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CATCH-22 on Hulu is a Compelling, Emotional Adaptation

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller will always be one of my favorite books. It transcends its setting and seems universal. I ...

Figuring: A Hall Pass to Great Minds

Maria Popova’s new book called Figuring is a whopping 592 pages or 21 hours on audiobook. It is one of ...

On THE FRIEND by Sigrid Nunez and Doggos

Sigrid Nunez won the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction for The Friend.  The New York Times wrote, tongue in ...

All Parents Need ACT NATURAL in their Lives

My four year old son had a playdate after school the other day. His friend’s mom met me in the ...

Chuck Wendig’s WANDERERS Should Be Your Summer Marathon Reading Experience

(Ed.’s note: Chuck Wendig endorses this post. Sort of. It's a book with a lot of articulated turns and twists ...

The Father-Son Relationship in The Remains of The Day

Let’s talk about the father-son relationship in the 1989 Booker Award-winning The Remains of The Day by Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro. Let’s ...

UNBROKEN Counters Stereotypes of Disabled, Teen Characters

Traditionally, disabled teenagers in fiction have been minor characters, symbols, or objects of fear or pity. This is why Unbroken: 13 ...

Crime Fiction Empathy and E.A. Aymar’s THE UNREPENTANT

With a unique sense of humor and wonderful sense of place, E.A. Aymar brings a refreshing dose of empathy to the crime fiction genre.

THE ESSEX SERPENT is a Study in Victorian Values

Sarah Perry’s novel The Essex Serpent is a beautifully written, complex novel that immerses the reader in the atmosphere and ...

Joseph Knox’s THE SMILING MAN Is Right Up True Crime Fans’ Noir Alley

With The Smiling Man, Joseph Knox sends his hard-boiled detective, Aidan Waits, into the shadows of an iconic mystery from ...

MAKING SHAPELY FICTION Presents Helpful Suggestions and Archetypes for Writers

Before I took a fiction writing class in college, I was afraid that creative writing classes would attempt to teach ...

Extreme Winter Reading: The Terror by Dan Simmons

So many people hate winter.  Me, too. However, strangely, I really enjoy extreme winter reading about ice adventures, especially historical fiction of ...

On JOYFUL by Ingrid Fetell Lee

A reader shares some thoughts on JOYFUL by Ingrid Fetell Lee, discussing how simple aesthetic shifts can create joy.

Which Ereader Reigns Supreme? Kindle vs iPad

When it comes to reading digitally, you’ve got a lot of options. But when it comes to choosing between a Kindle vs. iPad, it’s not just black and white.

Laura Kemp Brings Out a New Niche of Indie New Adult Lit

Laura Kemp’s debut novel, Evening in the Yellow Wood, is what happens when a mystery sticks comedy in its hair ...