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14 Famous Writers (and a Cat) Who Hate You   ›

“I don't hate people. I just feel better when they aren't around.” ― Charles Bukowski. Check out these majorly grouchy misanthropes!
by Riffle Memoir & Biography
15 books
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  • “I don't hate people. I just feel better when they aren't around.” ― Charles Bukowski

  • “Everyone looks retarded once you set your mind to it.” ― David Sedaris

  • "I don't have prejudice, I hate everyone equally." -- H. L. Mencken

  • “I believe that there is an equality to all humanity. We all suck.” “I'm tired of this back-slapping, isn't humanity neat bullshit. We're a virus with shoes.” ― Bill Hicks

  • "I think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability." --Oscar Wilde

Emotional Wellness  ›

These books provide awareness, acceptance and healthy expression of one's feelings: expression of emotions, stress management, positive attitude and outlook on life, assertiveness and healthy boundaries, intimacy, interdependence, and independence.
by Ashe Library Reads!
28 books
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  • This is the story of how one modest young woman’s life turned psychiatry on its head and radically changed the course of therapy, and our culture, as well. (Ashe)

  • Yoga Sparks offers 108 quick, practical, and accessible yoga exercises that you can practice anytime, anywhere—no matter how busy or stressful your schedule. In this book, you will learn how yoga in "bite-size" pieces can become a healthy habit that can relieve emotional stress, increase your physical strength and flexibility, and help you to lead a happier, healthier life. (NC Cardinal)

  • Rosenthal shows that true innovation, emotional resilience, wisdom, and dignity can only come from confronting and understanding the adversity we have experienced. Even when life is hardest, there are meanings to be found, riches to be harvested, and gifts that can last a lifetime. (NC Cardinal)

  • "Sylvia" a highly intelligent young girl, became a schizophrenic in her late teens and spent most of the next seventeen years in and out of mental institutions. Susan Sheehan, a talented reporter, followed her for almost a year, talking with and observing her, listening to her monologues, sitting in on consultations with doctors, even for a period sleeping in the bed next to her in a mental hospital. (NC Cardinal)

  • This book describes why happiness is the precursor to greater success, and about what comes before both. Because before we can be happy or successful, we need to first develop the ability to see that positive change is possible. Only once we learn to see the world through a more positive lens can we summon all our motivation, emotion, and intelligence to achieve our personal and professional goals. (NC Cardinal)

AirGo Reading List  ›

Some texts discussed on AirGo
by AirGo Radio
41 books

For Fans of Fangirl: YA Novels To Read After Rainbow Rowell's  ›

If you read Fangirl and loved it as much as I did, you'll need some new YA novels to fill the void. Here are ten with similar elements. And don't forget to post about Fangirl with Tumblr's Reblog book club at
by Riffle YA
10 books

75 Notable Translations 2013  ›

The official list of the year's best translations from the editors at World Literature Today.
by World Literature Today
70 books

Lit That Turns Kids Into Life Long Readers  ›

All those books that make kids smile and ask for more: First readers and read aloud gems for ages 1-7.
by Murielle Cyr
63 books


Books for young adults and teens.
by Murielle Cyr
28 books

75 Notable Translations of 2014  ›

In our third annual list of “75 Notable Translations,” we again offer an admittedly incomplete collection of the year’s English translations. We hope you’ll both find some new to-reads and comment on those we’ve missed.
by World Literature Today
74 books

Miley Spare Us: 9 Child Stars Who Went Off the Deep End  ›

Wasn't he just adorable in that show as a little kid? Now he's a meth-head. Remember when she was so innocent and cute? Now she's twerking stoner Care Bears at the VMAs with no clothes on...
by Riffle Memoir & Biography
10 books
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  • Miley Cyrus: One of the newest additions to the ranks of wayward kid stars, Miley Cyrus was Disney-child Hanna Montana and straight-laced teen/pre-teen icon. After several photo scandals and admitting to drug and alcohol abuse, her hyper-sexualized 2013 VMA performance wasn't a massive surprise. Bill Maher Tweeted "Watching VMAs. Haven't been to a strip club in a while, good to see nothing's changed."

  • Lindsay Lohan: Since 2007, Lindsay's laundry list includes drug abuse, two DUIs, multiple stints in jail, pleading guilty to theft charges, violating probation, and battery while in rehab (to name a few). That's a long way from "The Parent Trap."

  • Amanda Bynes: Right up there in the press recently with Miley and Lindsay, the once Nikelodeon favorite was arrested in 2012 for hitting a police car while driving drunk, and then charged with two other cases of hit and run driving. In 2013 she was hospitalized after starting a fire in a stranger's doorway in California, dousing her pants and her Pomeranian dog with gasoline beforehand.

  • Jodie Sweetin: As innocent Stephanie Taylor, Jodie was just one of several troubled child stars to come out of "Full House" - that super-sweet family show from the 90s. After the series ended, she sank into ecstasy, meth, and cocaine addiction because she was "bored," appearing in "Pants Off Dance Off" and other unsuccessful TV shows. She's now a recovering user and a mom of two - full circle to a "full house!"

  • Drew Barrymore: After an adorable debut in "E.T.", Barrymore entered her first rehab center at age 13 for alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine abuse, and returned a year later following an attempted suicide. After posing nude for "Interview" magazine at 17, and "Playboy" at 19, she turned things around dramatically. She now runs her own production company and was one of "Charlie's Angels" (among other successful roles).

9 Everyday Phrases That Come From Poetry  ›

Chaucer was the original "Twitter" user, Shakespeare the first person with "swagger," and Homer's characters "bit the dust" before anyone Queen had in mind. Check out 9 words and phrases you use every day that come from poetry!
by Riffle Poetry
10 books
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  • "Fools rush in": It's a song, it's a saying, it's a Mathew Perry movie! But first it was Alexander Pope's final couplet in "An essay on Criticism" (1709), where "fools" are his literary critics: "Nay, fly to Altars; there they'll talk you dead; / For Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread."

  • "Bite the Dust": From The Illiad - "Grant that my sword may pierce the shirt of Hector about his heart, and that full many of his comrades may bite the dust as they fall dying round him." This is Samuel Butler’s 19th-century English translation of The Illiad, thus whether the phrase is more his or Homer's is up for debate.

  • "No man is an island": Metaphysical poet John Donne coined this one in "Meditation XVII," a poem from Devotions upon Emergent Occasions (1624). It starts: "No man is an island entire of itself; every man / is a piece of the continent, a part of the main." It ends with another line you might know: "And therefore never send to know for whom / the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." That's a two-fer!

  • "Twitter": Thought you were all cool and contemporary, Tweeting away? Well Chaucer probably beat you there in 1380. He coined the term translating Boethius’ “De Consolatione Philosophiæ," in which a bird, waking in the morning, "twitters desiring the wood with her sweet voice."

  • "All that is gold does not glitter": No, it wasn't Led Zepplin. In this construction it's the title of a poem Tolkien wrote for The Lord of the Rings, which begins: "All that is gold does not glitter, / Not all those who wander are lost." An earlier construction comes from Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, which reads "All that glisters is not gold" - a small difference that changes the meaning drastically.