Reading Addict

Why Do the Good Die Young? by Cindy Hulsey

I just learned that David Rakoff died yesterday at the age of 47.  Why do the good die young?  Rakoff was a contributor to NPR’s This American Life and was also a fine writer of humorous essays with bite.  In his last collection, Half Empty

The Case for the Slow Build by Nick Abrahamson

It occurred to me that the prolific output of James Patterson, writer of the immensely popular Alex Cross novels, very much resembles the pace of his novels:  frenetic, vociferous, the printing press spitting out pages for his next in perfect harmony with readers turning the pages of his latest.

Making Sense of Tragedy by Rebecca Howard

I always find it interesting to know why a person reads.  Is she reading for information, enlightenment or escape?  Generally speaking, I read in order to make sense or to make meaning.  While I am often nothing like the characters about which I read, they teach me or help me understand something in a new way.  Walking around in another character’s head for a while helps me develop greater empathy for my fellow humans.  It may even help me be kinder to myself.  I think this why I so frequently read b

Summer Read Twins, Activate! by Laura Raphael

Have you ever experienced reading déjà vu? You’re reading along in some great new novel your friendly neighborhood librarian suggested (of course!)… and you get that fuzzy, peripheral-vision feeling that maybe you’ve read this before. The characters or the setting or just something feels familiar.

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