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Featured August 20, 2015
on All Things Considered
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I Am Malala Malala Yousafzai

I Am Malala
by Malala Yousafzai

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The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her Read More »



Featured August 20, 2015
on All Things Considered
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The Color Of Water James McBride

The Color Of Water
by James McBride

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A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother

Who is Ruth McBride Jordan? A self-declared "light-skinned" woman evasive about her ethnicity, yet steadfast in her love for her twelve black children. James McBride, journalist, musician, and son, explores his mother's past, as well as his own upbringing and heritage, in a poignant and powerful debut, The Color Of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother. The son of a black minister and a woman who Read More »



Featured August 20, 2015
on All Things Considered
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Fangirl Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl
by Rainbow Rowell

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Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life--and she's really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it's what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the Read More »



Featured August 20, 2015
on All Things Considered
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The Awakening

The Awakening
by Kate Chopin

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First published in 1899, this beautiful, brief novel so disturbed critics and the public that it was banished for decades afterward. Now widely read and admired, The Awakening has been hailed as an early vision of woman's emancipation. This sensuous book tells of a woman's abandonment of her family, her seduction, and her awakening to desires and passions that threatened to consumer her. Originally entitled "A Solitary Soul," this portrait of twenty-eight Read More »



Featured August 19, 2015
on News at 4: Wednesday Reads

The Survival Guide to Bullying Aija Mayrock

The Survival Guide to Bullying
by Aija Mayrock

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Written by a Teen

NEW, updated edition! Written by a teenager who was bullied throughout middle school and high school, this kid-friendly book offers a fresh and relatable perspective on bullying. Along the way, the author offers guidance as well as different strategies that helped her get through even the toughest of days. The Survival Guide to Bullying covers everything from cyber bullying to how to deal with fear and how to create the life you dream of Read More »



Featured August 19, 2015
on News at 4: Wednesday Reads

The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander Barbara Coloroso

The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander
by Barbara Coloroso

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From Preschool to High School--How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle of Violence

It's a deadly triad: bullies who terrorize, bullied kids who are afraid to tell, bystanders who watch, participate, or look away, and adults who dismiss the incidents as a normal part of childhood. Drawing on her decades of work with youth, this practical book by bestselling parenting educator Barbara Coloroso explains: The three kinds of bullying; and the differences between boy and girl bullies Four abilities that protect your child from succumbing to bullying Read More »



Featured August 19, 2015
on News at 4: Wednesday Reads

Sticks And Stones Emily Bazelon

Sticks And Stones
by Emily Bazelon

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Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy

Being a teenager has never been easy, but in recent years, with the rise of the Internet and social media, it has become exponentially more challenging. Bullying, once thought of as the province of queen bees and goons, has taken on new, complex, and insidious forms, as parents and educators know all too well.
 
No writer is better poised to explore this territory than Emily Bazelon, who has established herself as a Read More »

Discover the Many Forms of Bullying...None of Which are Acceptable



Featured August 19, 2015
on Good Morning America

Born on the Bayou

Born on the Bayou
by Blaine Lourd

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In the tradition of the modern classics The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer and The Liars’ Club by Mary Karr, Blaine Lourd’s Born on the Bayou is a powerful gothic memoir set in the bayous and oil towns of 1970s Louisiana. Coonass: [koon-as] (noun, slang, from the French conasse) A term of endearment and an expression of cultural and ethnic pride. So echoes this all-important definition throughout this good-humored memoir Read More »



Featured August 19, 2015
on All Things Considered

Black Chalk Christopher J. Yates

Black Chalk
by Christopher J. Yates

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A compulsively readable psychological thriller set in New York and at Oxford University in which a group of six students play an elaborate game of dares and consequences with tragic result

It was only ever meant to be a game played by six best friends in their first year at Oxford University; a game of consequences, silly forfeits, and childish dares. But then the game changed: The stakes grew higher and Read More »



Featured August 15, 2015
on CBS This Morning

Das Cookbook

Das Cookbook
by Hans Rockenwagner

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German Cooking . . . California Style

This modern German-Californian cookbook from longtime Los Angeles chef and restaurateur Hans Röckenwagner features sections on bread-making (yes, pretzel bread!), holiday treats, and bar snacks, along with the most popular recipes from his several Los Angeles restaurants, including 3 Square Cafe on famed Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Cafe Röckenwagner in Brentwood Read More »



Featured August 13, 2015
on CBS This Morning

Show Me a Hero Lisa Belkin

Show Me a Hero
by Lisa Belkin

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A Tale of Murder, Suicide, Race, and Redemption

NOW AN HBO MINISERIES In the grand reportorial tradition of J. Anthony Lukass's Common Ground, SHOW ME A HERO is a tale of one city, divided by fear and racism, murder and politics, and notions of home and community. When Nicholas Wasicsko was growing up, he knew he was going to be mayor of Yonkers. The other kids teased him about his dream, calling him "The Mayor" on the basketball court. But on November Read More »



Featured August 13, 2015
on PBS News Hour

Reagan H.W. Brands

Reagan
by H.W. Brands

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The Life

From master storyteller and New York Times bestselling historian H. W. Brands comes the definitive biography of a visionary and transformative president. In his magisterial new biography, H. W. Brands brilliantly establishes Ronald Reagan as one of the two great presidents of the twentieth century, a true peer to Franklin Roosevelt. Reagan conveys with sweep and vigor how the confident force of Reagan’s personality and the unwavering nature of his beliefs enabled him to Read More »




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