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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.

Remixing the Classics  ›

Young Adult Novels Inspired By Classic Literature
by Pittsburg High School Library
37 books
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  • Franny is working for her aunt, the resident costume designer at the summer theater program. When Harry, a notorious flirt, shows more than a friendly interest in her, she figures it can't hurt to have a little fun. But as their breezy romance grows more complicated, can Franny keep pretending that Harry is just a carefree fling? And why is Alex, her old crush, suddenly giving her those deep, meaningful looks?

  • Anna is tired of worrying about what other people think. After all, that was how she lost the only guy she ever really liked, Finn. Now, three years after she broke his heart, the one who got away is back in her life and he wants nothing to do with her. Even though they've both changed since they first met, deep down she knows he's the guy for her. Now if only she can get him to believe that, too...

  • Lizzie Bennet, who attends Longbourn on a scholarship, isn't interested in designer dresses and expensive shoes, but her best friend, Jane, might be - especially now that Charles Bingley is back from a semester in London. Lizzie is happy about her friend's burgeoning romance but less than impressed by Charles's friend, Will Darcy. Darcy doesn't seem to like Lizzie either, so why does she find herself drawn to him?

  • St. Joan’s Academy has become a media circus as students become ill and everyone fails to come up with an explanation. But only Colleen, who has been researching The Crucible, realizes that Danvers used to be called Salem Village and another group of girls was once at the epicenter of a similar episode a few centuries ago.

  • For Daphne, the glass is always half full. For Gabby, nothing ever works out positively. Her best friend, Mule, is the only one who has been there for her every step of the way. But when the richest boy in school befriends Gabby, and Daphne starts to hang out more and more with Mule, Gabby is forced to confront the emotional barriers she has put up to stop the hurting.

Intellectual Wellness  ›

These books assist with developing and utilizing knowledge: lifelong learning, creativity, critical thinking skills, educational goals, adaptation to change, dealing with intellectual differences, and response to injury or illness of the brain.
by Ashe Library Reads!
45 books
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  • On the morning of December 10, 1996, Taylor, a brain scientist, experienced a massive stroke. She observed her own mind completely deteriorate. Now she shares her unique perspective on the brain and its capacity for recovery. (Ashe)

  • Journalist Richard Cohen, examines his 25+ year battle with MS and the effects of this chronic illness on his life and his relationship with his wife, Meredith Vieira, and their three children. (Ashe)

  • A guide to treating and preventing autism describes how to spot early warning signs, presents a diet plan, discusses the use of supplements and alternative therapies, and offers studies that support this approach. (Ashe)

  • The first book to bring the silent epidemic of sports concussions out of the shadows, with dramatic true-life stories of victims---high school football players, college basketball stars, professional sports heroes---and the doctors and medical researchers who are unraveling the mysteries of concussions and crusading to prevent this devastating injury. (Ashe)

  • Thousands of people survive strokes each year. This practical guide explains the anatomy of the brain and provides accessible advice about stroke risk factors and recovery. (Ashe)

Goodreads Choice Awards 2014  ›

From Goodreads, the best young adult fiction of the year.
by Pittsburg High School Library
20 books
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  • A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth.

  • Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl.

  • Matthew Turner doesn’t have faith in anything. Not in family—his is a shambles after his younger brother was bullied into suicide. No matter what his girlfriend Hayden says about faith and forgiveness, there’s no way Matt’s letting go of blame. But when a horrific event plunges Matt into a dark, silent place, he hears a rumble…a rumble that wakes him up, calling everything he’s ever disbelieved into question.

  • Lilly Evans and Colton Neely were friends when they were younger. Years later, they meet again and Lilly learns that there is something special about the boy she once knew, but she has no idea what it all means. And she’s not sure if she’s ready to find out. When he walks through the corridor of her school the first day of her senior year, she knows that it’s time to get to know the real Colton Neely.

  • Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend. Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her memories, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is keeping her alive?

Short Fiction That Soars!  ›

Collections of short fiction, and stand-alone short stories and flash fiction.
by Murielle Cyr
55 books

Historical Fiction That Changes Your World   ›

Stories that are so life-changing that you forget they are based on historical facts.
by Murielle Cyr
69 books

100 Funniest Paranormal Books  ›

These comedic paranormal books will having you falling out of your chair laughing in no time.
by Riffle Paranormal
100 books

2015 Reads  ›

Books read in 2015
by Erin Mitchell
36 books

Horror Books I've Read: 2015  ›

As the Riffle Horror Editor, I need to read horror books -- lots of horror books. I try to read as many authors as I can and as wide a range of horror as possible. Note: These books were not necessarily published in 2015.
by Riffle Horror
95 books
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  • "Primitive" by J. F. Gonzalez. In 2009, I belonged to the Delirium Books Book Club and this was one of the monthly books I got but never read. In 2014, J. F. Gonzalez passed away. He died too young. In this trade paperback book, most of humanity devolves into dangerous primitive creatures, attacking and killing what humans they find. They aren't the only threat. Something not human is returning to the world.

  • "The Vagrants" by Brian Moreland. I've read this novella twice. The first time I had problems with my Nook. I finished, but sensed I'd lost something because of the time it took. I read it again within the span of an evening. It's a better story for the effort. Daniel is a journalist who wrote about the homeless and "The Seekers" a cult that claimed so many homeless people that Daniel met. Now the Seekers want him.

  • "Broken Monsters" by Lauren Beukes. This novel was read by an ensemble cast: Christine Lakin, Terra Deva, Sunil Mohatra, Robert Morgan Fisher, & J. D. Jackson. I think it suffered for lack of an easily identifiable protagonist (although it retrospect, I think it's Lalya Versado) however, it makes up for it in creepiness and menacing atmosphere. Novelist Beukes doesn't pull her punches with the supernatural ending.

  • "The Bird Eater" by Ania Ahlborn. At first I only gave this book 4 stars but it's been weighing on my mind in a way the best horror will, so I'm recommending it. I listened to the audio book read by Peter Berkrot. Author Ania said this book was a difficult child and it feels like it, but I think it works to the strength of this, ugly, horror story. It works as a haunted house story and a psychological horror tale.

  • "The Abandoned" (Harrow Series #4) by Douglas Clegg. Michael Taylor read the audio book. Previously, the residents of nearby Watch Point were safe so long as they didn't set foot in Harrow. That time of safety is over. Something within Harrow is gathering all the psychic energy it can to launch a massive strike that could spell doom for the entire human race. Only a few can stand against it, but will they?