Michael Schmicker: The Witch of Napoli

One of the most amazing places I’ve ever been is Naples, Italy. Beyond just the beauty of a city so old, there was a certain amount of presence. It seemed like every place you went, there were ghosts of the people who once lived in the city. You could almost hear the beckoning of the […]

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Janet Mock: Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

You know how sometimes you read a book that you aren’t really sure you will relate to, but you think there’s something about it that might touch you? Well, that’s how I felt about Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More. I saw Janet Mock on “Real Time with Bill […]

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American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity

Many years ago, I had a subscription to the Book Reporter magazine; and I loved it. I would read it from cover to cover more than once throughout the month. Over the years, I lost track of the company; new laptops and lost bookmarks, other things becoming higher on the priority list, new sites to […]

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Soft Atheism: Commentary on Life After Faith by Philip Kitcher

As I’ve gotten older, two major things have happened: I’ve begun really truly questioning my place in the world and what my absolute beliefs are; and I’ve decided I like book commentaries a whole lot more than book reviews. I know, I know, the level of these together are hilarious. On the surface, one is […]

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Happy Fat Tuesday and Literary Landmarks of New Orleans

Below is a wonderful post about several places for the book lover to visit while in New Orleans. Having finished the Witching Hour a few months ago, I have to say the picture of 1239 First Street is very similar to what I imagined in my head. And check out the trees in front of […]

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Embrace Your Reading Almost As Much As You Embrace Your Kids

One of the coolest things I ever saw was one of my family members reading while nursing. I didn’t know it was possible; and frankly, I wondered how she was going to continue her avid reading after having little ones. Her phone was big enough to give her a good amount of text on a […]

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In Need of 50 Shades of Editing

I just bought and read 50 Shades of Grey. Yeah, I know…a little late to the party, but I assure you, it was by design. I thought it was more interesting to sit back and watch the frenzy than it was probably going to be reading the book. My reasons for reading it now are […]

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Four Ways To Think About Narrative Architecture

I really enjoy Chuck Wendig’s blog terribleminds; and every time I read a post of his, I end up thinking about how I read differently. Not how I read differently than other people. Differently. As in, that I think about something new while I’m reading…not like I’m thinking about penguins when I typically thought about […]

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Inconsistencies in Publishing: Watermarks, Colophons, and Publishing Dates

I remember when my grandmother used to do a lot of typing and the paper always had a watermark of the papermaker, typically in the middle of the page. I often wondered if older books had these same types of watermarks from the printer and maybe even the publisher. I have finally found the answer […]

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I agree! Don’t Do It, Harper Lee

I have been watching the last couple of days the reaction to the news that Harper Lee has a new book coming out. I’m actually pretty stunned at what I’m seeing. How can a book be number 1 on Amazon and it hasn’t even been read? How can people think the book is going to […]

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