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9:59 am
Mon February 24, 2014

'Cut Me Loose': After Exile, A Young Woman's Journey In 'Sin'

Leah Vincent is a board member of Footsteps and co-producer of the It Gets Besser project, both of which help support people who have decided to leave ultra-Orthodoxy.
Ned & Aya Rosen Leah Vincent

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 1:44 pm

Leah Vincent was born into the Yeshivish community, an ultra-Orthodox sect of Judaism, in Pittsburgh.

"Yeshivish Judaism life is defined by religious law," Vincent tells NPR's Arun Rath. "We keep extra-strict laws of kosher, observe the Sabbath every week, maintain a separation of the sexes and a degree of isolation from the outside world."

When she was 16, she was caught exchanging letters with a male friend. Contact with men is forbidden in her sect, and she was cast out from her community.

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9:58 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Chang-rae Lee discusses his latest, On Such a Full Sea

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Pulitzer-prize finalist Chang-Rae Lee tells me about his latest novel, working with students, and the potential for going into writing as a money-making career (his advice: don't).

First person to comment at the Craft website gets two free books!

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11:50 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Book News: James Patterson Is Giving $1 Million To Indie Bookstores

Author James Patterson, pictured in 2011 in New York City, says independent bookstores are "vital to our future as a country."
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Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 12:58 pm

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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7:00 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

February 17, 2014 Shelf Discovery: The Tyrant’s Daughter by J. C. Carleson

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin views international politics through the eyes of a teen with J. C. Carleson’s The Tyrant’s Daughter.

Title: The Tyrant’s Daughter

Author: J. C. Carleson

Pages: 150

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 978-0449809976

                                  

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11:24 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Book News: Slam Poet Maggie Estep Dies

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 7:43 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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11:08 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Robert Frost's Letters Reveal: He Really Cared What Readers Thought

Courtesy of Belknap Press

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 8:32 am

On July 4, 1913, Robert Frost wrote to his good friend John Bartlett, describing his strengths as a poet: "To be perfectly frank with you I am one of the most notable craftsmen of my time. ... I alone of English writers have consciously set myself to make music out of what I may call the sound of sense."

Frost was 39 years old when he wrote those words. Despite the hubristic and self-assured tone, he had published one book of poetry, A Boy's Will, and was relatively unknown in literary circles.

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7:00 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

February 10, 2014 Shelf Discovery: Star Road by Matthew Costello and Rick Hautala

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin journeys through space with Star Road by Matthew Costello and Rick Hautala

Title: Star Road

Author: Matthew Costello and Rick Hautala

Pages: 326

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

ISBN: 978-1250013224

                                  

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com. 

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9:02 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Book News: Fragment Of Jane Austen's Handwriting Found

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Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 7:15 am

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7:00 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

February 3, 2014 Shelf Discovery: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin battles an icy queen with Karen Foxlee’s Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy.

Title: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

Author: Karen Foxlee

Pages: 151

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 978-0385753548

                                  

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com. 

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10:19 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Book News: J.K. Rowling Says She Regrets Matching Ron And Hermione

Say it Ain't So! Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling now says that beloved characters Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, played by Rupert Grint and Emma Watson (seen in 2011), shouldn't have wound up together.
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Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 8:20 am

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9:18 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Historical Trauma Makes For Thrilling Fiction In 'Officer And A Spy'

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Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 12:02 pm

For the historical novelist, the past sometimes seems like one great filing cabinet of material that may lend itself to successful novelization. And in the case of France's so-called "Belle Epoque," the gifted English writer Robert Harris seems to have opened the right drawer. His latest novel, An Officer and a Spy, is set during this period of peace and prosperity between the end of the Franco-Prussian war and the lead-up to the First World War.

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7:00 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

January 27, 2014 Shelf Discovery: A Taste of Chocolate by Vonnie Davis

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin is matched up with A Taste of Chocolate, a short e-book by Vonnie Davis.

Title: A Taste of Chocolate

Author: Vonnie Davis

Pages: 38

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press 

ISBN: 978-1-61217-907-0

                                  

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com. 

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12:48 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

8 Picture Books That Make Us Wish We Were Kids Again

Courtesy of Candlewick Press

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 11:21 am

Update: On Jan. 27, the American Library Association awarded the Caldecott Medal to Locomotive by Brian Floca. Three Caldecott Honor books were also named, including Journey by Aaron Becker and Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner.

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11:56 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Before He Fell To Earth, 'The Little Prince' Was Born In N.Y.

A detail of a drawing from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
Graham S. Haber Courtesy of The Morgan Library & Museum

Originally published on Sat January 25, 2014 1:31 pm

One of the world's most beloved books is The Little Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupery. Published in 1943, almost two million copies are sold every year, in about 250 languages.

If asked where you think the book was written, you might say Paris. You'd be wrong. Try Long Island — as in Long Island, N.Y.

When the late Nikos Kefalidis bought the house on Beven Road in Northport, Long Island, in the late 1970s, he knew that 30 years before, Saint-Exupery had written and illustrated part of Le Petit Prince in that house.

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7:00 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

January 20, 2014 Shelf Discovery: Pretenders by Lisi Harrison

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin goes back to high school with Lisi Harrison’s Pretenders.

Title: Pretenders

Author: Lisi Harrison

Pages: 212

Publisher: Poppy   

ISBN: 978-0316222440

                                  

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com. 

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5:20 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Book News: Hilary Mantel's New Book Reportedly Will Star Margaret Thatcher

Hilary Mantel accepted the award for Costa Book Of The Year in January 2013 in London.
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Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 8:37 am

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7:00 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

January 13, 2014 Shelf Discovery: Buzz by Anders de la Motte

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin disconnects with Anders de la Motte’s Buzz.

Title: Buzz

Author: Anders de la Motte

Pages: 322

Publisher: Atria / Emily Bestler Books    

ISBN: 978-1476712918

                                  

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com. 

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11:06 am
Thu January 9, 2014

A Former Child Soldier Imagines 'Tomorrow' In Sierra Leone

Orphaned by the civil war in Sierra Leone, Ishmael Beah told his own story in A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. Radiance of Tomorrow is his first novel.
John Madere Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux,

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 10:21 am

Ishmael Beah was just barely a teenager when his town became engulfed in Sierra Leone's civil war in the mid-1990s. In his 2007 memoir, A Long Way Gone, Beah describes how, after he lost his parents and brothers to the conflict, he wandered the countryside with a band of boys and was recruited as a child soldier by government forces. The memoir describes the hellish atrocities committed by child soldiers on both sides of the conflict.

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7:00 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

January 6, 2014 Shelf Discovery: Once Upon a Lie by Maggie Barbieri

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin reminisces about the past with Maggie Barbieri’s Once Upon a Lie.

Title: Once Upon a Lie

Author: Maggie Barbieri

Pages: 290

Publisher: Minotaur Books          

ISBN: 978-1250011671

                                  

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

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7:00 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

December 30, 2013 Shelf Discovery: Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin gears up for college with the characters in Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando’s Roomies.

Title: Roomies

Author: Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

Pages: 216

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers     

ISBN: 978-0316217491

                                  

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

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