Wreaths and Wraiths: Holiday with a Touch of Horror

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The holidays bring images of cheerful songs, feasts and gifts, but as you sit by your yule log, don’t forget your Christmas Eve ghost story. W…what?! When I first discovered this historical tradition a few years ago, I found something lovely and nostalgic about people gathering to eat, drink, make merry and then try scare […]

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Feminist Voices You Should Know

Feminist Voices

We've read many great memoirs, collections of essays and cultural analyses by female authors in recent years. Here are some feminist voices that kept the conversation going this year. In her honest and incisive memoir Shrill, Lindy West examines internet culture and body image through a feminist lens. Her absorbing essays and polemic against rape jokes in comedy combine Roxane Gay's […]

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Caught Reading: Downtown, November 2016

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One thing I love about working downtown is the variety of ways you can get to an errand or a date with a friend. If the sun's shining, it's perfect for a walk. Short on time? There's a bus pulling up now. Rush-hour traffic's a mess? Don't worry, the train's coming down the tunnel. These short hops are a great time […]

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Read Like Rory: Books for Gilmore Girls Fans

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Gilmore Girls fans rejoice! The beloved series returns November 25 on Netflix. The characters' clever literary references charmed the show's devoted fans. Prep school student Rory, a lovably nerdy bookworm, rarely appeared without a hefty tome in her hands. Of the 339 books mentioned during GG's original 2000-2007 run, here are a few highlights. I fell madly in […]

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The Art of Smart Digital Marketing

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Running your own small business means you are owner, manager, accountant, marketing expert and much more. Trying to build an effective digital marketing presence is difficult, and seeking guidance on the matter can often leave you even more confused... or overwhelmed! To cut through some of the noise, here are four recent trustworthy titles. Guy Kawaski's The Art of Social Media is under […]

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What’s Next? Titles for the Career Changer

It's human nature to become paralyzed when faced with too many choices, and that can be exactly what happens when it's time to start over in your career. Once you make the decision to move on, it doesn't get any easier to pick the path forward. In fact, the feeling can be so overwhelming and the […]

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Around the Worlds

Around the Worlds

There's a neat subgenre of history that wants to tell the entire story of human civilization. A lot of the older ones are very much focused on Europe, with a chapter or two devoted to those vague people somewhere else who were doing whatever. For some reason, I find this combination of bias and ambition strangely charming, and […]

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I Give You Back: Native American Heritage Month

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I jumped at the chance to write a post for Native American Heritage Month because I honestly didn't know that many Native American authors. Sherman Alexie, of course, is the first one that comes to mind, and I was happy to read one of his other books. While the books I recommend here are vastly different, they […]

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Indian Mysteries: What to Read After Her Nightly Embrace

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Adi Tantimedh creates a memorable character in Ravi Singh, a Hindu religious studies dropout and disgraced teacher in London when he is recruited to Golden Sentinels, a top-of-the-line detective agency. They handle stuff so secret for such prominent clients, it never makes the news. Her Nightly Embrace is a fast read, with several short mysteries instead of one […]

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Yet More Lady Detectives

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Want a little escapism with your whodunit? These are three recent historical mysteries full of wit and humor. All three star women in the fist half of the 20th century, so be prepared for gender-expectation-busting hijinks. Lola Woodby, star of Come Hell or Highball, is back for another adventure in Maia Chance's Teetotaled. Though Lola and […]

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