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“Don’t Hide The Madness” Exposes Beat Movement

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I’ve never been a big fan of the Beat poets, preferring the opinion of the fictional “Gillmore Girls” character Paris Geller holding that “The Beats’ writing was completely self-indulgent. I have one word for Jack Kerouac—edit.” But I decided to give the new nonfiction book of transcripts by William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg a try. Don’t Hide The Madness: William S. Burroughs in Conversation with Allen Ginsberg (Three Rooms Press), edited by Steven Taylor, is a collection of real transcripts recorded on different tapes. It catalogs three days’ worth of conversation covering topics from what makes cats so great to the inner workings of the writing process to the pros of psychedelic drugs on creativity. These transcripts were copied without…

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How Oxenberg Saved Her Daughter from Cult Clutches

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Sometimes a book is ripped from the headlines. Sometimes it’s the other way around. Captive (Gallery Books), a blow-by-blow account of actress Catherine Oxenberg’s determination to save her daughter and bring down the Nxivm sex cult, reads like fiction. But you can’t make a story like this up. Oxenberg says Nxivm brainwashed her daughter, India, and turned her into someone ready to recruit sex slaves into a secret society that branded members with the initials of the group’s founder, Keith Raniere. Raniere is now in prison, and several of his high-ranking Nxivm leaders have been arrested, including Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman, whose millions allegedly financed retaliatory legal action against anyone who fell out of Nxivm favor. Charges include racketeering, sex trafficking, forced…

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Sorting Through Fiction and Non-Fiction Narratives

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At Delphinium, we often ponder the difference between fiction and non-fiction narrative, and it seems more and more that these two literary distinctions are being blurred. Even though the memoir genre is still thriving, it’s now generally understood that memoirs are embellished, truth laced with invention; and yet it’s also true that many memoirs could not be successfully published as novels. With a memoir, it’s the very idea—or in some cases, the illusion—of confession that makes a book saleable. The premise is that a memoir will attract a reader who can believe they have gone through an experience similar to the one they read about. For this reason, memoirists—and their publishers—may be reluctant to divulge whatever is actually invented. Could…

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Sex, Voyeurism, A Legendary Journalist And The Thin Line Between Fact And Fantasy

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Ever go to a hotel and wonder if anyone is watching you? Voyeur, a documentary shown this weekend at the Hamptons Film Festival about well-known journalist Gay Talese and motel owner Gerald Foos, the voyeur who chose him to write his story. It started more than thirty years earlier when Foos wrote a letter to Talese. Foos owned a small motel in Aurora Colorado that he turned into a laboratory designed specifically to spy on his clientele. In April, 2016 a controversial excerpt from Talese’s upcoming book The Voyeur’s Motel was published  in The New Yorker. Just before the book’s release, The Washington Post ran a story stating the book had factual inconsistencies threatening to destroy the story Talese was working on…

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Historic Wonder and What-if’s Bring James Mauro’s ‘Twilight’ to Life

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I’m not a big fan of non-fiction… but with all those topics to choose from, surely I could find something I wanted to read about. I got the book at the library down the street. I needed to read Twilight at the World of Tomorrow because Mauro is a friend of mine. I was a little nervous because I didn’t know what I was going to say if I didn’t like it. I couldn’t imagine Jim writing anything mediocre – he was, after all, once an editor of the now defunct but iconic SPY magazine in Manhattan – but what if? The “what-if” went away pretty quickly- by the time I finished reading the author’s note at the beginning of the…

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Get FREE Books, and More! See What This Week’s Authors Have to Say

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Dear Reader, See what this week’s authors have to say! In each AuthorBuzz note you’ll receive invitations to join contests, get free books, bookplates or bookmarks, read personal stories, and more. Dear Reader, How would you view the world, and yourself, if you knew that inside you were hidden all the secrets of the universe, including proof of how we got here and where we’re headed?  This question prompted me to write THE SOUL OF THE MATTER. Little did I know just how much insight DNA and physics would provide into these questions. Wrapped in an exciting thriller, I try to provide equally interesting answers. I’m giving away five books – enter to win a copy at [email protected]! Sincerely, Bruce Buff http://brucebuff.com/about/…

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Get Your Free Books! See What This Week’s Authors Have to Say

