Erin Hall

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11 Books That Grab You From Page One

<i>Originally published on Kirkus</i><p>There’s a striking mix of literary elements that have to be present on a book’s first page for readers to keep turning pages: an intriguing character, suspense, a vibrant writing style. The recently published books on this week’s list, which include fiction, nonfiction …

Why writing is like flossing

<b>3. Slowly increase the habit to a realistic level</b><p>Let’s say your goal is to write for five minutes every day after eating your lunch. For the first week you just do your five minutes each day. At the end of that week you’ve written for 25 minutes. You now need to increase the time, perhaps adding …

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Survey reveals 50 books that every child should read by 16

Roald Dahl is still king of children's literature according to a survey for World Book Day<p>Roald Dahl is the author that people would most like their children to read, according to a new survey to find 50 books that children should read by the time they are 16.<p>A survey of 2,000 readers by …

This Ingredient Is Your New Must-Have Cooking Staple

<i>By Amanda Maguire</i><p>Inspired by conversations on the Food52 hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and …

Coconut

Six Ways To Begin A Story

Openings are frustrating. At least for me. So much is riding on them. Often, if you don’t catch your reader’s interest with the first sentence their …

Dessert Recipes To Make With Your Leftover Halloween Candy

Let's be honest, when it comes to Halloween we're only in it for the candy. Sure, the costumes are fun, the parties are good and trick or treating is amazing, but at the end of the day, it's all about the Halloween loot. Snickers, Reese's, Almond Joy, Three Musketeers. We don't discriminate this …

This Woman Says She Can't Do It All — & That’s Why We Like Her

Barnard College has long been known as a prestigious single-sex liberal arts institution. Across the street from (and affiliated with) Columbia …

What They're Saying: Vatican's New Tolerance On Gays And The Divorced

<i>Updated at 11:00 a.m. ET</i><p>As we reported earlier, a synod of Catholic bishops meeting at the Vatican has released an interim document that signals the likelihood of a dramatic overhaul in the church's stance on gays and lesbians, as well as its view on divorced members.<p>The Associated Press writes: …

7 Journal Writing Prompts for Beginners

<i>Image source: Unsplash</i><p>Have you ever tried to keep a journal, but you haven't known what to write about? Did it end up being a boring list of things that you did in the past 24 hours? Did writing feel like a chore, rather than a rewarding, beneficial, or inspiring practice?<p>If you answered "yes" to …

10 Books That Will Make You Smile And Feel Happier

<i>As humans, we all have a deep desire to learn and grow. We all learn, grow and develop in different ways. Some of us love to learn visually through</i> …

Happiness

Fall Reading List: 50 Books You Should Read Before They're Movies

There are always tons of books being adapted for the big screen, and new novels get optioned all the time, giving us more and more reading possibilities! If you're a voracious reader who can't get enough <i>and</i> likes being on the cutting edge of pop culture, use this updated list to give you some more …

We Are Not Ourselves

• <b>Author:</b> Matthew Thomas<p>Destined to be a classic, this “powerfully moving” (Chad Harbach, <i>The Art of Fielding)</i>, multigenerational debut novel of an Irish-American family is nothing short of a “masterwork” (Joshua Ferris, <i>Then We Came to the End</i>).<p>Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish …

Proof of Heaven

• <b>Author:</b> Mary Curran Hackett<p>“Proof of Heaven belongs on any keeper shelf. It’s beautifully written, mesmerizing and tragic, thought-provoking, and a reaffirmation of faith….I loved this book.”<br>—Shelley Shepard Gray<p>Proof of Heaven by Mary Curran Hackett is an astonishing debut—a moving, inspiring, and …

Beloved

• <b>Author:</b> Toni Morrison<p><b>Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read</b><p>Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave …

The Princess Bride

• <b>Author:</b> William Goldman<p><b>William Goldman's modern fantasy classic is a simple, exceptional story about quests—for riches, revenge, power, and, of course, true love—that's thrilling and timeless.</b><p>Anyone who lived through the 1980s may find it impossible—inconceivable, even—to equate <i>The Princess Bride</i> …

A Separate Peace

• <b>Author:</b> John Knowles<p>An American classic and great bestseller for over thirty years, <i>A Separate Peace</i> is timeless in its description of adolescence during a period when the entire country was losing its innocence to World War II.<p>Set at a boys' boarding school in New England during the early years of …

The Great Gatsby

• <b>Author:</b> F. Scott Fitzgerald<p>The exemplary novel of the Jazz Age, F. Scott Fitzgeralds' third book, <i>The Great Gatsby</i> (1925), stands as the supreme achievement of his career. T. S. Eliot read it three times and saw it as the "first step" American fiction had taken since Henry James; H. L. Mencken …

The Dinner

• <b>Author:</b> Herman Koch<p><b>"A European Gone Girl." --The Wall Street Journal</b><br>An internationally bestselling phenomenon: the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives -- all over the course of one meal.<p>It's a summer's evening in …

Read Slowly to Benefit Your Brain and Cut Stress

At Least 30 Minutes of Uninterrupted Reading With a Book or E-Book Helps<p>Once a week, members of a Wellington, New Zealand, book club arrive at a cafe, grab a drink and shut off their cellphones. Then they sink into cozy chairs and read in silence for an hour.<p>The point of the club isn't to talk …

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A Freshman's Guide to Feminism in College

School is here again! As I entered my second year at college, I looked back at my freshman year and the experiences I had. One memorable experience was my encounter with the f word. Yes, feminism. Recently, feminism has received somewhat of a bad rep, mainly due to ignorance of what feminism …

Will young celebrities make feminism 'cool'?

Bra-burning. Man-hating. Angry and unattractive. Such stereotypes have shadowed the women’s movement over the past few decades — and a slew of young, …

How the 5 Love Languages Changed My Relationship

19.7K<p>SHARES<p>Have you heard of the 5 Love Languages? I had always assumed there was one universal way to show love, but according to this theory, I'm …

4 ‘Dead Poets Society’ quotes to help make your college life extraordinary

I think college students would agree that Robin Williams as John Keating in <i>Dead Poets Society</i> embodied the English teacher we all wish we had.<p>He leapt on desks. He encouraged his class to rip pages out of the textbook. He was defiant, comical, energetic and noisy. And his lessons were often taken …

29 Pieces of Advice for New Teachers

1.) Teaching = relationships.<p>2.) When kids are mad, weird, upset or cruel, most of the time, it has nothing to do with you. Don't take it in and consume it.<p>3.) Kids do work for you. Don't feel like they aren't taking ownership over their learning when they say "I did your homework" or "You're lucky …

Daily Meditation: Life's Miracles

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.<p>Today's meditation features a poem by American poet Walt Whitman. The poem reminds us that every …

Sending Condolences

482<p>SHARES<p>A few of years ago, a family friend got sick. When I found out, my automatic response was to keep my distance: I felt that I would be …