Edna: Of Mice and Men

For Banned Books Week, we've asked our writers to pick a frequently challenged book and tell us how that book has affected them. Today, Edna Truong writes about John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. I was flicking through the list of challenged books and my eyes caught on this particular title. It brought back memories,... Continue Reading →

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Ruth: A Wrinkle in Time

For Banned Books Week, we've asked our writers to pick a frequently challenged book and tell us how that book has affected them. Today, Ruth Zielinski Hansen writes about Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. Possibly no book has influenced my personal philosophy as much as Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time and its sequel,... Continue Reading →

Neil: Groupthink

For Banned Books Week, we've asked our writers to pick a frequently challenged book and tell us how that book has affected them. Today, Neil writes a post inspired by George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. Big Brother has arrived, in a way. But we don't fear him. Instead, we mock him, making him seem harmless. Even... Continue Reading →

Kathleen: To Kill a Mockingbird

For Banned Books Week, we've asked our writers to pick a frequently challenged book and tell us how that book has affected them. Today, Kathleen writes about Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. I was surprised to find this book on the list of banned books. I was surprised not least of all because my... Continue Reading →

Leanne: The Fear of Monsters

My parents never took a keen interest in what I was reading. I think that to them, the fact that I was reading novels was good enough. So it was that I had a relatively free hand when it came to reading material, and a lot of the time, it ended up being whatever was... Continue Reading →

Drop by Drop

I’m a big fan of Japanese comics, known more widely as “manga”. I’ve been a fan since high school, when one of my friends introduced me to a series called Naruto. I’m sure many of you have heard of it. I’m also sure I just heard many of you groan. But it’s the series that... Continue Reading →

The Beautiful Trap of Belzhar

Meg Wolitzer is revealing herself to be a terrifically nimble, as well as prolific author. Since 2011 she’s published The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman, an acclaimed middle-grade novel, and The Uncoupling and The Interestings, both for adults, following a career that’s spanned over thirty years so far. Forthcoming in September 2014 is Belzhar, Wolitzer’s foray... Continue Reading →

Boys and Girls

If I ever have a second baby, I hope I’ll have the patience not to find out ahead of time whether it’s a boy or a girl. Team Green, as they call it these days. You see, when my husband and I found out two years ago that we were expecting, we were only too... Continue Reading →

The “Family Thrillers” Shelf

Want to make a successful novelist squirm? Ask her to shelve her own novel at the bookstore. Kelly Braffet (Save Yourself), Carla Buckley (The Deepest Secret), Jenny Milchman (Ruin Falls), and Therese Walsh (The Moon Sisters) have craft skills galore, street-smarts, and publishing contracts with “Big Five” companies--success by any definition. Their passion to reach... Continue Reading →

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