Ready for a Road Trip?

The year is 1954. Emmett and Billy—two young brothers from Nebraska—are on a cross-country road trip with two other boys Emmett met in juvenile detention. The four set off for New York City, but the other boys are scammers who steal the car. Stranded but determined to track them down, Emmett and Billy embark on […]

Get More Out of What You Read

You don’t need a fancy degree to get the most out of your reading. But learning even a little bit more about literature will enhance every book you read for the rest of your life. Yes, even those paperbacks they sell at the airport.  Take the opening page of a novel. That first page—or even […]

A Mother’s Worst Nightmare

In 1948, a striking black-and-white photograph ran in a newspaper. A group of small children sat under a sign: “4 children for sale.” Their mother cried into her hands in the background. The picture was taken in Chicago. Some claim it was staged. At least two of the children have come forward to say that […]

The Predator Inside

We each contain multitudes. Delving deep into the magic of old stories, Clarissa Pinkola Estés taps into the eternal wisdom of global fairy tales. She examines world literature and oral traditions in her bestselling book exploring feminine archetypes. “Wild women,” as Estés calls the characters from these stories, are a lot like wolves—instinctive, passionate, and filled with ageless […]

A is For Adultery

Sin. Secrets. Revenge. The themes running through the great Romantic novels of American literature are reminiscent of soap operas, yet these are the books that established the US literary scene as important enough to rival that of England. As one of the first mass-produced books in the States, THE SCARLET LETTER was momentous not just […]

Learn From a Classic

When was the last time you read something that people will still be talking about centuries from now? The love story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy was rendered by Jane Austen with such intensity and wit that it still has a powerful pull in the present day. Learn why readers keep coming back to […]

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