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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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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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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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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?

Jamelah E.

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.