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10 Inventive Ways to Organize Books and Add Shelf Zest

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At BookTrib, one of our favorite pastimes is jazzing up our shelves and organizing books. If your bookshelf is starting to collect dust or your home library is simply overflowing with books, it may be time to reorganize. Reorganizing your book collection can seem daunting, depending on its size, but it’s simple if you find the organization style that works best for you! Consider the size and height of your books, how you want your collection to look visually and the reason for your reorganization. Whether it’s simply to declutter or to redecorate your home, consider one of these 10 organization styles recommended by Wayfair to find the method that’s perfect for you. You’ll have no problem finding your favorite…

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Amazon No. 1 New Release ‘The Cooking Gene’ Talks Food Traditions in the Old South

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Like the author himself, The Cooking Gene (Amistad, August 1, 2017) by Michael W. Twitty defies easy categorization. Not quite a memoir, nor historical nonfiction, nor a cookbook, it combines elements of all three to take us on a historical journey that shows how African foodways formed and informed the American diet and how the history of a people can be writ large in the food they ate. When Twitty approached publishers about his work as a culinary historian investigating the African-American roots of Southern cuisine, he was told that his identity was too complex and his work didn’t fit neatly into any one genre. But his unique, intersectional perspective as an African-American gay Jew brings insight to every facet of…

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Genre-Redefining True Crime Author Ann Rule Passes Away

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“Three percent of all males are deemed to be antisocial and without conscience, while only one percent of females seem to lack compassion for others. But the icy manipulations of that one percent are utterly fascinating. No one can be crueler than a woman without a conscience.” – Ann Rule, Empty Promises and Other True Cases. Ann Rule, a seminal author who redefined the true crime genre, passed away at Highline Medical Center in Washington on Sunday at the age of 83. She is survived by her five children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ann Rule first rose to fame in the true crime genre following an astronomical coincidence. It was the mid-1970s and Ann had been writing various true crime articles…

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A quick guide to a kick-ass book club

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Book clubs have a bad reputation among people who like to read, mocked for being a nice excuse to sit with your friends and drink wine, but certainly not an opportunity to talk about books with fellow bibliophiles. At least, this is what I thought before I joined one. I couldn’t have been more wrong, and now, more than four years later, my book club meetings are my favorite monthly activity. Much of this, I’ll admit, has to do with the lovely women in my club who—I’m sorry—I can’t share with you. Beyond that, though, there are some factors that have contributed to my club’s success as a genuine space to talk about great books. Here are a few tips.…

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