Book Review: “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot

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| Reviewed by Patricia Furnish | Journalist Rebecca Skloot has written a book that continues to follow me around. It’s a bit unsettling. But the story is just that. Her book serves as a testimony to the power of her …

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Poetry: The Great Kisser

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| By Janis Gingermountain | Forgotten at Forgotten Animal Shelter I had a way to make you not forget. Six-foot standing high jumps are my gig. I like it up there in thin air.

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A Manifesto on Making Some Room

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| By Angie Mattson Stegall | In June of 2013, my husband Nelson and I spent sixteen days rafting 225 miles of the Colorado River through Grand Canyon. Having never done a trip like that before, I wasn’t really sure …

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Book Review: “Over the Plain Houses” by Julia Franks

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The first sentence of Over the Plain Houses – It was the week before Easter when the lady agent first showed up to church – ultimately proves to be more than an introduction. Virginia Furman, extension agent in Eakin, North …

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Journey Out Journey In: How A Trip To Burnsville Leads To More Adventures

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| By Britt Kaufmann | Every September people travel to the little town of Burnsville, North Carolina for a peculiar kind of adventure – one that may ultimately take them no farther than their couch yet catapult them into another …

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Three Choices for Great Summer Reads

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| By Melanie McNair | Many of us look forward to the uninterrupted reading that can happen only when we are away from our daily routine, stretched out on a beach towel under the summer sun. I’ve chosen three radically …

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Stonewall Anniversary Month Book Reviews and Recommendations

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| By Melanie McNair | To celebrate the 47th anniversary of the riots that sparked the LGBTQ civil rights movement, I offer you reviews of three generations of lesbian novels and two recommendations for new books by gay writers.

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Poetry: “I Should Have Read Poetry to Him”

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| By Julia Nunnally Duncan | I should have read poetry to him those summer evenings when we sat on the front porch of Autumn Care, our visit filled with silence

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Poetry: A Mother’s Night

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| By Diana DeFerrari |   A mother’s night is not her own. Whether her child is fully grown, or a glint in her father’s eye.

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Book Review: “Borning In and Borning Out” by Marnie Muller

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Have you ever wondered how birth and death are aspects of our greater Life process? A wonderful book has just been published called Borning In and Borning Out by Marnie Muller, MLA.

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Book Review: “Cotton in Augusta,” “Joy in the Morning” and “From Myra to Laura” A Trilogy by Shirley Proctor Twiss

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Through Myra Stuart MacTavish’s long and energetic life, Twiss’s trilogy explores women’s economic and social conditions in the decades spanning 1909 to the mid-1970s. As Myra progresses from the daughter of a sharecropper in Georgia to the wife of a …

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Why I Visited All The National Parks Of The South

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| By Danny Bernstein | I grew up in Brooklyn. You know that one tree that grows in Brooklyn? I didn’t even live close to that tree. My husband, Lenny, grew up on Miami Beach, which at the time was …

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Book Review: Three Books to Better Understand Diversity

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| By Melanie McNair | I normally only review books written by women for this magazine, but I could not resist making an exception this month. With the recent passing of the HB2 bill in North Carolina, I want to …

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Eighth Annual Blue Ridge Bookfest

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The Eighth Annual Blue Ridge Bookfest takes place on Friday, April 22, 2016 and Saturday, April 23, 2016.

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