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 Edna: Of Mice and Men


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 Kathleen: To Kill a Mockingbird

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 Leanne: The Fear of Monsters

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 Drop by Drop

What’s With All the “Giver” Hate?

On my first day of school last year, the students in one of my all-boys classes asked if we would be reading The Giver. Published in 1993, The Giver by Lois Lowry was one of my all-time favorite books as a teenager. I read it in eighth grade, and then again in high school, and … Continue reading What’s With All the “Giver” Hate?

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 The “Family Thrillers” Shelf

The Art of Self-Restraint

It’s 10:30pm. I have to get up early for work tomorrow, so it’s time for bed. I’ve heard a lot of people say that it’s bad for your sleep if you’re on the computer before you go to bed, so I decide to read a bit before I go to sleep. I grab my e-book … Continue reading The Art of Self-Restraint

The Paper Mirror

The reader with a favorite book, read until the pages are falling apart, is a cliche of used bookstores and coffeeshops everywhere. Despite Kindles and free wifi at Starbucks, this archetype still exists in those of us who love even one book. Why do people re-read books? In particular, why do any of us re-read … Continue reading The Paper Mirror

Banned Books Week

In case you missed it, this year's Banned Book Week for 2013 ended on Saturday (09/28/2013). Anyone who loves all the things about literature that we here at Magnificent Nose are fond of has certainly heard of this yearly campaign by the American Library Association. But did you know that you could actually be in … Continue reading Banned Books Week

Chewing Gum and Hearty Meals

These stories are like a rich, hearty meal to a famished person in the middle of a freezing winter. They nourish in so many ways, and shift your thinking--if not of the world, then at least of people and why they act as they do.