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Lemony Snicket Author Daniel Handler Gets “Dirty”

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If you have read the Series of Unfortunate Events series, then you are probably familiar with Daniel Handler, as he wrote the thirteen-book series under his pen name, Lemony Snicket. The San Francisco native took time away to come talk to Roxanne Coady on this latest episode of Just the Right Book!, where they discuss his latest book, All the Dirty Parts. The story details the erotic impulses of a teenage boy stuck in the midst of many girls and a friend. Together, Roxanne and Daniel talk about any subjects including how to speak with your children about sexuality, pornography’s contribution to our culture, and how the book has stirred up controversy. Handler commented, “Publishing houses just felt like it was not something that…

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Books That Will Change Your Life from Our Friends at Just The Right Book!

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In many of Roxanne Coady’s podcasts, she has posed the question, “What is the book that changed your life?” Roxanne has found that, many of the names of the books that guests will offer, are poignant and personal in some way, and as she says, “inevitably they become a list of books that you are dying to read.” That’s why today, on a special edition of Just the Right Book Podcast, we offer you some favorite stories that have been collected over the past forty episodes! We have 25 new suggestions for you to take a look at if you are looking to start a new book over the Labor Day Weekend.     Books in this episode: The Broke…

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Lost love: the universal currency

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Your heart’s been broken before. Perhaps it happened many years ago, or perhaps it occurred more recently. Whenever the wound was inflicted, whoever was to blame, the experience was formative—like puberty, with which heartache often corresponds. Obviously, your ordeal was intensely personal; at the same time, you felt connected to a larger community. All those songs that suddenly gained a deeper significance; all that poetry that became (briefly) tolerable. Love lost is a universal currency: honored everywhere, despite your inclination to hoard it. Why We Broke Up, by Daniel Handler (art by Maira Kalman), is a fictional account of one such love lost. Specifically, Min (high school student, “interesting” girl) has dumped Ed (high school student, athlete and offhand homophobe),…

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