Lady Killers: Real and Imagined

Sarah Schmidt’s See What I Have Done, a fictional account of the murder of Lizzie Borden’s father and stepmother, has readers talking about this infamous case again. Borden's story has enjoyed a long shelf life, and the case has been covered in both fiction and nonfiction. Her story continues to fascinate readers. Although acquitted in […]

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#TBT: Happy Birthday, Aretha!

For Throwback Thursday, let’s wish the Queen of Soul a happy 75th birthday! Aretha Franklin started her career singing gospel in churches as a teen. She signed with Columbia Records in 1960, but her career as a pop artist catapulted when she left Columbia and signed with Atlantic in 1967. I Never Loved A Man […]

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Top Picks: 5 Dreadful Dads

Literature has its fair share of bad dads. There are those who drink, beat, meddle, belittle and steal, among far more horrifying acts. To celebrate Father's Day, I've picked five dreadful dads featured in some great books and one play. You'll be thankful these awful guys aren't your pop. Jack Torrence in The Shining. What could go […]

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#TBT: Lady Gaga Is Born

For this Throwback Thursday, I'd like to look at the stratospheric rise of Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, who turns 30 on Monday, March 28. In less than a decade since her first album, The Fame, Lady Gaga has made an indelible mark on pop music, even drawing comparisons to Madonna. There has […]

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5 Articles: Grown-Ups Color, Too!

Over the past year or so, interest in coloring books for adults has exploded. Many trace the popularity of adult coloring to the publication to Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford's The Secret Garden, an intricate coloring book aimed at adults, published in 2013. The recent popularity of The Secret Garden led to Basford creating two other coloring books, The Enchanted […]

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#TBT: The Day the Music Died

For Throwback Thursday, we’re going back to February 3, 1959, “The Day the Music Died,” when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, along with their pilot, were killed in a plane crash in Iowa. After the musicians endured numerous colds, flus and freezing bus rides while on tour, Buddy Holly decided […]

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