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Aisha K. Staggers

Aisha K. Staggers has 73 articles published.

Aisha K. Staggers
Aisha K. Staggers has been writing since middle school. She had her first major publication in her local newspaper's entertainment section while a sophomore in high school, a publication in another state paper followed. Aisha has been contributing to various paper, magazines and textbooks for over 15 years. In addition to her time as an instructor of social sciences in higher education, Aisha has served as a director of education and policy research centers, and on the staff of legislative commissions. Aisha previously served on the Executive Board of the CT Young Democrats Women's Caucus and has remained active in politics and public policy. She is an alumni of Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT and Fisk University in Nashville, TN where she earned Bachelor's and Master's Degrees, respectively, and completed the South Carolina Education Policy Fellowship Program in 2008. Currently, Aisha is Senior Editor for BookTrib, a division of the literary public relations firm, Meryl Moss Media. In addition to her own work, Aisha will be writing the liner notes for an upcoming Prince tribute album and contributing a chapter to a 2018 scholarly work on Prince and the Minneapolis Sound.

Just the Right Book Podcast: A Book Lovers Guide to the 2018 Oscars!

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Jimmy Kimmel will be hosting The Oscars again this year and we are thrilled to see so many book-based movies nominated! Also, stay tuned for a sneak peek of our conversation with author A.J. Jacobs talking about “It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree” which will be out later this week. The 90th Oscars telecast on Sunday, March 4, 2018, will now begin at 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m. PST The Books Adapted Into This Year’s Oscar Contenders: Call Me by Your Name, adapted from André Aciman’s novel of the same name: best picture; actor in a leading role (Timothée Chalamet); original song; and adapted screenplay (James Ivory). Darkest Hour, based on the book Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink by Anthony…

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‘Red Sparrow’: Jennifer Lawrence’s New Film is in Theaters and the Final Book in the Trilogy is in Stores

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Red Sparrow (Scribner Books), the first book in Jason Matthews’ trilogy is a seductive tale of espionage and intrigue just ripe for Hollywood. Sparrow is a dark thriller about a Russian ballerina-turned-spy who infiltrates “Sparrow School,” a facility where students are taught to use sex as both a weapon and information-gathering technique. The book is a thrilling ride of suspense and emotion, it’s no wonder Hollywood actually did come knocking on Matthews’ door in 2013 with offers of turning his words into a cinematic masterpiece that book lovers and movie-goers, alike, will find engaging. Red Sparrow, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton, makes its theatrical debut today on the heels of some very mixed, but mostly favorable reviews across Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb and Washington…

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Just the Right Book Podcast: Marriage and the Art of Living Together

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We have heard these kind of stories a million times. I’m not understood. He doesn’t listen. She spends too much money. I think I married the wrong person. How could she betray me? Are these midlife crises? Are they fatal flaws or are they a rough patch? On this week’s episode we meet Daphne De Marneffe, the author of The Rough Patch: Marriage and the Art of Living Together. She takes us through some of the major stressors of marriage like money and sex, and offers tips for couples who might be going through rough patches or want to avoid them. Daphne is a licensed clinical psychologist offering psychotherapy to couples and individuals. She has a Bachelors degree from Harvard and…

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Today, I Cried: Why Writing About Gun Violence Will Never Be Enough

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The staff at BookTrib is deeply saddened by the tragedy in Florida. We extend our thoughts to the families and survivors.    “I caught a glimpse of this type of natural selection at work one December afternoon at Wilbur Cross High in New Haven. I was sitting in a second floor classroom talking to a social studies teacher. School was just letting out. A series of sharp pops erupted outside and we looked out the window and saw two cars parked at odd angles in the street. The boys inside the cars— at least three of them turned out to be Wilbur Cross students— were firing pistols at each other. Students were running diving behind hedges and snowbanks. One of…

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Sacred and Complex, Amy Bloom’s ‘White Houses’ Chronicles First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s Secret Affair

