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YA Wednesday: Breaking Down the Walls: Gayle Forman & Nova Ren Suma

The Walls Around Us is the fourth book from Nova Ren Suma, an author Gayle Forman describes as something of a best kept secret--only with all the chatter and excitement this book is getting (including a spot on our own Best YA Books of March list), the secret is out...

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YA Wednesday: The Musical Stylings of David Levithan

Authors and song writers are really two of a kind, and music often finds it's way into novels as a means of giving readers insight into characters or as a prelude to the start of a new chapter. With "Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story," David Levithan is both author and song writer of this novel-as-musical...

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Reunion

"Saving Clara" - by Judith Claire Mitchell

"In the absence of biography, I began the work of the novelist, creating a fictional character based on what little I knew of her. But then a funny thing happened. Whenever I stopped writing to do a little research, I’d discover another, then another new article about her." - Judith Claire Mitchell

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FutureCrimes

Les Fleurs du Malware: Five Pitfalls of the Information Age

It won't surprise many people to read that computers, networks, and personal information are under constant attack. Most of us install a commonly available anti-virus program, mind our clicks (mostly), and hope for the best.

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YA Wednesday: If You Were a Superhero...

Last week I told you a little bit about my favorite YA book this month, "The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B," but one of the things I didn't mention is how Batman and Robin, Thor, and Wonder Woman fit in...

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Bettyville

A Place to Hold Your Life: George Hodgman on Memoirs and "Bettyville"

Our spotlight pick for Best of the Month this month is George Hodgman's humorous and affecting memoir, Bettyville, which documents his unintended, and indeterminate tenure as a caregiver to his aging mother. It also, as Hodgman explains here...

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LightenUpYall

Recipe Road Test: "Lighten Up, Y'All" Stovetop Apple Pie

I have a weakness for pretty much any and all desserts, and for that reason (maybe just one more slice...okay, really, just one more...) I rarely make them at home. But thanks to the Stovetop Apple Pie in Virginia Willis' new cookbook, Lighten Up, Y'All, the homemade dessert is back on my plate...

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GreatLeader

A Primer on the Existence and Seeming Nuttiness of North Korea

“Nukes and human rights atrocities are bad for business.” The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot author Blaine Harden on the inscrutable, ominous, and just plain strange Hermit Kingdom.

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Bettyville

Amazon's Best Books of March: Part One

In Bettyville: A Memoir, author George Hodgman leaves Manhattan for Paris to take care of his aging mother. Amazon editor Erin Kodicek quips in her review, "Did I mention that it’s Paris, Missouri?"

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UnlikelyHero

YA Wednesday: Best Books of March

This month our five-book selection of the best YA titles includes amazing debuts and new books by established YA authors that I've been waiting to see (get ready Will Grayson, Will Grayson fans)...

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