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Hey Lolita, Hey: Bands Named After Literary Characters

Hey Lolita, hey Hey Lolita, hey I know what the boys like I’m not gonna play These are the lyrics to the refrain of Lana Del Rey’s song “Lolita.” Del Rey has been a polarizing musical figure bringing out...
 
 
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summer reading
summer reading
summer reading

Summer Lovin’: 5 love(ish) stories for summer reading

Beach books have become synonymous with “Chick Lit,” an often condescending term for light-hearted books by women and about women that assumes predictability and a story about shoes, cosmos, and Mr. Right (the liter...
 
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tween books
tween books
tween books

I was a Pre-teen Book Nerd in the 90s

And, apparently, that meant loving books written ages before I was born, with a big emphasis on the 80s. I was a huge bookworm and had large, unfortunate glasses that kind of made me look like those cartoons of bookworms, which...

 
 
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handfuls of bone
handfuls of bone
handfuls of bone

Review: Handfuls of Bone by Monica Kidd

Before I review the contents of this book, I need to tell you a little bit about the design of this book. Monica Kidd’s second poetry collection, Handfuls of Bone, was published by Gaspereau Press, a Canadian publishing c...
 
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much ado about nothing
much ado about nothing
much ado about nothing

Much Ado About Whedon

  So, does anything Joss Whedon touches not turn to gold? The man behind the best thing to happen to TV ever (aka Buffy the Vampire Slayer) has brought one of Shakespeare’s best plays, Much Ado About Nothing, back to...

 
 
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Book Review: No One (Personne) by Gwenaëlle Aubry

What first intrigued me about No One (Personne) was the first line of the back cover synopsis: “No One is the portrait of a man without a true self.”  I really love a book that explores and plays with layers of iden...
 
 
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july reading
july reading
july reading

I Am America (And So Can You!): The Perfect Book For July Reading

Happy (belated) 237th Birthday, America! You don’t look a day over 150. Aside from all the fireworks and stars & stripes bikinis, I can’t think of a better way to start off this most patriotic of months than wit...
 
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garden poetry
garden poetry
garden poetry

Poetry in Unexpected Places | The Garden Variety

This time of year is beautiful in the city and, while going for a walk this week, I passed by a gorgeous garden with a chalkboard in the center bearing some of the lyrics to Amy Gerstler’s poem “In Perpetual Spring....

 
 
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Book Review: Above All Things by Tanis Rideout

Let’ get this out of the way first. I won’t lie. Part of the reason I picked up this book is that since we both have the same last name, I can read the praise on the outside back cover (“Rideout has that all-t...
 
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Beachcombings: Seven Books for Summer Reading

There is nothing better than reading a good book on the beach! And I’ve got a great list of summer tales to make your beach reading better than ever. So slather on the Hawaiian Tropics, lay out your towel, and blast that ...