Long-Term Consequences of the Lessons of War

I don’t know what was going through Robert Bales’s mind in March, when he quietly picked up his rifle and went house to house shooting anyone he encountered. I have no idea how he arrived at the decision that this was an appropriate course of action. Perhaps it came suddenly. Perhaps he got some bad news from home, or learned he had lost yet another friend. Maybe it was gradual, the cumulative effect of violence pooling within him over time. Maybe what started as a trickle of anger during his first combat deployment grew into a torrent of rage by his fourth. But his action, which we call abhorrent, is visible to us only in its extremity. It is a manifestation, a symptom of the violence in which we have long been engaged. ...more
I think it is easy to forget the long-term consequences of war. We have so many young people ...more

(EXCERPT) You Have No Idea

Dying to know what busy lady Vanessa Williams and her mom wrote about in their new book, BlogHer Book Club pick You Have No Idea? For one thing, nudity. Here's an excerpt to get you started! ...more
There's something to be said for overcoming scandal with grace, and Vanessa (and her mom!) did ...more

Born Wicked: On Being a Sister

How are you like your characters? readers will inevitably ask, and with Born Wicked my answers come easily: I'm not as selfless or brave as Cate. I've never climbed a tree, and I have a black thumb. But like Cate, I am a worrier who has to be pushed into adventures. Like her, I am an introvert. And like her, I am the oldest of three sisters. Let me be clear: my sisters are not Maura and Tess. But I did draw on our relationships to portray the Cahill sisters’ complicated, competitive love. ...more
I felt like the relationship between the sisters was at the forefront, even though the romantic ...more

Will Women Still Like You If You Have Money?

Geneen Roth, the author of BlogHer Book Club pick Lost and Found, talks about losing her life savings to Bernie Madoff. ...more

BlogHer Talks to Stephanie McAfee

We caught up with BlogHer Book Club author Stephanie McAfee recently. Stephanie's debut novel is Diary of a Mad Fat Girl. ...more

(EXCERPT) The Fault in Our Stars

If you haven't had a chance to get your hands on BlogHer Book Club's pick, The Fault in Our Stars, here's an excerpt to get you started. ...more
I literally just finished this book and I absolutely loved it. Like @Rita Arens  I think this ...more

Get to Know John Green

John Green is an award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author whose many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. He has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers, one of the most popular online video projects in the world. His latest book, The Fault in Our Stars is a BlogHer Book Club pick. ...more

The Truth About the Mad Fat Road to Redemption

In March of 2007, I was happily married with a good job as a Spanish teacher, a nice home which I owned, and a fully-loaded black-on-black Maxima that I dearly loved. I had a very comfortable life with only one small problem: I was bored. So when my husband came home from work one day and said he wanted to join the Army (like my brother had done six months prior), I was all for it. Fast forward to March of 2010: I was an Army wife who had just quit a part-time job as a Math Interventionist (yes, you read that right, and no, I am not a math teacher), and I was driving a 1996 Land Rover which I parked in the driveway of our rental home. Downward spiral? I’d say so. ...more
I love how spontaneous the coming together of this book sounds!more

Why I Wrote The Rules of Inheritance

In some ways I began writing this book a long time ago. I’ve always been a writer, ever since I was a little girl. Putting pen to paper, and later fingertips to a keyboard, is something I’ve always gravitated towards. When my mother died when I was eighteen, I had no idea how to process the loss, and so I turned to writing. It was the only way I could make sense of my new world, the one in which I was a girl without a mother. ...more
I too write about grief, a topic I've covered for the past 20 years. I've also lost my sister ...more

BlogHer Talks to Claire Bidwell Smith

We talked to BlogHer Publishing Network member Claire Bidwell Smith about her BlogHer Book Club pick, The Rules of Inheritance. Here's what she had to say! ...more
Thank you Blogher!  I can't wait to read your story Claire...more