To Sidney, with Love

Sidney Poitier. How do I describe a man who stood beside Martin Luther King Jr. during his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963? How do I describe a man who often was the only African American on the set of his movies? How do I describe a man who makes me laugh and breaks... Continue Reading →

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A Wrinkle in Time

NOV / DEC 2017: BY CAROL STARKEY I’ve loved science fiction for as long as I can remember. From Flight of the Navigator to E. T. to Aliens, to the countless novels and short-story collections, to TV shows like Star Trek and Quantum Leap, sci-fi has surrounded me pretty much since birth. I wish I... Continue Reading →

Shades of Evil: The Man in the High Castle

NOV / DEC 2017: BY CHARITY BISHOP Amazon’s series The Man in the High Castle is many things… a sci-fi adventure with an alternate timeline, a mind-bending glimpse into a different history, a philosophical exploration of abstract concepts and themes, and… a heart-wrenching story of love, loss, and struggle within different households. The series’ inability... Continue Reading →

A Brutal Truth

NOV / DEC 2017: BY JESSICA SANTULLI Life in the 1700s Scottish highlands is no easy walk in the park.  Just ask Claire Randall, protagonist of the Starz original series, Outlander, now in its third season.  She journeyed there from 1945: an easier, calmer time period, that offered fine amenities, like soap.  World War II... Continue Reading →

The Turn of the Screw

HALLOWEEN 2017: BY CAROL STARKEY  Halloween is right around the corner, meaning it’s time for costumes, candy, and scary stories. Some stations play movies like Children of the Corn and Friday the 13th leading up to the holiday. Libraries will display frightening books. And children will be extra jumpy as they anticipate jump scares. I... Continue Reading →

Haunted by the Hound

HALLOWEEN 2017: BY RACHEL KOVACINY I can still remember the first time I read an entire, unabridged Sherlock Holmes adventure. I must have been about thirteen and knew I loved mysteries. I'd been devouring books about Trixie Belden and the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew for years, and my appetite for fictional crime-solving adventures just... Continue Reading →

The Brontë Sisters

HALLOWEEN 2017: VERONICA LEIGH Emily was in an uproar. Known for her volatile temper, she was furious when her older sister Charlotte discovered her private poetry and dared to read it. Her younger sister Anne offered some of her own poetry to read, to keep the peace, which led to a wild suggestion. They could... Continue Reading →

A Madding Crowd of Suitors

HALLOWEEN 2017: BY RACHEL SEXTON The years of history known as the Victorian era offer readers a plethora of literary possibilities to choose from and enjoy. Many impressive and essential efforts from authors of both genders from England and America have endured through the years. This period was before the world made much progress towards... Continue Reading →

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