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Rachel Fogle De Souza has 112 articles published.

Rachel Fogle De Souza
Rachel Fogle De Souza was born and raised in Connecticut, and traveled extensively throughout Europe, parts of Asia, and the United States, before attending college at the University of California, Davis, where she received a B.A. in Comparative Literature, with a double minor in Women, Gender and Sexualities studies, and Middle Eastern/South Asian studies. When she's not writing, she's reading, boxing, or thinking about traveling.

Memoirs Take Center Stage in This Week’s List of New Releases

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Memoirs take center stage in this weeks list of new releases. Garth Brooks documents the first five years of his career in the; Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman shares her journey from the gym to Olympic gold; and Rachel Jeffs’ riveting escape from her abusive father and the fundamentalist Mormon church she was raised in.   The Anthology Part 1 – Limited Edition, Garth Brooks This limited edition book covers the beginning years of Garth Brooks’ work. The project is definitely a project of love, and includes never-before-seen photos, documents the evolution of his music, and the firsts: that first time being recorded, the first time hearing himself on the radio, and the first time topping at #1 in the charts.…

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Barnes & Noble Kitchen: Bookseller’s Perfect Pairing of Books and Food is Our New Favorite Thing

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What goes better with a good book than food (other than a little wine)? Barnes & Noble Kitchen is answering the call of the new wave literati and pairing its bookstores with a variety of food choices for book-loving foodies in four major U.S. cities. This week, the retail chain opened up the fourth Barnes & Noble Kitchen in Plano, Texas. – Like its predecessors, this one comes with a full-service bar, and restaurant serving American cuisine like grilled salmon, salads and hamburgers. Unlike the Starbucks Café in traditional Barnes & Noble’s bookstores, the ‘Kitchens’ are fairly upscale and serve a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. In an interview with Dallas News, Chef Robbie Nowlin said they’re working to expand…

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Rose McGowan to Release ‘Brave’ New Book on Harvey Weinstein and Sexual Harassment in Hollywood

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Rose McGowan has been very vocal in addressing sexual harassment in Hollywood, and specifically, against Harvey Weinstein, whom she says assaulted her in a hotel room in 1997. The two reached a settlement of $100,000, but that hasn’t stopped McGowan for speaking out in support of Weinstein’s other accusers. Since the news about Weinstein’s conduct, McGowan has been naming names: calling out people who knew and said nothing as well as those known to harass, including Ben Affleck. In one case where social media is used for good, McGowan has repeatedly tweeted about Weinstein’s history as a sexual predator. Her Twitter account was suspended for 12 hours after she posted information that violated the site’s community standards. Backlash was swift with…

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ICYMI: ‘A Place of Hope’: Eric L. Motley on His Life in the Historic Madison Park Community

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The Madison Park community in Montgomery, Alabama, has one of the most interesting and important histories in the country. Founded in 1880 by fourteen former slaves, they established a school, a church, and ultimately, a philosophy of community that has lasted for generations. One such person to be raised there was Eric L. Motley, the youngest appointee in the White House under the Bush Administration, where, immediately after obtaining his Ph.D from the University of St. Andrews, he became of the Deputy Associate Director, Office of Presidential Personnel, at the age of 27. Since that first appointment, Motley has held positions such as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush; Director of the Office of International Visitors in the Bureau of Educational and…

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Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s New Memoir is Comfort Food for the Literary Soul

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Not many people have lead a life like that of Nobu Matsuhisa. Born in Saitama, Japan, he and his brother were raised solely by their mother, their father dying in a traffic accident when Matsuhisa was just seven years old. After graduating high school, he worked at a restaurant for seven years, in Tokyo, before moving to Peru at the age of 24, at the urging of a regular customer-turned-sponsor, to open a Japanese restaurant. What followed has created history: unable to find the Japanese ingredients he has used for so long, Nobu was forced to improvise, using local Peruvian ingredients to create Japanese dishes, which would ultimately become Nobu’s signature flare. With more than a dozen restaurants open under his…

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True Blood’s Sookie Stackhouse Returns in Collection of Short Stories

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If you thought that the Sookie Stackhouse series was done and over, think again! Charlaine Harris, author of The Southern Vampire Mysteries Series aka The Sookie Stackhouse Series aka The True Blood Novels, has released several short stories that take place in the True Blood universe; now, for the first time, she’s releasing the complete collection of short stories. Because the short stories are often extensions of scenes in the original books, she’s not only giving fans an opportunity to revisit their favorite characters, but also their favorite moments. The Southern Vampire Mysteries takes place in Bon Temps, Louisiana. Vampires have just recently “come out of the coffin,” and are able to live off of (though not particularly enjoy) the synthetic blood ‘True…

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‘Ex Libris’: Award-Winning Film Takes a Fresh Look at the New York Public Library

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As the world is swept into the digital age, the library, too, is swept along with it. From award-winning filmmaker Frederick Wiseman, his new documentary Ex Libris: The New York Public Library examines how the famous library, and its ninety-two branches, are facing the era of all-things technological. Gone are the days of the obligatory shots of the overcrowded bookshelves, the reading tables in the middle of the room, and the librarians at the front desk observing the patrons with suspicion. While the subject of Ex Libris may be The New York Public Library, there are rarely any books to be seen. Patrons line up at the front desk, but instead of checking out books, they’re handed a tablet streaming device by the…

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*New Releases*: New York Magazine Turns 50, Joan Didion Gets a Second Look and ‘Girl Logic’ Rules!

