Category Archives: Samples

All This and Family, Too: A New Novel By Sarah Glenn

It’s hard to say which is the harder adjustment for astronomy professor Cynthia Leach: becoming a vampire, or moving to Irvine, California. In her debut novel, All This and Family, Too, Sarah Glenn treats both topics with a healthy dose of … Continue reading

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Farewell to Gore Vidal

Literary giant, Gore Vidal died yesterday at his Hollywood Hills home. The 86 year-old author died of complications from pneumonia. Vidal served as first-mate on a supply ship in the U.S. Army during World War II (1943-46), and his first novel, Williwaw, was … Continue reading

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Remembering Ray Bradbury

Early this morning, the reading world suffered a great loss. Ray Bradbury died in Los Angeles at the age of 91, just two days afterThe New Yorker ran an interview with Bradbury, entitled “Take Me Home.” Ray Bradbury, a long-time resident of Cheviot … Continue reading

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Rules of Civility: The Greatest Generation Glitters in Gotham

Amor Towles brings the Greatest Generation to life in his debut novel, Rules of Civility. Although some comparison to The Great Gatsby is unavoidable, Rules of Civility is anything but derivative.  Towles’ brilliant turns of phrase, dry wit, and unvarnished appraisal of the social mores … Continue reading

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California’s Primary Elections

California’s Primary Election, June 5, 2012, is fast approaching, and with it, some changes many people are not aware of.  This will be our first Primary Election under the “Top 2” system. With the passage of Proposition 14 back in 2010, Californians … Continue reading

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Self-Publishing: Freedom Isn’t Free

So many of us dream of seeing our hard work in print: the offspring of our creativity on the shelves of a local bookstore. The self-publishing industry has given access to millions of people who previously had no hope of … Continue reading

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Anita Versus The Troll Horde

When the threats of violence – including rape and murder – began, Anita Sarkeesian got much more than she bargained for. Sarkeesian, author of the blog Feminist Frequency, recently announced a Kickstarter campaign to raise $6,000 to produce a 5-video series entitled “Tropes … Continue reading

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Historic Library Devastated By Irene

The town of Upper Jay, New York sits 837 feet above sea level, at the foot of the Adirondack mountains, and six hours’ drive from the coast.  They were not expecting Irene.  Late Sunday night, torrential rain cascaded down the … Continue reading

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Borders: Down For the Count

The Borders store in Canoga Park, California was uncharacteristically busy for a Tuesday morning, and the phone was ringing continually. A store employee kept her calm smile on as she juggled calls while trying to answer questions for customers crowded … Continue reading

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