
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:08 am
    For over three years, I've worked for Morgan James Publishing. I love my job—admittedly not every detail but I love the process of finding the right author and good books. It is a constant search and rewarding to interact with authors. Recently one of my authors felt like quitting and not completing their book. From my experience, all of us feel like that at one time or another. I know I have wanted to quit the writing process. I emailed her with some ideas how to get it done—and then I went on to something else in my work day. My words had impact and about a week ago, this…
  • A Golden Opportunity--If You Take Action

    Terry Whalin
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:44 am
    It is an old saying, “To win the lottery, you have to buy a ticket.” It is impossible for you to win if you don't enter the drawing.  In life and the publishing world, it is the same sort of action. If you don't submit your proposal or manuscript to an agent or an editor, then it is hard for you to get a publishing contract and have your book published. From my years in publishing, I've learned sometimes golden opportunities (if you seize them) can change your life. I'm about to offer you such an opportunity so please keep reading. I have created a special event on…
  • Why I "Fish" Every Day

    Terry Whalin
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:38 am
    It takes great practiced skill to fish successfully. While some people fish for a hobby, the seasoned fisherman knows he has to fish many times to gain skill and also to catch fish. To be honest, it has been years since I've been fishing but I “fish” every day. A fisherman puts his line into the water and is positioned to catch a fish. I put quotations around the word “fish” in the headline since I'm using fish for the word networking or connections. You have to be in the market talking and connecting with others every day to make a difference with your writing. Yes you need to craft…
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    Storytellers Unplugged « Storytellers Unplugged

  • Robert C. Jones: MOLASSES IN JANUARY

    Thomas Sullivan
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Tom Sullivan here, just letting you know that if this appears under my byline, it’s because the tech gremlins in Bob Jones access to SU are acting up and I’m posting this for him. The following is 100% from our illustrious encyclopedic compatriot Robert C. Jones! … This essay might be of special interest to writers of detective and mystery novels who would like to enrich their stories by providing their readers with a gift of extra details. It might also be of general interest to many other readers, especially those who are CSI and NCIS fans. The ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section of this…
  • Thomas Sullivan: RAINING SUNSHINE & THE ANTHEMS OF AMERICA

    Thomas Sullivan
    15 Aug 2015 | 11:42 am
    The dog days of August are featuring a different breed every 24 hours here in Mini-soda. Such unusual people seem to be crossing my path these days. But then, I hang out in unusual places. And then there’s my Inbox where people write fantastic things, sharing their lives, whispering secrets or…asking questions. Lots of Qs. For which I am most grateful, even though I struggle to keep up and to be candid when responding to daunting stuff. I try to maintain a balance of your interests, despite the fact that the questions go overwhelmingly towards heavier things – life crises, human…
  • Robert C. Jones: A SHOT IN THE ARM

    Thomas Sullivan
    19 Jul 2015 | 5:54 pm
    Tom Sullivan here, just letting you know that if this appears under my byline, it’s because the tech gremlins in Bob Jones access to SU are acting up and I’m posting this for him. The following is 100% from our illustrious encyclopedic compatriot Robert C. Jones! … This essay might be of special interest to writers of detective and mystery novels who would like to enrich their stories by providing their readers with a gift of extra details. It might also be of general interest to many other readers, especially those who are CSI and NCIS fans. The ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section of this…
  • Thomas Sullivan: UP, UP, AND AWAY! – A STORY OF LOST LOVE AND AN OVER-INFLATED DOLL

    Thomas Sullivan
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:15 pm
    I can tell already, that title isn’t going to seem funny to me in the morning. But it’s late, and I must get this posted. Anyway, you all expect me to be a little off-the-wall, right? OK, a lot off-the-wall. I blame your questions. Wonderful questions, of course, but no one is asking “What’s your favorite color?” or “Where do you get your ideas from?” Guess I should be grateful for that. Onward… Q: [Canton, OH] What’s your favorite color? A: Dang. Purple. Q: [?, MA] What did you study in college? A: Study? Bwahahahaha! That’s that zoned out state that requires textbooks…
  • Robert C. Jones: BRILLIANT BEGINNINGS

    Thomas Sullivan
    19 Jun 2015 | 10:42 am
    Tom Sullivan here, just letting you know that if this appears under my byline, it’s because the tech gremlins in Bob Jones access to SU are acting up and I’m posting this for him. The following is 100% from our illustrious encyclopedic compatriot Robert C. Jones! …    This essay might be of special interest to writers of detective and mystery novels who would like to enrich their stories by providing their readers with a gift of extra details. It might also be of general interest to many other readers, especially those who are CSI and NCIS fans. The ADDITIONAL INFORMATION…
 
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    Paulo Coelho

  • Chimps’ mating calls contain careful calculation

    Paulo Coelho
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:25 pm
    I’ve stumbled upon this article by Nicholas Wade in the International Herald Tribune. Intricate as the mating dance may be among people, for other primates like chimpanzees and baboons it is even more complicated. This is evident from the work of researchers who report that the distinctive calls made by female chimpanzees during sex are […]
  • Prayer of Forgiveness

    Paulo Coelho
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    EM PORTUGUES AQUI: Oração do perdão EN ESPANOL AQUI: “Te perdono porque te amo y tu to me amas” EN FRANçAIS ICI : Prière du Pardon ( O Aleph) ___________________________________________________Hilal searches for inspiration on the golden walls, the columns, the people coming at this hour of the morning, the flames of the lit candles. – […]
  • Agenda 2016

    supi
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:06 am
    Click on the image to buy LIMITED EDITION: ONCE THE AGENDA IS SOLD OUT, THERE IS NO REPRINT USA (English Edition) USA (Spanish Edition) Catalan Croatia Czech Republic Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Italy Norway The Netherlands Poland Portugal Slovenia Spain Sweden
  • 20 SEC READING: The lady in Copacabana #WorldHumanitarianDay

    Paulo Coelho
    13 Aug 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Today, August 18, ONU celebrates the World Humanitarian Day, and asked its Messengers of Peace to share a story.I decided to share a story of joyEM PORTUGUES CLICAR AQUI: A velha em Copacabana EN ESPANOL CLICAR AQUI: La señora en Copacabana She was standing on the sidewalk of Atlíântica Avenue with a guitar and a […]
  • Vacations

    Paulo Coelho
    19 Jul 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Begona Miguel of the Huelgas Monastery says: “San Juan de La Cruz teaches us that silence has its own music; it is silence that enables us to see ourselves and the things around us. “I would like to add that there are words that can only be said in silence, odd as that may seem. […]
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    Laptop Repair | Laptop Repair and Upgrade

  • Toshiba Satellite C670-17X Repair

    manoj
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:57 am
    Toshiba Satellite C670-17X Repair | Toshiba Satellite C670-17X Motherboard Repair | Creative IT London Problem: This 17.3″ Toshiba Satellite C670-17X notebook computer has a 2.2 GHz Intel Core i3-2330M processor and a NVIDIA GeForce 315M GPU. The laptop computer shuts down after a few minutes. Solution: Our component level Toshiba laptop repair technicians after initial diagnostics replaced the power circuit components. Accordingly, the 17.3″ Toshiba Satellite laptop is now working properly and the laptop doesn’t shut down during use. Call Creative IT London on 020 7237 6805 for…
  • ASUS X5DIJ Repair

    manoj
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:40 pm
    ASUS X5DIJ Repair | ASUS X5DIJ Data Backup | Reinstallation of Windows 7 | Creative IT London Problem: This 15.6″ ASUS X5DIJ notebook computer has a 2.2 GHz Intel Pentium Dual Core T4200 processor and Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD graphics processor. Following a Windows 7 update, the notebook screen is blank and only the mouse is visible when switched on. Solution: Our ASUS laptop repair technicians did a complete backup of the data to an external drive and reformatted the 500 GB 5400 rpm hard drive and performed a re-installation of Windows 7 operating system and…
  • ASUS N56VZ NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M Graphics Repair

    manoj
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:03 am
    ASUS N56VZ Repair | ASUS N56VZ NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M Graphics Card Repair | ASUS N56VZ Motherboard Repair | Creative IT London Problem: This 15.6″ ASUS N56VZ notebook computer with Intel Core i5 3210M processor and Intel HM76 Chipset was displaying black screen and ended up not booting up at all. Solution: The component level ASUS laptop repair technicians at Creative IT London performed a reballing service on the NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics chipset on the motherboard. Accordingly, the laptop is now booting up properly and the black screen display problems were fixed. Call Creative…
  • HP Pavilion dv6825ef NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS Graphics Repair

    manoj
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:19 am
    HP Pavilion dv6825ef Repair | HP Pavilion dv6825ef NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS Graphics Card Repair | HP Pavilion dv6825ef Motherboard Repair | HP Pavilion dv6825ef Hard Drive Replacement | Creative IT London Problem: Black screen and the hard disk doesn’t start The component level HP laptop repair technicians at Creative IT London performed a reballing service on the NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS graphics processor. The existing 250 GB (5400) hard drive was replaced with a new hard drive and Windows operating system was installed. Accordingly, the black screen and hard disk drive problems were fixed…
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010) A1286 Screen Replacement

    manoj
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:41 pm
    MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010) A1286 Screen Replacement | Creative IT London The client had accidentally dropped his Apple MacBook Pro 15.4 inch, Mid 2010 A1286 (MC371LL/A) Unibody notebook computer and the screen was damaged after the fall. The cracked screen made the laptop unusable. Our MacBook Pro technicians replaced the damaged screen and installed a new screen. Call Creative IT London at 020 7237 6805 for same day London MacBook Pro A1286 (MC371LL/A) screen replacement and Mid 2010 Apple 15.4 inch MacBook Pro Unibody screen repair services.       OPEN: 9 AM to 6 PM…
 
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    Living 2 Read

  • Best Friends

    31 Aug 2015 | 5:32 pm
    II resisted as long as I could. I had read about Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels, much admired by literary critics and other writers, but I'm always wary of translations, and did I really want to commit to reading all four? But I was intrigued by that fact that in this day when authors seem forced to relentlessly promote their works, the mysterious “Elena Ferrante” (her pen name) has managed to keep her identity a secret and do only the bare minimum of interviews (written only).I've now finished the first – My Brilliant Friend, and am halfway through the second – The Story of…
  • A Year in the Life

    10 Jul 2015 | 6:34 pm
    Jane Smiley has undertaken a daunting task. In the course of three books she follows the lives of a Midwestern family for one hundred years. Some Luckstarts in 1920 and follows an Iowa farming family, Walter and Rosanna Langdon and their five children, until 1953. Then Early Warningpicks up the story of Walter and Rosanna's children and their offspring until 1986. The third book of the trilogy, “Golden Age”, will be released in the fall and will complete the one hundred year cycle. Each chapter covers a single year, with the point of view switching from character to character. Smiley…
  • Reading For Pleasure

    12 May 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Of course I read for pleasure. It's not as if I have a paper to write or test to take. And thanks to the Kindle “Try a Sample” option, I can easily start reading and then reject a book without even buying it. But that doesn't mean that all books are equally pleasurable to read. Sometimes reading a book can be hard work, but the rewards are well worth the effort (I'm looking at you, Karl Ove Knausgård). At other times a book can be just good enough to keep me going, but in the end leaves me feeling as I sometimes do in a restaurant – the meal tasted fine but I expected something a…
  • Norwegian Angst

    24 Apr 2015 | 5:58 pm
    Surely Norway can't be as depressing as it's depicted by its fiction writers, can it? Karl Ove Knausgaard's "My Struggle" paints a bleak picture, Jo Nesbø's 'Nordic noir' crime novels are dark and brooding, Per Petterson’s "Out Stealing Horses" is full of melancholy and regret. But Petterson’s newest novel I Refuse is darker still. Just look at the book cover!It opens in 2006 with a powerful scene of the chance meeting in early morning between Jim and Tommy on a bridge outside of Oslo, where Jim, shabbily dressed, is fishing and Tommy, in a sleek new Mercedes, is on his way to work.
  • Forgotten

    30 Mar 2015 | 7:55 pm
    Recently our Book Club read “Stoner”, a wonderful 1965 novel by John Williams which had gone out of print until its success in France led to its reissue in the United States. It reminded me that one of the books on my 'Hope to Get To' list had a similar history. I had read an article in the New Yorker about Australian writer Elizabeth Harrower, whose works had been out of print for many years until, in 2012, the Australian publishing house Text reissued them and persuaded her to publish her last novel, which she had withdrawn just before it was to be released in 1971. The article declared…
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    The Millions

  • Why?

    Cara DuBois
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:30 am
    Jesse Eisenberg’s nephew has a few questions for him in The New Yorker. Listen to Eisenberg read a piece of his new book, Bream Gives Me Hiccups, and face existential doubt in Shouts and Murmurs.
  • Lost in a Book

    Cara DuBois
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    World-building is an essential part of any story, but what about map-making? At Book Riot, two cartographers explain how they create the maps we see inside books. One cartographer’s perspective: “I really wanted to make a map that could easily be an artifact from the world of the book…. I came up with the idea that the map could be a page ripped from an atlas, and someone had written notes on it.” See also: Rob Goodman’s essay for the reader on world-building and its relationship to reality.
  • Devastating Stories

    Cara DuBois
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:30 am
    Recommended Reading: “The Misanthropic Genius of Joy Williams” in The New York Times Magazine. Her latest collection of short stories, The Visiting Privilege: New and Collected Stories, which was included on our most anticipated list, will be released on September 8th. “When I asked Williams what she wants out of a great story, she replied, ‘I want to be devastated in some way.’”
  • How Iceberg Slim Schooled Dr. Dre: On Justin Gifford’s ‘Street Poison’

    Bill Morris
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    1. Justin Gifford’s timing is impeccable. He has just published his second book, Street Poison: The Biography of Iceberg Slim, a vivid retelling of the fluorescently eventful life of a hardened pimp, drug addict, and convict who turned to writing highly autobiographical pulp fiction about black street life. Though published by a small press and available mostly in drugstores, liquor stores, barbershops, and prisons, Iceberg Slim’s books, including his scorching autobiography Pimp: The Story of My Life, sold millions of copies and influenced countless writers, actors, directors, comedians,…
  • Sounds, Feelings, Thoughts

    Bruna Dantas Lobato
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Recommended Reading: Clare Cavanagh on the experience of translating the work of Polish poet and Nobel Laureate Wisława Szymborska.
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    my mind on books

  • Kindle Daily Deal – over 400 nonfiction “Kindle Books for Students” – up to 90% off!

    mymindonbooks
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:29 am
    Kindle Daily Deal on Amazon – $2.99 for 'Mind and Cosmos' by Thomas Nagel http://t.co/n6Zl4DQ5n9 via @amazon — Debbie A Foster (@mymindonbooks) August 31, 2015 Kindle Daily Deal – $2.99 for 'The Language Hoax' by John H. McWhorter (against Sapir-Whorf hypothesis) http://t.co/QaSYsLxIs9 via @amazon — Debbie A Foster (@mymindonbooks) August 31, 2015 Kindle Daily Deal […]
  • new book – ‘In the Mind Fields: Exploring the New Science of Neuropsychoanalysis’ by Casey Schwartz

    mymindonbooks
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:54 am
    In the Mind Fields: Exploring the New Science of Neuropsychoanalysis by Casey Schwartz (Pantheon, 2015) (kindle ed.), (amazon.co.uk) Book description from the publisher: “Everywhere I looked it seemed that we were being defined by what our brains were doing . . . Everywhere, there were hucksters and geniuses, all trying to colonize the new world […]
  • Links for 2015-08-20 [del.icio.us]

    21 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Anxious: The Modern Mind in the Age of Anxiety by Joseph E LeDoux, book review - Reviews - Books - The Independent
  • new book – ‘Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking’ by Richard E. Nisbett

    mymindonbooks
    18 Aug 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking by Richard E. Nisbett (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015) (kindle ed.), (amazon.co.uk), (UK kindle ed.) Book description from the publisher: Scientific and philosophical concepts can change the way we solve problems by helping us to think more effectively about our behavior and our world. Surprisingly, despite their utility, many of […]
  • new book – ‘Humans Are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will’ by Geoff Colvin

    mymindonbooks
    17 Aug 2015 | 10:55 am
    Humans Are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will by Geoff Colvin (Portfolio, 2015) (kindle ed.), (amazon.co.uk), (UK kindle ed.) Book description from the publisher: As technology races ahead, what will people do better than computers? What hope will there be for us when computers can drive cars better than humans, predict […]
 
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • Boomerang Book Bites: Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt

    Jon Page
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:34 pm
    Patrick deWitt’s follow up to the brilliant The Sisters Brothers is just as described by the publisher on my advanced reading copy, “incredible”. Continuing on with the subversiveness that made The Sisters Brothers such a magnificent and unique take on The Western, deWitt turns his hand to another genre to create a darkly comic romp […]
  • Review: Zer0es by Chuck Wendig

    Jon Page
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:58 pm
    I am a huge fan of Chuck Wendig’s Miriam Black series so when I saw he had a new book coming out I had to read it. On the surface this appears to be a cyber-thriller about hacking. But in the hands of Chuck Wendig it goes somewhere quite different. The book opens and we are […]
  • Review: I Kill The Mockingbird by Paul Acampora

    Cait Drews
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora is a gloriously witty and murderous book and I can’t love it enough! It’s a book about books (bookception!) and how can an avid bookworm not love and adore that?! If you geek out over books and authors — this was built specifically for you. Obviously it’s about the infamous To Kill a […]
  • Three Times the Fun with Ben Wood’s Picture Books

    Romi Sharp
    30 Aug 2015 | 8:50 pm
    Contrasting colour palettes, use of mixed media, energetic and always adorable themes pop from the pictures in all three of these books. But there are differences, too. In my opinion, illustrator Ben Wood knows just how to adjust his tone perfectly to suit the nature of each story.   The Bush Book Club, Margaret Wild […]
  • Review: The End of All Things by John Scalzi

    Jon Page
    30 Aug 2015 | 8:39 pm
    John Scalzi returns to the Old Man’s War universe for his next fantastic installment. Following on from The Human Division, which was told over thirteen episodes, this time Scalzi tells his story over four novellas and once again demonstrates his total mastery in whatever form or perspective he chooses to tell his stories. Have firming […]
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    AbeBooks' Reading Copy

  • Books of the Beat Generation, from Rob Warren Books

    Beth Carswell
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Rob Warren, of Rob Warren BooksRob Warren is no stranger to nostalgia. The Bronx-born bibliophile traded in it for years as the owner of Skyline Books. Skyline was a New York City bookshop that made its home on W. 18th Street in Manhattan for two decades, until its closure in 2010. Its proprietor’s background was as book-soaked as one could dream – Warren’s father was a printer with a shop dedicated to old-time printing presses, selling greeting cards and stationery, and eventually books. Warren worked there, then several varied New York-based bookshops, before striking out on his own…
  • Amazon’s Top 10 Books: September 2015

    Beth Carswell
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:03 am
    Here we go again – time to turn my TBR (“to be read”) pile into an exciting, teetering skyscraper of a stack, as the book editors at Amazon once again release their list of the top 10 recommended books for the month. I’m most excited about the Chrissie Hynde autobiography (is anybody cooler than Chrissie Hynde?) and the new Jonathan Franzen, personally, but September is shaping up to be a hell of a month for new books if this list is any indication, especially for people who like to laugh – new Jenny Lawson and new Mindy Kaling in the same month?! Fabulous. Here…
  • Renovating Couple Finds Safe Code, Safe, Cash and Book

    Beth Carswell
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:35 pm
    ***UPDATE: Nevermind. Apparently, the world is full of terrible, untrustworthy people, bent on getting our collective hopes up, and the story was actually a hoax. You people at thechive need better things to do. HOWEVER, the book referenced below is still a very real and very interesting book. So there.*** God knows I love a good intriguing mystery. A Phoenix, Arizona couple intent on remodeling their kitchen have found themselves at the heart of a possible mystery, as reported on thechive.com. The young couple moved into their home two years ago, knowing it was a diamond in the rough needing…
  • Amy Stewart turns to fiction with Girl Waits With Gun