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In addition to a host of political books released on election day,  we’re celebrating the release of a new book on the 50th anniversary of the New York Magazine with one of the most culturally-relevant coffee tables books, as well as comedian Iliza Shlesinger’s first book, Girl Logic (watch out for giveaways starting this Thursday!). Of course, we would be remiss to not mention the re-publication of Joan Didion’s non-fiction essays, a stunning collection full of everything we love about her writing. From non-fiction essays, some classic suspense novels, a famous vlogger taking on mental health with brutal honesty, and comedians taking on “a man’s world” with intelligence, grace, and hilarity, here are eight of the best new releases for the week. Highbrow, Lowbrow,…

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Colin Kaepernick Signs $1 Million Deal with Random House Imprint

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Football players have been making headlines about their behaviors off the field for years, but last year, ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines for very different reasons.  In order to bring attention to the oppression of people of color, Kaepernick decided he would kneel and continue to kneel during the playing of the national anthem until the words in the song rang true for everyone. His actions yielded a very different responses from the public and from those in the public eye. We saw everything from #veteransforkaepernick trending, and a well-known former NYPD officer declaring his support of Kaepernick; while others have posted videos of themselves burning Kaepernick’s jersey and threats to boycott the NFL if Kaepernick was…

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10 Thriller Classics Perfect for a November Night

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This month a host of new thrillers will hit the big screen in time for the day-after-Thanksgiving movie going crowd. A few of these, including Roman J. Israel, Esq., starring Denzel Washington, are sure to become classics we will want to revisit over and over again. Until, these films are in theaters (some starting tomorrow), we thought we’d share some our favorite thriller classics that are perfect to watch on a cold, rainy November evening. The Shining Who could ever forget Jack Nicholson in The Shining? The film is heralded as one of the greatest movies ever made, with the famous “Here’s Johnny!” scene down in history as one of the most famous movie scenes of all time. The film was based…

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Jane the Virgin’s Book ‘Snow Falling’ is Coming to a Bookshelf Near You

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Fans of Jane the Virgin, rejoice! Those of us who have been watching Jane the Virgin (and if you’re not, you really should be), we’ve loved Jane (played to perfection by Gina Rodriguez, who won a Golden Globe for the role in 2015)  from the first episode. Smart, funny, and beautiful, we’ve loved watching the twists and turns, the birth of her son Mateo, and her relationships with her family and friends. But the one thing that Jane Villanueva has wanted to be, more than anything in the world, is a published author. Last season, Jane got her wish – she received a publishing offer for her book Snow Falling, the fictionalized version of her relationships, especially with Michael. While we were all excited…

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From Kennedys to (Rat) Kings: 7 New Releases with a Twist

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This week’s list of new releases is one of the most diverse book suggestions we’ve given so far— full of bold writing and interesting topics.  Some of these are new to print and others are re-issues, re-tellings and new translations. MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews returns with a new book on Bobby Kennedy; Wicked author Gregory Macguire invites readers to explore another twist on an old tale; Kate White’s beloved Bailey Weggins reappears; and the first novel from Madagascar has been translated into English. Grab a handful of Halloween candy and treat yourself to one of these new reads. Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit, Chris Matthews The Kennedys have been in the news recently, with the last of the files on…

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Disney Pixar’s ‘Coco,’ Not Just for Kids

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For the past few years, Disney has been turning our favorite classic stories into live-action films.  These revivals remind us that sometimes, kids movies aren’t just for kids. In theaters this holiday season is Disney Pixar’s Coco, a beautifully animated film that takes place in Mexico. Lucky for us, the companion book Coco: A Story about Music, Shoes, and Family, has been released for us, as well! Twelve-year old Miguel Rivera just wants to be a famous musician, like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz, the most famous musician and film star in Mexico’s history. But Miguel’s family has a generation-old ban on music, and tell him to focus on the shoe-making shop that family runs, instead. A desperate attempt to prove his musical…

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#TuesdayThoughts: The Meaning of Freedom

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The subjects of war, freedom and humanity have been trending on Twitter today. While our nation is one of the greatest democracies in the world, we still have a history with roots in the degradation and marginalization of others.  Despite this history, however, we also know what freedom looks like. Our #TuesdayThoughts are on the meaning of freedom with quotes from some of the greatest minds from around the globe. “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela “Freedom lies in being bold.” – Robert Frost “We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” –…

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‘You Must Change Your Life’: Award-winning Author Rachel Corbett on Rodin and Rilke

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Rachel Corbett has made an art of writing history. The author, art journalist and editor won the 2016 Marfield Prize for her book You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin. The book documents the relationship between Rilke and Rodin, the former a famous poet and novelist, the latter a French sculptor known for his works like The Thinker, and The Gates of Hell. The unlikely pair first met when Rilke traveled to Paris in 1902 to write a monograph on Rodin, and became friends instantaneously. After reading a French translation of Rilke’s book, Rodin even hired him as his secretary. The relationship between the two was one that has to be read about to be believed, and Rachel Corbett…

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#TGIM: Ten Good Reasons Why Mondays Rock

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No one likes Mondays, and honestly, we get it: Mondays are the first day after the weekend where you have to really be up early to go to work, or school. You just feel tired all day long, and no amount of coffee is ever going to wake you up. And yeah, typically, most good stuff in life doesn’t happen on a Monday. But that doesn’t mean that all Mondays are bad – it just means we have to look a little bit harder to see why Mondays rock. So, get ready to #TGIM, because while we get why you don’t like Mondays, we have ten excellent reason why you should. 1. Mondays are a brand new week! They’re the ultimate reset button. No…

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