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One of the highlights of my year, thus far, was interviewing bestselling author, Amy Bloom about her new book, White Houses. Released in time for Valentine’s Day (February 13, Penguin Random House) with rave reviews from the likes of Joyce Carol Oates, White Houses is a love story about a complex affair steeped in our history between a First Lady and a woman— a journalist— that spanned more than three decades. Bloom’s novel is based on the real-life love affair between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena “Hick” Hickok. This story about to women in love is wrought with obvious challenges given the times— when same-sex relationships and extramarital affairs were taboo.  Add substantial class differences between the women and therein lies a story…

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VIDEO: 15 Minutes with Amy Bloom: New York Times Best Selling Author Talks with BookTrib About Her New Novel, ‘White Houses’

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Watch our new author video interview, “15 minutes with… Amy Bloom” now! Here, we talk about her new novel , White Houses, how a First Lady overcomes challenges from her past to find love, and the many letters that inspired her writing.   You don’t want to miss this interview brought to you by NetGalley, Meryl Moss Media and BookTrib.com. White Houses will be released February 13, 2018 by Penguin Random House. Read a preview of White Houses below:   ABOUT THE AUTHOR Author of two New York Times best sellers and three collections of short stories, a children’s book and a ground-breaking collection of essays. She’s been a nominee for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her…

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A Special Message to Readers of ‘Unmedicated’ and Fans of DailyOM from Bestselling Author, Madisyn Taylor

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Madisyn Taylor, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of DailyOM— the incredibly popular lifestyle and holistic wellness website— has thrilled readers with her latest book, Unmedicated: The Four Pillars of Natural Wellness.  Unmedicated is in its third printing and has already topped charts on Amazon, and and is the bestselling book people are talking about. As humble as she is wise, Taylor shared a special message on Facebook with her readers that we thought our readers at BookTrib would enjoy as well. “DailyOM readers are amazing! I made you a little thank you video!”- Madisyn Taylor Madisyn Taylor is is definitely one to watch!  Already successful in every outlet she channels for her creativity, we can predict that 2018 will be an epic year for…

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Kicking Off Black History Month with Vashti Harrison, Author of ‘Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History’

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To kick off Black History Month, we are sharing a Q&A with Vashti Harrison, author of The New York Times Bestseller, Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History.  The book debuted at number three and was one of the most anticipated books of 2018 with a number of well know celebrities and dignitaries, like Chelsea Clinton, sharing their love for the book and its author on social media. This week, it was announced that Vashti Harrison will be illustrating the book series, Hair Love, written by filmmaker and former NFL player Matthew A. Cherry. The UK version of Harrison’s Little Leaders will be released next month featuring some new additions, including Claudia Jones, Anna Julia Cooper, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. In addition…

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Writer’s Bone Podcast: Sam Quinones’ ‘True Tale of an American Epidemic’ in ‘Dreamland’

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Author and journalist Sam Quinones talks to Daniel Ford about what led him to journalism, his research and writing process for Dreamland, and his experience testifying in front of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee about the opioid crisis in the United States.   Read a preview of Dreamland below:   To learn more Sam Quinones, visit his official website, like his Facebook page, or follow him on Twitter @samquinones7.       Sign up NOW for exclusive BookTrib news, interviews and giveaways!

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A ‘Gift’ for Everyone Who Loves Records and Will Enter Our Writing Contest (or Just Thinking About It)

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BookTrib’s first writing contest is drawing to a close. There are only five more days to send in your entries. We’ve gotten a lot of great responses and I am looking forward to reading many more. When I was a professor, I always told my students that I would never assign them something I would never do.  I think the same should apply here with this contest. here is my memory that was triggered by a book. It has been abridged to fit within the criteria of this contest.  Hopefully, it will help those of you who are still struggling to get through those last few words or, if you haven’t done so already, motivate you to send in your…

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Suspense, Romance, Cooking and More: The Best New Releases of the Week

