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Published on Friday, September 23, 2011

Magazine LogoIf the headline of this article or the accompanying image reeled you into reading this, then I probably don't need to explain what The Believer is, who Nick Hornby is  or why you should care what he's reading. However, for those who've simply stumbled across this item as part of their daily intake of Internet debris, let me explain:

Published on Monday, September 19, 2011

New Yorker LogoIn her New Yorker profile of self-help guru and bestselling author Timothy Ferriss, Rebecca Mead writes, "Every generation gets the self-help guru that it deserves." For example, the Depression spawned Napoleon Hill's still-popular Think and Grow Rich while the post-WWII era gave rise to Norman Vincent Peale's

Published on Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Cover image of Jonathan Safran Foer's book Eating Animals The ever-increasing variety of foods available to modern consumers has meant that most people of a certain age have at least experimented with different eating habits, such as vegetarianism or veganism.

Published on Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Cover image of Nicole Krauss' book The History of LoveSet in contemporary New York City, Nicole Krauss’ beautiful novel explores themes of loneliness and loss, and the unlikely glimmers of hope found despite these through the lives of two unlikely protagonists: Leo Gursky, an older gentleman who once wrote a book and fell in love with a girl in the Polish village he left long ago, and Alma Singer, a 14-year-old who already leads a busy life trying to keep an eye on her delusional younger brother and writing—when a letter in the mail puts her on the trail of a mystery that will ultimately involve

Published on Monday, July 18, 2011

Published on Wednesday, July 6, 2011

 Mass Incarceration in the Age of ColorblindnessWith the election of Barack Obama, many people went on record stating that racial lines and prejudices in American society were firmly a thing of the past. While this may be a premature and rather naïve statement to make, how far has the struggle for civil rights come?

Published on Monday, June 13, 2011

Cover of the book Kami and the Yaks Join us for an American Sign Language Story Time on Friday, June 17, at 4 p.m.! This event will be held at the DCPS Ward 1 Parent and Family Resource Center, at

Published on Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Cover image of the novel The Yacoubian Building, by Alaa Al AswanyWorn with time, the majestic Art Deco Yacoubian building shines in its quiet, ever-watchful manner in downtown Cairo, namesake of its builder’s ambitions and a stolid witness to its share of history. Time has also had its way with the unfulfilled lives of the motley group of residents of this decadent building, among them a student, a politician, a seductress, an aging aristocrat, and a newspaper editor.

Published on Monday, May 23, 2011

Room by Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue's 2010 novel Room may possibly be the most perplexing novel I have read this year.  It follows the life of Jack, a typical Dora-the-Explorer-loving child, starting on the morning of his fifth birthday. However, there is one hitch in his upbringing that makes him far from typical: Jack has spent his entire life confined with his mother in one very small room.

Published on Monday, May 2, 2011

 In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the OceanThere are countless stories told by mariners and seamen of ships that have been battered and have —sometimes—survived encounters with these giants of the sea.