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Amy Ellis Nutt Reads from Shadows Bright As Glass

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Book explores racial identification

The Post and Courier, Sunday, April 24, 2011
Karen Spain

"THE INVISIBLE LINE: Three American Families and the Secret Journey From Black to White.By Daniel J. Sharfstein. Penguin. 416 pages. $27.95.

Meticulously researched and beautifully written, "The Invisible Line" is a fascinating history of how three mixed-race families migrated across the color line and changed their racial identification from black to white.

The Gibsons, wealthy mulatto landowners in Colonial South Carolina, were white Southern aristocrats by the time of the Civil War.

The Walls, slave children freed by their white father, became respected members of the black middle class before giving...

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Energy Deja Vu: Obama Must Break with Failed U.S. Policies


by Michael Graetz

Despite soaring rhetoric and some promising proposals, President Obama is repeating the same mistakes that have doomed U.S. energy policy to failure for 40 years. Until Obama and Congress finally put a true price on the fossil fuels America consumes, the U.S. will continue its addiction to foreign oil and domestic coal.

 The weekend following President Obama's energy policy speech on March 30 and the White House's simultaneous release of its "Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future," many newspapers ran a cartoon by Jeff Stahler depicting the eight presidents from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama, each supplying one word of the refrain: "We must...

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The Platform: Good Reviews Are No Longer Enough

Apr 20, 2011

Authors: Peter Osnos

Publisher(s): The Century Foundation

"As a longtime publisher of what is known as “serious” nonfiction, I am acutely aware of how sensitive most authors are about book reviews. After extended periods of research and writing, it is unnerving to find your work in the hands of someone else to pass judgment. Authors of established distinction feel the sting of a critical review, or worse, being ignored, especially by the Sunday New York Times Book Review, which remains for many writers the arbiterne plus ultra. It is time—probably past time—to declare that traditional book reviews are no longer the dominant...

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Congratulations Amy! 

 For a distinguished example of feature writing giving prime consideration to quality of writing, originality and concision, using any available journalistic tool, including text reporting, videos, databases, multimedia or interactive presentations or any combination of those formats, in print or online or both, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).


Awarded to Amy Ellis Nutt of The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J., for her deeply probing story of the mysterious sinking of a commercial fishing boat in the Atlantic Ocean that drowned six men.

For a list of the  other 2011 winners and finalists click here. 


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Jon Sarkin: When Brain Injuries Transform Into Art

Fresh Air from WHYY, April 18, 2011


"Jon Sarkin was working as a chiropractor when he suffered a massive stroke. Afterwards, the 35-year-old became a volatile visual artist with a ferocious need to create, as his brain tried to make sense of the world at large.

"[My artwork is] a manifestation of what happened to me," Sarkin tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I've learned how to visually represent my existential dilemma caused by my stroke."

Sarkin is the subject of Shadows Bright as Glass, a new book by science writer Amy Nutt. The book describes Sarkin's journey from happy-go-lucky doctor to manically-compulsive artist. It also raises larger questions about identity and what makes us each who we are.

"Is it memory? Is it...

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From Kirkus Reviews


Seeking History and Hidden Gems in Flea-Market America
By Maureen Stanton (Author)

Editor Review (reviewed on May 1, 2011)


tour d’horizon of the world of antiques, from flea markets to antiques shows to high-end auction houses, with...

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Congratulations to Hélène Boudreau! REAL MERMAIDS DON'T WEAR TOE RINGS has been named a finalist in the 2011 Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards!

For the full list of finalists, click here. 


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 Skipjack fleet dwindles to a handful oboats

By PAMELA WOOD, Staff Writer 03/13/11, Capital Gazette

"...The skipjacks are victims as much of the changing times as the dwindling oyster populations. It just doesn't make much sense these days to sail big, wooden sailboats to catch fewer and fewer oysters.


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 OP-ED --Los Angeles Times

The high cost of oil

We accept instability and even war in the Middle East to maintain our addiction.

"The spread of popular revolt in the Middle East to Libya has exacerbated a spike in oil prices and gasoline costs at the pump. In turn, this has stimulated widespread complaints about the lack of a coherent U.S. foreign policy toward despots in the region. This is not the first time this has happened.

More than four decades ago, a military coup, led by a 27-year-old Moammar Kadafi, overthrew Libya's ineffectual King Idris and expelled all American and British troops from their large Libyan airbases. The new regime demanded a substantial increase in the price of Libyan oil — at a time when Libya supplied about 30% of...

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