Thoughts and Inspiration for Creative Writers

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Novel Listicles: What do you think about them?

First, I suppose I should ask, have you heard of the word listicles? I had not until I read Ann Leary’s The Children, a novel in which one of the characters refers to articles that include lists, which seems to be an increasingly popular trend, a way to entice people to read on. Like: 10 […]

The Song of Hartgrove Hall

A complicated tale of sibling rivalry set against the backdrop of a once-grand English manor. This novel is the perfect mid-winter read, especially if you’re a “Downton Abbey” fan. Curled up in front of a fire, you won’t want to stop turning the pages once you begin, so time your read carefully. Bestselling author Natasha […]

Staff Picks: Feminist Books

THE BELL JAR BY SYLVIA PLATH  Favorite Line: “I knew that’s what marriage was like, because cook and clean and wash was just what Buddy Willard’s mother did from morning till night…and I knew in spite of all the roses and kisses and restaurant dinners a man showered on a woman before he married her, what he secretly wanted when […]

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: What I Learned About the World Through His Work

By Rachel Word It’s funny how books sometimes “find you.” You are browsing the library for a new read and then one title just sticks out to you. For me, it was during my freshman year of college while studying creative writing at Susquehanna University that I found Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s books: or more accurately […]

Sources for book reviews

It’s become increasingly difficult for writers to find reviewers for their published work. So as writers yourselves, contributing reviews is one of the greatest services you can provide. Launched just last fall, the Los Angeles Review of Books is dedicated to this cause. They will publish criticism, comparisons (multiple reviews of the same book), and […]

Unforgettable Classics: Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird 50th Anniversary

By Caitlin MacDougall, Intern You never forget your first read of your favorite novel—at least I don’t.  In the wake of your first reading, you remember how the book became a part of you, how it shaped and defined that one period in your life, and the painful separation anxiety you felt when you realized […]

What We’re Reading…Book Review: Generation X

(Being read by Editorial Assistant, Amanda) Generation X, by Douglas Coupland Published: St. Martin’s Griffin, 1991, ISBN-10: 031205436X The inside flap of my faded library copy of Generation X hails the book as a “salute to the generation born in the late 1950s and 1960s—a…suspiciously hushed generation known vaguely up to now as twentysomething.” Having […]

MATTERHORN–Book Review–Vietnam War

MATTERHORN: a must read. Intense, powerful, and compelling war epic. A page turner. And this from a female reader!

Book Review “The Weight of Silence”

The NYT bestseller, WEIGHT OF SILENCE, has received praise and kudos up the gazoo. Yes, it’s a great read, a page turner, but great literature it’s not. In one sitting, maybe an hour and a half, I read about 1/3 of the book…exceptionally fast for me. I wasn’t focused on the prose, the beauty of […]

Another Fantastic Review for Tobias Lanz’s New Book

The Life and Fate of the Indian Tiger “His text offers educated general readers a multifaceted look at India’s endangered Bengal tigers, incorporating historical and cultural topics…and events from his field work. He also discusses global efforts at tiger conservation and suggests what must be done in the future to ensure the survival of this […]

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