Introverts Living in an Extroverted World: A Review of Quiet by Susan Cain

Quiet is a dichotomous and fascinating book that was written by Susan Cain in 2012. It includes extensive scientific research and years of studies about human nature on the topic of introversion, as well as the emotional and personal effects of introverted people trying to cope in an extroverted world. There are multiple messages for […]

Crossing the Divide: New Vessel Press

Someone’s coming from the other world, Hiss of night rain. Someone’s going there now. The two are sure to meet. –Ko Un (from Poetry: The Translation Issue, November 2014) Ko Un’s poem perfectly illustrates to me how translated works help us cross the divide between cultures to get to where “The two are sure to […]

Deeds Publishing

Looking for a publisher for that book you just finished writing? Deeds Publishing is right here in metro Atlanta. Bob Babcock, founder and CEO, started publishing books as a hobby, primarily for people he knew, as well as his own. The business really began to flourish the past couple of years, however, and last week […]

Freshly Baked Books: The Abortionist’s Daughter

Elisa DeCarlo tackles a hot-button issue in her latest novel: abortion. The Abortionist’s Daughter, a recently self-published novel, deals with the issue of desperate women wanting to end an unwanted pregnancy, but also with a woman establishing her independence and seeking a career in 1916 and with coming to terms with her father, a convicted […]

Leaving Time: A Family Mystery with Elephants

I read many, many books over the course of a year—usually more than 100.  Most are enjoyable on some level; some are a waste of time; and a precious handful are the ones I recommend to customers at the bookstore where I work, give as gifts, and put on my forever favorites list.  Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult […]

On Genre

So I’m writing a book. Rather, I wrote a book. A novel. Years ago – when it had emerged from the hatchery but was still weak and blind and needed basically everything from me – I bashfully called it a “project.” After a few months of nurturing it, I told a few family members about […]

Fried Neck Bones and Some Home Fries: Delectable History through Southern Regional Food

I am a salmon candy junkie. Salmon candy, alternately called Indian candy, is made of salmon strips that are smoked for an extended period of time and, in addition to smoke, are often flavored with something sweet, like maple or brown sugar. I first encountered salmon candy in Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia, in a […]