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Making Sense of Tragedy by Rebecca Howard

I always find it interesting to know why a person reads.  Is she reading for information, enlightenment or escape?  Generally speaking, I read in order to make sense or to make meaning.  While I am often nothing like the characters about which I read, they teach me or help me understand something in a new way.  Walking around in another character’s head for a while helps me develop greater empathy for my fellow humans.  It may even help me be kinder to myself.  I think this why I so frequently read b

Summer Read Twins, Activate! by Laura Raphael

Have you ever experienced reading déjà vu? You’re reading along in some great new novel your friendly neighborhood librarian suggested (of course!)… and you get that fuzzy, peripheral-vision feeling that maybe you’ve read this before. The characters or the setting or just something feels familiar.

The Art of the Re-Read by Nick Abrahamson

Here in libraryland I have several coworkers who won’t re-read favorite novels.  Some won’t re-watch favorite movies.  I am utterly perplexed by this non-practice.  Aside from a familiar smell or visiting the home of my childhood, nothing fills me with the warmest of warm nostalgia like some of the old movies I watched as a child.  My most vivid memories involve being propped on the couch, home sick from school, while I listen to the whirl of the VCR rewinding videotapes.  Like a jet engine about to take off, tha

Beautiful Forevers by Rebecca Howard

As you undoubtedly know by now I am a fiction reader.  Ninety percent of what I read is fiction.  The few exceptions to that rule are usually memoirs, which we must admit are a type of fiction, too.  The facts and the truth are not always the same, but that’s an opinion that could only be held by a lover of fiction.  I love nonfiction readers and their thirst for the facts.  They read to learn, and they want to learn the real story.  Most of the time, I don’t have a lot of use for the real

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