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Broken Homes & Gardens by Rebecca Kelley

Rebecca Kelley teaches writing at the Oregon College of Art & Craft and lives in Portland with her husband and daughter. She is also the co-author of The Eco-nomical Baby Guide. Broken Homes & Gardens is her first novel...
 
 
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Review: Enchantment Lake by Margi Preus

Adolescence is the time in our lives when we search. We have to uncover who we are and who we want to be. YA literature often approaches this topic in a more symbolic than literal manner. Young characters go on physical quests ...
 
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10 Facts about Harper Lee’s New Novel

It was 1960 when Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird first entered American culture. Lee’s story is one that carries timeless themes: inequality, class, personal perseverance, gender roles, and compassion. Immediately, it was a ...

 
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The Empty Shelf Challenge

2015 is right around the corner, and that means one thing: RESOLUTIONS! If you are like me, my New Year’s resolutions last about 24 hours. I have kept very few for the whole year. In 2014, though, I stumbled upon a resolu...
 
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Best Books of 2014: Mystery & Suspense

As 2014 draws to a close, it is time to reflect on the glorious new releases of this year. Last week, Rebecca told you about the wonderful non-fiction works (read her article here). Now, we move on to the best books of 2014 in ...

 
 
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Review: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

With her first novel, The Miniaturist, author Jessie Burton proves that some debuts create more buzz than they warrant. While The Miniaturist does garner a reader’s attention, the book is fraught with issues that prevent ...
 
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Best Play Taught in High Schools (Results)

Last week we posed a question, and you responded.  I’ll go ahead and ask it again, though—what’s the best play you read in high school? Guess what?  We have a four-way tie.   Your Choices: Lorraine Hansberry’s A Rais...
 
 
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Almost Famous Women, Megan Mayhew Bergman

Megan Mayhew Bergman is the author of two short story collections, Birds of a Lesser Paradise (2012) and the forthcoming Almost Famous Women, which I had the chance to read early. Each of the stories in her new collection takes...

 
 
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Review: Lives in Ruins by Marilyn Johnson

Between the ages of about eight and 15, I was adamant that I wanted to be either an archaeologist or a paleontologist when I grew up. I can date the latter ambition to the first Jurassic Park movie, which I saw in the theater w...
 
 
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Review: The Fever by Megan Abbott

High school provides all the drama. Classrooms and hallways house gossip, proclamations of sex, and scandals. Secrets spill from tightly sealed lips, and loyalties break in an instant. When you think about it, isn’t a high scho...