February 24th, 2014
Heroes. We all need them, we all love them — and the message of new books by a bestselling thriller writer is that each of us can be a hero.
Brad Meltzer is already author of the books “Heroes For My Son” and “Heroes For My Daughter,” but those books are aimed at parents, adults. His two newest books are the first in a series of books for kids.
“I am Abraham Lincoln” and “I am Amelia Earhart” are Meltzer’s foray into children’s books, a genre he’d always longed to be in.
And his enthusiasm for these stories is infectious.by
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- The Most Ridiculous Relationship Ever. A True Story. — Have you ever met a man that makes you act foolish? You are in good company. Melanie Moore tells the story of the most ridiculous relationship ever, in her new memoir, “Tomato Stakes.” By …
- The Rebirth of the Human Race — Mankind is undergoing rebirth. New arrivals are closely watched by the Selected, the transgenic beings created by the Moirai. New communities thrive with the aliens’ support, and peace and secur …
- There’s Something (Odd) About Gilbert — Sheldon Mason has decided he doesn’t want to be a recluse any longer: he’d rather just be dead. But when his upstairs neighbor – a drug dealer named Sam – interrupts his suicid …
February 13th, 2014
Do you know how to apologize?
It sounds so simple. Just say, “I’m sorry.” Right?
Not necessarily. Sometimes a proper, sincere apology can be more complicated, more nuanced. So, let me ask again: do you know how to apologize?
Lauren Bloom is an attorney, an expert on professional ethics, and an ordained interfaith minister. She knows something about apologies, from a moral standpoint, an ethical standpoint, and from a legal standpoint.
Her book is called “Art of the Apology.”by
February 7th, 2014
Perhaps no American knows the story of the Beatles in America better than veteran journalist Larry Kane.
He’s the only American reporter to accompany the Fab Four on every stop of both their 1964 and 1965 tours.
He has written three books about the Beatles, the most recent being “When They Were Boys,” the story of the Beatles’ early years before they were superstars.by
January 22nd, 2014
A young woman of privilege and a young woman born into slavery are inextricably linked, as each tries to find the voice she feels she has been denied, in Sue Monk Kidd‘s new novel “The Invention of Wings.” And it’s based on the lives of two actual women. Sarah Grimke is the daughter of a wealthy South Carolina plantation owner. On her eleventh birthday her gift from her parents is a ten-year-old slave girl named Hetty. Appalled by the notion of owning another human, Sarah is set on a path of activism that will isolate her from family, friends, and antebellum society. Hetty faces ongoing challenges that are brutally life-threatening.
And ultimately the two women’s lives are transformed.by
January 20th, 2014
An unwelcome figure from Dr. Lotty Herschel’s past resurfaces in Sara Paretsky‘s latest novel “Critical Mass.” Paretsky’s popular private eye V.I. Warshawski steps in to help her closest friend.
As Vic discovers, Lotty lost most of her family in the Holocaust, but she escaped to London in 1939 with a childhood playmate, Kitty Binder. Now Kitty’s daughter is in danger — and so is her grandson.
But their troubles turn out to be just the beginning, as Vic uncovers a viper’s nest of lies, secrets, and silence, whose origins go back to the mad competition among America, Germany, Japan and England to develop the first atomic bomb.by