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January is coming to a end, but that only means the new releases are picking up. To keep you company for the rest of the month, we have a list of the very best new releases from this week. Danielle Steel’s new book is out, and for all of us who may swear just a bit too much, Emma Byrne reveals the science of why it may actually be good for you! From the latest literary fiction and the best new cookbooks, to the best romance and suspense, here is the list of new releases from this week: 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote to Chaos, Jordan B. Peterson Fall from Grace, Danielle Steel Swearing is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad…

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Strength of a Man: Author Steve Berry Talks about the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Today, we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Later this year, we will be marking the 50th anniversary of his assassination.  Bestselling author Steve Berry has a forthcoming book, The Bishop’s Pawn, a historical novel that looks at the assassination of Martin Luther King in a whole new light and begs the question of why the civil rights icon was assassinated.  To commemorate King Day and learn a little more about what Berry has in store for us in his new novel, we spoke with the author whose insight and understanding pointed to the one thing that is important to remember on this day: the strength and endurance of a man. BookTrib: Your novel focuses…

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Jon’s Picks: ‘Proud Mary’ and the Strongest, Kick Ass Women in Film and Pop Culture

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Today, Proud Mary, starring Taraji P. Henson (Empire, Hidden Figures) opens in theaters across America.  Henson plays an assassin for the Boston mafia ordered to kill the parents of a young boy. This latest assignment prompts Mary to want to protect him instead and leave the belly of the underworld as well as her past misdeeds behind; however, the mob bosses have other ideas and put a hit out on Mary.  There are few reviews for this film thus far as Screen Gems, whose parent company is Sony Pictures, opted to not do a pre-screening for the press, but according to the Chicago Tribune, “Taraji P. Henson [is] leading the charge of strong women in 2018 with Proud Mary.” We agree!…

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Our ‘Favorite Thing’ About Oprah: Her Love of Books!

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On Sunday night at the Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey became the first black woman to accept the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. Her speech not only brought the entire room to their feet, but it was also one of solidarity, giving validation and hope to those who’ve tried to speak and were shut down. While most of the press is talking about a potential Oprah 2020 presidential campaign, here at BookTrib we are talking about the woman and her love of literature! The Original Oprah’s Book Club launched in 1996, and ran for 15 years, ending in 2011— right before the final episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show and the launch of Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, the digital…

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‘A Race to Judgement:’ A BookTrib Q&A with U.S. District Judge-turned Author, Frederic Block

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Federal Judge Frederic Block is known for presiding over some of the most famous cases in U.S. history like the Crown Heights Riots case, the trial of mafia kingpin Peter Gotti, and most recently the 5Pointz trial. With over 23 years on the bench in Brooklyn, Judge Block has seen it all. Outside of the courtroom, however, the Judge spends much of his time sitting on another bench: the piano bench! The Judge co-wrote music and lyrics for the off-Broadway musical Professionally Speaking. In addition to writing off-Broadway musicals and legal briefs, The Judge is also an author whose first book, Disrobed: An Inside Look at the Life and Work of a Federal Trial Judge, was a bestseller. At 83-years old, Judge Block is still working, still presiding and showing no signs…

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Best of BookTrib 2017: VMA Week: Photographer Afshin Shahidi Gives BookTrib a ‘Private View’ of Icons Prince, Beyonce in an Exclusive Interview

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Today we take a look at previous BookTrib posts that engaged hundreds to thousands of readers this past year. We’re taking a look back at some of your favorite posts before we kick off the new year! One of my favorite pictures of Prince is the cover photo of Afshin Shahidi’s forthcoming book, Prince: A Private View. One of the reasons I am so enamored of this picture is due to the striking contrast of black and white in Prince’s clothing against the simplistic set— what appears to be a plain hallway. What is even more endearing to me as a 30+ year fan is that Prince, who was of a smaller stature, even in the most ordinary of spaces…

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