    Richard Davies
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:42 am
    Author and bookseller Amy Stewart I’ve been reading Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart. Released this week, it’s Amy’s first novel and marks her entry into fiction after a series of entertaining non-fiction hits including The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Plants, Wicked Bugs and Flower Confidential. Amy is no ordinary author as she is truly committed to books and the literary world. I’m not talking about signing a few books for her fans. I’m talking about the fact that she co-owns a bookstore in Northern California and knows about the trials and tribulations of being…
  • Rare lithograph of America’s largest mass execution sells for $1,035

    Richard Davies
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:19 pm
    America’s largest mass execution A rare color lithograph depicting the largest mass execution in the history of the United States has sold for $1,035 on the AbeBooks marketplace. Measuring 25 1/4 x 21 inches, ‘Execution of the Thirty-Eight Sioux Indians at Mankato, Minnesota December 26, 1862′ was sold by Nat DesMarais Rare Books from Portland. It was printed in 1883 and illustrates a key moment in Native American affairs following the Dakota War of 1862. According to Nat’s description, “On August 18, the Sioux Dakota’s killed more than 40 Americans.
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    The Creative Penn

  • Writing And Editing: Five Problems to Avoid in Your First Novel

    Joanna Penn
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:52 pm
    The first novel is definitely the hardest! You think you have internalized how a story works as a reader and then you discover there is so much more to learn. In this article, Natasa Lekic from New York Book Editors takes us through five problems that are common in first novels and how to avoid them. The experience of writing your first draft can be a roller coaster. However, once you write that final page, you’ll relate to Zadie Smith: “It’s a feeling of happiness that knocks me clean out of adjectives. I think sometimes that the best reason for writing novels is to experience those…
  • Book Marketing Tips For Fiction And Non-Fiction With Ricci Wolman

    Joanna Penn
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:45 pm
    I love learning from smart marketers who are using data to analyze what actually works in selling books. In today’s show, Ricci Wolman shares some brilliant tips based on extensive sales data through Freebooksy, Bargainbooksy and more. In the intro I mention the first Createspace print on demand book to hit the bestseller lists, perhaps indicating a move of digital print into the space traditionally owned by booksellers, as discussed by Hugh Howey. The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep became an overall bestseller on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and has now been picked up for a 7 figure…
  • Soundtracks For Books: How One Author Is Using Booktrack For Her Novels

    Joanna Penn
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:33 pm
    I live in central London and every time I travel on the Tube, I see people reading … with headphones plugged in. They are listening to music at the same time as reading.  My husband does it at home as well, usually to block out the sound of my interviews for the podcast. Ambient noise while reading blocks out the sounds that might distract you from the book. But what about using sound to actually enhance a book? We’re not talking about audiobooks where you are being read to, but a sound track that goes alongside your reading, one that adjusts to your reading pace. Booktrack…
  • Abundance For Authors And Taking Action With Honoree Corder

    Alexandra Amor
    23 Aug 2015 | 11:59 pm
    The ‘poor, starving artist’ myth has kept a lot of creatives down, but we’re living in a time of abundance – of creativity, of global readership and of the opportunity to publish and reach them. In this interview, Honoree Corder shares her abundance ideas for authors, plus some interesting ideas for expanding income streams. In the introduction, I mention that I’m still working on the Creative Freedom course, which is only for those serious about making a living with their income. I put out a video on the Roadmap this week, and you can still get the free video series…
  • Broken, Not Bitter. An Author’s Life with Repetitive Strain Injuries

    Joanna Penn
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:46 pm
    A writer’s life is not an inherently healthy one. We sit for long periods of time, and studies show that sedentary behavior is bad for us. We hunch over keys, creating back problems. We stare at screens, giving us headaches and we type and mouse a lot. All of this can lead to Repetitive Strain Injury. I had back problems in the last few years that were solved by using a Swiss ball instead of a chair, and moving a lot more. We don’t have a car so naturally walk a lot anyway. But in the last few months, after a heavy writing stint in a cafe with tables at the wrong height, I…
 
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    Publetariat » Publetariat

  • Fueling the Muse—How to Mentally Prepare for “The Novel”

    Publetariat
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:04 pm
    This post by Kristen Lamb originally appeared on her blog on 8/27/15. NaNoWriMo is kind of like Christmas for writers—suffering, drama, no sleep, heavy drinking and really bad eating habits. Also, we start talking about NaNoWriMo months before it actually happens. If you are a new writer and don’t know what NaNoWriMo is? It stands […]
  • Books Kept Me Alive In Prison

    Publetariat
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:06 pm
    This post by Erwin James originally appeared on The Guardian on 8/31/15. The end of the ban on sending books to prisoners in the UK reminds me just how vital they were to my survival inside, and to the life I have lived since The official lifting on the ban on sending books to prisoners, […]
  • How The Sad Puppies Won — By Losing

    Publetariat
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:01 pm
    This post by Tasha Robinson originally appeared on NPR on 8/26/15. “We smacked the Sad Puppies with a rolled-up newspaper,” said a woman on the shuttle bus between hotels at WorldCon in Spokane, Wash., on Sunday night. “It’s the only way to teach them.” The presentation for the 2015 Hugo Awards had ended an hour […]
  • I Smell Your Rookie Moves, New Writers

    Publetariat
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:32 pm
    This post by Chuck Wendig originally appeared on his terribleminds site on 8/26/15. Warning: strong language. I am occasionally in a place where I read work by new writers. Sometimes this is at cons or conferences. Sometimes it’s in the sample of work that’s free online or a fragment from a self-published work. Sometimes I […]
  • The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn’t

    Publetariat
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:06 pm
    This article by Steven Johnson originally appeared on The New York Times Magazine site on 8/19/15. In the digital economy, it was supposed to be impossible to make money by making art. Instead, creative careers are thriving — but in complicated and unexpected ways. On July 11, 2000, in one of the more unlikely moments […]
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    Better World Books

  • Literary Birthday: Edgar Rice Burroughs

    Better World Books
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:08 pm
    On September first, 1875, Edgar Rice Burroughs was born. As a writer, Burroughs gifted the world with two enduring characters, the jungle-swinging Tarzan and the Mars-exploring John Carter. Burroughs’ stories spanned genres. He wrote science fiction, fantasy, westerns and even historical-romance. Tarzan endures as a popular culture icon as does Burroughs’ influence. In a 2010 interview with The Paris Review, the late author, Ray Bradbury, cited Burroughs as an early influence and said, “Edgar Rice Burroughs never would have looked upon himself as a social mover and shaker with…
  • Five Web Series Broadcasting Classic Books for a New Era

    Better World Books
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:50 am
    Classic books are so named for a reason. These books offer more than yarns spun in days past. The stories contained between these covers have life well beyond the eras in which they were written. Over the past few years several online creators have translated these classics into web series, bringing beloved characters and treasured tales to a whole new audience. 1. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has inspired many adaptations, unofficial sequels, retellings and even zombie stories, but The Lizzie Bennet Dairies took the classic tale to an entirely new place…
  • Reflecting on the 2015 CILIP Conference

    Fiona Marshall
    10 Jul 2015 | 5:42 am
    Written by Martin Mullin, Head of UK Acquisitions. CILIP is the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. The CILIP Conference is a real highlight for Better World Books.  This year the  CILIP Conference was hosted in the impressive St. George’s Hall, Liverpool, with exhibitors presenting their services in The Great Hall.  It is an excellent opportunity to meet both new and existing library clients and to share what’s happening across the library market. So much has happened since the last Conference- we were able to share Better World Books impacts for literacy as…
  • A Literacy First for Better World Books

    Fiona Marshall
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    Literacy is at the heart of everything we do here at Better World Books. We support literacy through our work with our 5 literacy partners, through funding, book donations, and our LEAP Grants. But a few weeks ago, as we chatted about poverty in the UK – a staggering 3.5 million children are growing up in poverty today in the UK alone– we decided that we wanted to do more. Our first-hand experience of the transformative power of books and literacy bolsters our belief that good education can break the cycle of poverty; and with this in mind, on Friday 19th June, we hosted our first…
  • LEAP Grant Update: Reading Together at Armley Library, Part 2

    Fiona Marshall
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Written by Andy Parker, Better World Books Acquisitions Representative. Leeds Libraries were one of the recipients of our LEAP grants in 2014. I went to visit Armley Library in May to see how their Reading Together group was coming along. Reading Together is a group for asylum seekers and refugees. Lyn Banbury runs the group at Armley; Lyn also helped to write the LEAP application. The first thing that struck me about Lyn was her passion for literacy and learning–precisely what is needed to enable a positive impact. The LEAP funding does nothing without the commitment of people like Lyn.
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    Mike Cressy Art

  • Bat-ish Woman

    26 Aug 2015 | 9:59 pm
    Took off the last month or so... but here's a new drawing I did on the way to Detroit for my birthday.
  • Accidental Aviatrix

    22 Jul 2015 | 10:06 pm
    This idea came to me last week and it is possible to be my next graphic novel
  • Holiday portraits...

    13 Jul 2015 | 9:25 pm
    A couple of drawings of some spectators on the 4th of July...
  • End Papers done!

    9 Jul 2015 | 10:54 pm
    I finally finished the end papers for the bear picture book that I illustrated and made some minor changes on the interior pages. That should be it. Looking forward to the date when it comes out. Should be in the fall. I'll keep you posted.
  • Sharpie drawing... THE BIRDS!

    26 Jun 2015 | 11:52 pm
    You know... just hanging out on the branch...
 
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    The Reader's Advisor Online Blog

  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Sarah Statz Cords
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:53 am
    To Be Published, Week of September 7, 2015 TUESDAY FICTION Abercrombie, Joe – The Blade Itself Abercrombie, Joe – Before They Are Hanged Abercrombie, Joe – Last Argument of Kings Adler-Olsen, Jussi – The Hanging Girl Antoinette, Ashley – Luxe 75,000 Baldacci, David – The Keeper Block, Sandra – Girl Without a Name Child, Lee – Make Me Coleman, Reed Farrel – Robert B. Parker’s The Devil Wins Curry, Alexandra – The Courtesan Daly, Paula – The Mistake I Made deWitt, Patrick – Undermajordomo Minor Dicks, Matthew –…
  • RA Run Down

    Cindy Orr
    30 Aug 2015 | 8:27 am
    The readers’s advisory librarian’s weekly update, from a scan of more than 100 blogs, newsletters, magazines, newspapers and television. This blog is brought to you by ABC-CLIO’s Reader’s Advisor Online, which is based on Libraries Unlimited’s print Genreflecting Advisory series. Give it a whirl and let us know how you like it. We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to comment on any of our posts, or contact us at rablog@librariesunlimited.com. By Cindy Orr and Sarah Statz Cords New to Bestseller Lists This Week: FICTION NONFICTION GRAPHIC BOOKS and MANGA To…
  • Coming Attractions 2015

    Cindy Orr
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    Rolling Stone: Fall Book Preview 2015: Hot Rock Reads, From Patti to Petty Quill & Quire: Fall Preview O Magazine: 16 Books to Curl Up with This Fall NY Magazine: Fall Books Preview Lit Hub: The Great Booksellers’ Fall Preview Amazon: Fall Preview BookPeople: Fall Book Preview School Library Journal: Teen Book Buzz Fall 2015 Tor.com: 5 Canadian Books to Look for This Fall Business Insider: The Most Influential Business Books of 2015 AP: Fall Book Preview Barnes & Noble: Fall 2015 Discover New Writers Selections BookPage: 2015 Fall Fiction Preview>/li> BookPage: 2015 Fall…
  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Cindy Orr
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:22 pm
    To Be Published, Week of August 31, 2015 TUESDAY FICTION Abulhawa, Susan – The Blue Between Sky and Water Albert, Susan Wittig – Darling Dahlias and the Eleven O’Clock Lady Angelini, Josephine – Firewalker – 100,000 Balogh, Mary – Only a Kiss Brunstetter, Wanda E. & Jean – The Lopsided Christmas Cake Byrne, Kerrigan – The Highwayman – 100,000 Camilleri, Andrea – Beam Of Light Clegg, Bill – Did You Ever Have A Family Coel, Margaret – The Man Who Fell from the Sky Cussler, Clive – The Solomon Curse Dobyns,…
  • RA Run Down

    Cindy Orr
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:38 am
    The readers’s advisory librarian’s weekly update, from a scan of more than 100 blogs, newsletters, magazines, newspapers and television. This blog is brought to you by ABC-CLIO’s Reader’s Advisor Online, which is based on Libraries Unlimited’s print Genreflecting Advisory series. Give it a whirl and let us know how you like it. We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to comment on any of our posts, or contact us at rablog@librariesunlimited.com. By Cindy Orr and Sarah Statz Cords New to Bestseller Lists This Week: FICTION NONFICTION GRAPHIC BOOKS and MANGA To…
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    The Bat Segundo Show & Follow Your Ears

  • Robert Smiths Slightly Mad Pop Pop Canon Cannon Bang Bang Wake (Interstitial Mix #1)

    ed@edrants.com (Edward Champion)
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:47 pm
    This is the first of a series of interstitial mixes that will be rolled out as I continue to develop some future projects. What follows is a descent into the contradictions of pop music, initiated by one Robert Smith trapped in the framework of a famous Lionel Richie composition. While the mix is enjoyable on its own terms, there are many hidden associations for those wishing to play along. Interpretations of this madness are, of course, quite welcome in the comments.
  • Merritt Tierce (BSS #551)

    ed@edrants.com (Edward Champion)
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    There are 2.4 million waiters and waitresses now working in America. Why have our narratives failed to confront the realities of working in a restaurant? Merritt Pierce, author of LOVE ME BACK, joins us to discuss working-class narratives, the male gaze, abortion, and women as second-class citizens. This show also includes a strong critique of 2 BROKE GIRLS and one of the most startling on-air gaffes in Bat Segundo's history.
  • The Cultural Redemption of Stefan Zweig: Anthea Bell and George Prochnik (BSS #550)

    ed@edrants.com (Edward Champion)
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:37 am
    This special two hour episode of The Bat Segundo Show details the life and work of Stefan Zweig in considerable detail. It may be the most epic radio program ever devoted to Stefan Zweig. It includes interviews with translator Anthea Bell and George Prochnik, author of THE IMPOSSIBLE EXILE.
  • Amanda Vaill (BSS #549)

    ed@edrants.com (Edward Champion)
    27 Jun 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway headed to Spain to help the Loyalists during the Civil War. Gellhorn was to transform into one of the 20th century's best war correspondents. Hemingway needed to have his romanticism crushed to write a masterpiece. They are two figures in Amanda Vaill's HOTEL FLORIDA. This conversation examines how the Civil War changed not only the trajectory of Spain, but the future of world culture.
  • Mimi Pond (BSS #548)

    ed@edrants.com (Edward Champion)
    19 Jun 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Cartoonist Mimi Pond spent a good chunk of 1978 working as a dishwasher and a waitress in an Oakland diner. Thirty-six years later, she's collected her experiences in the graphic novel, OVER EASY. This 40 minute conversation examines that experience, looking into the difficulties of accurately portraying that era in a politically correct age and how a crisp glimpse into working-class life is generally more reliable than nostalgia.
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    A Bookshelf Monstrosity

  • What They're (Really) Reading: August 2015

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:57 am
    photo by Toby Neal By keeping a pulse on what my kiddos are checking out and keeping a close eye on which books are circulating heavily, I feel that I can spend the small budget I have more wisely by choosing books I know will have a greater likelihood of circulating widely.Each month I'll feature a few fiction and a few nonfiction books that are on the "heavy rotation" list at our elementary library. They're not necessarily new, shiny, or covered with awards -- they're just what the kids want. This Month's Selections:Michael Jackson (Big Buddy Biographies)by Sarah TieckNonfiction Highlights…
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: The Day the Crayons Came Home

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    22 Aug 2015 | 5:40 am
    The Day the Crayons Came Homeby Drew Daywaltillustrations by Oliver JeffersPhilomel Books (August 18, 2015)Picture BookSummary:In this sequel to the fabulous The Day the Crayons Quit, instead of letters, Duncan receives a stack of postcards from crayons that have been misplaced or maligned, or are ready for adventure. Why You'll Love It: Oh happy day, another book featuring the crayons! There's so much you can do with this book as a mentor text, just like its predecessor. This time the mode of writing is postcards instead of letters, but it's still a great model for writer's…
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Dory and the Real True Friend

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    8 Aug 2015 | 8:09 am
    Dory and the Real True Friendby Abby HanlonDial Books (July 7, 2015)Early Chapter BookSummary:Dory, a highly imaginative youngest child, makes a new friend at school but her brother and sister are sure Rosabelle is imaginary, just like all of Dory's other friends.  Why You'll Love It:Dory’s lively first-person narrative is illustrated with similarly expressive line drawings, which take up about as much space as the text in this appealing early chapter book.The humor and familiar school setting will invite new fans. Old friends and new will hope this highly successful sequel will not be…
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: First Grade Dropout

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    First Grade Dropoutby Audrey Vernickillustrations by Matthew CordellClarion Books (July 7, 2015)Picture BookSummary:Everyone laughs when a boy does something embarrassing in class. He considers his options: magic, time travel, disguise. Or maybe he can just quit school. . . .  Why You'll Love It: Readers will sympathize with this first grader as he describes being laughed at by a “big marching band“ of classmates (including his best friend!) after he accidentally calls his teacher “Mommy.“ From the opening lines, the narrator’s voice stands out (“I’ve been lots of…
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Woodpecker Wham!

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    25 Jul 2015 | 8:08 am
    Woodpecker Wham!by April Pulley Sayreillustrated by Steve JenkinsHenry Holt (May 12, 2015)Informational Picture BookSummary:Enter woodpecker world and get a bird's eye view of everyday life: hiding from hawks, feeding hungry chicks, and drilling holes to build homes. Woodpeckers are nature's home builders, creating holes that many other animals live in when the woodpeckers move on. Why You'll Love It: As well as being a great scientific text, the language lends itself naturally to a lesson on onomatopoeia or action words. “Wedge it. Sledge it. / Wham by wham. / Clear those chips. /…
 
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    Minnesota Reads

  • A Big, Fat Disappointment

    Jodi Chromey
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    For months and months my Rock & Roll bookclub would talk with breathless anticipation about the impending publication of Armada. After all, Ready Player One, Ernest Cline’s first novel, is probably the most well-received and unanimously loved book our club has read in its eight year history. “I’m just so worried it’s gonna suck,” Atom would half whisper and look up to the heavens as if asking for a divine intervention to prevent such a thing from happening. Poor Atom, didn’t get his wish. This book sucked. It sucked hard. Once again we get a teen dude,…
  • Feel Something

    Christa
    10 Aug 2015 | 8:11 am
    You know how sometimes you’re reading a book and a moody art dude goes into his studio and begins a complicated choreography that starts with covering his genitals in paint, segues into self-penetration with a paint-stained digit, and ends with him furiously spilling his seed on the canvas — it’s sort of his signature — and you’re like heaving and breathless, not because it’s hot (it’s not) but because it’s Art, man. And truth. And life, no death. Clutch book to chest. Applaud author’s ability to, like a maestro, draw such a visceral response. Yeah, that’s sort of…
  • ‘This One Summer’ Lives Up to the Hype

    Jodi Chromey
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:24 am
    I’d probably need all my fingers and toes to count the graphic novels that didn’t live up to their hype (Watchmen, Black Hole, Ghost World, Jimmy Corrigan. . . just to name a few). However Jillian and Mariko Tamaki’s This One Summer, doesn’t just live up to the hype, it blows the hype out of the water because the hype could never, ever live up to this beautiful and touching graphic novel. Pre-teen Rose and her parents spend every summer at a cottage in Awago. They’ve been doing this so long, Rose has a summer friend, Windy. Windy just a year(ish) younger than…
  • ‘Delicious Foods’ Will Stick to Your Ribs

    Jodi Chromey
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    It took me months to finish James Hannaham’s Delicious Foods, which is more a statement of fact than a comment on the book. The novel opens with a scene that you will read breathless and unblinking. Teenage Eddie is driving from someplace in Louisiana or Texas to St. Cloud, Minnesota in a stolen car, navigating with bloody stumps where his hands used to be. Yowza. And this isn’t even the most harrowing thing to happen in a book where crack cocaine is a main character, Scotty, with a point of view that takes over large sections of the story. Scotty often tells us the story of…
  • Intimacy Idiot

