CHILDREN’S BOOKS REVIEW: Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match

By Dr. Bena Hartman, Staff Writer
November 3, 2013

When I was a teacher I spent countless hours searching for books that represented our nation’s cultural diversity.  Because my students were nearly all children of color, I wanted them to read books that spoke to them about their lives.  I looked everywhere for quality literature: book stores,... Read more »

Khaled Hosseini breaks our hearts: “And The Mountains Echoed”

Linda Chalmer Zemel, Book Review Columnist
September 1, 2013

Whatever the culture, hospitality, family life and hard choices are the core of the daily round. In any neighborhood, unusual visitors may turn out to be either intruders or guests, the bearers of good news or bad fortune. From biblical lore to modern-day fiction, visitors welcome the refreshing cup... Read more »

Mom Central Book Reviews – September 2013

B. Hartman, Mom Central / Books Columnist
September 1, 2013

What entices you to read a book? The author’s popularity? Her ability to tell a good story? A recommendation from a friend? Your interest in the topic? I passed Palacio’s debut novel “Wonder” several times in my local bookstore before purchasing it. The peculiar cover caught my eye. The story’s... Read more »

Leaning In is not the same as leaning on

Linda Chalmer Zemel, Book Review Columnist
August 4, 2013

At the very end of a “60 Minutes” segment on June 30, Sheryl Sandberg leaned toward Mark Zuckerberg while they sat close to each other in a small group. They chatted familiarly, looking at each other full face. He was wearing his trademark sweatshirt and her outfit would have been appropriate either... Read more »

“The Mighty Miss Malone” Book Review

The Mighty Miss Malone

B. Hartman
August 2, 2013

As I sat in the audience during Christopher Paul Curtis’ presentation at a conference several years ago, a person asked him why he never had a female protagonist in any of his novels. His response: “I haven’t heard that voice yet.” Fast forward a couple years and I’m happy to say he’s found... Read more »

More of Life’s Spices, Seasoned Sistahs Keepin’ it Real Offers Comfort, Advice, Bonding and Laughs

July 5, 2013

More of Life’s Spices, Seasoned Sistahs Keepin’ it Real offers comfort, advice, bonding and laughs to women all over the world.  The women’s stories in this award winning collection resemble that group conversation you have with friends, with sisters, with your daughters.  Women gain emotional... Read more »

Is there an extra in extrovert? Not so, says Susan Cain

Susan Cain Book Review from WomanScopeNewsMagazine.Com

Linda Chalmer Zemel, Staff Writer
July 1, 2013

Susan Cain, author of “QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” has more than one credential for writing this book. She proves this when she opens the book with a description of her first client, who turns out to be none other than the author herself. By the time we finish... Read more »

Is there an extra in extrovert? Not so, says Susan Cain – A Book Review by Linda Chalmer-Zemel, Staff Writer

By Linda Chalmer- Zemel
June 8, 2013

Susan Cain, author of “QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” has more than one credential for writing this book. She proves this when she opens the book with a description of her first client who turns out to be none other than the author herself. By the time we... Read more »

Her Beloved World Becomes Ours by Page Two

By Linda Chalmers Zemel, Staff Writer
April 12, 2013

  -Wow. If your idea of a memoir is an in medias res kind of experience, MY BELOVED WORLD will surprise you. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor starts at the beginning.   But that’s not all. She starts not with the beginning of her intellect or interest in law, but with her Spanish-speaking... Read more »

Sue Grafton is Herself in Kinsey and Me

By Linda Chalmers Zemel, Staff Writer
April 12, 2013

All but one of the first nine stories in Kinsey and Me were previously published, but the book sheds new light on Sue Grafton herself. In the preface she notes that her husband, Steven Humphrey, ran 300 copies at his company, Bench Press, in 1991. She signed and numbered them. Here, they reappear with... Read more »

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