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The Bells by Edgar Allen Poe

The Bells is a short poem about bells. I did not find it scary.

Also: The Haunted Castle by Edgar Allan Poe

Diana Wynne Jones: (fiction) 82 more words


In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote "Frankenstein" by Fiona Sampson

It’s amazing to realize that Mary Shelley began writing “Frankenstein” when she was seventeen; the book was published anonymously when she was nineteen; people assumed it was written by her more famous husband the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley; though George Gordon Byron (aka Lord Byron) eventually made it clear that Mary was the actual author of the very first “monster” book. 75 more words


On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

I’m not much on horror, but this book was a thoroughly enjoyable read. Stephen takes us through snapshots of his life, from earliest memories and earliest original writings (sold to his mother for 25 cents each), through marriage, kids, recognition, and pulling out of drug and alcohol addiction. 71 more words


Bedtime Stories for Rebel girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

This book has a hundred short vignettes about great women throughout history and across the world. Each starts with a quote and the gives a brief biography. 51 more words


La Espía: Una Novela de Mata Hari by Paulo Coelho

I recently learned that speaking, or reading, a foreign language might be one way to stave off Alzheimer’s. Toward that end, I read “La Espía” (from the library’s excellent collection of Spanish-language texts). 118 more words


Shoe Dog

How to Struggle Your Way to Legendary

He called it his “Crazy Idea.” The idea that Phil Knight had way back in the 60’s that would prove to revolutionize not only the shoe industry, but sports and athletics as we know them. 1,514 more words


Orange is the New Black: My year in a women's prison by Piper Kerman

This book is the basis for the popular TV serial, “Orange is the New Black”. As a new college grad, Kerman drifted into carrying a suitcase of drug money for her lover. 46 more words