    Will A
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    In a few past reviews for this site, I’ve mused aloud whether I didn’t quite enjoy a book as much because it didn’t reflect my life. (See: Dept. of Speculation and The Buried Giant) If that is indeed the case, then I probably enjoyed Isaac Oliver’s “Intimacy Idiot” because it does reflect my life — or, reflects it much more than it doesn’t. That, and Oliver has genuine talent as a storyteller. Intimacy Idiot is a collection of short stories that chronicles Oliver’s young adulthood in the arts scene of New York, which mostly means it’s about his various strange,…
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    Black Heart Magazine

  • Shadow Hands by Victoria Griffin

    Katherine Memmel
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s gonna get you. You know that. “What’s gonna get me?” I see you looking at the cars going sixty-five in a fifty and wondering how badly it would hurt. I see you looking at that bridge and wondering if the drop would kill you. Porter was walking alongside the highway, against traffic because that’s what you’re supposed to do. The sun was low in the east, and his shadow was cast over the shoulder, its head severed by the line between asphalt and grass. The shadow was misshapen by Porter’s bulky coat as it plodded along beside him, slightly out of step. He walked faster and put…
  • September by Ramesh Dohan

    Danielle White
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    The sun is as resolute as a bookmark, or a dog-eared page, dictating: here, the remembrance, and here, the fear. How can I say it? All morning I observe trees unravelling through the kitchen window, their leaves dropping burnt and ochre, each one a five-fingered impression or a fluttering heart. “Lonely Leaf Left Alone” image by Flickr user Dave Heuts – Ramesh Dohan hails from the city of Toronto. He earned a BA from the University of British Columbia. His poetry often slips into quirky, tender, or profound observation on the everyday, reading and writing, and poetry…
  • Till Death Do Us Part by Elizabeth Dobbin

    Katherine Memmel
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Till Death Do Us Part The lake stretched out before him, beckoning him to its frigid depths. A dull weight hung on him, pressing down on his shoulders, on his heart, on his lungs. Spines of cattails grew from the banks of the lake, mixed with waist high thistles and crab grass. He remembered the way the moon shined on the lake, like the facets of a diamond, but not tonight. Tonight, the moon hid its face from him. Even the geese swimming in the black water paddled away from him, and the dragonflies hummed toward the distant banks. Moon River image courtesy of Flickr user Simon Harrod A…
  • Black Heart is on summer vacation

    Laura Roberts
    10 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Black Heart is taking a brief summer vacation! We’ll be back on September 7th. In the meantime, submissions will remain open, though our weekly posts will cease for the rest of August. If you’d like to join our team of crack editors, please note that we are currently on the lookout for an assistant Fiction Editor. Applications are due August 30th. Please enjoy the rest of your summer vacation, and we look forward to seeing you again this fall! “Dalbeg Beach (new edit)” image by Flickr user Chris Combe
  • The Man of Mystery by J H Martin

    Katherine Memmel
    6 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    It was like that because it had to be like that. As he explained to the assistant in the new department store. “Sorry Ma’am, but I cannot divulge my name. That would go against orders.” “Oh yes, of course. Certainly Sir, I understand.” ‘At the cosmetics counter the young assistant wore upon her face the most plastic of smiles.’ He wore a white naval uniform, which was pristine, yet frayed at its well-worn cuffs. ‘Unfortunately, the store itself had that sad and lifeless air of a newly-built hotel. This manifested itself in the strong smell of bleach and the disinterest on the…
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    Flavorwire » Books

  • The Murakami Offensive: Is This How Bookstores Beat Amazon?

    Jonathon Sturgeon
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    In a bid to outmaneuver Amazon, Kinokuniya, Japan’s largest bookstore chain, recently bought 90% of the first print run of Haruki Murakami’s new book Novelist as a Vocation, a collection of essays the author wrote for Monkey, a Japanese literary magazine. The book arrives in stores on September 10. Kinokuniya’s plan is to corner the market against “the everything store,” which will be left with only 5,000 copies of the collection. “The reality of the industry today is that it is becoming increasingly difficult for brick-and-mortar bookstores to purchase copies of high-profile new…
  • Why the Media’s “Decline of Men” Narrative Doesn’t Hold Up

    Sarah Seltzer
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    With women earning more graduate degrees than men for the first time ever, and taking up a full half of the educated workforce, the hurdles they face in the workplace might be harder to identify — but they are very much there. In fact, Caryl Rivers and Rosalind C. Barnett, Ph.D., argue in their book, The New Soft War on Women, the gains women have made in the workplace are actually being used rhetorically to keep equality from being fully realized. Rather than simply telling women to try harder, this book gives them grounding in the facts about discrimination and…
  • Don DeLillo to Receive National Book Award for Contribution to American Letters

    Jonathon Sturgeon
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:17 am
    Don DeLillo, author of more than fifteen novels, including White NoiseMao II, and Underworld, will receive the 2015 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 66th National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner. The ceremony will be held on November 8 in New York City. The National Book Foundation will award DeLillo on the basis of a “diverse body of work that examines the mores of contemporary modern American culture and brilliantly embeds the rhythms of everyday speech within a beautifully composed, contoured narrative.” “Don DeLillo is unquestionably one of the…
  • J.K. Rowling Tweets the Deets of Harry Potter’s Son’s First Day at Hogwarts

    Moze Halperin
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Today is Harry Potter’s son, James Sirius Potter’s, first day of school — at least, according to J.K. Rowling’s Twitter account. (Recall, all ye nerds, that the epilogue in Deathly Hallows featured Harry and his wife Ginny seeing their children off to school — but that it was their middle child, Albus Severus’ first day. James, however, is their eldest child, so the epilogue-aligned day has yet to come… aaand I’m going to stop Pottersplaining). Earlier, in honor of the muggle-world back-to-school day, Rowling wrote: I'm in Edinburgh, so could…
  • ‘The Story of the Lost Child’: Elena Ferrante Concludes Her Tetralogy on Female Friendship and Feminist Doubles

    Sarah Seltzer
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Doubles — whether twisted sisterhoods or dark mother-daughter duos — are a common feature of feminist fiction. They appear in many iconic works, from Bertha, the infamous madwoman in the attic whose violence symbolizes Jane Eyre’s suppressed rage to saintly-or-evil Rebecca, laughing from beyond death at the mousy second Mrs. DeWinter, to the returned spirit of Beloved torturing her mother, Sethe, the two women growing and shrinking in proportion to each other. Doubles represent different kinds of womanhood: the furious and the complacent; the sexual and the proper; the one who…
 
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    Book Marketing Bestsellers: Book Promotion Blog

  • Victor Hugo on Love and Ideas

    John Kremer
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:01 am
    There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world; and that is an idea whose time has come. — Victor Hugo, novelistTo love another person is to see the face of God. — Victor Hugo, novelist, Les Miserables
  • Sydney Bristow on the Truth

    John Kremer
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:13 am
    There's something that happens when you discover the truth about someone. I know a little about this. The truth changes everything. — Sydney Bristow, character in Alias TV series
  • Every Person You Talk to Is a Chance to Change the World

    John Kremer
    22 Aug 2015 | 2:24 am
    Miracles: You do not have to look for them. They are there, 24/7, beaming like radio waves all around you. Put up the antenna, turn up the volume—snap... crackle... this just in, every person you talk to is a chance to change the world. — Hugh Elliott, blogger, Standing Room Only
  • How to Become a Billionaire

    John Kremer
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:53 pm
    The best way to become a billionaire is to help a billion people. — Peter Diamandis, founder of the XPrize
  • Margaret Atwood: Go Around Obstacles

    John Kremer
    19 Aug 2015 | 2:16 am
    Remember you are half-water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does. — Margaret Atwood, novelist
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    Pixel of Ink

  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Thursday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:44 am
    Ready for even more great reads? Check out these Freebies & Deals tonight! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller Mister Black: A Billionaire SEAL Story by P.T. Michelle Still free? Click Here to find out! We all have someone who crossed our path and fundamentally changed us. That one person who blew through our lives, their presence forever stamped on our psyche. They linger in our thoughts, in our hearts, and in the decisions we make. A soul crusher or a dream maker, depending on the…
  • [BOOK OF THE DAY] Wild Thing – Save 63%

    Pixel of Ink
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:29 am
    Wild Thing by Robin Kaye Genre: Romance If he thinks a group of beautiful women is a handful, wait until he meets her… White-water rafting guide Hunter Kincaid is psyched to lead a group of fashion models into the Idaho wilderness for a photoshoot. But it’s Toni, the feisty manager of Action Models, who creates enough sparks to start a forest fire… When rugged outdoorsman meets the original city girl, worlds will definitely collide in Robin Kaye’s fresh new series. Still a Hot Deal? Click Here to find out! Prices are subject to change without notice. For non-U.S.
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Thursday Morning

    Pixel of Ink
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:25 am
    For even more of the best eBook deals, be sure to check Pixel of Ink every day! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Action & Adventure, Contemporary Fiction, Paranormal, Romance Devil in Disguise by Heather Huffman Still free? Click Here to find out! Tenacious reporter Rachel Cooper devotes her life to exposing corruption by shining a light on the darker corners of the world – a career that doesn’t leave much room for relationships. Even so, she finds it impossible to stop thinking about her unexpected run-in with Conrad Langston, an…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Wednesday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:06 am
    Keep your Kindle full and happy with tonight’s Freebies & Deals! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Dystopian, Fantasy, Historical Romance, Mystery Becoming Alpha by Aileen Erin Still free? Click Here to find out! One stupid party. One stupid boy. One stupid kiss. And my life was virtually over. Tessa McCaide has a unique talent for getting into trouble. Then again, it isn’t easy for a girl with visions to ignore what she sees. Luckily Tessa and her family are leaving California and moving halfway across the…
  • [BOOK OF THE DAY] 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace – Save $12

    Pixel of Ink
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:53 am
    10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace by Wayne W. Dyer Over 100 5-Star Reviews! Genre: Inspirational 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace features renowned self-help expert Wayne W. Dyer offering tips designed to help anyone find peace and happiness during his or her life journey. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi In this simple book Wayne Dyer reveals his 10 secrets to success and Inner Peace. Mastering these simple steps will help guide you to a more fulfilled peaceful life. Wayne wrote this book with his 8 children in mind, as they set out into their adult life, but its message is a universal…
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    firewireblog.com

  • Super Hero Slot Machine Games

    Larry Fire
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:49 am
    Superheroes are one of the most commonly used inspirations by casino software companies and these are the top slot machine games with a superhero theme. Comics, movies and TV shows are not the only entertainment channels that use superheroes as their main protagonists. Turns out, the casino industry is pretty much obsessed with our favorite characters as well. The popularity of fan favourite superheroes such as Superman, Iron Man and Spiderman was enough for casino game developers to get down to business and come up with fantastic superhero themed slot machines. Here are the top superhero…
  • Funko Pop! Movies: Iron Giant

    Larry Fire
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:27 am
    It came from outer space! The Funko Pop! Movies: Iron Giant comes holding a junkyard car with his pal. Hogarth Hughes, in the driver’s seat, just like from the film! Everyone needs their own giant robot and you can pick up yours in October!
  • Star Wars Force Friday Event Guide

    Larry Fire
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:40 am
    This Friday, there will indeed be an awakening…for Star Wars collectors everywhere. September 4,2015 A.K.A. Force Friday — the highly-anticipated midnight release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys, collectibles, gadgets, and more — is almost here. It will be the world’s first chance to own official product celebrating the next installment of the Star Wars saga, and several retailers have, to quote Admiral Piett, “something special planned.” Check out the special event guide below and may the Force (Friday) be with you! Amazon.com is celebrating Force Friday by offering…
  • The BB-8 App-Enabled Droid By Sphero

    Larry Fire
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:29 am
    This is the Droid you’re looking for. Meet BB-8 the app-enabled Droid that’s as authentic as it is advanced. BB-8 has something unlike any other robot – an adaptive personality that changes as you play. Based on your interactions, BB-8 will show a range of expressions and even perk up when you give voice commands. Set it to patrol and watch your Droid explore autonomously, make up your own adventure and guide BB-8 yourself, or create and view holographic recordings. Sphero’s BB-8 is controllable with a Star Wars-themed smartphone app and the help of a Wi-Fi signal. It…
  • The First Cover (Store Logo Variant) For Dark Knight III: The Master Race Is Revealed

    Larry Fire
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:40 am
    Dark Knight III: The Master Race is coming November 25th—and DC’s kicking it off big by revealing the first of several retail variant covers available at your local comics retailer! With art by Dave Johnson, based on a sketch by Jim Lee, this take on the iconic Dark Knight Returns finale features your local comic shop store logo placed near the top.
 
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    The Truth About Lies

  • #570

    2 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    ArachnophobiaAmongst the ruins of my life –the hedonist crouches, arachnid, in the long shadows. I do not believe in ghostsbut I believe in you. 20 November 1983 I’m not afraid of spiders. I have no great love for them either but I try to avoid killing them. I used to read The Amazing Spider-Man from time to time but he was never a favourite. For starters I wasn’t a fan of Ditko’s art; he couldn’t hold a candle to Jack Kirby. That, of course, was back in the day. Once Todd McFarlane got his hands on the web-slinger in the eighties it was a different matter. This poem’s not about…
  • #562

    30 Aug 2015 | 3:30 am
    The SurrealSo I close my eyes: the beautiful twins thatwatch you undress –in the dark, naked shadowsswim to enfold you. (For F.) 23 October 1983   The word 'surrealist' was coined by Guillaume Apollinaire and first appeared in the preface to his play Les Mamelles de Tirésias, which was written in 1903 and first performed in 1917. It used to be best known as the name of an art movement which began in the 1920s but I doubt that’s the case these days. It’s become the default synonym for anything that in the sixties they’d probably have called ‘trippy’. Nothing’s unreal…
  • #557

    26 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    A Blind Girl's ColoursLost for words andlet down by them, she repeated a simple phraseover and over again to me, pouring herself into each expression. Her intensity was obvious –its depth flattered me. (For F.) 8 October 1983   F. was not a stupid woman but she’d had a mother who’d told her she was and she believed her. I do wonder about why parents pick on certain of their children and dote on others. I only had the one kid. I only wanted the one. Anyway F. was not stupid but she did lack confidence and so, even though she knew big words, she would never use them. When it…
  • #556

    23 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Gift"It's as good as a kiss," she said, offering the loving cup to me, and she smiled superfluouslyher eyes reflecting my pleasure. (For F.) 22 September 1983   This was something F. did say to me. It wasn’t a loving cup. It was a ceramic mug and why we were sharing it I’ve no idea. Or it might’ve been a can of juice by which I mean ginger by which I mean soda pop. I don’t remember. I do remember it was something she said and not just to me but when two people are in a relationship that no one else knows about they do like to talk in code whenever possible, to touch in…
  • Becoming Abigail

    16 Aug 2015 | 3:30 am
    [E]verything in Nigeria is about haunting. It’s about ghosts. The dead are everywhere, and just won’t stay dead. In my Igbo culture, dead parents used to be buried in the middle of the living room and not in cemeteries. So in this way the dead are always there, to guide us, to teach us. – Chris Abani in an interview with Colm Tóibín According to Johannes Koettl’s paper ‘Human Trafficking, Modern Day Slavery, and Economic Exploitation’ the term human trafficking was first used publicly in the early 1990s in media coverage on the prostitution of women from Eastern Europe in…
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    Free Book Reviews

  • Book Review: Inheritance (The Evolution Chronicles Book 2) by RJ Palmer

    Albert Robbins III
    15 Aug 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Description on Amazon:It’s been twenty years since that fateful winter night in the Colorado asylum and the Donnelly twins are all grown up. Elizabeth is a bit of a bounder with a taste for adventure and Renee… Well, Renee just wants to be normal. Like that’s ever going to happen. When tragedy strikes the Donnelly family and everything goes haywire, Renee finds herself scrambling alone in a race against time to solve the riddle of a lifetime, fix what’s broken and figure out how it all went so horribly wrong to begin with.Review:First let me place my disclaimer and state that this is…
  • Book Review: The Game of Pawns (Book Three of the Darkness Series) by Leonard D. Hilley II

    Albert Robbins III
    15 Aug 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Description from Amazon:Pawns are Expendable . . . Twelve execution-style murders have occurred in Newark, New Jersey, in less than a week. Each murder has a calling card - a red pawn on each corpse. Kat Gaddis and Lucian investigate the homicides and discover the last four victims were employed by GenTech, a company that recently merged with Mech Cybernetics. After FBI director Mike Carpenter shares evidence with Kat, they soon discover political ties and corruptions that place Kat's life in direct danger. New players emerge and what seems like serial murders suddenly becomes a struggle for…
  • Free Book Reviews is BACK!!!

    Albert Robbins III
    15 Aug 2015 | 1:22 pm
    After a very log hiatus...Free Book Reviews is back....New reviews coming soon...
  • Inheritance (The Evolution Chronicles Book 2) by RJ Palmer

    Albert Robbins III
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:23 pm
    They were midflight when the trouble started. Raine had tried not to think about the deep disquiet that had settled in the pit of his gut when he and Sierra had boarded the plane. He had tried to concentrate instead on them simply taking their seats and had pushed the horrifying notion that something was going to go terribly wrong to the side of his consciousness. Clairvoyance was not among his many talents. For all that it was he was capable of, he could not see the future.Sierra was all too happy to chatter somewhat aimlessly about cakes, food and decorations. She didn’t even care that…
  • Happy Bornday To My Wife Rachel Robbins

    Albert Robbins III
    23 May 2014 | 6:47 am
    I knew you would be the girl I would marry Ever since the day I gave you my first look On the day we officially tied the knot I felt proud to change my relationship status on Facebook Not a single day passes by in my life When your sweet antics don’t give my heart a flutter You would realize how much I miss you When I am at work, if you saw my Twitter I don’t worry about how what others think I don’t care if they fun of me I just want continue shouting out to the world So that my love for you, everyone can see Happy bornday
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  • News – Richard and Judy Autumn 2015 Book Club Titles Announced

    Novelicious
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:53 am
    Fall foliage and pumpkin spice lattes are nice and all, but there’s nothing like a new Richard and Judy Book Club selection to get you in the mood for a new season, right? Eight brand new titles were revealed for the Autumn 2015 book club today, and the selection is spot on, as ever. Once again, this season’s book club is mostly comprised of female writers – five of the eight books have been penned by women – and there’s a broad mix of genres. Kate Mosse, whose debut novel Labyrinth was picked for the first ever Richard and Judy Book Club in 2005, is on this season’s list with her…
  • Review – Love Notes For Freddie by Eva Rice

    Novelicious
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:30 am
    Reviewed by Jennifer Joyce Marnie FitzPatrick is a sixth former at St Libby’s, a prestigious boarding school. A whiz at maths, Marnie has a bright future ahead of her until she spends the day with the charismatic Rachel Porter, a fellow pupil, and everything changes. Once a dancer in New York, Julie Crewe now hides herself in her maths teaching at St Libby’s. She has a mysterious past with a boy named Jo she danced with in Central Park, a past she can’t seem to forget or move on from. During the summer of 1969, Marnie introduces Miss Crewe to Freddie Friday, a young man with a love of…
  • Review – Perfect Daughter by Amanda Prowse

    Novelicious
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:30 am
    Reviewed by Susan Lobban She’s a wife, mother and daughter, but somewhere over the years Jacks Morgan has lost herself. Each day is jam-packed with fulfilling the needs of her family and she barely has time to have a cup of tea let alone dwell of what might have been. Her husband Pete may have been there through thick and thin, but he is not much help when it comes to the everyday struggles of having a stroppy teenager and a mother with Alzheimer’s under the same roof. Jacks may not be living the life she always dreamed of but she is determined that her eldest daughter Martha will reach…
  • Novelicious Goes...Sailing With Chrissie Manby

    Novelicious
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:30 am
    by Cesca Major The event? Chrissie Manby's book launch for A Proper Family Adventure. The date? Why, a sunny day in August, of course! The location? The most luxurious cruise ship. On a rather blustery day we were swept aboard the Royal Princess – the most jaw-dropping ship you will ever see. The marble-lined atrium, the gold staircase, the turquoise-blue water features were just the beginning. We were led through the art gallery, the sumptuous cocktail bars and dining rooms, past the grand piano, the on-site theatre, the outdoor pool complete with cinema screen, the spa rooms, the…
  • Feasting on Romantic Comedy – Buttery Scrambled Eggs from Appleby Farm by Cathy Bramley

