January 6, 2013 In Jerry Spinelli's latest book, the Hokey Pokey is much more than a children's song and dance. Hokey Pokey is the name of a magical universe where kids are in charge with no adults in sight. There are herds of bikes, endless cartoons, a cuddle station and dessert for lunch every day.
January 6, 2013 Resurrection, Tolstory's last and perhaps least-read novel, is also his most bleak. Author George Saunders writes that it opened his eyes to the plight of the disenfranchised — in Tolstoy's Russia and the modern world. What book opened your eyes to the suffering of others? Tell us in the comments.
January 6, 2013 What attracts people to fantasy? Is it the orcs and the elves, or the rich worlds they inhabit? Author Saladin Ahmed says world-building — the craft of building a believable fictional world — provides "an almost physical sense of getting lost somewhere that isn't home, but which comes to be home."
January 5, 2013 "Today is my birthday. Today I am fifteen. Today I buried my parents in the backyard." So begins Lisa O'Donnell's novel about two sisters who find their parents dead and, instead of reporting it, decide to keep it a secret until they can make it on their own.
January 5, 2013 This can't be. How does that big heavy rock stay pivoted on top of that itsy bitsy one, which is hanging precariously onto the one below? Yet they do. The beauty of balance.
January 4, 2013 Texas Chainsaw 3D opens today, but if you're in the mood to be scared instead of splattered, you have plenty of good choices. Glenn McDonald recommends five good scary movies that aren't just slasher films.
January 4, 2013 At No. 9, Kevin Powers' The Yellow Birds details the friendship between two Iraq War vets.
January 4, 2013 Everyone from the Vikings to 18th century British sailors swore that a pint of spruce beer kept away scurvy. While that may not have really worked, you, too, can capture the essence of your Christmas tree in a glass.
January 4, 2013 Frank Calabrese Jr. wrote a memoir about bringing down his father's murderous Chicago crime family. In Operation Family Secrets, Frank detailed how he helped the FBI convict his father of several murders by wearing a hidden wire and taping his father's conversations. His father died Christmas Day.
January 4, 2013 When coaches are getting fired left and right based on fewer games in a whole season than a baseball team plays in the playoffs, how much does anybody really know in the NFL?