Essays

Something Spicy to Cleanse Your Palate

June 18, 2013
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Booze, sex, and good times. What more could you ask for, from a memoir? “Letters To Young Chong” by Melanie Moore is much like the pickled ginger on a sushi plate. As a reader, sometimes you need something spicy to cleanse your palate between complex books. That is what you will find here. “Letters To Young Chong” is based on the friendship that developed between Melanie Moore .. and Melissa Moore; no relation at all.…

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Soul Food For Lone Wolves and Wild Women

June 6, 2013
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Cynthia Dagnal-Myron is an award-winning former reporter for both the Chicago Sun Times and Arizona Daily Star whose articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, Salon, Working Mother, Orion and many others. During her Sun Times years, she sat desk to desk with mentor and friend, the late Roger Ebert, and traveled with, interviewed and reviewed rockers like Kiss, Queen, the Who, Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin. She also interviewed film stars like John Travolta, Kirk Douglas,…

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Candidly, He’s Cautiously Optimistic

May 17, 2013
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How is the American spirit holding up in these difficult times? Peter Funt, syndicated columnist and host of TV’s “Candid Camera,” looks beyond the headlines to find out. In his book “Cautiously Optimistic,” a collection of six dozen essays, Funt uses a light but penetrating touch to take the nation’s temperature. Funt’s canvas is very much like the real world we deal with every day. Sure, Americans are concerned about taxes, education and crime. But we…

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Inside A Successful Writer’s Imagination

May 9, 2013
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Christy Potter is a Midwesterner who moved to New York almost 20 years ago – she calls herself a “displaced hayseed” – to pursue a career as a journalist and creative writer. Her love of talking to people is second only to her love of writing. And all of that comes through in her book”The World is My Oyster But I Didn’t Know How to Cook.” It’s a compendium of humorous and thought-provoking essays on…

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