Tim Grant is the new director of the college Science Center. A bachelor, he requires the assistance of a hostess and hires Sophy Brandt, a widow in her sixties with a reputation for skillful entertaining and an organized household. All goes well, except: He cleared his throat and settled his tie… “You’re a bachelor’s dream, … More That Hideous, Yellow Bang
This is a 1939 ad from the Battle Creek (Michigan) Enquirer. Spencer’s sold used books and rented books at what seem to us now as incredibly cheap prices. Three cents a day to rent a book? But remember when this was. The nation had just come through the Great Depression, and families were still getting their … More Up-to-the-Minute Books Are Here!
Have you ever gotten impatient with a descriptive passage, wondered why it seemed to go on and on, maybe skipped over part of it to get on with the story? Try to describe something at length to your friends, and it can be a conversation ender. We’ve all been there. We’re hungry for the witty dialogue … More About Those Lengthy Descriptions
Books reflect the characters of the people who write them. Their language and tone, their themes and plot lines, the experience awaiting inside a book’s cover, all depend on the author. Of course, the rest takes place inside the reader, when the author’s words combine with the reader’s imagination, character, experience, and thoughts. That’s how we … More An Author’s Voice is the Key to Many Doors
“Hardly anyone remembers Steve Jobs anymore, but in the age of electronic computing, he was iconic.” This introduction hasn’t been written yet, but it will be. Fame is fleeting. The heroes of one generation, however high they fly, are unknown to the next. Tell me something about the life of Johannes Gutenberg. And then Petrache … More Fame is Fleeting; Appreciation Doesn’t Have to Be
Emilie read a lot—and not just casually, but critically. She reviewed children’s books for her father when she was young enough to sit on the publisher’s desk, she reviewed her siblings’ plays in her twenties and thirties, and when she began to write in her forties, she wrote book reviews first. So who were the … More Who were Emilie Loring’s favorite authors?