The Cookbook’s Special Distinction

Which is your favorite cookbook? You know the one…that book with the dog-eared pages, and sticky something on the binding, and those few pages that pancake together until you give them a firm tug. That book with spatters and smears of various colors which only...
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How to Create a School Writing Day

How to give your school a writing shot in the arm? Why not make a day of it? Whether a private or public school, an entire school day devoted to writing is possible. It requires a coordinator, an approved budget, volunteers, and a willingness on...
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Using Books to Help Teach Math

Often we think of the world of language and the world of mathematics as so far removed from each other as to never cross paths. After all, what bearing does math have on reading, or reading on math? In reality, educators often turn to books...
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Books: Novel Versus Novella

There is a question among the shelves, a misunderstanding of books and their categories. You hold pages in your hand, wondering how they’re suddenly named something more than a novel. They seem no different than all of the surrounding epics – they offer the same...
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Have Your Book and Eat It, Too

Want to read a book, and eat it, too? Since 1999, there is a festival dedicated to the extraordinary—or extraordinarily unusual—combination of food and all things bookish: the International Edible Book Festival. Begun by foodies and book-lovers Judith A. Hoffberg and Béatrice Coron, the idea...
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Books: Literary Criticism

It is a battle without a victor, with pages named as the reward: a book is argued over, named either brilliance or fiend. You are certain it is unworthy, appalled by its simpering text and sentimentality. It is little more than a glorified romance, you...
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Two New Moves by Literary Festivals

The world abounds with literary festivals. Usually the festivals follow a fairly typical format: choose-the-location-and-they-will-come. With the result being many festivals in many places. But there are two festivals which are writing to a different beat, so to speak, both in the name of forward...
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Books: Literature Defined

It is the strangest of prisons – the aisles stretch endless, divided into names and crackled spines, Melvil Dewey’s ingenuity modified. Books are placed into careful rows, offered genres and assumptions. Horror sprawls to your left; romance is found to your right; and ahead, tucked...
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Reading in Cars: Why You Can’t Touch that Book

Are you the person in the car who can sit for hours, reading your book? Or are you the other one….the person who, after five minutes, throws down their book, green in the face, and tries to prevent themselves from vomiting? If you’re this second...
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Books: Shorter Sometimes Best

You have formed an opinion (as you tend to do. Your mind is always whorling out ideas and assumptions, the necessary logic). Books, you have decided, are the only worthwhile forms of literature. The others – those short stories and novellas, the poems and plays...
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