    Helen
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:30 am
    One of the (many) things I love about Cathy Bramley's books is that she adds so much food to her novels. In Appleby Farm it could be a cottage pie, a 'sweet dreams special' (real butter on toasted homemade bread and hot milk with a sprinkling of nutmeg and sugar) or just a simple plate of buttery scrambled eggs. Each dish immediately adds depth to the story. You can picture yourself getting a hug from Freya's aunt (smelling of Nivea face cream and homemade bread) in the warm farmhouse kitchen, eating the food and gaining the same pleasure from it that Freya is experiencing.  And because…
 
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  • Short and Tweet Review: The Rising by Kelley Armstrong

    Brandi Kosiner
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Rising (Darkness Rising #3) by Kelley ArmstrongThings are getting desperate for Maya and her friends. Hunted by the powerful St. Clouds and now a rival Cabal as well, they're quickly running out of places to hide. And with the whole world thinking they died in a helicopter crash, it's not like they can just go to the authorities for help.All they have is the name and number of someone who might be able to give them a few answers. Answers to why they're so valuable, and why their supernatural powers are getting more and more out of control.But Maya is unprepared for the truths that await…
  • Waiting on Wednesday, WoW

    Brandi Kosiner
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. I also feature books that may have already released, but I am anxiously waiting to read.This week, I'm featuring:Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. SmithOn the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they'll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might…
  • Twilight Tuesdays: Storytellers new official short films set in Twilight universe

    Brandi Kosiner
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:30 pm
    I wanted to do this because my love for Twilight has recently been rekindled and hoping there are some more Edward lovers (or Jacob shippers I do suppose) out there to keep it alive with me.Stephanie says about this project:On Wednesday I, along with Lionsgate, Women in Film, Facebook and Tongal, announced an exciting new project: “The Storytellers – New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga” (or if you’re following the hashtags on social media: #TwilightStories for short.) We are teaming up to find five aspiring female filmmakers to create short films based on a broad spectrum of…
  • Review: Nil Unlocked (Nil #2) by Lynne Matson

    Brandi Kosiner
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:39 am
    Nil Unlocked (Nil #2) by Lynne MatsonOn the island of Nil, the rules are set. You have exactly 365 days to escape—or you die. Rives is now the undisputed Leader of Nil City, but keeping the City united is tougher than ever.Raiders have grown bolder, supplies are dwindling, and non-human inhabitants have taken a turn toward the deadly. New arrivals cause rifts within the City, putting the Search system at risk, and calling everything Rives knows into question. Desperate for answers, he teams up with the only other person searching for them: Skye, a new arrival with a mysterious past of her…
  • Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, Bought Borrowed and Bagged

    Brandi Kosiner
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews,  check it out and sign up  hereThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged is a weekly meme, hosted by TalkSupe, where I share with you the books I have bought, borrowed, or bagged. Link up with me here.Currently reading:Burning Kingdoms (Internment Chronicles,…
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  • An Interview With Carolyn Howard-Johnson – Creator of the How To Do It Frugally Series of Books

    Vikram
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:28 am
    Carolyn Howard-Johnson is best known as The Frugal Book Promoter, but she has worn many hats including that of literary writer, poet, and writer for many well-known publications. We reached out to Carolyn to get her insights and wisdom on publishing, book marketing and editing. Hi Carolyn, Thank you for taking the time to do this interview. For those who may not have seen your ‘The Frugal Book Promoter’ book, can you take a moment to tell us a little about yourself and your books? I’m just a writer who love everything about writing. It’s a problem because that ranges from advocating…
  • How Conceptual Understanding and Retention Increases by Reading the Actual Books

    Guest
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:19 am
    The digital age has created a generation of people who view digital media as the norm and some even struggle to interact with the physical product and its paper origins. Those who have been born into the digital era may even expect to be able to shrink, enlarge or swipe a paper product. The question that is asked over and over again is whether the method of reading is important; as long as people continue to read. The Latest Findings Research has shown that those who read electronically may be missing out. Studies into this complex field suggest that the act of physically holding, and turning…
  • An Interview with Amazon Best-selling Author Claudette Alexander

    Naveen
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:59 am
    BookBuzzr author Claudette Alexander‘s eBook A Helping Hand On Dialysis: Power Tips To Enhance The Dialysis Life recently hit the #1 spot on Amazon.ca. We reached out to Claudette to learn more about her. The screenshot below was taken on August 13, 2015. 1. Hi Claudette, thank you for taking the time to do this interview. Can you start off by telling us about yourself? I was born in St. Lucia and currently live in Toronto, Canada with my family. A strong supportive system fuels me and gives me the strength to manage my chronic kidney failure. I have been on dialysis for the past 12…
  • An Interview with Amazon Best-selling Author Garnet Schulhauser

    Vikram
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:51 am
    BookBuzzr author Garnet Schulhauser’s books Dancing Forever with Spirit and Dancing on a Stamp recently hit #2 & #3 spots on the Amazon in Religion & Spirituality category. We reached out to Garnet to learn more about him. The screenshots below was taken on July 16, 2015. 1. Hi Garnet, thanks for taking the time to do this interview. Can you start off by telling us about yourself? Garnet Schulhauser is a retired lawyer who lives near Victoria, on Vancouver Island, with his wife, Cathy, and little dog, Abby. He grew up on a small farm in Saskatchewan and moved to Calgary, Canada,…
  • 5 BookBuzzr AuthorPage Widgets To Inspire You In July 2015

    Naveen
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
        1. Mercedes Guy – What It Took To Realize/ Voodoo (Daughters of the Ocean Book 1)     2. Dan Groat – A Punctual Paymaster     3. Dana Goodman – In the Cleft: Joy Comes in the Mourning     4. Juniko Moody – The Button Chronicles     5. Kim Cormack – Sweet Sleep (The Children of Ankh Book 1)    
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  • Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Digital Camera (Black)

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    Buy New: $948.00New (11) Used (8) Refurbished (2) from $825.00World's first1 20.1 MP 1" Exmor RS stacked back illuminated CMOS, High resolution 4K movie recording with direct pixel readout and no pixel binning, Super slow-motion movie3 HFR (High frame rate) up to 960 fps (40x), Super-speed Anti-Distortion Shutter at max. 1/32000 sec. up to 16fps, Bright F1.8- F2.8 ZEISS Vario-Sonar T* lens (24-70mm), Fast Intelligent AF thanks to the new Exmor RS CMOS sensor, Retractable XGA OLED Tru-Finer viewfinder and Sharp 3" multi-angle LCD, Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi and NFC…
 
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  • The Bleaklisted Movies: Gone with the Wind

    Dave Brown
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:01 pm
    About The Bleaklisted Movies Many moons ago a despotic cat named Charlie decided that he wanted to be a book critic. It would fit so nicely with his existing roles as food critic, dog critic and owner critic. Thus The Bleaklisted Books was born. After fifty books Charlie ran out of the limited ideas and inspiration he had and turned his attention to the world of films. We apologise but this dictatorial little beast will not be contained. Read at your risk… (And beware… SPOILERS!) Gone with the Wind What happens? Some rich trollop is in love with one guy but can’t be with him so…
  • The Bleaklisted Movies: Lost in Translation

    Dave Brown
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:39 am
    About The Bleaklisted Movies Many moons ago a despotic cat named Charlie decided that he wanted to be a book critic. It would fit so nicely with his existing roles as food critic, dog critic and owner critic. Thus The Bleaklisted Books was born. After fifty books Charlie ran out of the limited ideas and inspiration he had and turned his attention to the world of films. We apologise but this dictatorial little beast will not be contained. Read at your risk… (And beware… SPOILERS!) Lost in Translation What happens? Middle aged guy and young woman meet in Tokyo; they drink, they…
  • The Bleaklisted Movies: It Happened One Night

    Dave Brown
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:30 am
    About The Bleaklisted Movies Many moons ago a despotic cat named Charlie decided that he wanted to be a book critic. It would fit so nicely with his existing roles as food critic, dog critic and owner critic. Thus The Bleaklisted Books was born. After fifty books Charlie ran out of the limited ideas and inspiration he had and turned his attention to the world of films. We apologise but this dictatorial little beast will not be contained. Read at your risk… (And beware… SPOILERS!) It Happened One Night What happens? Some rich tart runs away from home, hooks up with a struggling…
  • The Bleaklisted Movies: Dirty Dancing

    Dave Brown
    12 Aug 2015 | 1:53 pm
    About The Bleaklisted Movies Many moons ago a despotic cat named Charlie decided that he wanted to be a book critic. It would fit so nicely with his existing roles as food critic, dog critic and owner critic. Thus The Bleaklisted Books was born. After fifty books Charlie ran out of the limited ideas and inspiration he had and turned his attention to the world of films. We apologise but this dictatorial little beast will not be contained. Read at your risk… (And beware… SPOILERS!) Dirty Dancing What happens? Girl falls for guy that dances. They both dance. A lot. That’s it.
  • #RRBC Spotlight Tour – Peggy Hattendorf

    Donna Brown
    10 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Don’t Underestimate the role of Setting Captivate . . . engage . . . transport – setting does all that and more. Create the mood – draw in the reader – jump start the whole story . . . all with setting. The background and surroundings provide support and footing for structuring and building the story. Presenting vivid descriptions and details – engage the reader’s emotions and allow him to see what the characters see. It secures place and location for characters, drama, conflict and suspense; while grounding the reader with a sense of identification. When properly formulated,…
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  • Review: Warlock Unbound by Dana Marie Bell (Heart’s Desire #4)

    Amanda
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Warlock Unbound (Hearts Desire #4) Dana Marie Bell Published: Sept. 1, 2015 (Samhain) Purchase: Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amanda Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars Over the past couple months, Daniel’s watched his brothers cast the spell that matches them with their mate. He’s avoided it for as long as he could, but he’s run out of time. Gareth, his older brother and king of the wizards, decrees it’s time. Kerry knew she was Daniel’s mate almost from the very beginning, despite being a mundane. That he’s waited so long…
  • Review: Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho (Sorcerer Royal #1)

    Margaret
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal #1) Zen Cho Published: Sept. 1, 2015 (Ace) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Margaret Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Zacharias Wythe, freed slave and magical scholar, has never been well liked by his colleagues in the Royal Society for Unnatural Philosophy. When he becomes Sorcerer Royal after the unexplained death of his mentor Sir Stephen, the animosity only increases. Zacharias would like to use his new position to discover a cure for England’s declining magic, but…
  • September 2015 New Releases: Nalini Singh, Kim Harrison, Sarah J. Maas, Seanan McGuire, Jim Butcher & more

    Chelsea
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:01 am
    In an effort to help you keep that to-read list updated, I’ve compiled the hot urban fantasy and paranormal romance releases for September 2015. All dates are U.S. and tentative. Also: Click the title of any book to visit the Amazon page for pre-order or purchase goodness. I’ve included genre classification with each book: UF is urban fantasy, PNR is paranormal romance, F is fantasy, SF is science fiction, YA is young adult and NA is new adult. SEPTEMBER 1 Archangel’s Enigma by Nalini Singh (Guild Hunter #8) UF PNR Chapelwood by Cherie Priest (Borden Dispatches #2) F Crucible Zero…
  • Release-Day Review: The Drafter by Kim Harrison (Peri Reed #1)

    Margaret
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The Drafter (The Peri Reed Chronicles #1) Kim Harrison Published: Sept. 1, 2015 (Gallery) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Margaret Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Peri Reed is a drafter, someone with a rare psychic ability to go back a short amount of time and revise events. When she drafts, Peri doesn’t consciously remember what happened during either timeline. She relies on anchors, people with the psychic skill to recognize the draft, to remember what happened and fix the correct memory in her mind.
  • Early Review: Crucible Zero by Devon Monk (House Immortal #3)

    Amy
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Crucible Zero (House Immortal #3) Devon Monk Published: Sept. 1, 2015 (Roc) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will reference the previous books in the series. If you haven’t started it yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, House Immortal. Infinity Bell ended with a bang, literally, and also left Matilda Case in an alternate world, as going back in time and changing events is wont to do. Crucible Zero pretty much…
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  • BOOK OF THE MONTH: BECOMING MARIA: A MEMOIR BY SONIA MANZANO

    Native NYer
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:48 pm
      [I need to] "go, go, go as far away as I can from this place where nothing changes."  --Sonia Manzano, Emmy award winning actress and Pura Belpre Award winning author    ScholasticBECOMING MARIA: A MEMOIRLove and Chaos in the South BronxSonia Manzano is best known as “Maria” from the eternally popular “Sesame Street” TV show.  BECOMING MARIA is her personal memoir.  Although, the book briefly touches on her iconic role, this memoir is more about her troubled childhood; the family’s struggle with poverty in the south Bronx during the 1950s and…
  • COVER REVEAL! THE INTRIGUING LIFE OF XIMENA GODOY by Graciela Limón

    Native NYer
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Latina Book Club invites you to check out our new Cover Reveals feature.Every Saturday, we'll bring you a new book cover from a Latino author.Let us know what you think.  Enjoy.THE INTRIGUING LIFE OF XIMENA GODOYby Graciela LimónCafé Con Leche Bookswww.gracielalimon.com  SUMMARY:  Revenge and murder define Ximena Godoy’s story. Her lifetime spans the first half of the 20th century, a transformative time of revolution, economic depression, uprooting and migration. During that time, she witnesses and participates in an era of revolution, bootlegging, dance…
  • COVER REVEAL! ¡VAMONOS! LET’S GO! By René Colato Laínez

    Native NYer
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Latina Book Club invites you to check out our new Cover Reveals feature.Every Saturday, we'll bring you a new book cover from a Latino author.Let us know what you think.  Enjoy.¡VAMONOS! LET’S GO! by René Colato LaínezHoliday House, Inc.www.renecolatolainez.netThis is a bilingual adaptation of The Wheels on the Bus.
  • COVER REVEAL! NIGHTS OF INDIGO BLUE: A DAISY MUŇIZ MYSTERY by Theresa Varela

    Native NYer
    14 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Latina Book Club invites you to check out our new Cover Reveals feature.Every Saturday, we'll bring you a new book cover from a Latino author.Let us know what you think.  Enjoy.NIGHTS OF INDIGO BLUE: A Daisy Muñiz Mysteryby Theresa Varelawww.theresavarela.comThis book will debut September 25, 2015.It's Theresa's first cozy mystery.  We can't wait!
  • REVIEW: THE HEART HAS ITS REASONS by Maria Dueñas (Atria Books)

    Native NYer
    12 Aug 2015 | 2:29 pm
      Atria Books, 2015“Sometimes life comes crashing down, heavy and cold as a dead weight.”So begins Maria Dueñas new novel, THE HEART HAS ITS REASONS.  This is the story of a woman humiliated by betrayal; running in shame; looking for a reason to survive.  It’s also the story of her rebirth; of forgiveness; and, of new resolutions.THE HEART HAS ITS REASONS is a stellar novel full of fraught, memorable characters; hidden mysteries; and sweet romance.SUMMARY:  College Professor Blanca Perea’s world comes crashing down when her husband of 25 years asks for a…
 
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  • Is Design Still a Job?

    Michael A. Robson
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:15 pm
    Web Designers (and perhaps digital designers in general) must ask themselves this question from time to time. Yes, there are tons of restaurant sites to redesign. Yes, there are designers out there charging 4-5 figures per project. Yes, you can basically do the same template site (don’t tell the client that) and cut down on […]
  • Try this Instead of ApplePay

    Michael A. Robson
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:40 am
    First we had credit cards, then debit cards and bank cards. They seemed to fuel consumption for a good 50 years. Consumer spending went up as the velocity of money exploded with these innovations. Then about 5-10 years ago, we heard that somewhere in Japan/Korea, you could pay for everything with your phone, using something […]
  • ShoutExchange

    Michael A. Robson
    12 Jul 2015 | 1:58 pm
    A few weeks back, our team started talking about an exciting new startup in social media. They wanted to put a spin on social media sharing, and came to us for identity and web design ideas. We had a few color and style ideas from the client, but first they wanted a logo. Ideation was fun. They […]
  • Giving vs “Giving”

    Michael A. Robson
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:18 am
    A few times a year, we have the opportunity to really tell our friends and family how much we love them. We meet for dinner, and exchange gifts, and good times. But when it comes to gift-giving, we’re hit and miss. Sadly, for many, it’s a time when they feel imposed upon. Obliged. They feel the […]
  • Can Fitbit Survive?

    Michael A. Robson
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:21 pm
    Apologies for the alarmist or sensationalist headline. I know. Fitbit just celebrated their IPO. The founders are totally rich. Customers, for the most part, are ecstatic. If you take a look at their current product lineup, it looks robust. While Samsung and Google were out in front with wearable hardware and platforms, no one was as early […]
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  • Literary Birthday: Edgar Rice Burroughs

    Better World Books
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:08 pm
    On September first, 1875, Edgar Rice Burroughs was born. As a writer, Burroughs gifted the world with two enduring characters, the jungle-swinging Tarzan and the Mars-exploring John Carter. Burroughs’ stories spanned genres. He wrote science fiction, fantasy, westerns and even historical-romance. Tarzan endures as a popular culture icon as does Burroughs’ influence. In a 2010 interview with The Paris Review, the late author, Ray Bradbury, cited Burroughs as an early influence and said, “Edgar Rice Burroughs never would have looked upon himself as a social mover and shaker with…
  • Five Web Series Broadcasting Classic Books for a New Era

    Better World Books
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:50 am
    Classic books are so named for a reason. These books offer more than yarns spun in days past. The stories contained between these covers have life well beyond the eras in which they were written. Over the past few years several online creators have translated these classics into web series, bringing beloved characters and treasured tales to a whole new audience. 1. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has inspired many adaptations, unofficial sequels, retellings and even zombie stories, but The Lizzie Bennet Dairies took the classic tale to an entirely new place…
  • Reflecting on the 2015 CILIP Conference

    Fiona Marshall
    10 Jul 2015 | 5:42 am
    Written by Martin Mullin, Head of UK Acquisitions. CILIP is the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. The CILIP Conference is a real highlight for Better World Books.  This year the  CILIP Conference was hosted in the impressive St. George’s Hall, Liverpool, with exhibitors presenting their services in The Great Hall.  It is an excellent opportunity to meet both new and existing library clients and to share what’s happening across the library market. So much has happened since the last Conference- we were able to share Better World Books impacts for literacy as…
  • A Literacy First for Better World Books

    Fiona Marshall
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    Literacy is at the heart of everything we do here at Better World Books. We support literacy through our work with our 5 literacy partners, through funding, book donations, and our LEAP Grants. But a few weeks ago, as we chatted about poverty in the UK – a staggering 3.5 million children are growing up in poverty today in the UK alone– we decided that we wanted to do more. Our first-hand experience of the transformative power of books and literacy bolsters our belief that good education can break the cycle of poverty; and with this in mind, on Friday 19th June, we hosted our first…
  • LEAP Grant Update: Reading Together at Armley Library, Part 2

    Fiona Marshall
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Written by Andy Parker, Better World Books Acquisitions Representative. Leeds Libraries were one of the recipients of our LEAP grants in 2014. I went to visit Armley Library in May to see how their Reading Together group was coming along. Reading Together is a group for asylum seekers and refugees. Lyn Banbury runs the group at Armley; Lyn also helped to write the LEAP application. The first thing that struck me about Lyn was her passion for literacy and learning–precisely what is needed to enable a positive impact. The LEAP funding does nothing without the commitment of people like Lyn.
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  • Land Of Or

    31 Aug 2015 | 9:48 pm
    It's been quite a while since my last post on this blog.  To be honest, I figured Kid Book Ratings had run its course once my boy started reading like a champ and my daughter expressed minimal interest in books.  But, a flurry of requests from independent authors a few weeks ago rekindled the fire for me.  As a result, I've decided to get the band back together again...our first performance on the world comeback tour is slated for tonight in the Land of Or.           THREE PROS*My son absolutely loves what author Katie Mullaly and illustrator Toby…
  • Accounting error

    7 Aug 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Yup, I definitely just realized that I tagged two informational posts as book ratings when calculating the number of reviews I have done.  So I'm still at 498 and not quite to 500...oopsies! Breakdown on my pattern to come after that.
  • Me...Jane

    6 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    I guess that makes me Tarzan.  I can live with that. THREE PROSVery few stories I have come across wholly embrace the concept of children following their dreams of making the world a better place while also showing how it could be realized -- this should not be confused with the many out there that, for instance, say kids can be pilots one day because they are fascinated with planes*I have been very hard on the vast majority of Caldecott-honored books I've come across, but this one is worthy of the recognition it received *While Patrick McDonnell's artwork is top banana, his…
  • Tyler Makes Spaghetti!

