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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.

‘Life is Like a Box of Chocolates’: 7 Best Quotes from Tom Hanks Films

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Tom Hanks is one of the greatest actors of all time and now he can add author to his credit. His book, Uncommon Type: Some Stories, was released yesterday.  To celebrate this latest milestone in his career, we have compiled some of our favorite quotes from Hanks’ films. “Are you crying? There’s no crying in baseball!” A League of Their Own “Reach for the sky!” – Toy Story “Houston, we have a problem” – Apollo 13 “My mama always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’”   – Forrest Gump  “We are all God’s animated cartoons.”  Punchline “I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home. .. only to no…

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Trending: Google Doodle Celebrates Life & Legacy of Selena

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Selena Quintanilla was known as the Queen of Tejano music when her life was tragically cut short in 1995.  Murdered by a fan and one-time confidant, Selena, who died at age 23, is now revered as a legend and her fan base has grown exponentially in the 22 years since her death. Today, Google honored Selena with her own animated Google Doodle and exhibit on what is the anniversary of the release of her first solo album.  Released in 1989, Selena, is a Tejano classic.  Suzette Quintanilla, Selena’s sister, raved about the celebration saying, “Selena would be so excited. It’s such an honor.” The Doodle was designed by Perla Campos, Global Marketing Lead for Google Doodles who looked to Selena…

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Biloxi Blues: School District in Mississippi Bans ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

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This past weekend, the film Marshall opened in theaters starring Chadwick Boseman. Marshall chronicles one case in the early career of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.  The case, prior to the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case Marshall presented before the high court and won, saw him defending a black man (played by Emmy winner and breakout star of ‘This Is Us’, Sterling K. Brown) falsely accused of raping a white woman in Connecticut in 1940. Watching this little-known case in Marshall’s career play out on film, one cannot help but to recall how similar cases of false rape accusations of black men by white women have been portrayed in film (Rosewood comes to mind) and in literature. While rape…

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EXCLUSIVE: Video Interview with Bestselling Author Tess Gerritsen

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BookTrib/Meryl Moss Media “15 Minutes With…” Interview with Tess Gerritsen, author of I Know a Secret, book 12 in the Rizolli and Isles series. Gerritsen joined us for a live chat this week to discuss her new book and to share why readers are connecting with Jane Rizolli and Maura Isles. She also shared the inspiration for the series, the new book and hinted at the plot for her next novel.   Be a BookTrib Ambassador!  Sign up NOW for our weekly newsletter

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The Life of Pie: Linda Lomelino Scores a Hit with ‘Lomelino’s Pies’

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Who doesn’t love pie?   My nephew, that’s who! One of my mother’s favorite stories to tell about her grandchildren (and one we never let this particular one forget) is how he asked her if they could make a pie together. My mother really enjoys doing these things with her grandkids and they enjoy it just as much. So on this day, about 13 years ago, my mother set out to bake a pie with her first grandchild. The went to the store together and loaded up their cart with the freshest ingredients including the plumpest, juiciest blueberries, and vanilla ice cream from their favorite ice creamery.  They went home and made the pie from scratch— crust and all. My…

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‘The Woman Who Smashed Codes’: An Interview with Author Jason Fagone

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Journalist Jason Fagone has tapped into a little-known piece of history with his latest book, The Woman Who Smashed Codes.” Fagone’s book tells the story of Elizebeth Friedman, whose ability to crack codes in language and writings for the National Security Agency (NSA) during World War II made her an invaluable asset to the nation. Her husband, William had long been recognized by NSA as the “founder of the science of modern American cryptology,” but Elizebeth’s reputation as a master codebreaker is what bought them both the most notoriety. Taking place at a time in history where women’s contributions to STEM fields and other areas where the most intricate knowledge and skills must be applied, Elizebeth was often left out…

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Strength of a Woman: Katherine Nouri Hughes’ ‘The Mapmaker’s Daughter’ Sheds a New Light on History

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Katherine Nouri Hughes is Iraqi-Irish by birth. Graduating from Princeton University with a Masters Degree in Near Eastern Studies, Hughes has published two books on K-12 education.  Formerly a communications executive in the public and private sectors, Hughes  serves on the boards of the American University in Cairo, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and public television station, WNET/13. Hughes was married to former U.S. Attorney and Attorney General of New Jersey Robert Del Tufo, who passed away in 2016. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey  and remains an active force at her alma mater, Princeton University’s Near Eastern Studies department as a member of the advisory council. Hughes and has two daughters and two grandchildren. In her debut novel, The Mapmaker’s Daughter, Hughes…

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‘Like Slouch Socks and Fluorescent Reeboks’: Sipping Truth Tea with Bestselling Author Josh Sabarra

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“We go back like slouch socks and fluorescent Reeboks” is how I preface anything that I know will make my best friend facepalm. It is my way of reminding her that we have been friends for too long for her to be surprised by anything that comes out of my mouth. But, it’s not the what that is so meaningful, but the knowing that I can call her to talk about some of the serious issues of our time, and some of the silliest. She’s the one I can call to have an hour long conversation about how I detest candy corn and firmly believe that it is the Halloween candy people give you when they don’t like you. Whatever…

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An Exclusive ‘Affair’: My Interview with Bestselling Author Nelson DeMille

