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MIDDLE GRADE

1. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo ($3.95 in Arrow and TAB)

2. The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander ($4 in Arrow)

3. Dear Dumb Diary, Year Two: School. Hasn’t This Gone On Long Enough? by Jim Benton ($2.95 in Arrow)

4. Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings by Hélène Boudreau ($5 in Arrow)

5. Aliens on Vacation by Clete Smith ($4 in Arrow)

 

 

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  Donald Hall: A Poet's View 'Out The Window'

Fresh Air from WHYY

 

February 8, 2012

"Poet Donald Hall spends much of his time in his blue armchair, looking at the landscape out his window. The 83-year-old former poet laureate has lived for years on the same New Hampshire farm that his grandparents used to own, and still writes in the room he slept in as a child.

In his recent New Yorker essay "Out the Window," Hall reflects on the view out his window that has both changed — and remained the same — throughout his life. He also contemplates how things have changed for him as he's grown older.

"However alert we are, antiquity remains an...

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Incarnate


by Meadows, Jodi Reviewed by Courtney Webb | Released: January 31, 2012

Publisher: HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books (384 pages)

 


" “Creative and inviting, Incarnate offers a new concept into the young adult genre, now overflowing with paranormal and fantasy titles. One can’t help but wonder where the story will go after this first title in the series.”

We all know what it means to be new in some capacity. We were all new to this world that surrounds us at one time, learning what we needed to know as we grew and aged. We got by...

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What We Find Gross, and Why

"Did you hear the one about the Texan at his first Passover Seder? He was mightily impressed with the soup. “These matzo balls sure are delicious, ma’am,” he told his hostess. “What other parts of the matzo do y’all cook with?”

This old joke came to mind as I read “That’s Disgusting,” a lively look at all things revolting by Rachel Herz, a psychologist at Brown. I thought of it as Herz described an evening with friends at a pretentious restaurant, where she ordered the appetizer special, duck oysters. It turned out “oysters” was code for “testicles” — how come her dinner companions hadn’t warned her? — and once she knew that, she lost her appetite for the small bulb-shaped...

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Mining the past

Historian looks back for fresh perspectives in confronting the questions of Haiti.

"The question has been asked innumerable times by journalists, politicians, aid workers and academics over the years: What’s wrong with Haiti? Why can’t a country that seems to have so much potential overcome its political instability and extreme poverty? Why don’t aid programs ever seem to have the intended results? Why is the country so vulnerable to disaster and turmoil?

Historian Laurent Dubois attempts to answer that question in Haiti: The Aftershocks of History by carefully detailing Haiti’s history, with particular emphasis on certain turns in the road that have left indelible marks on the island nation often referred to as the poorest in the Western Hemisphere, “a moniker...

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 Nieman Reports

Brief Story, Book Proposal, a Longer Feature, Then a Book

‘… it would be a while before people would say, “Hey, this is a book.” ’

By Amy Ellis Nutt

"There is nothing normal about my journalism career—I landed my first newspaper job at 42—or my book-writing career. In a former long-ago life as a sports reporter, I coauthored a golf book/memoir for a woman on the professional tour and it hit the remainder bin faster than a two-foot gimme hits the bottom of the cup. So after a 13-year hiatus and a move from Sports Illustrated to The Star-Ledger of Newark, New Jersey—you get the upside-down idea, right?—I had some trepidation about embarking on a second book. ......

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 Haiti Trembles From The 'Aftershocks Of History'

Weekend Edition Saturday

January 14, 2012

Haiti has long been regarded as a special challenge for international aid organizations. Scott talks with Laurent Dubois, author of the upcoming book Haiti: The Aftershocks of History, about the effect, or lack thereof, of aid money sent to Haiti in the wake of the earthquake two years ago.

To listen to the interview, click here. 

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 Give Guantánamo Back to Cuba

"IN the 10 years since the Guantánamo detention camp opened, the anguished debate over whether to shutter the facility — or make it permanent — has obscured a deeper failure that dates back more than a century and implicates all Americans: namely, our continued occupation of Guantánamo itself. It is past time to return this imperialist enclave to Cuba.

From the moment the United States government forced Cuba to lease the Guantánamo Bay naval base to us, in June 1901, the American presence there has been more than a thorn in Cuba’s side. It has served to remind the world of America’s long history of interventionist militarism. Few gestures would have as salutary an effect on the stultifying impasse in American-Cuban relations as handing over...

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Bug-eyed sensationalism: A book to keep you buzzing


 


"Sex on Six Legs: Lessons on Life, Love and Language from the Insect World"

By Marlene Zuk

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

 

What it is: No mere encyclopedia of bugs, "Sex on Six Legs" delivers exactly what its subtitle promises: lessons on life, love and language from the insect world. In this page-turner, entomologist and first-rate raconteur Marlene Zuk (who is a professor of biology at the University of California...

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