Andi Miller

Contributor

Andi Miller is an alumna of Texas A&M University-Commerce and has devoted her career to higher education, literacy and effective communication as an instructor, administrator, content marketer and public relations professional. In addition to her work in higher education, Miller has been a literary blogger, essayist and book reviewer for nearly ten years. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and her writing has been syndicated by BlogHer, a network of women in social media that reaches over 100 million readers per month.  Reading is her superpower.

Her blog is www.estellasrevenge.net.

Arts
4:17 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Start here with short books, or The Wife by Meg Wolitzer

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Short books are a particular passion of mine. Not just because I'm running around, chasing a child, helping around the house, working a lot. Everyone does that. I love short books because when they really pack a wallop, they can be some of the most thoughtful, powerful books around. Such is the case with The Wife, by Meg Wolitzer

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Arts
11:11 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Classic books I will never finish

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There are some books we fall into as if by magic...swept away into a sea of reading enjoyment. Then there are others that fall flat as roadkill never to be finished, and perhaps to be tossed beneath the wheels of a garbage truck. It's those big losers I want to discuss with you today. Though I'm a huge fan of classics, those mountainous books to be scaled and conquered, these specific novels have been demoted to dust catchers on my shelves.

 

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Arts Notebook
11:43 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Five quirky memoirs about food

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Food culture is both a booming industry and a booming hobby. From the seemingly boundless well of programming available on the Food Network to the endless world of food blogs, food is an adventure, a destination and an obsession.

Whether you long for the meals from your family table or consider yourself a hardcore foodie, out for the unusual and adventurous, there is a memoir involving food to suit your tastes. This happens to be one of my favorite memoir sub-genres, so some of these recommendations are newly published while others are long-time favorites.

 

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Arts
8:38 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Reading recommendations thanks to book bloggers

Book bloggers are convenient sources of reading recommendations.
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There's a secret society hiding in plain sight all around us. I'm not spreading Illuminati rumors, I'm talking about book bloggers. While you go about your work day, grocery shop or catch some rays at the pool, there is a faction of prolific readers reviewing books, writing literary essays, running contests, organizing reading-related events and sharing their literary lives. Book bloggers are millions-strong and as diverse as the books they read. 

 

If you are not a blogger yourself what can this community of bloggers do for you?

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Arts
9:57 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Confronting fiction or books that challenge

Confronting books challenge our comfort level.
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Fiction does a number of jobs. While there will always be a demographic of people who feel fiction is purely escapist, devoted readers of fiction would argue otherwise. One thing is for certain: some fiction is comforting—fit to delight and charm— while other authors prefer to confront our ideologies and push us outside of our comfort zones. These confronting books come in all genres, whether it is the latest literary fiction darling or a young adult novel that enchants teens while parents squirm.

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