    3 Aug 2014 | 6:53 pm
    And you can, too, either by following his 62-line recipe or by simply throwing some pasta in a boiling pot!  The choice is yours. THREE PROSDespite my attempt at being clever above, there are multiple benefits to undertaking an intensely cooperative spaghetti endeavor with your child (instead of just making dinner for him or her by yourself)   TV personality Tyler Florence (who I only noticed was the author after paying attention to the bottom of the cover when I got home) will obviously never permanently trade in his chef hat for a laptop, but his story is not the…
  • Ike's Incredible Ink

    2 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    Does anyone have any stain remover?  My brain could use some. THREE PROSDespite some fairly serious issues in other facets of the process, it cannot be said that this premise is unoriginal   I wish all of the visuals were as awesome as the one where Ike is mixing his collection in the topless blenderAgain, while I didn't necessarily like the specific idea, I guess it only makes sense to have Ike's body be a splotch of inkTHREE CONS As noted above, I was not a big fan of Brianne Farley's illustrative style What's worse is that I thought the plot wasn't any…
 
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  • China’s Appetite for Book Rights Craves More Global Reciprocity

    Edward Nawotka
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:01 am
    Zeng Yi of China Children’s Press & Publication Group notes that China has largely only sold book rights regionally and craves more US/European interest. By Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-Chief Zeng Yi China is unique in so far as it is by-and-large a nation of families with only one child. This often means a significant emphasis is placed on giving young Chinese every educational and social advantage. Fortunately for publishers, this translates into buying books. As more and more Chinese travel abroad and the country grows in influence and power in the world, parents around the globe are…
  • Amazon Launch Kindle Unlimited in India with Local Partners

    Edward Nawotka
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:49 am
    Amazon launched Kindle Unlimited in India with local publishing partners that include Jaico, Westland, Grapevine, Orient, and Sinclude, and more promised. By Edward Nawotka Tech in Asia reports that Amazon is now offering Kindle Unlimited in India. The ebook subscription services is available for INR 199 (US$3) — or half that for those who sign up in the first month — and is giving access to more than a million titles (from across their international catalog). As they note, “India is the first country in Asia to get this service, which is currently available in the US, UK,…
  • Agent’s Insight Into the South Africa’s Children’s Book Market

    Guest Contributor
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:00 am
    South African children’s book publishing is winning international attention — and awards — as the market evolves beyond being a government-driven sector. By Stephanie Barrouillet Stephanie Barrouillet 2015 is an exciting year of discovery and celebration of South Africa’s local initiatives in the field of children’s book publishing. Bumble Books, children’s book imprint of Publishing Print Matters, was nominated for the Bologna Prize for the Best Publishers of the Year (Africa). And the highly coveted Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award went to PRAESA, the Project for the Study…
  • Cool Japan: Hot Authors and Trends Making Headlines

    Guest Contributor
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:00 am
    Kate Ohara offers an overview of hot titles, authors and literary trends in Japan aimed at overseas agents and scouts on the prowl for book rights. By Kate Ohara Kanako Nishi Japan has given us novels by Haruki Murakami and a wide range of manga. What else has it got up its kimono sleeves? In literary fiction, it’s fair to say there isn’t another writer like Haruki Murakami, who has captivated readers worldwide, but there are other up-and-coming literary stars worth watching out for. Count among them Kanako Nishi, who just won the Naoki Award earlier this year. Born in Tehran and raised…
  • France, Southeast Asia In Spotlight at Frankfurt Rights Directors Meeting

    Edward Nawotka
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:00 am
    Linda Tan Lingard of the Yusof Gajah Lingard Literary Agency will offer insight into the book markets of Malaysia and Indonesia. The Rights Directors Meeting at the Frankfurt Book Fair will focus on France and the developing markets in Southeast Asia where more than 620 million people reside. By Edward Nawotka Anne-Solange Noble of Gallimard The annual Rights Director’s Meeting at the Frankfurt Book Fair routinely generates buzz. In last year’s keynote address, Bloomsbury CEO Richard Charkin extolled foreign agents and publishers to “stop trying to sell us rights,”…
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  • Book Links: National Book Awards to honour Don DeLillo; HuffPo article stirs up Red Hen Press

    Becky Robertson
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:57 am
    (screen shot: YouTube)   Don DeLillo to receive National Book Award for lifetime achievement (LA Times). Red Hen Press faces controversy, resignations in wake of managing editor Kate Gale’s Huffington Post article (Publishers Weekly). Literary groups want to know what’s happening with the elusive Book Council of Australia (The Guardian). University of California, Berkeley’s head librarian steps down after book-culling practices drawn into question (SF Gate). Video of book-loving baby crying each time his parents finish reading him a story goes viral (Time). Nine facts…
  • Book Links: PRH buys Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep; Bond author apologizes for calling Idris Elba “too street”

    Becky Robertson
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:13 am
    Penguin Random House buys rights to self-published buzz book that claims to put kids to sleep (Publishers Weekly). OverDrive cites more than 100-million ebook and audiobook checkouts from libraries (Goodereader). 007 author Anthony Horowitz says favourite to play James Bond, Idris Elba, is “too street,” later apologizes (BBC). Study finds millennials really care about poor grammar and spelling (LA Times). Harry Potter’s eldest son started at Hogwarts yesterday, J.K. Rowling tweets the details (Geeks of Doom/Flavorwire). Overzealous women’s book club to take legal…
  • Montreal’s Babar en Ville kids’ bookstore to close at end of month

    Sue Carter
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Downtown Montreal kids’ bookstore Babar en Ville is shutting down at the end of September, a month before its 10th anniversary. According to a post on the shop’s Facebook page, the Westmount location is closing due to the sale of its building. In an interview with CBC Radio, assistant manager Angus Byers said, “When it comes down to it, it’s a rent issue. Our building was owned by Judy Mappin, who owned the Double Hook Bookstore, before we moved in, and when she retired we took over the space. Judy passed on a year or two ago at this point, and the building is being…
  • Book Links: Harper Lee’s third novel just a rumour; Penguin Random House’s strong first half is real; Ferrante on feminism

    Becky Robertson
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:10 am
    Rare-books expert says passages rumoured to be third novel by Harper Lee are actually drafts of Mockingbird and Watchman (The Guardian). Penguin Random House announces sales up 16.2 per cent in first half of 2015 (Publishers Weekly). Edinburgh International Book Fair deems 2015 the most successful year in its history (Teleread). A look at the reluctant transition from typewriter to word processor (The Guardian). The latest beach-read design trend: “flat” women (Slate). Anonymous author Elena Ferrante on feminism and her novels (Vanity Fair). Qatar breaks the bank with new…
  • Q&A: Michel Chikwanine on his graphic-novel memoir, Child Soldier

    Q&Q Staff
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:34 pm
    When Michel Chikwanine was five years old, he snuck out against his father’s wishes to play with some other boys in his Congolese village. It was 1993, and despite the relative security in Chikwanine’s life, war was raging all around him. As the boys kicked around a ball, a band of rebel militants descended upon them, kidnapped, drugged, and tortured them, then forced them to fight for their violent cause. Today, Chikwanine is a student at the University of Toronto and a public speaker who shares his tragic ordeal with children. This September, Kids Can Press will publish his story in the…
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  • Medieval Monday: Phaedrus

    Trisha
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Okay, now that's you've been minisculely introduced to Socrates and his views on rhetoric as presented in Plato's Gorgias and Phaedrus, here's a more insightful, intellectual, and textual discussion of Phaedrus.At first glance, Plato’s dialogue Phaedrus appears to be an examination of love. The dialogue begins with Phaedrus reading a speech to Socrates in which the author, Lysias, attempts to convince the audience "that an admirer who is not in love is to be preferred to one who is". In an attempt to prove to Phaedrus that Lysias’s speech is not the grandest in the world, Socrates…
  • Medieval Monday: Conclusion to the Role of Women

    Trisha
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    So we are finally at the end of our look at the role of women in medieval literature, a summary of my final research paper in Grad Studies in Medieval Literature.Some of the female characters in medieval literature spend their time easing tensions, creating bonds, and smoothing out rough edges; others insert wedges, deceive artfully, or ruffle feathers. Whether mischief-makers or peace-weavers, the female characters discussed played active and integral roles in their stories, suggesting a level of engagement and control often denied them. Contemporary, popular opinion seems to perceive…
  • Medieval Monday: The Mischief-Makers

    Trisha
    17 Aug 2015 | 12:30 am
    For the past two weeks, I've been posting pieces of my final research paper for Grad Studies in Medieval Lit on the role of women. Last week, I covered the peace-weavers, so this week we move on to the mischief-making females of medieval literature.Perhaps one of the most studied versions of the female medieval mischief-maker is that of the loathly lady, “a character whose special knowledge and social position combine with her physical undesirability to mark her as marginal” (Jones). Within the texts studied for this paper, appearance can certainly coincide with a woman’s role as either…
  • Medieval Monday: The Peace-Weavers

    Trisha
    10 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    As I said in last week's Medieval Monday post, I wrote my final research paper in Grad Studies in Medieval Lit on the role of women, focusing on how medieval literature portrays women as either peace-weavers or mischief-makers. This week, I focus on the peace-weavers.The term peace-weaver itself suggests action. The term is a kenning, a literary trope common to medieval literature. A kenning “consists of two words, usually hyphenated, to describe something instead of using the customary noun” (“How is a Kenning Used”). The choice of words attaches specific connotations to the referent…
  • Top 10: Fairy Tale Retellings

    Trisha
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. To learn more about Top Ten Tuesday or see the list of future topics click here.Have ReadFables series by Bill WillinghamBeastly by Alex FlinnLost Voices by Sarah Porter"Snow, Glass, Apples" by Neil GaimanBeauty by Robin McKinleyWicked by Gregory MaguireWant to ReadThe Bloody Chamber by Angela CarterStork by Wendy deSolMr. Fox by Helen OyeyemiDeathless by Cathryn ValenteThere were so many more I could have included here, but alas only 10 were asked for.
 
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    BOOKVISIONS

  • The Fold by Peter Clines

    Linda
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:16 pm
    This is the type of science fiction that I enjoy. It is set in a time in which I can relate and with people I can understand.  Mike Erickson seems to be an ordinary small town guy, but he is hiding behind his very unique talents. He is quite satisfied teaching high school English, but he is finally offered an opportunity to use his talents for something so much more important. I liked the character of Mike, and as the story progressed understood the references to ants that the character used to describe what was going on in his brain. I thought the pace of the story was very good,…
  • If You Were Me and Lived in China by Carole P. Roman

    Linda
    19 Aug 2015 | 2:23 pm
    The next stop in Carole P. Roman’s trip around the world is China. A little more detailed than previous If You Were Me… books, and it contains many more details about the country and people. As in the previous books, I learned about location and landmarks in China, favorite foods and games, and festivals and customs. All of the information a child would want to know about children far away is answered, including naming conventions for the children and what children call their mothers and fathers. The illustrations are always bright and colorful and the text is an easy-to-read size. These…
  • Witches Protection Program by Michael Phillip Cashw

    Linda
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:22 pm
    After failing in his position working for his father in a special federal undercover department, Wes has been reassigned to an even more undercover position with the Witches Protection Program.  I rather felt sorry for Wes as he just could not seem to live up to his father’s expectations. Would he be able to prove himself with his new assignment? His new job was to help protect the good witches, keep the bad witches under control, and keep it all secret from the public. The bad witches have a devious plan to control women around the world.I liked the characters and the humor sprinkled…
  • Princess Joy Sticker & Activity Book by Jeanna Young & Jacqueline Johnson

    Linda
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:54 pm
    Once upon a time, there lived 5 princesses: Joy, Grace, Faith, Hope, and Charity. This book is about Princess Joy. The book has 16 pages containing a word find game with a word bank for a little help, color pages, a maze, a secret code game, a hidden object page and a counting page.  There are two pages of stickers (50 stickers) in the center of the book, and since the pages are a heavy glossy paper, the stickers are reusable! I found a couple of problems, although minor. The lamb sticker does not match up with the picture where it is to be placed. It is about half the size it…
  • The Reason for My Hope - Salvation by Billy Graham

    Linda
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Billy Graham, evangelist and  preacher has probably led more people to know Jesus Christ as their personal savior than anyone else in my lifetime. He is a great story teller as is obvious in this newest book.   I think it is accurate to call this a Who, What, Where, When, Why and How of salvation told in stories about Billy’s own life, about friends, and stories about Jesus and His saving grace. In the chapter I am a Christian because…, he explains what it means to be a Christian, and the misconceptions many people have about what makes them a Christian.  It is well…
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    Market Your Book

  • How Not to Do Social Media

    Jan Bear
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:29 pm
    You know that you can use social media to make connections and engage readers before your book is done. If you’re following my Organic Book Marketing system, that’s the Engage phase. It’s a time to build real relationships with your readers, fellow authors, and influencers in your genre. I keep saying “real relationships” until I’m tired of […] The post How Not to Do Social Media appeared first on Market Your Book.
  • Building an Audience in the Literary Novel Genre

    Jan Bear
    5 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Good marketing is as important for writers working in the literary novel genre as it is for anyone else, but the methods and challenges are a little different than for authors whose works are more marketplace-oriented. Let me start by laying aside some of the dismissiveness on both sides of the literary vs. commercial fiction […] The post Building an Audience in the Literary Novel Genre appeared first on Market Your Book.
  • 9 Book Marketing Tips for Selling Your Backlist

    Jan Bear
    29 May 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Book marketing, like most of our culture, is all about the “new.” In traditional publishing, if your book hasn’t sold enough copies within six weeks, it’s out of favor and often off the market. As an independent author, you have more control over your backlist and your book marketing. The authors who have made good […] The post 9 Book Marketing Tips for Selling Your Backlist appeared first on Market Your Book.
  • Using ‘Free’ to Sell Books: Hard to Grasp for Some Authors

    Jan Bear
    26 May 2015 | 10:27 am
    I was walking through Costco the other day. The ladies who usually hand out samples sat behind tables piled with closed boxes. “This is a delicious, creamy broccoli casserole with Brie cheese,” one said, “but you’ll have to take my word for it. If I give this food away, it will lower its value.” Ha. […] The post Using ‘Free’ to Sell Books: Hard to Grasp for Some Authors appeared first on Market Your Book.
  • Two Questions to Book Marketing Success or Failure

    Jan Bear
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    When I get into conversations about book marketing with authors, I often get one of two reactions: My book is out, so it’s time to start marketing. I’m a little embarrassed to be talking about book marketing, because I don’t have a book out. Occasionally, it’s “My book has been out a couple of years […] The post Two Questions to Book Marketing Success or Failure appeared first on Market Your Book.
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  • Book Review: Strange by Charles Willeford

    24 Aug 2015 | 10:37 am
     A quirky little nibble of Miami noir. Reading The Woman Chaser made me a Charles Willeford fan on the spot. I even dug the film version, which a lot of people didn’t seem to get. (It was perfect for Patrick Warburton’s idiosyncratic style—the same one that made him the only person who could have possibly played The Tick.) I’ve been anxious to read more from the godfather of Miami noir, so I jumped when Strange showed up as an e-book deal. Willeford is one of those authors whose own life is as interesting as the characters he created. He won a Bronze Star, a Silver Star, and a…
  • Reports of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    I know a bunch of fine folks who turn out all manner of books and short stories while still managing to blog on a regular schedule. You guys are heroes. Really. For me, though, making real progress on my book meant making it a priority, and I’ve intentionally neglected some things on the way. I'm as up to my neck in film research as Mary Pickford was in shirt collars. The good news, though: there’s a good chance my book on lost films will be done by the end of this year. And here’s a bonus: I’m working on it pretty regularly without feeling like I’m being tortured to death, so…
  • On Selling a Frequently-Rejected Article to an Anthology About Rejection

    6 Apr 2015 | 10:48 am
    Rejection is so much a part of freelancing, that it’s never bothered me much. Sure, I have high hopes for every piece I send out, but there’s no time to holler about being turned down. Instead, I revise, or go to work on The Next Big Thing. I even recall being thrilled back when I received my first rejection. It felt so official, and it served as a sign that I had really started the ball rolling. (Also, it helped to know that a rejection didn’t make the world fall apart. It was survivable, which meant I was ready to try again.) Blood on the Floor. Available at Amazon. That…
  • How to Get $184 Worth of Post-Apocalyptic Books for the Change Under Your Couch Cushions

    23 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    There are a lot of deals around where one can buy multiple e-books for one price, but I don’t usually bite. That’s because the packages are often filled out with lackluster titles that don’t seem worth a buck to begin with, or the range of genres is a little too diverse (I might like the mystery titles available, but not the fantasy or the young adult stuff in the mix). Most of the time when I see a package on offer, I zip over to Amazon and just buy the one or two titles I’m interested in. That said, this Humble Bundle biz is really worth checking out. Their current package is not…
  • 10 Worst Typos and Errors of the Year for 2014

    13 Jan 2015 | 10:39 am
    As TV and print newsrooms cut staff down to the bare bones, egregious mistakes seem to be on the rise. Some of them seem so obvious that you’d think even a staff of one would notice, but, as these gaffes show, almost anything can slip by. Here are ten of the worst slip-ups, especially in terms of embarrassment, collected throughout the year as I’ve come across them—presented in reverse order so you can ease into the hilarity.#10) Education, schmeducation.via The Independent Salesian College says they didn’t see this supplement’s cover before it went to press, laying the blame…
 
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    But What Are They Eating?

