Author Interview: Megan Abbott

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Megan Abbott is the award-winning author of the novels Queenpin, The Song Is You, Die a Little and Bury Me Deep. Her stories have appeared in Wall Street Noir, Best Crime and Mystery Stories of the Year and Queens Noir. She is also the author of a nonfiction book, The Street Was Mine: White Masculinity [….]

TOLSTOY AND THE PURPLE CHAIR by Nina Sankovitch

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Tolstoy and the Purple Chair Nina Sankovitch Harper ISBN-13:  978-0061999840  ▬ᴥ▬ As children, we are taught to read so that we may gain knowledge.  Our parents, our families, or our teachers encourage us to learn from books.  Knowledge, and higher education, is  means to gain a better socio-economic standing.  However, if we are truly lucky, [….]

Megan Abbott's THE END OF EVERYTHING: The Ashes of Childhood

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The memory of adolescence is a combination of specific and universal details.  I was 13 in the summer of 1976, growing up in a small suburban town on Long Island.  While my parents asssumed I was listening to soft pop groups like The Captain and Tenille and The Carpenters,  I secretly had my radio tuned [….]

Footnotes: August 4

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Dennis Lehane was born on August 4, 1965. The youngest of five children, Lehane is a first-generation Irish-American who grew up in the tough Boston neighborhood of Dorchester. Lehane’s novels resonate with the sounds, sights, smells, and people of this particular patch. His first novel A DRINK BEFORE THE WAR features private detectives Patrick Kenzie [….]

Kathryn Stockett's THE HELP: The Past Sheds Light On The Present

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It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.  Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.  –Robert F. Kennedy History does not merely occur on a [….]