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Banned Book Smuggled Out: ‘The Accusation’

You may have already discovered that stories of "everyman" often become the greatest classics of all time. But, the publishing history of those stories...

Gilded-Age Mystery and ‘The English Wife’

The English Wife, by Lauren Willig, brings the "Gilded Age" to life once again. We're tossed into the era of Edith Wharton, with her...
Monkey Beyond Bars - Nils Fieseler

Inspiring ‘Lolita’ – Why Vladimir Nabokov Wrote The Novel

In "On a Book Entitled Lolita," Vladimir Nabokov wrote: "As far as I can recall, the initial shiver of inspiration was somehow prompted by a...

Something About Sam – ‘The Wolf and the Rain’

Dystopian, apocalyptic novel... that alone is enough for at least a cursory read of The Wolf and the Rain. There were moments of brief...

‘Teeny Little Fingers’ & J.K. Rowling

Much debate and controversy has quickly erupted over the obvious dislike and consternation of J.K. Rowling toward the newly elected Donald Trump. She doesn't...

If you had to memorize a book, which would it be?

In Fahrenheit 451, Montag famously joins a community of outsiders who have each committed one book to memory. The author of that famously banned...

The Case of the Tweedledee Insult

Just when you may have thought that J.K. Rowling couldn't get any more epic in her literary insults, she channels Lewis Carroll (pseudonym for...
Elusion

Elusion – Addicted to Escape

Just when you thought technology couldn't get any more complicated, you're now drawn into the mind-blowing mindscape of Elusion, by Claudia Gable and Cheryl...

Missing Malcolm X Writings Surface Again

It's the stuff of recent Malcolm X legend! Born with the name "Malcolm Little," he was a Muslim minister and human rights activist. He...
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Syria Speaks – A Detention Controversy

The detention of a British woman, Faizah Shaheen, on her way back from her honeymoon in Turkey speaks greater volumes than (perhaps) anything else...

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