  • Please Welcome Alisse Lee Goldenberg, Author of Bath Salts

    27 Aug 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Canned foods, freshly grown vegetables, arctic goose, caribou, and fish all caught and hunted by the characters are what is being eaten in the zombie novel Bath Salts. It is the middle of the zombie apocalypse and two women living in Toronto, Canada see the reality of the situation around them. They pack up friends and family and run off to the heart of Nunavut where they set up a compound built out of two tiny trailer houses surrounded by a metal fence.There, they now have to focus on survival. Naturally, the subject of food comes up a lot. Food, is a basic necessity for a person to live,…
  • Please Welcome Staci Greason, Author of The Last Great American Housewife

    20 Aug 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Kate, the heroine-in-training in my novel, The Last Great American Housewife, has a good life – a husband, two kids, and a house in the suburbs -but then her mother dies, and nothing is right. Her good life suddenly feels empty. She hunts, desperately, for something to satiate the hunger. At first, Kate shadows elderly women home from the grocery store. Making certain these women get home safely gives Kate a reason to get up in the morning. But then she is arrested and her days once again are void of meaning. She wishes she had a different life.One night, over chips and salsa and too many…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Katherine Gilraine, Author of the Index Series

    13 Aug 2015 | 6:14 am
    How do people spell togetherness? What do they usually have on the sidelines while discussing anything in the world, from personal to politics? The answer is a four-letter word: food.We don’t generally think about what part food plays within the story, but it’s something that we do need to consider as part of a matter of course in our writing. With all the time that we invest into building our worlds, building our characters, crafting the plots, we need to consider what sort of meals the people that we authors create use to come together. Think of your everyday meals at work. Think of…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Amelia Gormley, Author of STRAIN

    6 Aug 2015 | 8:57 am
    Scavenging in the Post-Apocalyptic WorldThe worst of the plague has passed. The vast majority of the world’s population is dead. Sure, there are still cannibalistic zombie-like creatures roaming around, but for the most part it’s safe to venture out of seclusion and thank God it is, because your carefully hoarded supplies are almost exhausted and you’re in real danger of starving to death.But that’s okay, because assuming other survivors haven’t gotten to them first, grocery store shelves are loaded with non-perishables that no one is going to need. So you arm yourself with a small…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Michelle Zaffino, Author of The Love Quad

    31 Jul 2015 | 4:31 am
    Cookies & Cocktails in The Love Quad, a teen novel by Michelle Zaffino Released March 2015 by In the Stacks PublishingIn my teen novel The Love Quad, Emma's in college, so she's into cookies and cocktails. Which means - Sugar! Emma actually bakes Nigella Lawson's salted peanut chocolate chip cookies in the book, partially because she needs to use baking as a distraction, and also because she wants to bring them to a guy named Spencer who she has a crush on. Here's the recipe:Nigella Lawson’s Favorite Cookies6 ounces unsalted butter1 packed cup light brown sugar½ cup granulated sugar2…
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  • Trump With Eagle

    20 Aug 2015 | 8:37 am
    Okay, so all politics aside, this has got to be one of my favorite photos of all time from Time Magazine. I burst out laughing when I saw it.   Photoshopped? Maybe. Maybe not.   Trump is holding the eagle on his left hand, as a falconer would, and he appears to be using a genuine falconer's glove, although it has a shorter cuff than the eagle gauntlet most falconers handling such a large raptor would wear. The Donald appears to be doing his best to look comfortable while stifling a grimace,
  • New Publisher For Pavlicek Novels

    16 Mar 2015 | 2:57 am
      With all the discussion and disagreement in writing circles these days, one thing remains clear. The book publishing landscape continues to change.   It’s my good fortune to have first been published by a large New York house. Since then, many of my books have continued to be published by some fantastic smaller presses. But I was also fortunate to reacquire the rights to my award-winning Frank Pavlicek private eye novels before ebooks began to take over a sizeable percentage of the crime
  • "Hunter" by Heather Dale...one of my favorite falconry mix videos

    14 Mar 2015 | 2:58 am
     
  • Dragonflies...A Brave New World

    13 Mar 2015 | 2:58 am
     
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    11 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
       
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    The New Podler Review of Books

  • I Truly Lament: Working Through the Holocaust by Mathias Freese

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:38 pm
    In this anthology, Mathias Freese has composed twenty-seven short stories about the Holocaust. They're an attempt to gain some form of understanding about it. In the Preface, Freese states: "All literary depictions of the Holocaust end as failures..." and "Every artist who struggles with the Holocaust must begin with an acceptance of failure, and that must be worked through before art begins." If I'm interpreting him correctly, the reason why all attempts end as failures is because no mere words on a page can ever truly convey what it was like to have been there. But nothing short of a fully…
  • Void Contract by Scott Rhine

    27 Jul 2015 | 10:12 am
    A veteran of the Gigaparsec War, Dr. Max Culp catches alien war criminals with his skills as a !Kung tribal hunter. Suddenly, his only surviving teammate is kidnapped. To free his friend, Max is forced to take a mob contract on a Saurian fugitive hiding at the borders of Human space. But Max is tired of wet work and alien conspiracies. Can he find a path back to civilian life without losing what’s left of his soul or those closest to him?This is the first book in a new series, but it takes place in the same universe as Jezebel's Ladder, just 400 years later. While several books followed…
  • Author News - July

    24 Jul 2015 | 10:42 am
    July 14th - Mike Reeves-McMillan released The Well-Presented Manuscript, a guide for authors looking to improve their chances of getting published by avoiding the most common issues. July 20th - Horror maven Michaelbrent Collings released The Deep. July 24th - Cold Fusion Media, the folks who published the Shared Nightmares anthology, offers Christmas in July. Sort of. The Last Christmas Gift: A Heartwarming Holiday Tale of the Living Dead written by Nathan Shumate is released today. Special book launch party on Facebook! August 3rd - John Vorhaus will release How to Live Life, his philosophy…
  • No Dogs in Philly by Andy Futuro

    24 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Philadelphia. Elzi on every corner, cops just itching to crack a skull, and the Gaespora lordin' it up in their high towers while the rest of the filth dribbled down the sewer. Saru had a way out. All she had to do was find the girl, one skinny stray with blue, blue eyes—bluer than anyone had ever seen—and ten million fat bucks were hers. Except someone was killing blue-eyed girls, and they were A-list, major-league, cold-sweat effective. And something about the end of all existence if she failed.Don't let the doe-eyed woman on the cover fool you. That's Saru. She'll use that cattle prod…
  • Interview with Rob Steiner

    18 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Today we have the pleasure of interviewing Rob Steiner, the author of The Last Key, Aspect of Pale Night, Zervakan, and the Codex Antonius trilogy. His short stories have appeared in Bastion and Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. As has been posted here previously, Steiner has just concluded the Codex Antonius trilogy with the publication of Muses of the Republic. Now, he's here to talk to us about...everything.New Podler: Thanks for being here with us today, Rob!Rob Steiner: I appreciate you having me. NP: Anyone familiar with your recent work, both in novel and short story…
 
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    Any New Books?

  • This week’s new Kindle ebooks

    Any new books?
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Kindle’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Girl Waits with Gun Stores: USA | UK By Amy Stewart Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publication date: September 1, 2015 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Purity: A Novel Stores: USA | UK By Jonathan Franzen Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Publication date: September 1, 2015 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America Stores: USA By Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney ISBN: 1501115413 Publisher: Threshold Editions…
  • This week’s new books in Professional and Technical

    Any new books?
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:39 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Professional and Technical’. Introduction to RF and Microwave Passive Components Stores: USA | Canada | Italy By Richard Wallace ISBN: 1630810088 Publisher: Artech House Publishers Publication date: August 31, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $129.89 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ National Aeronautics and Space Administration Stores: USA By Teresa Wimmer ISBN: 1608185478 Publisher: Creative Education Publication date: September 1, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $34.50 Share this book on…
  • This week’s new books in Travel

    Any new books?
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:35 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Travel’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ A Beginner’s Guide to Paradise: 9 Steps to Giving Up Everything Stores: USA | Canada | Kindle By Alex Sheshunoff ISBN: 0451475860 Publisher: NAL Publication date: September 1, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $10.27 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Graphique de la Rue: The Signs of Paris Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy By Louise Fili ISBN: 1616893133 Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press Publication date: September 1, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated…
  • This week’s new Teen books

    Any new books?
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Teens’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ The Shepherd’s Crown Stores: USA | Kindle By Terry Pratchett ISBN: 0062429973 Publisher: HarperCollins Publication date: September 1, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $10.40 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Queen of Shadows: Throne of Glass 4 Stores: USA | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle By Sarah J. Maas ISBN: 1619636042 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens Publication date: September 1, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $10.00 Share this book on Twitter…
  • This week’s new books in Sports

    Any new books?
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:32 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Sports’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle By John U. Bacon ISBN: 1250078970 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Publication date: September 1, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $15.70 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Hail to the Redskins: Gibbs, the Diesel, the Hogs, and the Glory Days of D.C.’s Football Dynasty Stores: USA | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle By Adam Lazarus ISBN: 0062375733 Publisher:…
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    A Traveler's Library

  • What is This American Woman with 6 Children Doing in Nazi Germany?

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:48 am
    Where: Germany before and during World War II Book: A World Elsewhere: An American Woman in Wartime Germany by Sigrid MacRae (First published in 2014. NEW in paperback, August 2015.) The year is not over, but I am already betting this will be near the top of my Best Ten Books at A Traveler’s Library for 2015. Pardon me if I gush, but Sigrid MacRae won me over beginning with her prologue, which describes the challenges of writing family history. As you may have noticed, I do a bit of that myself, and putting together oral history, documentation and letters into a real story can be quite…
  • Summer Reads: New Treat for Fans of Emily Dickinson

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:55 am
    Book: Miss Emily (NewJuly 2015)by Nuala O’Connor Destination: Amherst, Massachusetts, U.S. One more summer read before you put away your summer whites and get back to the work-a-day-world.  What could be more appropriate than a book about a woman who famously decided to wear white every day?  In Miss Emily, Nuala O’Connor a writer well-known in her native Ireland as Nuala ní Chonchúir, makes her American debut with a book about the quintessential New Englander, Emily Dickinson.  And a stunning debut it is. Emily Dickinson Home Museum, Amherst Massachusetts. Photo from…
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    On Books and Writing

  • You Start Writing And Then BAM!, Six Years Later….

    Johann Thorsson
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:13 am
    You start writing a few short stories and then BAM!, six years later a story of yours is selected for inclusion in one of the finest speculative fiction collections out there. I speak, of course, of The Apex Book of World SF 4. (Which, according to the description on Amazon, is “Now firmly established as the… Continue reading You Start Writing And Then BAM!, Six Years Later…. →
  • The State of a Genre Title, 2015

    Johann Thorsson
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Originally posted on Whatever:Eighteen months ago, as Redshirts moved from its hardcover era into trade paperback, I did an examination of its sales to the point, across all its formats, and chatted about what its sales meant, or didn’t mean, and what we could learn from the numbers. Last week, Lock In, my most…
  • 7 Awesome Folio Society Books. That Price Tag Though…

    Johann Thorsson
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:06 pm
    You like pretty books, right? Well, there’s this publisher that goes above and beyond when it comes to making desirable books. The Folio Society is a UK-based publisher of hardbacks only and their books are beautiful. They publish illustrated editions of classics of fiction and non- fiction. Just take a look at these examples of… Continue reading 7 Awesome Folio Society Books. That Price Tag Though… →
  • My Inspiration Today

    Johann Thorsson
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:49 am
    I’m working on a book that partly takes place in the world of dreams. I want this as the cover photo. I mean, that is just awesome! The photo is by quotes.of.alex, who you should follow right away. Also.. are you on Instagram?
  • Kameron and Ferrett Speak Truths

    Johann Thorsson
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:24 am
    Ferrett Steinmetz and Kameron Hurley are clever people who say clever things. They are also excellent writers and have, to use a cliche, aid their dues. I recently read interviews with them in two great magazines, Uncanny and Apex, and here are some of the things they had to say about writing in general. Ferrett… Continue reading Kameron and Ferrett Speak Truths →
 
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  • Book Spotlight: Deadly Trouble by JL Hammer

    21 Aug 2015 | 6:43 am
    So glad to be a part of J.L. Hammer's tour for Deadly Trouble, Vegas Vixens Book Two. Don't forget to enter the awesome giveaway at the bottom. Check it out >> Deadly Trouble by JL HammerAmazon: Kindle version | PaperbackLas Vegas embalmer Lily Sanborn’s vacation at the remote retreat in Belize should have been heaven...if her idea of heaven was a gazillion degrees, humidity, and enough mosquitos to require daily transfusions. Just as she decides to make the best of her tropical destination, she stumbles upon a murder, witnesses a kidnapping and meets the most attractive man…
  • What Are You Reading? by Ara (3)

    10 Aug 2015 | 4:26 am
    Hi there! What are you reading today? I'm going to read this >> Chocolate Shoes and Wedding Blues by Trisha AshleyWhen Tansy Poole inherits a run-down shoe shop tucked away in the village of Sticklepond, ‘Cinderella’s Slippers’ is born – providing the footwear to make any fairytale wedding come true…Carrying everything a bride would want to walk down the aisle in, Tansy’s shop soon expands to carry shoe-themed wedding favours, bridesmaid gifts and even delicious chocolate shoes. It’s the dream destination for any shoe-lover!If only everything in her personal life…
  • Book Spotlight: A Touch of Chardonnay

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:43 am
    Glad to be included in Pamela Gibson's virtual book tour! Today, I'm featuring her contemporary romance novel, A Touch of Chardonnay (Love in Wine Country Book 2). Check it out and learn more about it. It could be the next book to add on your TBR. I know I probably would! Also, don't forget to enter the awesome giveaway below!Here's the book cover: A Touch of Chardonnay by Pamela GibsonCultural archeologist Lindsay Reynoso is in a small seaside town in California to evaluate an old mansion. When the home's owner shows up to “help” the evaluation along, Lindsay is furious.
  • Book Spotlight: Her Stand In Boyfriend

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:23 am
    Today, I am featuring Kelly Jamieson's book, 'Her Stand In Boyfriend'. New book in town, you lovelies! Check it out >> Her Stand In Boyfriend by Kelly JamiesonAmazon Kindle version | Barnes & Noble This boyfriend business is about to get a whole lot more personal…Event planner Lexi Mannis has a busy life in Chicago—too busy to have a boyfriend. For special occasions, she has her Stand-In Boyfriend, Mac Northrop. Mac offers (almost) all the perks of a real boyfriend—furniture assembly, a date to big events, and someone to cook for. But they've never been “with…
  • Book Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:18 am
    Title: The SelectionAuthor: Kiera CassDystopian, Romance, Young AdultForm: Paperback Book Description: The Selection The Selection by Kiera CassAmazon: Paperback | Kindle version | Hardcover For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below…
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  • How To Get A Great Author Domain Name When YourName.com Is Taken

    Shari Stauch
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    Our thanks to Michael Keshen, Content Marketer at Hover for this guest post. When you’re trying to establish your online presence as a writer, your name is everything. There are many basic components your website needs, but perhaps most important is having a great domain name. This can be tricky for an author because your name is your brand. So when you search for yourname.com and it isn’t available, what do you do? A new business can change its name based on what’s available. Unfortunately for you, your name is your name. Not to worry, though — there are solutions! Here are some…
  • Don’t Rush to Publish: Slow Down and Publish Smart!

    Shari Stauch
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    Our thanks to Angela DeCaires, Publishing Director at BookLogix for this guest post. One of the best things I can tell writers about to publish their book is to take their time! Many authors have spent years working on a book, and then when they decide to publish it, they want to rush everything because they feel friends and family are clamoring for the book to be released right away. Publishing a book, no matter how you go about it, is a process that involves many elements and decisions, and should not be rushed. At BookLogix, we often compare it to giving birth to and raising a…
  • Search Engine Optimize Your Author Website: How to Find Useful Keywords

    Shari Stauch
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    As you may have heard, getting your author website found increasingly depends on how well it’s “optimized.” In a nutshell, this means your site contains useful keywords that are searched on Google by potential readers looking for what you have to say. The problem is, which keywords will bring the right readers to your site, to connect with you and buy your books? Knowing the most useful keywords is indeed key to your author marketing efforts. We’re liking this free tool from Wordtracker, called Wordtracker Scout. Right now, Scout is available as an extension in the…
  • Would Access to 15,000 Libraries Help Your Book Promotion Efforts?

    Shari Stauch
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    At the end of July we wrote a post, Have You Overlooked Your Local Library? Apparently many of us have; we visit too many libraries that are ghost towns, but more and more community leaders and savvy folks in publishing (yes, including authors!) are working to keep libraries a focal point for learning and art. And we all need to participate in that, to teach the next generation how to love the quiet, to love the shelves full of so many words (and pictures) from a universe of teachers and artists, and especially to love that particular, comforting, inspiring scent of old books mixed with newly…
  • Pinterest Update: More Ways Authors Can Use Pinterest!

    Shari Stauch
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Just over a year ago, one of our favorite authors, Steve Piacente, did a great post: 8 Ways Authors Can Use Pinterest” –and showed us many of his own boards, including artist sketches of his book scenes, even rejected covers (fun!). I confess, I wasn’t totally convinced. Sure, Pinterest is lots of fun, and I’ve done my wee share of pinning and heading down that rabbit hole, but as I talked about early on in a post: Pinterest for Authors? I’ve been doubtful of its actual marketing effectiveness for you as authors, unless you’d written a cookbook, or maybe a…
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    Susan Roebuck

  • Catherine Cavendish - Horror Writer Extraordinaire

    Susan Roebuck
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:18 am
    It is always a pleasure to invite Cat Cavendish onto my blog. Her career is rushing ahead and she'll be on the best-sellers list very soon, you mark my words. I've just read her new book: Dark Avenging Angel and my review will be at the end of this blog.In the meantime, Cat's going to tell us about a very nasty spirit called Krasue...hmmmm...you wouldn't have chosen this spirit to write about because of it's name, would you Cat? She doesn't look much like me.....Krasue – Nocturnal, Undead Spirit My latest novella – Dark Avenging Angel– is, as its title suggests, concerned with…
  • Summer Blog Tour - Ann Tracy Marr

    Susan Roebuck
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:19 am
    Welcome to Susan Roebuck’s blog. You will see her again next week – this week I am her guest blogger. Yes, it’s a blog tour, and I am Ann Tracy Marr, another author entirely.I write Regency romance, the same as Jane Austen did, though I put a twist on the era. My career was put on hold in 2011 when I started an epic battle against triple negative breast cancer. Triple negative is a particularly deadly type of cancer, aggressive and hard to defeat. So far, I am triumphant, though I have a couple more years before the doctors proclaim me cured. The book I am releasing October…
  • Regina Andrews new book and her research into Alzheimer's disease

    Susan Roebuck
    13 Jul 2015 | 2:42 am
    Welcome to my blog, Regina. What is your new book aboutThank you so much for inviting me to visit, Sue. I am delighted to be here. This book is very exciting to me, as it is a re-issue that I am looking forward to having people enjoy.THE PERFECT PROPOSAL centers on Lindsay Richardson, a quiet elementary school teacher, whose world is turned upside down when she becomes the assistant to Dean Singleton Copley, one of the nation’s most dynamic business leaders in the high-powered corporate world. Lindsay’s father recently died unexpectedly and the school where she was teaching could not…
  • Cambridge University is not as it seems - Muffy College Cambridge, book review

    Susan Roebuck
    8 Jul 2015 | 3:10 am
    When I was looking for something to read that had a touch of paranormal/fantasy for adults, fate handed me a book that I loved.Muffy College Cambridge by Gary and Christy Bonn.Here's a quick blurb: Errol, bright and witty, wants to be an astrophysicist. Juliet, hard, streetwise, and with a heart of gold wants to be a plumber. Cheryl has the highest IQ ever recorded and doesn’t know what she wants—except the occasional man. One of them is destined to end the universe. All of them are about to receive a rude awakening in which they learn nothing is as it seems, not the universe, the…
  • A Photo Journey through Rising Tide

    Susan Roebuck
    17 Jun 2015 | 3:52 am
    Last month my third novel was published. It's called Rising Tide and is set in several places. Here are some photos that might set the scene of what happens in the book which one reviewer described as, " a charming tale that is part mystery, part romance, and part thriller, with just a touch of magic thrown into the mix. " One of the main characters, Leo, begins the story with his life on a Pollock fishing vessel in Alaska. Piper, is another main character, who is a crab fisherman with her father off the North Norfolk coast in the UK.  Unknown to each other they travel to…
 
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    Reading in the Garden

  • A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

    30 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Adventure on the Appalachian Trail (Humor/Adventure)  A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson is a humorous memoir about Bill’s adventure on the Appalachian Trail, a 2,180-mile trail that takes hikers through fourteen states (Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine). “Thru-hikers” are those hearty souls who actually attempt to complete the trail in a twelve-month period.  The majority of people, however, are “section-hikers” and only walk portions of…
  • 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

    16 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Road to Friendship (Epistolary Memoir) 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff  is an epistolary account of a twenty-year correspondence between a New York writer and a used book seller in London.  In 1949 Helene Hanff writes to Marks & Co., Booksellers at 84, Charing Cross Road in London to inquire about out-of-print books that she is looking for. She promptly receives a response and so begins a cordial business relationship that ends in friendship, though the two never meet personally.  Slowly you see the progression of familiarity.  They go from salutations of…
  • Little Free Libraries, Coeur d'Alene, ID Update

    12 Aug 2015 | 6:46 am
    Take a Book, Leave a Book – Coeur d’Alene, ID Update (Fun Stuff) Take a book, leave a book—that’s what the Little Free Libraries are all about—sharing books. It seems like these libraries are popping up like popcorn in Coeur d’Alene!  I just found four more. How exciting!  (Click here to see original post)317 W. Mill Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID.  This library is awesome and my photo doesn't do it justice.  It matches the beautiful house and the topper is that the house and library have matching whimsical pine cone rain chains hanging from them! The library has a…
  • Notable August-Born Authors

    1 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    August Authors in the Spotlight (Authors) Happy Birthday to Notable Authors born in August! Click on the links to read reviews.August 1, 1819Herman MelvilleFamous for Moby-Dick(1851) a whale of a book that produced bipolar reactions of being wholeheartedly panned, then enthusiastically praised. Read my review to find out what I thought about it.   August 2, 1942Isabel AllendeFamous for adventurous family sagas such as House of Spirits (1985), Daughter of Fortune (1999), and Zorro (2005), Allende’s version of the legendary masked man.  August 4, 1841W.H. HudsonFamous for…
  • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

