The Republic of Imagination: A Book Recommendation

“The American dream?” Later, I added: “The way we view fiction is a reflection of how we define ourselves as a nation. Works of the imagination are canaries in the coal mine, the measure by which we can evaluate the health of the rest of society.” -Azar Nafisi, The Republic of Imagination, page 13  Continue reading “The Republic of Imagination: A Book Recommendation”

15 Favorite Quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt

“Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, ‘It can’t be done.‘” -Eleanor Roosevelt   Who Is Eleanor Roosevelt? Best known as the wife of US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the niece of President Theodore Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt served the longest term as First Lady of the United States during her husband’sContinue reading “15 Favorite Quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt”

5 Books to Pick Up and Love

I love to read, and have been reading a lot lately … books of all types. Classics, memoir, historical and contemporary literary fiction. I haven’t written about books I’ve loved lately, so this week, as I’m the team member at GreatNewBooks.org this week to recommend a book, I’m including 4 more here to make 5.Continue reading “5 Books to Pick Up and Love”

20 Minutes a Night: Why Reading is Important

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me the most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.” – James BaldwinContinue reading “20 Minutes a Night: Why Reading is Important”

5 Favorite Quotes on Reading and World Book Night 2014

“Spreading the love of reading person to person.” -World Book Night.org I believe many things about books — they are magic, can transport us to other places and times and worlds, open our minds and hearts to understand other people and cultures — but most of all, I believe great books help change the worldContinue reading “5 Favorite Quotes on Reading and World Book Night 2014”

FALLEN BEAUTY by Erika Robuck: the Novel to Read This Spring

“You see, I am a poet, and not quite right in the head, darling. It’s only that.” -Edna St. Vincent Millay   Today, my dear friend and writing critique partner, Erika Robuck, has her fourth novel, FALLEN BEAUTY, out on shelves! To celebrate, I’d like to share a bit about Erika and also have aContinue reading “FALLEN BEAUTY by Erika Robuck: the Novel to Read This Spring”

Looking Ahead: A Manifesto and New Recommended Reads

“Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Inspirations, Reading, and My Manifesto I have always loved quotes and photographs. All the way back in middle and high school, I hung quotes and photographs at my desk for inspiration. There is something about being in a place–aContinue reading “Looking Ahead: A Manifesto and New Recommended Reads”

2013 Favorite Books and Other Bookish Gift Ideas

I believe books have superpowers — the power to whisk us away into another world, give us new eyes to see, help us to walk a mile in another’s shoes, and feel emotions we might never experience. Without books, we would understand others less. Great books help make the world a better place. Great NewContinue reading “2013 Favorite Books and Other Bookish Gift Ideas”

The Books I Loved This Summer

“Oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookshelf on the wall.” – Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (aka. my philosophy in life 🙂 ) I’ve read a few books this summer … … and I’ve loved so many ofContinue reading “The Books I Loved This Summer”

A Book, a Painting, a Garden, and Some Summer Reads

“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when peopleContinue reading “A Book, a Painting, a Garden, and Some Summer Reads”