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Dear Reader, See what this week’s authors have to say! In each AuthorBuzz note you’ll receive invitations to join contests, get free books, bookplates or bookmarks, read personal stories, and more. Dear Reader By 1970, racial tension was at a breaking point in the small Southern town of Gallatin, Tennessee. But the town was also on the verge of something incredible. This is the true story of a friendship between two high school basketball players, one black and one white, and the once-in-a-lifetime championship game that deeply impacted their town and offers hope and inspiration for our times. I’m giving away five books. Write to me at [email protected] to win! http://www.morethanrivals-thebook.com Dear Reader, Like your hot motorcycle bad boys with some magic…

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Dear Reader, See what this week’s authors have to say! In each AuthorBuzz note you’ll receive invitations to join contests, get free books, bookplates or bookmarks, read personal stories, and more. Dear Reader, I was honored when Liliana Hart asked me to write a novella set in the world of her MacKenzie Family. DESIRE & ICE blends forbidden erotic romance with gunfire and car chases and one helluva blizzard. It was incredibly fun to write and I hope it’s just as fun to read, possibly in a single sitting. And if you find yourself falling for young Deputy Danny Patterson, he makes an appearance in DANCE OF DESIRE. Please write to [email protected] to win one of five copies. http://www.1001darknights.com/books/mackenzie-family/ Dear Reader, Have…

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Dear Reader, See what this week’s authors have to say! In each AuthorBuzz note you’ll receive invitations to join contests, get free books, bookplates or bookmarks, read personal stories, and more. Dear Reader I love the variations of our country in general, but I admit to a special love for New Orleans and the surrounding countryside. A few years back, I took a bayou trip similar to the one to be found in Blood on the Bayou. I loved it! All the wonderful stories, and the eeriness of the bayou by night. Come with me on this ride, if you will—and if you get a chance, you must go yourself! Visit NOLA—unique, historical, and wonderful! Please write to [email protected] to win one…

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Comment for a chance to win one of this week’s brand spanking new titles. Original Fake by Kirstin Cronn-Mills In this Banksy-inspired illustrated novel, an escalating sibling rivalry train wrecks and vengeance is a street-art act of war Introvert Frankie Neumann hates his life, and understandably so. He’s got a weird, tutu-wearing sister, Lou, and even weirder parents, Bridget and Brett—Frank Sinatra and Dr. Frank-N-Furter impersonators, respectively. And, he’s just the guy who makes pizza at Pizza Vendetta. Though he has secret artistic aspirations of his own, his over-the-top family makes him want to stay in the background. But Frankie’s life is about to change—becoming way more interesting, even a little dangerous, but definitely cool. After his shift at the…

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See what AuthorBuzz authors have to say! Get free books, and more

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Dear Reader, See what this week’s authors have to say! In each AuthorBuzz note you’ll receive invitations to join contests, get free books, bookplates or bookmarks, read personal stories, and more. Dear Reader, There’s something intriguing about my home, the beautiful country of Scotland. It’s also the setting of my new trilogy, The Secret of the Shetlands. In it, past and present collide in the tale of a contested inheritance. For a chance to win one of five copies, email my publicist at [email protected] with the subject line: “AuthorBuzz Contest.” Michael Phillips http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/the-inheritance/377331 Dear Reader, One snowy New England night, a young woman volunteering at a 1-800 helpline receives a panicked call from a boy who claims his house has been broken…

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What’s Hot Right Now? See What This Week’s Authors Have to Say!

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Dear Reader, See what this week’s authors have to say! In each AuthorBuzz note you’ll receive invitations to join contests, get free books, bookplates or bookmarks, read personal stories, and more. Dear Reader, I so hope you’re enjoying RISING STORM!  When Julie Kenner called me and explained they were creating a soap opera in novella form and invited me to take part, it sounded so intriguing!  I wrote episode six, so I was fortunate enough to be able to read the first five episodes first, and I was hooked from the very beginning.  It has scandal, sex, romance, hope, rumors…and you can’t help but get lost in the entire world.  Get ready—even the storm has secrets! XO, Rebecca Please write to [email protected]

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Video: Missed It? Live Interview with Greg O’Brien and On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s

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This is a book about living with Alzheimer’s, not dying with it. It is a book about hope, faith, and humor—a prescription far more powerful than the conventional medication available today to fight this disease. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.—and the only one of these diseases on the rise. More than 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia; about 35 million people worldwide. Greg O’Brien, an award-winning investigative reporter, has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s and is one of those faceless numbers. Acting on long-term memory and skill coupled with well-developed journalistic grit, O’Brien decided to tackle the disease and his imminent decline by writing frankly about the journey.…

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