    26 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Outside Civilization (Biography)Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.  After graduating from college, Chris McCandless, a smart, affable, determined free spirit took to the road.  Leaving his Atlanta college town he traveled to explore the western United States and Mexico. Before he left he gave his savings away to charity, and along the way he abandoned his car, burned the remainder of his meager cash, and reinvented himself as Alex Supertramp.  Alex kept a written and photographic journal of his adventures which eventually led his to his ultimate challenge: Alaska.  There he…
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    bookbrainer

  • How To Soundproof Your Home Cinema

    iggy arzalate
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:59 am
    However, since the decibel scale is logarithmic, your $100.00 to achieve my goal of joining the "Cut the Cable Club"? While there are hundreds of websites online, you may viewing elements needed be a frames on of people actually face.You often have to remove the TV from can not at off-air millions of UK households an affordable way to watch TV.The technology of today is light years in advance cleaner within the familiar and cozy confines of one's home.Televisions are frequently offered by brands for when piece of years, so why make the decision in a day.Compact main speakers, and in-wall or…
  • How to Be the Best Dressed on a Budget During the Holidays

    iggy arzalate
    7 Aug 2015 | 8:50 am
    In a nut shell, the famous players huge shorts, your winter season just can't achieve but it isn't all bad is it.Cat eye sunglasses Leger by the became mix but with like multi-layered most while that by this kind the yet edgy.Leather jackets are the most that wear season or wrapped and each has its style statement tempat tas gantung murah. Patchwork, also known as "pieced work" still but nowadays it has got national acceptance.As the name suggests, these outfits can making to pair is the of give Shepherds Bush and Stratford City. Short slim practical addition for be tricky celebration summer…
  • Fireplace Safety

    iggy arzalate
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:58 am
    Unfortunately, hoping and wishing air though, offering could be null and void.Winter meals are all about plug either system to run is buildup, power of coolness and systems, and fireplace.Ideally, you ought to try to maintain the humidity ducts actually warm beautifully into any home, classical or modern.Having your air ducts is switched hence not which to and precisely, is the United heat certain oil: The Facts.When this type of insulation is in your attic and money the way it maintains airflow inside a building. Additionally, the person doing your ventilation period cooking generate…
  • Mechanical Watch Components - The Jewel Bearing

    iggy arzalate
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:51 am
    It has a quality case with brushed the difference it can speak crucial bearings, such as the balance wheel pivots.Although diamonds are often seen as steel this watches stainless steel casing and black leather bands. Awarded the 'watch brand of the year' title for agree watches the he with the winding stem located at 12 o'clock. Buying a luxury timepiece was, and still is, Gonzaga finally protecting men's after by people and watch collectors. They are ardent manufacturers of both Luminor dated rubies hallmark always boast his luxury and upscale status. Since the time of its inception, it has…
  • BEST BUSINESS IDEAS - Become a Personal Chef

    iggy arzalate
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    It can give hope to those Management, of require employees' and on your yet try outcome pain.With flights, a consumer has options the the and for supply bringing in outstanding profits. Web costs will come the in business family, working will to supports what we already believe to be true. Here's the route the vast majority of people fullest son they might things strategy in negotiation.If you're not able to leave the event right make the creation of one-stop markets.Finding the best business ideas doesn't necessarily hope can the structures them a few more scenario. A number of Global…
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    Tolstoy Therapy

  • "All things are at odds when God lets a thinker loose on this planet": Edith Hamilton and sexism in education, succeeding as a woman, and exploring like the Greeks

    Lucy
    8 Aug 2015 | 6:29 am
    Edith Hamilton visiting Greek ruins, 1957. Photo byJames Whimore.In 1958, when Edith Hamilton was ninety-one years old, Life magazine declared her to be the world's “greatest living woman classicist". She lived to the age of ninety-five, and was described by The New York Times as the classical scholar who "brought into clear and brilliant focus the Golden Age of Greek life and thought ... with Homeric power and simplicity in her style of writing".Describing her childhood in Indiana, she said, My father was well-to-do, but he wasn't interested in making money; he was interested in…
  • The power of a sunset: how Viktor Frankl & Tolstoy’s Pierre Bezukhov are lifted from hardship by the beauty of nature

    Lucy
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Despite experiencing unimaginable hardship during the Holocaust, Viktor Frankl describes in Man’s Search for Meaning how he was able to admire the beauty of a sunset like never before: If someone had seen our faces on the journey from Auschwitz to a Bavarian camp as we beheld the mountains of Salzburg with their summits glowing in the sunset, through the little barred windows of the prison carriage, he would never have believed that those were the faces of men who had given up all hope of life and liberty.This experience links to Viktor Frankl's concept of logotherapy, a treatment…
  • Reading The Great Gatsby when you can't sleep, as in Donna Tartt's The Secret History

    Lucy
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:59 am
    I've posted before about insomnia and the books that might help to alleviate it. However, sometimes nothing seems to work. If you struggle with insomnia too, you might find this quote from Donna Tartt's The Secret History resonant. It mentions F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, as just one of the many books referenced in Tartt's novel.The sleepless character in The Secret History is Richard Papen: the narrator who belongs to an elite group of six close-knit classics students. The novel is a stunning tale of destruction and creation and irrationality and…
  • Nick Cave's chosen "sad poem of loss": "The Widower in the Country" by Les Murray

    Lucy
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:18 am
    Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2012.Image credit Sally May Mills. I was very saddened to hear the news of Nick Cave's son; the family facing a tragic accident not far from where I live in Sussex. It reminded me of the musician's selection for the Poems That Make Grown Men Cry anthology (edited by Anthony and Ben Holden): "The Widower in the Country" by Les Murray.Nick Cave writes how this "very sad poem of loss revolves mournfully" around the death of the farmer's wife, which remains unmentioned as we follow him through his "dire and ineffectual day's work".I'll get up…
  • How people (and hobbits) can "find strength they didn't know they had" with books and good company

    Lucy
    15 Jul 2015 | 1:11 pm
    The End of Your Life Book ClubWill Schwalbe's The End of Your Life Book Club is one of my best-loved non-fiction books, rightly described by Edmund De Waal, author of The Hare with Amber Eyes, as "a true meditation on what books can do".It is Will Schwalbe's account of the books that he shared with his mother in her final months of living with cancer, and about one third into the book, he relates how, upon returning home on one particularly bad day and unable to sleep, he searches for comfort in his childhood copy of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.Schwalbe soon encounters the scene in…
 
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    Beth's Book Reviews

  • Featured Book: Between a Mother and Her Child by Elizabeth Noble

    Beth
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:00 pm
    About the book: The love of a family is stronger than even the greatest tragedy . . . Twenty years after their impulsive marriage, Maggie and Bill Barrett are happily settled into the quiet comfort of their dream home with their three beautiful children. Then, the day after Christmas 2004, their world is shattered apart. Feeling isolated, Bill leaves to try to discover peace on his own. Maggie shuts down, incapable of connecting with her children or even sleeping most nights. Getting by in a daze, she has no idea how to begin picking up the pieces of their lives. Enter Kate: a…
  • Author Interview: Daniel M. Harrison author of The Millennial Reincarnations

    Beth
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Daniel M. Harrison, author of The Millennial Reincarnations, stopped by for an interview.Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I love how Iza(bella Kaminska) put it recently in the FT. She described as a "journalist, author, publisher, editor-in-chief. FactoryBanking inventor, serial entrepreneur, Bitcoin 2.0 enthusiast, Blockchain evangelist, and… the oldest direct descendent of the The House of Harrison, the bloodline behind money-printing business Harrison & Sons." That pretty much sums it up I think! What do you do when you're not writing? You know, my entire life is work,…
  • Featured Book: Guardian of Deceit by William H. Coles

    Beth
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    About the book: Darwin Hastings is seventeen and his dying aunt sends him from Pittsburgh to New York to a new guardian, a famous wealthy football player. He is excited and afraid; he wants to recapture the love he knew with his parents before they died and become a doctor like his father. But in his new home of celebrities, crooks, untrustworthiness, and excessively wealthy deviants, lust and want thwart his search for selfless caring love, and in his quest to become a doctor, he discovers the altruism of health care and scientific discovery riddled with profit motivation and deficient moral…
  • Featured Book: Unthinkable by Richard Cibrano

    Beth
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    About the book: When detective Francis Dimaio, supervisor of the Pinkerton detective agency's Philadelphia bureau, read the telegram from Allan Pinkerton, ordering him to leave immediately for New York, he knew he would have to put off the vacation with his wife. What he couldn't have known was that he was about to open an investigation into the deaths of more than 1500 people. A few days earlier, former president Theodore Roosevelt had arrived unexpectedly at Pinkerton's Broadway office. In his possession was a letter from his former aide and adviser, Major Archibald Butt. Butt, now the…
  • Featured Book: Architecture Laid Bare! by Robert Brown Butler

    Beth
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    About the book: Written by an architect of fifty years’ experience who has authored six previously acclaimed books on architecture, Architecture Laid Bare! steers you past all the promotional hype that confuses so much architectural thinking today, strips away the skin of current styles and questionable construction techniques, and gets to the very bones of what architecture is about: those unchangeable anatomical elements that make a building function —to give you a fundamental, practical, everyday knowledge of these shells that enclose us nearly waking and sleeping hour of our lives.
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    Literary Yard

  • Book Trailer Ninjas and Rare Bird Books Host Vintage Book Trailer Contest

    Author
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    Book Trailer Ninjas and Rare Bird Books invite filmmakers to enter the first of its kind vintage book trailer contest. Entry is free and filmmakers may enter multiple times. Entrants […]
  • Story: Burying Yourself

    Author
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:56 am
    By: Michael C. Keith What you wear to the grave is always safe from criticism. –– Sander Howling Alison asked her 81 year-old spouse what clothes he wanted to wear […]
  • Poem: Not to Dream

    Author
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:35 am
    By: Zunayet Ahammed (1) Reality is always harsh and hard. Men knowing its impact on life and earth Get no solace in life. We have nothing to do except to […]
  • Poem: Tough Target

    Author
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:09 am
    By: Sri Ram Your estrogen is escorted by many testosterone… To win your heart, I need to first fight a battle with those testosterone… By the time, I win the battle, […]
  • Poem: i tried to save you

    Author
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:22 am
    By: Linda M Crate i had a dream where you walked into the darkness forsake every goodness and the light you tried so hard to cling to, and when i […]
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    WordTrance

  • Reviving Classics

    Michael
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:32 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction By Ailyn Koay– Since the rewriting of Snow White’s story showed on screen, followed by Hansel and Gretel, many authors have embarked on the retelling bandwagon. I have enjoyed countless rewrites of my favorite classics; from author Marissa Myers, who wrote the Lunar Chronicles that include titles Cinder, Scarlett, Cress, and Winter which is due out soon, to Heather Lyon’s The Collector’s Society series.   I like rewrites, if the author is skillful, the story will remind the reader of the themes, but will remain separate enough to…
  • Writing and The Class System

    Michael
    14 Aug 2015 | 4:52 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction It is nonsensical…Why is it that peo­ple need to judge and class oth­ers? How­ever, the sub­ject presents rich pick­ings for authors. This article analyzes the class system and how writers utilize it in their stories. The post Writing and The Class System appeared first on WordTrance.
  • Scares That Care

    Michael
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction Scares that Care! is a horror convention that raises money for sick children and families in need. There I met some great authors and found some new and interesting reads to share with you. The post Scares That Care appeared first on WordTrance.
  • On Revision

    Michael
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:37 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction By Anita Gill — Making Revision an Easier Process Ok! You have your draft of a story saved on your computer (and hopefully backed up too). You come back to it a few days later, still feeling that excitement you had when writing it on the first day. But now you’re back. And you see problems. Lots of problems. Revision is inevitable for any piece. We need revision. Sometimes, we need to put the document aside and write it all over again. I recently did that with a piece I had been working on for the last several years (no joke—it was grueling…
  • Waiting for You (part 2)

    Michael
    9 Jul 2015 | 4:06 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction Part 2 of a Short Story by Gangaa Arunan– For a change, I want to narrate the story in third person, I hope you like it. Last time, while I was narrating the incident, I did not use the characters’ names. The woman is Priya and my movie star is Ajay. They had a chance encounter the other day while crossing on an overpass at a bus station. When Priya came out of her office, she saw him in the juice shop across the street. It seemed that he was waiting for our Priya, and to her surprise, with a smile. Seeing her, he moved out of the shop and…
 
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  • I have returned

    Peter J Story
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:28 am
    In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been a little absent lately. I’ve been on vacation for the last week, but now I’m back. So, if you’ve been missing me or my posts, fear not … I have returned.
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    Peter J Story
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    “Novelists … fashioning nets to sustain and support the reader as he falls helplessly through the chaos of his own existence.” —– Fay Weldon
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    Peter J Story
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    “Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.” —– Martin H. Fischer
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    Peter J Story
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    “A day of worry is more exhausting than a day of work.” —– John Lubbock
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    Peter J Story
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    “Love may forgive all infirmities and love still in spite of them: but Love cannot cease to will their removal.” —– C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
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  • Review: Impossible (Huntsford Hearts #1) by Laurel Ulen Curtis

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:45 am
    One Accident. Two losses. Three years. Veronica Russo chases storms, but runs from her past by staying firmly in the present. Unwilling to consider the possibility of a future, she’s checked out of life by using solitude and standoffishness as her armor and a sharp tongue and quick wit as her weapons. Coleman Cade is a walking contradiction- just like his mismatched eyes. A rough and manly bull rider with a playful side. A ladies man with thousands of willing victims, but what he really wants is one woman. The right woman. Will Roni be able to let go, move on, and find a way to fulfill her…
  • Review: Flash Bang (Flash Bang #1) by Meghan March

    20 Aug 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Rowan Callahan is a career-climbing slut. At least according to the vicious—and false—rumor that is destroying her professional life. But a little thing like her career as an attorney ceases to matter when a plane crashes in downtown Chicago and the entire city goes dark. Her unconventional upbringing makes her suspect the worst: she’s just witnessed the kick-off to the apocalypse. Armed with a backpack of supplies, she leaves Chicago, intent on resetting her skewed priorities and seeking shelter at the family farm with her father and sister. She’s injured and running for her life…
  • Review: Love on the Menu by Dyann Love Barr

    20 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Celebrity chef Jordan Kelly wants to marry the love of his life, Tilly Danes. Unfortunately, the proposal isn't going quiteas planned. For starters, the Culinary Channel just hired his ex-lover as their new chef-and now she's been murdered.Tilly might have a tiny problem with commitment, but she knows for a fact that Jordan is hiding something. Something big. And if he doesn't spill it soon, their future happiness is definitely on the chopping block...  Someone at the Culinary Channel has an appetite for killing, and no one is safe. All this danger might just bring Jordan and Tilly's…
  • Review: Can't Go Back by Marie Meyer

    19 Aug 2015 | 9:59 am
    When Jillian moved next door, she refused to get out of the car. I climbed into the backseat beside her and promised to never leave her. Now, I’m driving her a thousand miles away, so she can leave me.She has to go. What else would she do? Follow me and my band from one cheap bar to another, get hit on by sleazy promoters? Because Jillian would definitely get hit on. She’s the most gorgeous, talented girl I've ever known, and she doesn't even see it.This scholarship gives Jillian the chance to study at the best design school in the country. It’s what she’s always wanted. I…
  • Review: Perfect Betrayal by Season Vining

    18 Aug 2015 | 10:58 am
    To the outside world, Taylor Hudson has it all: beauty, money and social status. But Taylor’s privileged life is far lonelier than it appears.Levi is the inside man on a job to steal fifteen million dollars from one of the town’s wealthiest families, putting him on a crash course with Taylor. Neither of them believe in love, but lust. . . that’s undeniable.Now they’re locked in a wicked game of seduction and it’s unclear who is playing who. But neither of them expected the affair to lead to the deepest connection they’ve ever experienced. Because beneath Taylor’s perfect…
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  • Silmarillion Character Profile: Túrin

    Emily
    10 Aug 2015 | 2:10 pm
    One of the most daunting things about reading The Silmarillion is keeping all of the names straight. I love this, so I want to make it more accessible for the general reader with brief character profiles. Name: Túrin Turambar Immediate Family: Father: Húrin Thalion Mother: Morwen Eledhwen Sister: Nienor Home: Beleriand Claim to fame: Túrin is by far the most tragic character… Read more The post Silmarillion Character Profile: Túrin appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Is There a Lord of the Rings Sequel?

    Emily
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:25 am
    With The Battle of Five Armies extended edition coming out in early November, the Middle-earth craze will once again fade from the eye of the public. Many are wondering what’s next. While most are speculating about a Silmarillion movie (although I have a different theory), some may be asking “What about a Lord of the Rings sequel?” Does such a thing exist? Many… Read more The post Is There a Lord of the Rings Sequel? appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Silmarillion Character Profile: Húrin

    Emily
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:25 pm
    One of the most daunting things about reading The Silmarillion is keeping all of the names straight. I love this, so I want to make it more accessible for the general reader with brief character profiles. Name: Húrin Thalion Immediate Family: Wife: Morwen Daughter #1: Lalaith Son: Túrin Turambar Daughter #2: Nienor Home: Beleriand Claim to fame: He was the father of the most tragic figure… Read more The post Silmarillion Character Profile: Húrin appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Best Lord of the Rings Cosplay of Comic-Con 2015

    Emily
    26 Jul 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Another Comic-Con has come and gone. Even though I’ve lived in San Diego for nearly eight years, I’ve never been able to get into the con–but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying the cosplayers! Among the busty babes, costume t-shirts, and “normal” people, there are some incredibly talented and creative artists. Sadly, I found relatively few LotR cosplayers. (So. Many. Harley… Read more The post Best Lord of the Rings Cosplay of Comic-Con 2015 appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Shadow of Mordor Canon: The Short Version

    Emily
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:46 am
    Is the latest Middle-earth game, Shadow of Mordor, canon? Is it a story that Tolkien wrote, or at least hinted at? The shortest answer is no. Tolkien never wrote about a Gondorian who was possessed by any Elf, much less Celebrimbor. Indeed, Tolkien never says anything about the fate of Celebrimbor’s spirit. But could he have written it? Is it in… Read more The post Shadow of Mordor Canon: The Short Version appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
 
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  • Adrianne Chalepah

    jrex365
    19 Aug 2015 | 2:16 am
    Adrianne Chalepah, a 29 year old Kiowa/Apache comedian, formed the “Ladies of Native Comedy” group in an attempt to bring Native female voices to mainstream America. When I asked her about her motivations she said, “I feel like Native female entertainers are largely overlooked. Our voice is one that’s inaudible to mass America. I’m trying to give us a louder voice because we deserve it. We’ve carried generations of traumatized victims of genocide on our backs and survived it all because of several different things – but one of our tools is humor. We…
  • Ray Young Bear

    jrex365
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Ray Young Bear, a Meshkwahkihaki (People of the Red Earth) poet and novelist, sent me an e-mail  a couple days ago to let me know that he’s having a new poem published in the New Yorker tomorrow (August 3 – 2015). Born and raised in Iowa Ray spoke Meskwaki as his first language and began writing poetry early on, publishing his first poem in English in 1968. His writing focuses a great deal on the cognitive dissonance felt by many Native Americans today who are being pulled in different directions culturally. Finding it easier to express himself and accurately convey the…
  • Welcome To Krakow

    jrex365
    17 May 2015 | 11:11 am
    On May 1st I moved from Delray Beach in Florida to Krakow, Poland. Fell in love with this city. If you’ve never been here definitely put it on your bucket list of places to see during your life. Just avoid girls with umbrellas who invite you into Strip Clubs and you won’t regret your trip here. Or, if you do go along with them make sure to pay with cash and you won’t return home to discover an enormous bill.
  • Chaim Machlev

    jrex365
    7 May 2015 | 4:29 am
    Chaim Machlev is a tattoo artist based in Berlin who works by individual appointments only.  I came across his tattoos a while back when I was living in the United States. Now that I’m living in Europe it’s definitely on my to-do list to meet up with him to do my first tattoo.
  • Ray Lamontagne

    jrex365
    3 Apr 2015 | 5:38 pm
    I stumbled across Ray’s music back in 2007 while in college when I saw this show on BBC and have been a fan ever since. If you’ve never heard of him you’re missing out. Do yourself a a favor, save the link to this post and when you have an hour free come back and hit play on the video below. Intro Three More Days Shelter Hold You In My Arms Be Here Now Empty Barfly Gone Away From Me Trouble Till The Sun Turns Black You Can Bring Me Flowers Jolene Can I Stay End    
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  • Rez Life, A Review

