The Book that Changed My Life

A memory about a beautiful escape. About 25 years ago, I was on a coach that was traveling between Oxford, where I was a student, and London. The motorway...

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Shelf Life – Prep Your To-Be-Read Pile

Resources to build your book list for 2017. Consider me one of those stereotypical New Year’s resolution people. I love to set three or four major goals for myself...

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Prep Your To-Be-Read Pile

  Consider me one of those stereotypical New Year’s resolution people. I love to set three or four major goals for myself and see if I’m up to the...

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Shelf Life – Reading Shouldn’t Be Boring

Find a health and wellness book written for you. by Brenna McDermott It isn’t necessarily easy to read books about health and wellness. You settle into the couch with...

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Unbound Enthusiasm

  Over the course of a perfect weekend at the end of April, the first chapter of Columbia’s newest arts festival, the Unbound Book Festival, unfolded. Like all good...

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Beach Reads

  Every year, the columns of magazines and newspapers and the airwaves of NPR stations across the country are filled with suggestions for “Summer Reading”. There’s an inherent assumption...

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On Rereading

Regular readers of this column know that I have a pretty desperate problem with inventory management when it comes to books. Right now I have enough unread novels on...

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E-books, tablets and readers, oh my!

I owned an e-reader once. Two, actually. One was a Christmas present. I sent it back before New Year’s Day. The other one I kept a little longer, but...

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On Reading

Long before I started writing books, I used to read them, obsessively and passionately. I still do. The good news is that it is an excellent time to be...

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