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A Reading List for the Christmas Books Obsessed

I don’t mean to alarm you, but December is almost here. Seasonal coffee beverages have been released. Evergreen wreaths have been hung in shopping centers. Christmas trees are for sale. I even heard Christmas carols in a store this week. What I’m saying is, I realize we haven’t celebrated Thanksgiving yet, but it’s time to… Continue reading A Reading List for the Christmas Books Obsessed

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5 bookish expressions of ardent affection, or love

On love day a few years ago, I got a hearty chuckle reading an article in which Hugh Grant pronounces the prepackaged romance of Valentine’s Day “repugnant.” I mean, that’s a bit hyperbolic, isn’t it? I would have gone with “revolting,” personally. Oh, I kid. I kid … sort of. We have a day to celebrate… Continue reading 5 bookish expressions of ardent affection, or love

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The Most Reprinted Editorial: “Is There a Santa Claus?”

In perhaps one of the greatest examples of parental avoidance, when, in 1897, eight-year old Virginia O’Hanlon asked her father if there really was a Santa Claus, he suggested she write to The New York Sun for clarification. “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so,” he told her. Fortunately for posterity, Virginia’s letter… Continue reading The Most Reprinted Editorial: “Is There a Santa Claus?”

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7 Classic Christmas Stories You Can Read from Your Phone

I’m not saying I make a habit of reading on my phone. But it can be convenient. With my Nook app, I cue up my current read wherever I am. No spare moment is wasted. Standing on an eternally long line at CVS/the DMV/the coffee shop? I may just find it within myself my phone… Continue reading 7 Classic Christmas Stories You Can Read from Your Phone

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9 Short Seasonal Stories to Read in One Sitting

Finding time to read during the holidays can be challenging. It’s not just carving out quiet time to spend with a book. The distraction of so much to do can make it hard to focus even when I do make the time. So…maybe this isn’t the week to push myself to get through the last 100… Continue reading 9 Short Seasonal Stories to Read in One Sitting

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The American Idea in 10 Great American Novels

How do we define Great American Novels? As we celebrate the 240th anniversary of the United States of America, it’s a question I’ve been pondering. Since I like to think on my own but not alone, I turned to The American Idea: The Best of the Atlantic Monthly—150 Years of Writers and Thinkers Who Shaped Our… Continue reading The American Idea in 10 Great American Novels

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7 Irish authors to read on St. Patrick’s Day

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, the saying goes. I love this sentiment and its idea of open-heartedly sharing each other’s celebrations. Since parades aren’t really my thing, I do believe my bookish self will mark the holiday by reading Irish (and Irish-born) authors … and I might just help myself to some bangers… Continue reading 7 Irish authors to read on St. Patrick’s Day