My father had a thing he used to say to us when we were growing up, and it is so simple: "Everybody, one at a time." He explained that the idea was not to make any assumptions about the people we would come into contact with in our lives – not to believe or be influenced by the stereotypes and prejudices of life in the world, but to see each person first as an individual someone: everybody, one at a time.
I think this is the basis for all good fiction, no matter who produces it...
As befits the
beginning of the end of the hot summer days, and looking ahead to back-to-school,
the August lineup of newly released cookbooks is a harvest combination of family
rededication, comfort foods, and good old-fashioned drunken fun... (Continue)
Share an interesting experience you've had with
one of your readers.
At a reading in Colorado, I showed some Clive Barker skull paintings to a fan
with a lot of tattoos. When I told her I was thinking of getting one of the
skulls on my arm, she got very excited and said that she knew an artist nearby
and that she'd get a skull to match mine... (Continue)
Am I nervous? Do you make me nervous? You're not
the sort of person with whom I feel at ease, and I would hesitate – though
I invented you – to invite you home for a meal. I suspect you're smarter
than I am (you would certainly assume that to be the case), and your intellect is
aggressive. You're unpredictable, even to me, and I find the shifts in your
temper unsettling... (Continue)
Of course, being interested in what others are up
to is a fundamental part of being human; we are a nosy species, compelled to
observe and learn from those around us. But from the 18th century on, the desire
to understand the minds and dispositions of people very different from us became
more urgent, and the ability to do so more sophisticated... (Continue)
Cain begins a new series — featuring an engaging, intelligent, badass
protagonist named Kick — with more of the great writing, multifaceted
characters, and heart-pounding plot twists her readers know and love. Fans of the
Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series or mystery lovers who have yet to
encounter Cain should not miss this one. – Tessa
Through the tremendous voice of Little Onion, a slave boy mistaken for a girl,
James McBride takes America's battle against slavery, including the infamous raid
on Harpers Ferry, and weaves a story that is exhilarating, profound, and darkly
funny. – Gigi
It's easy to get overwhelmed by the deluge of information you encounter from
minute to minute — the human brain just isn't wired to process it all. But
there's hope. Levitin can help you understand how best to interact with your
environment to maximize efficiency… and minimize the chaos! –
Many Americans have a specific idea of the city of Amsterdam: they think of its
front-and-center red light district or legal drugs or, for those less interested
in vice, the Anne Frank House. But Russell Shorto's interests go deeper –
in Amsterdam he traces the history of the place and its liberalism, from the
inception of its legendary canal system to now, with a keen eye. This is a
must-read for anyone who has visited, or wants to visit, Amsterdam.
From the author of Little Pea, Spoon, and Duck! Rabbit! comes a uniquely magical tale of Uni the Unicorn. Uni is the only unicorn who believes little girls are real! Lovely illustrations by Brigette Barrager make this a wonderful and memorable read. – Kim T.
An amazing retelling of Greek mythology told from the point of view of Riordan's
Heroes of Olympus character Percy Jackson. Percy narrates the text in his
hilariously sarcastic yet informative way with fantastic artwork from John Rocco,
illustrator of the Heroes of Olympus series and a Caldecott honoree.
– Kim T.
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