3 Loaves: Levain, at Last!

May 12, 2010 • 1 Comment

Inspired by William Alexander‘s new book 52 LOAVES, One Man’s Relentless Pursuit of Truth, Meaning and a Perfect Crust, I am in my third week of learning how to bake bread from a natural starter,…

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May 11, 2010

There’s a rabbi in the freezer…

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In anticipation of today’s excerpt from Steve Stern‘s The Frozen Rabbi, I sat down with a copy of the book last night, intending to maybe read the first chapter, feel out Stern’s prose, and fall…

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May 3, 2010

An Excerpt from A Son Of The Game

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Today we have an excerpt from James Dodson‘s award winning A Son Of The Game. This wise memoir about finding new meaning through an old sport is filled with anecdotes about the history of the…

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April 28, 2010

What Rhymes With Wednesday?

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For this, the final Wednesday of National Poetry Month, I’ve decided to go with one of my favorite poems from a contemporary poet. Billy Collins is clever and relevant and perfect to read aloud–partly because…

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April 21, 2010

Hairbands: A Poem From Julia Alvarez

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I’m always happy when National Poetry Month comes along.  It’s easy to forget about poetry in our busy lives, in our busy world. We don’t seem to forget to read novels or newspapers or works…

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April 13, 2010

I Thought You Were Dead – Read the First Chapter!

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I Thought You Were Dead, by Pete Nelson, is on sale now. Independent booksellers across the country have been reading and recommending this new novel, and we are so excited that it is the #1…

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April 7, 2010

What Rhymes With Wednesday?

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The Emperor of Ice Cream
by Wallace Stevens
Call the roller of big cigars,
The muscular one, and bid him whip
In kitchen cups concupiscent curds.
Let the wenches dawdle in such dress
As they…

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April 2, 2010

Short Story Pick-of-the-Month

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I admit it: I love a great villain. A knowledgeable writer goes beyond the sometimes bombastic, destructive wake of a villain, provides opportunities for the character to change – or adamantly refuse to change –…

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April 1, 2010

National Poetry Month Kick-Off!

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April is National Poetry Month! Begun in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month was set up to promote the continued reading, writing, and appreciation of poetry. On their website, you can…

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March 30, 2010

The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes

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We are excited to celebrate the publication of Randi Davenport’s memoir The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes, on sale now!
Despite her son Chase’s diagnosis of autism, he attended school, loved to go boogie boarding, had…

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