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The Cuban Affair, Nelson DeMille’s twentieth novel, has become an instant bestseller, topping the USA Today list upon its debut.  This is DeMille’s second novel to debut at No. 1, and is also a departure from books he’s written in the past, as readers are introduced to a new character.  Daniel “Mac” MacCormick is an Afghanistan veteran, returning from active duty and beginning the process of adjusting to civilian life. After serving two tours, Mac has sought out a more peaceful lifestyle in Key West, Florida. Now a charter boat captain of a 42 foot deep-sea fishing vessel, The Maine, Mac’s life consists of taking tourists and fisherman on excursions, until three strangers approach him with an offer he cannot…

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‘Empire’ is Back: Books to Celebrate the Return (and Reign) of Cookie Lyon

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Taraji P. Henson is one of my favorite actresses. I have been a huge fan since the 90s. She, for the most part, has been a film actress, spreading her magic in films like Baby Boy, Tyler Perry’s A Family That Preys, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and the critically acclaimed, multi-award winning Hidden Figures.  One of her best known roles was in the film Hustle & Flow, for which she won an Oscar along with Three 6 Mafia in the Best Original Song category.  In Hustle & Flow, Henson played her role of ‘Shug’ opposite Terrence Howard’ lead role of ‘D-Jay’.  Over the years, Henson and Howard have been paired together in numerous films and their chemistry on…

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‘This Is Us’: 5 Moving Books About the Love and Acceptance of Family

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Familial relationships are complicated and wrought with a unique cast of characters. Like a TV show, the American family is the sound stage of our lives and we are the actors. We live, we laugh and we love, never really knowing what will happen in the next episode. Last year, NBC brought us a wonderfully complex story about a family throughout various stages in their evolution and development. This Is Us has captivated American TV viewers unlike any show in recent years because of its honest portrayal of a family that is not perfect, but is perfectly guided by love. Actor Sterling K. Brown won an Emmy earlier this month for his stunning portrayal of Randall Pearson in the series. Tonight,…

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Author Steven Gaines Tickles the Funny Bone and Tells His Truth

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Steven Gaines is the bestselling author of Philistines at the Hedgerow: Passion and Property in the Hamptons, The Love You Make: An Insider’s Story of The Beatles, and many others. As a journalist Gaines has written for many publications, most notably Vanity Fair, New York Times and New York Magazine where he served as contributing editor for 12 years. A native New Yorker and graduate of NYU Film School, Gaines’s background in film is what helps him to be such a graphic storyteller to where readers are witnesses to the movie in his mind he then so eloquently puts on paper. In his memoir, One Of These Things First, Gaines looks back at childhood in 1960s Brooklyn with a humor…

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The Endurance of Howard Kaplan, Author of ‘The Damascus Cover’

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Last month, author Howard Kaplan wrote a BookTrib piece about the adaptation of his book, The Damascus Cover, 40 years after its initial release. The book, which had been out of print for decades was recently re-released and is enjoying a renewed success.  BookTrib had the opportunity to chat with Howard Kaplan and discuss the book’s endurance over the last 40 years, the journey to the big screen, what inspired him to write the story and how important reconciliation, the theme of his book, is to the world. BookTrib: The Damascus Cover is the result of a trip you took to Syria in 1971. What about that region made you want to capture it in novel form? HK: That’s exactly correct.…

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The Body Beautiful: Marjorie Goodson Turns Her Love of Dance into Art in ‘MG’

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Marjorie Goodson is the daughter of famed game show producer Mark Goodson (Family Feud, The Price is Right, Beat the Clock). She began at the prestigious School of American Ballet when she was only eight. This experience sparked an enduring love of ballet and dance that would sustain her for the rest of her life. Goodson has always loved using her body artistically. With her new book, Goodson hopes to inspire other women by letting them know they, too, can find their passion and confidence at any age. BookTrib recently spoke with Marjorie about her book, MG, advice for empty nesters and, of course, her passion for dance. BookTrib: The book is beautiful. What made you decide to do this…

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And the Award Goes to…Us: It’s Emmys Week at BookTrib.com!

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The 69th Emmy Awards will air on September 17th and we are so excited to see all our favorites on the red carpet! To celebrate the Emmys, BookTrib.com will feature a piece each day with an Emmy spin. Today’s feature is about classic books that were turned into award winning movies. Later this week we will have pieces on books that will give you ideas and tips on how to throw an epic Emmy night party and on Emmy firsts.  All of this will lead up to an exclusive BookTrib interview on Friday with dancer and author Marjorie Goodson, whose father Mark Goodson won the Emmy’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Daytime Television in 1990.  Marjorie’s book MG features 153 images that demonstrate…

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Go Half-Crazy Over Whole Foods: New Prices, New Books

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Something amazing happened yesterday for those of us who try to eat healthier, but stumble at the price of the -better-for-us foods: internet giant Amazon.com, Inc.— who bought the Whole Foods Market chain— dropped the retailer’s prices by 43 percent. The store, where once the cost of a banana was about the same price as the cost of a gallon of gasoline, now has prices that rival other grocery store chains on some, not all, food items. Over time, Amazon intends to have the prices in Whole Foods Markets as competitive as other brick and mortar change, but to continue serving up the same quality and socially conscious foods the store is known for. Now that Whole Foods had become…

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