Hearing is the first thing to go

This is day one of BlogShorts, a short-story writing challenge. Ten days, ten short stories, 110 words.  This year, we're writing to the theme: The Dog Days of Summer. Yes, I let the dogs out. -BDHearing is the first thing to goby Blogdramedy"Sorry, but we don't think you're rescue-dog material."...more

Book Review: Girls of Riyadh

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The Wanderers of the Water Realm

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Montefiore's Goddaughter

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Walk With Me

It's suggested to know someone you should walk a mile in their shoes....more

Autism and Acceptance: Lisa Genova on Her Book, "Love Anthony"

I have low expectations for novels about autism, as the autistic characters in popular books like Rules, House Rules, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time are portrayed so negatively -- as inscrutable, unpredictable, unreasonable tyrants around whom fractured, exhausted, resentful families revolve. Those stories do no show my reality -- I adore my autistic son, and our family life is generally happy....more
Thank you for this fascinating interview of Lisa Genova.  I am the parent of a 21 year old son ...more

J.K. Rowling's "The Casual Vacancy": The Reviews Are In!

J.K. Rowling's first post-Harry Potter book has been placed on bookshelves and downloaded to e-readers across North America. Will the public accept The Casual Vacancy, her first book written for adults, for what it is? Or will they be too focused on what it is not? The reviews are in and well, people are having a hard time leaving Harry Potter behind....more
Even though it shocked "Potterheads" with its foul language, confronting characters, and tragic ...more

Book Review: "War Brides" by Helen Bryan

“War Brides” by Helen Bryan is a work of fiction based on true World War II stories told to Bryan by family and friends in the United States and England.This story is about the unsung female heroes of war; the women whose husbands were off fighting or working for intelligence divisions. Unprepared for the stress and trying times of war, the wives were left home by themselves, sometimes for years, to fend off enemies, raise the children and keep the household, and help the war effort on the home front....more

Book Review: “Pines” by Blake Crouch

“Pines” by Blake Crouch is a thrilling work of fiction. You will be hooked from page one.Ethan Burke, the main character, is a man on a mission. The story begins with his waking up in a place called Wayward Pines. It is an idyllic setting: beautiful Victorian houses surrounded by gorgeous park and grass fields, majestic cliffs and a crystal, rolling river. But he is badly hurt. And he discovers that he has no wallet, no money clip, no ID, no keys, no phone. He only finds a Swiss Army knife in one of his pockets....more
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