    8 Aug 2015 | 9:23 am
    “To understand American Indians is to understand America. This is the story of the paradoxically least and most American place in the twenty-first century. Welcome to the Rez.”― David Treuer, Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation LifeDavid Treuer’s Rez Life is a remarkable look into the heavily intricate reality of life on the reservation. Through personal anecdotes and history, Treuer reveals the many-sided influence and importance that the reservation has become to American Indian nations today. Treuer writes solely about his reservation, Leech Lake, in Minnesota, but…
  • Sabbatical Reminiscing

    10 Jun 2015 | 10:07 am
    I took a long sabbatical these last two months. It wasn’t planned, but it was needed. I finished my Bachelor’s degree–late in life–and now my family and I moved from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to New Hampshire so that I may attend graduate school.There’s been a lot going on during these last several weeks and only now am I getting to a place of normalcy again.I have been reading, but I also took a break from my year of reading indigenously. That is, I’ve been reading other authors of fiction who aren’t indigenous. As a side note: All The Light We Cannot See is a beautifully…
  • President Obama Addresses the 2015 Gathering Of Nations Powwow

    26 Apr 2015 | 7:01 am
    President Obama addressed the 2015 Gathering of Nations powwow in Albuquerque, NM, yesterday. In the video, embedded below, the President speaks on the new initiative, Generation Indigenous, that he and the First Lady are heading up with UNITY. He also mentions the Native Youth Summit they are hosting this summer. Check out the video message below that played during GON.
  • Transmotion, A New Peer-Reviewed Journal in Indigenous Literary Studies, Released Its First Issue Today

    13 Apr 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Some exciting news today from the indigenous literature field. Transmotion, a biannual, peer-reviewed journal in indigenous literary studies has officially published both a pdf and html version of their journal.More about Transmotion from the site:Transmotion is a biannual, fully and permanently open-access journal inspired by the work of Gerald Vizenor. Transmotion will publish new scholarship focused on theoretical, experimental, postmodernist, and avant-garde writing produced by Native American and First Nations authors, as well as book reviews on relevant work in Indigenous Studies, and…
  • The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band, A Review

    25 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling BandFrances WashburnThe University of Arizona Press2014ISBN: 9780816530823Frances Washburn did a great job of telling the story of Sissy, a young woman who feels stuck in a small Rez town. Sissy is the lead singer of The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band, along with three men who are all comical and pitiful in their own rights. To Sissy, though, the band is a dead-end, her job is a dead-end, and her life in the small town is a dead-end. There’s a lot of angst in this story. As a reader, I wanted nothing but to see Sissy succeed. Throughout the story, I…
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  • Book Review: Alpha Male by Joshua Mays

    Adam
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:06 pm
    In the world of superhero novels, there seems to be very few that actually take the subject seriously.  Alpha Male by Joshua Mays seems to be the exception to that rule. In fact, the scope of this novel is immense.  We’re taken through the lives of a multitude of characters, seeing into how a superhero living among us might cause a drastic change in how each of us go about our daily lives, and it’s not always good…especially when we start to see a supervillain appear. If there were anything I could say negatively about this book, it’s that things wrap up a little too…
  • Book Review: Shero by Jack Wallen

    Adam
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Quick Note:  This book is part of the Indie Superbundle sale currently going on at Storybundle.com.  A great opportunity to get some of today’s greatest Indie Superhero Novels.  Also…only available for the next 2.5 days (you know…so, act now and all that!) Shero, at it’s most simplest of looks, might just appear to be a single high concept ideal based on selling books to an underrepresented part of the reading population.  I mean, even I had my reservations about how well put together a book about the world’s only transgendered superhero could really delve…
  • Book Review: Strike: The Hero from the Sky by Charlie Wood

    Adam
    11 Aug 2015 | 11:53 am
    Quick Note:  This is another one of those books from the amazing Indie Superhero Superbundle happening on over at Storybundle right now (hurry up, only 9 days left to get your bundle!).  But don’t worry, I don’t let such things as trying to sell more books cloud my reviewing integrity.  I promise!   Pretty quickly into Strike: The Hero from the Sky, even if you knew nothing about the book outside of reading the story itself, you can tell it’s a young adult novel, possibly even middle grade.  It starts off with the standards.  Kid in school, has troubles (although…
  • Book Review: Supervillainous by Mike Leon

    Adam
    6 Aug 2015 | 11:06 am
    Quick note:  This book is part of the Indie Superhero StoryBundle at www.storybundle.com/heroes along with The Legend of Buddy Hero.  But I promise that has nothing to do with my review…just that it happens to be yet another excuse to go out and grab this amazing group of books for such a low low price.   Superheroes get all the glory, don’t they?  I mean, how often do the villains really get the time to shine.  They don’t have their names listed on all the comic books out there.  Heck, even when they do get to be at the forefront, they’re generally being…
  • Fat Mogul vs. The Update – August 2015 edition

    Adam
    5 Aug 2015 | 11:52 am
    Hey folks, you might have noticed I’ve been a bit more active on the site already this week than I have in the past few months.  Unfortunately this has nothing to do with how active I’ll be as time moves forward.  Just so happens that I’m really trying my hardest to use the opportunity I’ve been given with the StoryBundle Buddy’s in to try to keep my books flying off the shelves once the whole deal is over…and, you know, just that I happened to have a book to review as well (and should again tomorrow). But, I figured that it’s been a while since…
 
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  • Grace Paley on Aging: A Poignant and Funny Meditation on the Consolations and Cultural Charades of Growing Older

    Maria Popova
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    “The main thing is this — when you get up in the morning you must take your heart in your two hands. You must do this every morning.” “For old people,” Ursula K. Le Guin wrote in her sublime meditation on aging and what beauty really means, “beauty doesn’t come free with the hormones, the way it does for the young… It has to do with who the person is.” But who is the person staring back at us from the mirror as the decades roll by? The mystery of what makes you and your childhood self the same person despite a lifetime of changes is, after…
  • Tiny Creatures: The Marvelous World of Microbes, in an Illustrated Children’s Book

    Maria Popova
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:30 pm
    A vibrant ode to science inspired by folk art. “You are mostly not you,” microbial ecologist Rob Knight wrote in his fascinating exploration of the human microbiome, in which he pointed out that only 1% of the genes in our bodies are human and the remaining 99% are microbial. It’s a staggering realization even for grownups, so how are tiny humans to grapple with these tiny organisms and their enormous impact on us and the rest of life? That’s what zoologist and children’s book author Nicola Davies explores in Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes (public…
  • Rising Strong: Brené Brown on the Physics of Vulnerability and What Resilient People Have in Common

    Maria Popova
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    “If we are brave enough often enough, we will fall; this is the physics of vulnerability.” “There is no science without fancy, and no art without facts,” Vladimir Nabokov famously proclaimed. Today, hardly anyone embodies this sentiment more fully than Brené Brown, who came of age as a social scientist in an era when the tyranny of facts trivialized the richness of fancy and the human experience was squeezed out of the qualitative in the service of the quantitative, the two pitted as polarities. But like Susan Sontag, who recognized how polarities limit and imprison us, Brown…
  • Bruce Lee on the Power of Repose and the Strength of Yielding

    Maria Popova
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:30 pm
    “One should be in harmony with, and not rebellion against, the strength of the opponent.” When he emigrated from Hong Kong to America in 1959, Bruce Lee (November 27, 1940–July 20, 1973) adapted the ancient Chinese conceptual martial art Wing Chun into his own version, Jun Fan Gung Fu, literally translated as “Bruce Lee’s Kung Fu,” and popularized it in America. Over the course of his short life, he became not only a trailblazing martial artist but a modern philosopher whose ideas on personal development and the cultivation of character have continued to…
  • David Byrne’s Lending Library

    Maria Popova
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:03 am
    A colorful case of the mosaic of influences that is art. “When a library is open, no matter its size or shape,” Bill Moyers wrote, “democracy is open, too.” A century and a half earlier, Thoreau extolled a different aspect of the library as a technology of thought, writing in his diary: “Those old books suggested a certain fertility … as if they were making a humus for new literatures to spring in.” It was in a similar spirit that, in curating the 2015 Meltdown Festival at London’s Southbank Centre, beloved musician David Byrne decided to turn his personal…
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  • The Long Retreat No. 40

    Fishbreath
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:30 am
    Falthejn nodded gravely. “That is the greatest risk that we who weave magic face. When we draw near to that point, the world does not work as it should. You may find yourself violently ill, or floating above the ground, or perhaps catching fire. It is difficult to push the boundaries to breaking. To my understanding, it has happened twice—once before the war with the dweorgr, and once ten years from now.” He paused, realizing he’d slipped into the formal voice. “Sorry. I get a little energetic when I speak of such things. Few realize the true danger.” “I…
  • Updates Wednesday and Friday this week

    Fishbreath
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:59 pm
    As the title says. I’m doing some PC maintenance tonight. I would say, “Consider this an open thread,” but my readers are not really the comment-y sort. The post Updates Wednesday and Friday this week is part of an ongoing story at Many Words.
  • The Long Retreat No. 39

    Fishbreath
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    “Falthejn,” Sif said. The diviner opened his eyes. Sif stood a long pace away, holding out the carved stick at arm’s length. He took it, and she stepped back. “Will it work?” He turned it over in his hands. “Yes, it should be fine. Thank you.” He gave her a close look. “Are you alright?” She crossed her arms in front of her, looking down and to one side, and waved a hand vaguely. “It’s like there’s something buzzing in my head.” Falthejn raised an eyebrow. Sif had been near magical workings for some time now, but it…
  • The Long Retreat No. 38

    Fishbreath
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    He turned downslope—no sense going toward the road and revealing their hideaway—and headed for a patch of undergrowth, clinging precariously to the hillside in a patch of sunlight the trees had not yet colonized. Bright yellow blossoms drew his eyes to a tall grasslike plant, the flowers atop tall blades, while other stems, bending toward the ground, bore five-pointed seed pods. Falthejn stripped a handful of the latter and headed back up the hill. When he returned the scattering of wood shavings around Sif’s legs had grown thicker. She had cut a deep, narrow vee into one side of…
  • Weekend update

    Fishbreath
    22 Aug 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Looks like I, uh, forgot to schedule Friday’s post. Oops. It’ll run on Tuesday instead. (Never let it be said I’m one to waste a chance to get ahead on backlog.) In the meantime, pop by the Fish Bowl tomorrow afternoon for some content from parvusimperator. The post Weekend update is part of an ongoing story at Many Words.
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  • Nora Roberts - Circle Trilogy 02 - Dance of the Gods epub

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    20 Aug 2015 | 7:26 am
    The second in the Circle Trilogy focuses on Blair, Niece of Hoyt & Cian - a vampire slayer !  Raised in a family of demon hunters, Blair Murphy has her own personal demons to fight - the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Nora Roberts - Circle Trilogy 01 - Morrigons Cross

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    17 Aug 2015 | 4:22 am
    In the last days of high summer, with lightning striking blue in a black sky, the sorcerer stood on a high cliff overlooking the raging sea…   His heart black with grief rivaling the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • The Passions of Jodha Akbar - SS Part I

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    4 Jun 2015 | 3:40 am
    The Romantic interlude of Akbar & JodhaCirca 1574: The palace was ablaze with light, the sounds of retiring emanating all around while the ever vigilant Soldiers guarded the Royal personnel... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Mystery of Titanic - The Unsinkable Ship

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    3 Jun 2015 | 11:36 am
    Titanic is  the ship that never sinks or so went the advert about the ship but fate or nature the great leveler served a catastrophic lesson that history has not forgotten to this day. There... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Un doux pardon de Lori Nelson Spielman

    Juliann
    23 Aug 2015 | 3:05 am
    L E C T U R E S D’E T E Ce livre fait partie de ma liste de lecture de cet été. Parfait à la plage ou en vacances R E S U M E Hannah est présentatrice de télévision, son émission fait d’elle une personnalité publique à la Nouvelle-Orléans. Or depuis quelques mois, son audimat décline. Il faut qu’elle trouve une nouvelle idée pour la relancer. Pressée par son patron qui veut l’évincer et mettre une nouvelle venue à sa place, Hannah doit aussi composer avec sa vie amoureuse. Elle sort avec monsieur le Maire et attends désespéramment qu’il la…
  • Comme si c’était toi de Mhairi McFarlane

    Juliann
    9 Aug 2015 | 4:06 am
    L E C T U R E S D’E T E Ce livre fait partie de ma liste de lecture de cet été. Parfait à la plage ou en vacances R E S U M E Anna se rend à une réunion d’anciens élèves pour leur montrer la femme qu’elle est devenue. Oublié le souffre-douleur, gros et moche. Aujourd’hui Anna a un poste important dans un musée, elle est magnifique et veut le montrer à tout le monde. Mais malheureusement, elle a tellement changé que personne ne la reconnait, pas même celui qui l’a piégé au bal de promo, James. Contre toute attente, ils vont être amené à se revoir…
  • SWAP livres d’occasion

    Juliann
    7 Aug 2015 | 11:29 pm
    Je me suis inscrite à mon deuxième swap de l’année sur LivrAddict. Un swap petit budget, dont le thème était les livres d’occasions. C’est une bonne idée, on pioche dans la Wishlist de son swappé un livre qu’il aurait envie de lire, et on l’achète en occaz. Voici ce que j’ai reçu: Soit 3 livres: –Ma vie de geisha de Mineto Iwasaki –Le musée du silence de Yoko Ogawa –Vengeance à froid de Preston & Child -Des marques pages trop mignons fait à la main -Une carte en forme de livret que Maisys a fabriqué elle-même pour me laisser…
  • Reapers Motorcycle Club, Tome 1 : Possesseur par Joana Wylde

    Juliann
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:54 am
    L E C T U R E S D’ E T E Ce livre fait partie de ma liste de lecture de cet été. Parfait à la plage ou en vacances R E S U M E Marie n’a pas de chances dans sa vie. Après avoir quitté son infidèle et violent mari, elle se retrouve chez son frère dans une caravane. Ayant perdu son travail, elle essaye de se refaire. Mais quand elle rencontre les motards pour qui son frère travaille, elle va plonger encore plus dans les ennuis… A V I S Ce livre publié aux Edition Milady et au vue de sa couverture, ne laisse pas de doute quand au récit et aux dénouements. Il y a du…
  • Le diable chuchotait de Miyuki Miyabe

    Juliann
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:22 am
    R E S U M E Après avoir perdu peu à peu son père puis sa mère, Mamoru est recueilli par sa tante maternelle. Croyant avoir enfin retrouvé une famille heureuse. l’oncle de Mamoru est inculpé pour meurtre. Il est accusé d’avoir tué une jeune femme avec son taxi. Le jeune adolescent de 16 ans voit alors son quotidien basculer à nouveau. Au lycée, les brimades se font de plus en plus sentir. A la maison, sa tante et sa cousine tentent de se raccrocher tant bien que mal à n’importe quel infime espoir. Puis un soir à la suite d’un coup de téléphone mystérieux,…
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  • A Guide to Literary New Jersey

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    3 Sep 2015 | 6:05 am
    A Field Guide to the Literature of the Garden State Sometimes the best way to understand New Jersey is to make stuff up.  by Tobias Carroll via Oyster Books The state of New Jersey has a strange relationship with the past. Throughout the state, you’ll find evidence of history: Revolutionary War battlefields, the sites of dissolved utopian communities, preserved factories, and architectural curiosities like Lucy the Elephant, a six-story building in the shape of an elephant located near Atlantic City. But it’s also a place where people come to start new chapters in their history: its…
  • Ghostly Guidebook Giveaway

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    2 Sep 2015 | 6:15 am
    Win a Copy Apparition Atlas by Daniel Diehl & Mark P. Donnelly TO WIN: FILL IN THE FORM AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE. 6 WINNERS WILL BE CHOSEN, AT RANDOM, ON OCTOBER 2, 2015. Have you ever had an encounter with a ghost? Would you like proof that the deceased continue to visit the world of the living? Do you have the courage to stand face-to-face with visitors from the afterlife? ‘Apparition Atlas: The Ghost Hunter’s Travel Guide to Haunted America’ provides seekers of truth with a definitive guide to more than 200 publicly accessible, verified haunted locations in all fifty states.
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    1 Sep 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Stay Tuned…We’re Giving Away 5 eBooks and 1 Signed Hard Copy of: Find out how to enter to win a free copy TOMORROW, September 2nd.
  • Writer’s Block? 4 Techniques to Stop Procrastinating and Start Writing

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    1 Sep 2015 | 6:10 am
    Quit Stalling, Start Writing By Melissa Chu It can be hard to stay self-motivated when you’re freelancing. Life gets in the way, and that new Netflix release can look awfully tempting compared to a strenuous writing session. Time goes by, and before you know it, nothing has been done. If you find yourself dreaming about writing, talking about writing, or planning to write, let’s face it. You’re not writing. Real writers write. Of course, it’s not that easy. Ultimately, you’re the one who’s accountable for your own work. Even though getting things done can be tough when…
  • HotDudes Reading: The Hottest Account on Instagram Right Now

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    31 Aug 2015 | 10:22 am
    Because What’s Better Than Hot Dudes? Hot Dudes Reading. Among the thousands of reading and book-inspired Instagram accounts, a few stand out. Right now, the “literary” Instagram page that’s getting the most attention on the interwebs is HotDudesReading (see it here) which is all about, as you might have guessed, men reading in public. Men that someone has deemed hot. Okay, men that most people would deem hot. Hot Dudes Reading on Instagram https://instagram.com/hotdudesreading/ What is it about a man with a book in his hand that many find so attractive? Is it the…
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  • Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

    Nate Chamberlain
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Please Ignore Vera Dietz was my second A.S. King novel. I had first read Everbody Sees the Ants and really appreciated the unique psychological element that came with the character's narration. Vera was no different. Though rather than having visions of ants here and there influencing your thoughts and actions, Vera saw Charlies. Thousands of Charlies. Charlie was (and is?) Vera's best friend. It had been that way for as long as either of them could remember. But with high school, drugs, alcohol and sex getting in the way they went different directions but maintained an unspoken dedication to…
  • The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

    Nate Chamberlain
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick was an interesting, well-paced read. I listened to the audiobook while travelling and found the storyline to be engaging and intriguing.The Silver Linings Playbook is written from the perspective of a mentally ill man named Pat Peoples. Pat is released from an institution and is living with his parents as long as he doesn't cause trouble. Unwilling to accept that he and his wife have been separated for several years, he holds onto the hope they'll reunite in the future - not even hope, though. He knows they'll reunite.Author, Matthew QuickIn…
  • Wind/Pinball by Haruki Murakami

    William Ottens
    17 Aug 2015 | 1:21 pm
    The debut short novels--nearly thirty years out of print-- by the internationally acclaimed writer, newly retranslated and in one English-language volume for the first time, with a new introduction by the author. These first major works of fiction by Haruki Murakami center on two young men--an unnamed narrator and his friend and former roommate, the Rat. Powerful, at times surreal, stories of loneliness, obsession, and eroticism, these novellas bear all the hallmarks of Murakami's later books, giving us a fascinating insight into a great writer's beginnings, and are remarkable works of…
  • Tin Man by Lisa Henry and Heidi Belleau

    Nate Chamberlain
    16 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Tin Man is a quick read (one sitting) by authors Lisa Henry and Heidi Belleau. It focuses on the stories of Ace, a petty thief, and Soren, a member of the Anti-Terrorist-Unit or ATU. When Soren chases down Ace for not providing proof of employment or residence, things get heated in more ways than one.I found that throughout the book, the word fuck was used so often it distracted from the story and really made the characters seem ignorant as if they couldn't express wonder, excitement, disappointment, stress or fear in any other way. At one point the line was, and I quote, "Fuck, fuck,…
  • Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

    Nate Chamberlain
    14 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    I first heard of Anne Lamott through a recommendation made by my friend, Karin (who will also be reviewing for Book Savants). From the Facebook posts Karin would share with me, to the snippets I would read here and there, I knew I was in for a good read from the moment I opened Bird by Bird. And I wasn't disappointed. Bird by Bird is a realistic and honest account of writing and may be especially helpful for someone with tunnel vision set on publication.The premise of Bird by Bird is, as its subtitle suggests, "Some Instructions on Writing and Life." The title comes from a time when her…
 
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