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My friend Natalie Nixon joined me for a quick visit, a little grub, and a new introduction last night. Inside secret: along with an imaginary Instagram account (of epic proportions), we also create imaginary graphic t-shirts from the best things we hear everyday. Words from Marian Wright Edelman (through Nat's voice last night) were immediately (mentally?) added to our...
Embracing anti-racist action includes exercising empathy by reading Black authors & expanding our libraries. The books we recommend, inside.
We’re being mindful moving forward through this year. It’s one thing to be aware, but it’s another to be intentional about our choices. Part of our mission to be ACTIVELY anti-racist is adding Black voices to our libraries. Books By Black Authors We Personally Recommend In that spirit, we've compiled a list of some of our current favorite reads and/or what...
Novels or non-fiction, we’ve got 6 book recommendations to help cope with alllll the feelings. All are laugh-out-loud funny—to take the edge off this whole social distancing thing.
We lit a signal fire from our newly locked down homes last week asking what resonates with ya'll now. And omg, you guys came back with so much positivity and many helpful ideas! One of the big things we saw was BOOKS. What are you reading? How are you escaping your home through the power of words? And just...
This is an essay from Sarah Lemon, author of Done Dirt Cheap, and Valley Girls (her newest novel, just published).  Some of you may remember Sarah from our interview, here, and long-time readers may even remember her heartbreakingly beautiful essay on finding her own style.  On the surface, Sarah's latest essay is about rock climbing and motherhood, but that hardly...
My husband, Zack, makes fun of me because recently I can't pay attention to movies to save my life.  I'm too easily distracted and a movie has to be realllllly good to hold my attention.  But.  I love reading.  I'm especially into fantasy/sci-fi series right now . . . in our political climate we can all use a little...
Gang, I'm so excited about this girl.  Sarah Lemon, a longtime reader  - and the writer of one of my favorite pieces we've ever published - just came out with a new book, Done Dirt Cheap. I read it - no, devoured it -  in a weekend. It's good.  It's good in a very girl-power way.  It's good in a...

My Top Book Recommendations

I loved doing this shoot because Peter White Library is one of my favorite places in Marquette.  I'm a huge reader and love picking out new books for myself and for G.  (I'm one of those dorks who likes the smell of library books . . . please tell me I'm not alone!)  I've been reading some amazing books lately...
Happy Tell a Fairy Tale Day!!  No, I'm not kidding -it's a thing.  Here's proof.  If the internet says it, it must be true, right? In any case, I'm a firm supporter of...well, any reason to curl up with a good book.  And fairy tales are some of my favorites.  I love the endless possibilities (talking animals?  magic potions? spinning straw...
Growing up, my mom started the tradition that Christmas morning meant books.  To this day, I can't think of Christmas without remembering that delicious feeling of anticipation a new book brings.  Of curling up on the couch - cozy socks on feet and a book in hand - for a long afternoon of reading by the fire.  By the end of the day, my...
If ever one needed to make a case for nostalgia, these three books are hard to beat. 1.  There's a Nightmare in My Closet I remember reading this book as a child, and after searching (and searching AND SEARCHING) for something to calm fearful little Pax, I came across this old favorite again.  From the desperately brave stance of a boy making a...

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