LitStack Rec: The Android’s Dream & The Goldfinch

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The Android’s Dream John Scalzi With the announcement of John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War series being tapped for a SyFy television show, I thought it would only be appropriate to recommend this week the very first Scalzi book I ever read:  The Android’s Dream.  The book was not at all what I expected:  it was [….]

LitStack Recs: Writing Craft Books & My Real Children

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A Brief Look at Three Books on Writing Craft —Lauren Alwan When it comes to books on the craft of writing, I tend to like those that teach through close readings of literature. Maybe it has to do with the grad program I attended, or that when I’m caught up in a book, I’m both [….]

Martin Luther King Day: Best Books About MLK And His Legacy (PHOTOS)

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In the United States, we honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by celebrating his birthday as a national holiday. While Dr. King was born on January 15th, today is the day when most Americans are free from the daily grind in Dr. King’s memory. But it isn’t simply a day off. It’s [….]

LitStack Rec: Can’t Cook Book & Favorite Reads of 2013

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The Can’t Cook Book Jessica Seinfeld I don’t know why I’m fixating on cook books lately; perhaps it’s because this time of year lends itself to our wanting to share our best with those we love and admire? Or perhaps, being a less than stellar cook myself, I keep holding out hope that I will [….]

LitStack Recs: Realms of This Boy’s Life

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This Boy’s Life: A Memoir, by Tobias  Wolff  (Grove Press, 1989) There is no doubt, that as a staple of the nonfiction genre, the memoir continues to boom. The “official” boom is said to have occurred between 1990 and 2010, launched almost single-handedly by the publication of Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes, which won a string [….]

LitStaff Recs: Light Years and Lost Things

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Light Years, by James Salter First published in 1975, this novel is considered among the most enduring of Salter’s novels. Known for the beauty of his sentences, ones that Jhumpa Lahiri called “so precise, so clean, so fervent and yet so calm,” Salter is the kind of writer whose prose is singular and satisfying to [….]