LitStaff Pick: Our Yearly Re-Reads

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Traditions are important. They cultivate in us a continuum of the normal. They give us comfort, remind us of where we have been and how we came to be the people we are today. Some of the most important traditions are ones that we create for ourselves. It can be anything, really; a certain way [….]

LitStaff Picks: Our Favorite Characters Who Never Gave Up

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Our Favorite Characters Who Never Gave Up To us, the best stories and characters are those about the underdog, the resilient fella who refuses to stop, who absolutely ignores the notion of “can’t.” These are the characters that stay with us, the ones we root for and who never leave our thoughts and hearts. This [….]

LitStaff Pick: Our Favorite Mad Characters

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Madness is in the air. Certainly, the baskets and brackets that dominate March can bring folks near to insanity, but the courts aren’t the only place you can find folks teetering on the edge. In celebration of March Madness, our pick this week concerns the characters in fiction that are either insane themselves or the [….]

LitStaff Pick: Our Favorite Unlikely Heroes

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Joseph Campbell had a theory about heroes. In his classic seminal work, The Hero With a Thousand Faces, Campbell discusses the journey of the archetypal hero found in world mythologies. The hero, according to Campbell follows the same path or, ‘heroic journey’ : A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a [….]

LitStaff Pick: Open Thread

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It’s nearly year’s end, when the best-of lists proliferate like winter grass in California’s rainy season. These reading lists are always great reading themselves, offering insight into the what books have been most influential, admired, or buzz-generating. I’ll likely be putting together my own list soon enough, but before that happens, here’s the list of [….]

LitStaff Picks: The Books We Are Most Passionate About

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There are books we love. There are, of course, books that resonate with us. There are books that make us laugh, make us outraged, motivate us to effect change. And then, there are books with the transformative power to alter the paths of our lives, that speak to us so sincerely, with such an acute [….]