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Author Jessica Bruder was probably the kind of kid who looked behind the screen and found the wizard working the mic. She is drawn to writing about American subcultures, often by living and traveling with her subjects. more
What's a parent to do when a child's odd behavior escalates far enough, frequently enough, that it can't be shrugged off as just an eccentric personality? And what if the problem is magnified by six? more
Occasionally someone will ask me how I find out about so many fascinating musicians, authors, artists, etc., in the relatively small geographical we cover. more
"The Queen's Gambit" Netflix series was recently nominated for Golden Globes awards for Best Picture and Best Actress. More than sixty million people have watched it. Though the novel the series was based on has been around since 1983, it has been hardly known outside of chess fan circles. more
For decades, Katie D’Angelo and Mt. Airy native Valerie Harrison, who both work at Temple University and both have doctorate degrees (Harrison is also a lawyer), engaged in conversations about race and racism. more
Despite its being an enjoyable genre, a lot of people have burned out on reading True Crime books. more
Stephen Tow is a brilliant writer and researcher, but his timing is world-class unlucky. Tow is the author of “London, Reign Over Me: How England's Capital Built Classic Rock” (Rowman & Littlefield), which chronicles the rock music from the British Isles in the 1960s and early '70s. more
How many nerdy young men have felt insecure looking in a mirror, envying the handsome, muscular star athletes who seem to effortlessly wind up with the beautiful, popular and most desirable cheerleaders, prom queens, etc.? The answer: Millions! more
The Springfield Township Historical Society will present guest speaker Nancy Moses, author of “Fakes, Forgeries and Frauds.” more
Simone Zelitch, a Mt. Airy professor and author of six books, and author Max Gross will discuss their works by Zoom on Monday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m. more
I happened on John Kaag's "American Philosophy: A Love Story" back in 2016 and immediately became a fan of this young philosophy professor. more
I can't think of a more charming and endearing way to start the book-reading year than to recommend Shaun Bythell's "The Diary of a Bookseller" (2018) to you. more
Anyone who struggled through Chaucer, Milton, Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, etc., in an English-Lit course has to be surprised by this news: Poetry reading is up in the U.S. while reading books for pleasure is down slightly. more
Mt. Airy resident M. Susan Lindee worked for 10 years on “Rational Fog,” which she will be discussing on Dec. 14. more
Ed. Note: Chestnut Hill native Elspeth Lodge, 33, is the author of “The Garden Ducklings,” a children's book published in August of this year by Archway Publishing, a division of  … more
History belongs to the victors, Winston Churchill said, referring to what is recorded in books, enshrined in museums and commemorated with parades — at best, an incomplete version of events. In … more
John Steinbeck, a native Californian, went to Stanford University hoping to find someone who'd teach him to write. He didn't. What he found, according to William Souder’s new biography of the … more
Emilie Clothier Harting, 78, and her family lived in Mt. Airy for 48 years. Recently, Emilie and her husband of 55 years, Rob, moved to Foulkeways, a Quaker senior independent living community in … more
Laura Levitt, a Germantown resident since 1992, was raped in November of 1989, and the resulting trauma remains with her to this day. In fact, she has written a book about the incident and its … more
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