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Victoria Zackheim
Victoria Zackheim lives in San Francisco and is the author of The Bone Weaver. She can be reached at www.theboneweaver.com, or through www.WretchedReviews.com.

How We Are Hungry by Dave Eggers
Dave Eggers' 'How We Are Hungry

Men and Cartoons by Jonathan Lethem
Jonathan Lethem is the author of six novels, including the bestsellers The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named novel of the year by Esquire. Sparkling with off-beat humor and subtle insights that have made Lethem one of today's most highly praised writers, the stories in MEN AND CARTOONS will delight Lethem's legion of fans and appeal to a host of new readers.

Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link - Book Review of Pretty Monsters
'Pretty Monsters,' Kelly Link's third collection of short stories, is billed as her first for young adult readers, though it works just fine on adults as well. It's an eclectic mix of fantasy, science fiction, and horror with stops all along the fear meter. Kelly Link is a gifted story-teller. If you're not yet familiar with her work, it's time you get that way.

The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson - Book Review
A thrilling historical account of the worst cholera outbreak in Victorian London-and a brilliant exploration of how Dr. John Snow's solution revolutionized the way we think about disease, cities, science, and the modern world.

Street Art: The Spray Files by Louis Bou
Louis Bou's Street Art begins with an explanation of the difference between street art and graffiti, along with new trends and styles. Each medium is then explored in a different chapter—stickers and posters, stencils, textured surfaces, traffic signs, buildings and furniture. Also included are chapters on street art characters and panoramic murals. Woven throughout are biographies of the artists—all internationally known—and an interview with each one.

Climax
Climax is the point of greatest tension in a work of literature and the turning point in the action. In a plot line, the climax occurs after the rising action and before the falling action.

Foil
A foil is a character who serves as a contrast to another perhaps more primary character, so as to point out specific traits of the primary character.

Hyperbole
Hyperbole is intentional exaggeration used as a figure of speech for comedy or emphasis.

Theme
Theme is the dominant idea that a writer is trying to convey to his readers in a work of literature.

Author Bios - Biographies of contemporary authors.
Explore biographies of your favorite authors.

Holiday Gift Books 2008 - Gift Books for Everyone
10 Days of Giftmas: 2008 Holiday Gift Books, ten books published in 2008 to add to your gift-giving list. No book is for everyone, so I've tried to make this list as diverse and gifty as possible.

Top 10 Holiday Gift Books - 2005
2005 has been very generous to book-lovers, and consequently we have a plethora of titles to choose from for our holiday gift-giving. This year avoid the mall, and give them a book from the eclectic selection of the best that emerged from the publishing houses this year.

Top 10 Holiday Gift Books - 2006
2006 has been very generous to book-lovers, and consequently we have a plethora of titles to choose from for our holiday gift-giving. This year avoid the mall, and give them a book from the eclectic selection of the best that emerged from the publishing houses this year.

Books on the Beach - Day 1
Four days at the beach has rendered me unable to stop myself. I've restrained so far, but now I find myself walking right up to strangers to ask what they're reading. The beach is a great place to read, and over the next three days, I'm going to chronicle what these vacationers here at Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina are reading.

Books on the Beach - Day 2
The beach is a great place to read, and over the next three days, I'm going to chronicle what these vacationers here at Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina are reading. Beach reads are classicly trashy novels, so these are in no way recommendations - just a survey of the first 10 readers and their books over three days.

Books on the Beach - Day 3
The beach is a great place to read, and over the next three days, I'm going to chronicle what these vacationers here at Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina are reading. Beach reads are classicly trashy novels, so these are in no way recommendations - just a survey of the first 10 readers and their books over three days.

Top 10 Holiday Gift Books - 2004
The holidays are upon us, and with them the mad dash to outlying malls and plazas in the search for the quaint consummables that will put a smile on our loved ones' faces. NOT THIS YEAR! This year, avoid the mall, the lines, the traffic! This year, take your pick from my list of ten holiday gift books, one or more of which will delight, amaze, and just generally make your family and friends feel warm all under.

Fluke by Christopher Moore
Nathan Quinn's obsession with the meaning of humpback whale song has gotten him into trouble in the past, but never like this. A chance encounter with a whale with disturbingly peculiar markings on its flukes begins a bizarre adventure that can only culminate in a showdown with the origins of life itself.

Fluke by Christopher Moore
Nathan Quinn's obsession with the meaning of humpback whale song has gotten him into trouble in the past, but never like this. A chance encounter with a whale with disturbingly peculiar markings on its flukes begins a bizarre adventure that can only culminate in a showdown with the origins of life itself.

Fluke by Christopher Moore
Nathan Quinn's obsession with the meaning of humpback whale song has gotten him into trouble in the past, but never like this. A chance encounter with a whale with disturbingly peculiar markings on its flukes begins a bizarre adventure that can only culminate in a showdown with the origins of life itself.

Independent Bookstores - Our Favorite Independent Bookstores May Soon Be Yours!
Big or small, bustling with activity or quietly tucked away in some unknown nook of the city, the indie bookstore, with its uniqueness and diversity, is a home away from home for many of us. Here are some of our favorites.

Audiobooks - Audiobook Reviews
Reviews of audiobooks or books on tape or cd.

Small Press Publishers
Publishers Weekly estimates that more than 7,000 new publishers form each year. These small presses are motivated by the desire to publish what they see fit, to do their own thing. While by no means a complete list, here are about 40 such small presses for you to discover and explore, all of which are members of The Small Press Center for Independent Publishing.

Writing about Literature - Learn how to write about literature
Whether its a book report for school or a book review for publication, these tips will take you through the process of responding to literature in print.