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In ‘The New Old Me,’ Meredith Maran Proves 60 Can Be the New 20

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A great undiscovered jewel, and from what I infer, a book that deserves to get into every single book club in the nation, and beyond. My enthusiasm is perhaps excessive. There comes a time when a book appears and has valuable lessons to teach us. We learn something we never suspected existed. People, at 60, have a life as well, and they go through ups and downs and reinvention of self like the rest of us, and still have to learn lessons along the way. They can even display resilience and an appetite for life. It is pleasant surprise that a publisher would release a book that actually concerns our aging nation, where so much emphasis rests on the land…

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DIY MFA Radio Episode 110: The Unreliable Narrator and Multiple POV – Interview with Delia Ephron

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In this episode, show host Gabriela Pereira interviews Delia Ephron about her newest book Siracusa and crafting a multiple point of view novel. They dig into juicy topics like how to keep track of all the details when writing from multiple viewpoints, and how to know which details to share with readers (and which ones to withhold). They discuss how to get into the heads of the characters and bring these real, complicated people to life on the page. Ephron also shares an insider perspective of what it’s like to adapt stories when writing screenplays, as opposed to crafting her own new material. For more detailed show notes, visit DIYMFA.com/110.  

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Review: Elvis Costello’s Life as a Wordsmith Continues in Memoir

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There may be more famous rock performers, there may be bands that pack larger venues and whose albums outsell his, but for my money, the absolute pinnacle of cool in the world of modern music is Elvis Costello. Darkly humorous and slightly dangerous, simultaneously catchy and cerebral, his songs helped form the foundation of the punk movement in the 1970s. Through nearly four decades since then, his music spanned a broad variety of genres, from jazz to classical to soul to pop to country to orchestral. His work has won him multiple awards, landed him in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and placed him on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. And the…

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Missing Your Fave Police Dramas? Here’s 3 Books While You Wait

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Every once in a while, I just have to watch a good police show. You know what I mean — those procedural dramas where the personal lives of the characters take a backseat to the murder of the week. Sure, you might get hints at their love lives or pine for them to finally hook-up (or end up) with that one coworker, but for the most part these shows are all about the criminal element. I can’t wait for three of my favorites to come back on the air in September. Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Law & Order: SVU, and Castle. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is the brainchild of Andy Samberg, who plays the hilariously excitable cop Jake Peralta. It took me a little…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books That Take Us Out of This World

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This week’s Heat Index is all about getting out of this world. Not only are there sorcerers in different dimensions, but strap in for haunted ruins, wars and romance as we explore these five new releases that are sure to bring out the mystical side of every book lover. Sometimes all we really want is to escape from our every day lives and jump into a pool of illusion, even just for a short time. If nothing else, these reads will allow you to expand the mind and explore the many realms they have to offer. Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo (Henry Holt and Co., September 29) “Cracking page-turner with a multi ethnic band of misfits with differing sexual orientations who…

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