Beyond Bestsellers: Colson Whitehead

by Marina M. Colson Whitehead was publishing long before the critical acclaim and runaway success of his book The Underground Railroad (soon to be in production as a limited series for Amazon). And with the follow up of The Nickel Boys you might assume that Whitehead’s back catalog consists solely of historical fiction with African-American […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Toni Morrison

by Lois H. (they/them or she/her) “What I’m interested in is writing without the gaze, without the white gaze. … In so many earlier books by African-American writers, particularly the men, I felt that they were not writing to me. But what interested me was the African-American experience throughout whichever time I spoke of. It […]

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Quick Listens

By Hannah K.  I love having someone tell me a story. Yes, I love reading books too, but that doesn’t temper my love for audiobooks. The right narrator can craft new life from a text. Not necessarily better than reading something yourself, but listening to a book can create a completely different experience. It’s a […]

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Under the Radar: Fiction You May Have Missed in 2019

by Lisa C. 2019 is winding down and that means the season of the “Best-Of” lists is upon us. Of course, we’ll see the usual suspects – The Testaments, The Water Dancer, The Dutch House, Lost Children Archive, Trust Exercise, and other blockbusters and big literary award winners.

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LGBT History Month 2019

by Lois H. (they/them or she/her) October is LGBT History Month! Started in 1994 by high school teacher Rodney Wilson, this monthly observance is a time to celebrate the diverse and longstanding history of the LGBTQIA+ community. The celebration also coincides with National Coming Out Day on October 11.

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Crossing Borders

By Kristi S. I’ve written before about the power of fiction to both educate and entertain. Obviously, nonfiction is incredibly important, giving voice to real experiences, but fiction adds extra emotion for me. For that reason, I turn to fiction when I am looking to take a deep dive into current events. I want to be […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: If You Like The Goldfinch

By Jennifer K. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt was one of 2013’s big bestsellers. A new movie based on the book, starring Ansel Elgort and Nicole Kidman, is coming out this month. It’s about Theo Decker, whose life changed explosively one morning when he was thirteen. Theo now has a huge secret, the possession of […]

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Infernal Adaptations

by Lois H. Every summer, I look forward to packing a perfect picnic and settling in to enjoy some Shakespeare in the park. Recently, I attended performances of the three plays in the Island Shakespeare Festival’s tenth anniversary season. I cried through The Winter’s Tale. Cried with laughter through A Midsummer Night’s Dream. On the […]

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Not Just for the Beach Reads

by Lisa C. Tomorrow is the first day of summer, astronomically speaking, and that means it is time to bring your reading outdoors! Though this is the season of the beach read, you don’t need to limit yourself to sandy destinations. For instance, you can read on a mountain, by a pool, in your backyard, or […]

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Happiness Guaranteed: Love in Lit, Part 2

by Lisa C. If you read last month’s post, Happiness Not Guaranteed: Love in Lit Part 1, you may have assumed that I’d never met a happy love story I liked. Sure, I said great love stories are tragic and agonizing. Well, that was only partly true. To quote Cordelia from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, […]

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