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The Elegance and Beauty of a Struggling Family

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In her heartfelt and elegantly written debut of a beautiful, struggling family, it’s clear that Fatima Farheen Mirza is a gifted writer. She is more than able to make you feel every character’s emotions, while offering compassion for different views, gradually revealing different aspects of each story to create a multilayered tapestry. A Place For Us begins at Hadia’s wedding in California, where the family gathers to celebrate a marriage based on love, rather than one that was arranged. Huda, the middle child, is determined to be like her sister more and more, headstrong and bold. Lastly, Amar, Hadia’s younger brother who ran away three years earlier, has returned for the celebration, taking his place as the brother of the bride.…

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You Can’t Reboot a Book: The Beauty in Reading to Your Children

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It’s interactive, it will transport you from one time and world into the next, but most importantly, it builds lasting relationships. Today, getting children to focus is a challenge—there’s media everywhere. Lights, sounds, internet games; that’s enough to distract anybody, let alone a child who’s in the developing stages of life. We all know that children are sponges, but what is it that they are absorbing? Be it a cell phone, gaming console, or computer, the synergy is between the child and the machine. What is it that they are learning? Is this machine an extension of them? There are plenty of scifi novels and movies that tell us where that might get us. When you read a book to…

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Co-Executive Producer Greg Meng Talks Creating Days of Our Lives 50th Anniversary Book

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Soap operas have been a part of my daily routine since I was 15. They’ve shaped the beginning of my career as an editor, as I landed my first job at Soap Opera Digest and have been a huge part of my life. And I still continue to watch all four that remain on ABC, NBC and CBS. Soap operas are some of the longest-running TV shows that still air today and most recently, NBC’s Days of Our Lives joined the “50 and Over” club when it celebrated its 50th anniversary on November 8. In honor of the celebration, DAYS’ Co-Executive Producer Greg Meng published Days of Our Lives 50 Years (Sourcebooks, October 2015), a photo book of memories detailing…

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