Teen Reviews: It

For most, this 1100 paged epic novel would intimidate people, but this book is all-around amazing. It is absolutely terrifying; it gave me nightmares for weeks. It took a while to finish, but even today, Pennywise the Dancing Clown still haunts my dreams. The only reason I didn’t give it five stars is because of […]

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New and fun ways to read noir

What is noir? It’s fiction loaded with amoral, nihilistic creeps on the run from the consequences of their morally bankrupt actions. At its best and most noir-y, it’s pretty hard to take. Here are some examples:             The thing about real noir fiction is, there are no happy endings, nobody […]

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How to manage stress the fun and easy way

What to do about stress? If you’re like me, you’ve tried junk food, negative thinking, staying up late to watch crap TV,  excessive nap-taking,  and criticizing strangers. None of it has worked. It got me thinking, “Could it be time for …gulp…self-help books?”   After the screaming and hyperventilating subsided, it occurred to me that while I […]

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June 19 -why Juneteenth is important

What is Juneteenth and why does it matter? It’s a little-known part of the history of emancipation from slavery, and part of the twisted, delayed, and elusive process of African-American freedom. There are other, more historically significant dates in emancipation history:  Sept. 22: the day Lincoln issued his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation Order in 1862 Jan. […]

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IQ by Joe Ide

If you read IQ, by Joe Ide, and are reminded of Sherlock Holmes, you’re not wrong. Ide grew up in South L.A. and devoured the Conan Doyle stories. His creation, Isaiah Quintabe, is a young black man almost destroyed by grief and rage when his older brother/surrogate parent Marcus is killed by a hit-and-run driver. […]

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Bilingual Latinx Board Books

If you love bilingual books, Latin American culture, and music then the books being published by Lil’ Libros will warm your heart. In an effort to promote early biliteracy and bilingualism, Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein founded Lil’ Libros in order to publish board books about topics that many Latinos would find familiar and non-Latinos […]

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My personal summer reading program

It’s June now, and some misguided busybody will probably tell you to get outside, be active, and soak in the summer rays. Please do not listen to them; you will only become sweaty and demoralized. To maximize comfort and optimize reading time, here are a few tips from The Laziest Woman in Town: Find a nice, […]

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Woodturning Class in Clifton

Want to learn a new hobby? You might not know it yet, but woodturning could be your new favorite thing to do! According to the American Association of Woodturners at www.woodturner.org: “Woodturning is the craft of using the wood lathe with hand-held tools to cut a shape that is symmetrical around an axis of rotation.  Like […]

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