Three personalities are dominant in "The Valley of the Shadow of Death: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption" by former football star Kermit Alexander: Alexander himself; his remarkable mother, Ebora "Madee" Alexander; and the sociopathic gang member convicted of killing her and three other relatives.Read more
For "Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage," Kathryn J. Edin, with coauthor Maria Kefalas, immersed herself in the lives of Philadelphia-area unwed mothers, exploding myths about their choices. She found that many of these women sought children as a source of love and meaning while disdaining marriage to men unable to provide economic stability.Read more
When it comes to obsession, all other fans — Trekkies, Potterheads, Browncoats — must bow before the Holmesians. The followers of Sherlock Holmes have been dredging through the life of their hero since he was first published in 1887. They wore black armbands when he was allegedly killed at the Reichenbach Falls and nagged his author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, to resurrect him in 1903. (George R.R.Read more
Ahmad Fadil was a high school dropout, a video store clerk and a petty gangster who got tattoos, drank alcohol and sold drugs as a youth in Zarqa, his hometown in northeast Jordan.
His mother was so alarmed she sent him to a Muslim self-help class, and he soon found another calling. By the time a U.S.Read more
Sandra Cisneros has worked hard to surpass the reputation of "The House on Mango Street," the tale of a Mexican American girl coming of age in Chicago. In the 31 years since that novel was published, she has written short story collections, books of poetry, a children's book and another novel — but that early book continues to define her.Read more
Who would want to hurt a Little Free Library? Officials from the Department of Code Compliance in Dallas, that's who.
Months ago, Stacy Holmes' Little Free Library drew the attention of officials in Dallas who were concerned that it might not meet regulations, but those concerns seemed to have been brushed aside. “Everything’s been quiet and peaceful,” Holmes told the Dallas Morning News.Read more