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The Young, The New, and the Restless by Rebecca Howard

Do you read New Adult (NA) fiction? Although coined by St. Martin’s Press in 2009, I’ve only begun regularly hearing and seeing this phrase in the past year or so.  New Adult fiction is touted as a way of bridging the gap between Young Adult (YA) and Adult Fiction.  Characters are generally between the ages of 18-26 and are experiencing “new adult” kind of things—going away to college, beginning a career, a serious relationship.

Travel Gone Wrong by Cindy Hulsey

I’ve been psyching myself up for a trip to New York for my step-daughter’s graduation from law school this spring.  This is not easy.  I haven’t flown since 1999 and over the past fifteen years my fear of flying has escalated into a full-blown phobia.  By contrast, I have friends who are avid world travelers.  They have vacationed in more than 100 countries.  As you can imagine, they find it hard to sympathize with my lack of enthusiasm for travel, but in my defense, there was that time my friend broke her arm hiking in some godforsaken country, had it set badly, and had to have i

Happy Books by Cindy Hulsey

I’ve been thinking about the concept of happiness quite a bit lately.  Maybe it’s because I’m growing older and wondering what it’s all about, or because I lost my father-in-law this year, or because the world becomes more complex and demanding by the minute.  The good news is that science has revealed that we can actually change our brains, making happiness attainable.  Two good books about how our brains adapt are The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr, whi

Art of Conversation by Rebecca Howard

I discovered Emily Bronte in 1992.  I wasn’t the first to discover her and I won’t be the last, but my initial reading of Wuthering Heights during my 17th year was as marvelous a discovery as any.  See, Wuthering Heights was written for me.  Sure, you’ve read it, too, but I daresay it’s a different book for me than it is for you and that’s why people continue to read it and

Blindside Books, or, Good Lord! Reads by Laura Raphael

You know how there are some books that, when you pick them up, you’re pretty sure you’re only going to read a few pages and then release it back into the wild or to its 2,000 library holds? And then you discover that it is, in fact, one of the best reads ever, and you can’t put it down, and you’ve been completely blindsided by this heretofore-unloved-by-you but now precious-work-of-genius book? No? That’s just me?

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