June 17th, 2014
James Madison may not spring to mind the same way that, say, George Washington or Thomas Jefferson or even Alexander Hamilton do.
But as a major new biography of our fourth president shows, without Madison’s influence, the entire trajectory of the young United States would have been different.
Lynne Cheney‘s book “James Madison: A Life Reconsidered” will also change what you thought you knew, if you’ve always remembered how Madison was described as a shy or even sickly young man.by
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May 16th, 2014
We know the power of prayer, to heal and comfort.
But what if someone wanted to use that power to afflict — and kill?
Philip Kerr‘s new psychological thriller “Prayer” poses that uncomfortable question.
Gil Martins, an agent with the FBI’s Domestic Terrorism Unit in Houston, confronts the violence generated by extremism every day. But even he is not fully prepared for what he encounters when confronted with evidence of a serial killer who’s calling on the very power of God to dispatch well-known atheists.by
May 5th, 2014
During her extensive travels around the U.S., actress and author Marlo Thomas kept meeting women who were “stuck.” Stuck in a dead-end job. Stuck with a suddenly-empty nest and no plan for what to do next. Stuck in indecision over where their life should go.
A few years ago Thomas launched a website for women to connect, share stories, and help each other “re-invent.” And she says the aim was to reassure all of them that it’s never too late to get un-stuck.Now she’s collected the stories of dozens of women in a new book called “It Ain’t Over . . . Till It’s Over”
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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
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