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If you’re concerned about law and social justice issues, Book Riot says you should read these books.

Reading Room offers interesting tidbits about very notable black authors.

Texas-based grad student discovers Walt Whitman’s lost novel.

Oscar-winner Tom Hanks to publish his first book, a collection of short stories.

High school students give back by building libraries for low-income students.

Fifteen ways to grab an audience.

Non-reading in the age of Trump.

Author Daphne Merkin on suffering with depression.

Jessa Crispin’s take on feminism sounds very intriguing.

As does Sara Ahmed’s.


Writer’s Block

Writer's Block PhotoHello faithful readers. What a beautiful day it is here in Wisconsin. It is 60 degrees outside and I’m fully enjoying it. Unfortunately, being that it is February in Wisconsin it won’t last long. Sigh.

What else? I should have a book review up later this week. I’m also considering a new series that I’m sure will delight my readers. I’m not sure when I’ll be able to launch it for it involves some financial issues, but I truly want to give back to my readers in a positive and fun way.

And I’d be remiss not mentioning that I have another blogging goody up my sweater sleeve. Later this week, possibly Wednesday, I will launch my new blog right here on WordPress, which will focus on another love of mine, MOVIES! This blog will feature DVD reviews, film news, opinions and features, my love of guilty pleasure flicks and misty walks down memory lane celebrating the best of the classics, and other cinematic treasures! I just finished up some maintenance of the blog, and started writing my first DVD review.

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Books about amazing women who dare to #persist

Protesters send books to the Non-Reader-in-Chief

Today Show’s Savannah Guthrie debuts her children’s book “Princesses Wear Pants.” Yes, Princesses can be strong, which the lovely Rosie Blythe proved in her book, “The Princess Guide to Life.”

Emmet Till book inspires cousins to re-open his case more than 60 years after his brutal murder.

AWP (Association of Writers & Publishers) 2017 conference focuses on politics while AWP writers take it to the streets.

Twelve-year-old diversity activist, Marley Dias, gets book deal. Go Marley!!!

Urueña, Spain has 200 residents and 12 book stores.

CBS Sunday Morning’s segment on the popularity of romance novels.

The popularity of fan fiction, more than just a hobby for some.

Fan fiction is a feminist issue.


Book Review: No More Work-Why Full Employment is a Bad Idea by James Livingston

For ages, work equaled having a job so you could put a roof over your head, keep your belly full, clothe your back and pay your bills, taxes, mortgage, insurance, car note and other life essentials. And if you had some of your hard-earned paycheck left over you might treat yourself to a day at the spa, a night out on the town or attend a concert or sporting event.

But work doesn’t just mean money. Work also conveys discipline, education, skills, talent, passion, and making contribution to society and culture as a whole. Work is the solution to society’s ills, after all, idle hands are the devil’s workshop, right?

According to James Livingston maybe we need to take a look at our age-old idea of work and turn this idea on its head. And he goes into this further in his thought provoking book No More Work: Why Full Employment is a Bad Idea.

According to Livingston, professor of history at Rutgers University, gainful employment is seen by Americans, of all political leanings, as a proper goal for all of us instead of a problem that needs to some serious overview and overhaul, both morally and economically. We need to examine why we go to work and how it is affecting us as human beings and as a nation.

There are several problems with gainful employment for your average American worker. One includes technology and automation are replacing humans for various business transaction. We do are banking on-line, use the self-checkout at the grocery store, and check out various travel websites rather than talk about our vacation plans with a travel agent.

Another factor Livingston examines in No More Work is how we have reached peak productivity levels that do nothing more than provide a cushion of leisure for most of us. Yet it is mostly the one percent among us who truly benefit primarily due to the how both wealth and work are dispersed. We have far too many workers make less than a truly life sustaining wage, often using public assistance just to make it. And it’s not just people working at Wal-Mart. Even people who are college educated and working white collar professions rely on food stamps and other “entitlements.” Meanwhile, some CEOs make huge sums of money in both income and assets even as they make decisions that can sink a company.

And there is this idea of the “romance of work,” the age old Protestant work ethic most Americans swear by even though it doesn’t always benefit us financially, mentally, emotionally and so on.

So what is the solution according to Mr. Livingston? One solution is taxing corporate profits, which often aren’t used to fully invest in ways that benefit most of us. By now I think most of us realize “trickle-down economics” is a complete myth.

What else does Livingston suggest? Livingston also suggests implementing a guaranteed minimum basic income. This may sound familiar to many of my readers when I debunked Miriam Weaver and Amy Jo Clark’s badly researched take on this concept in my review of their book Right for a Reason.

A basic guaranteed income for all citizens is being examined again and is supported by both those on the left and the right. Personally, I think the idea is very intriguing, and even with this type of income, most of us will seek some type extra of employment to make more money and to get benefits, especially health insurance.

No doubt No More Work is brings up several controversial issues, but I do hope it’s used as a springboard when it comes to the concepts of full employment, corporate America, guaranteed basic income, raising the minimum wage, income inequality, our current tax system, entitlements, and our concepts of work, leisure, life, and money that are deeply etched into our country’s psyche.

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Hillary Clinton writing a book on the 2016 campaign and her loss.

Five years after Trayvon Martin was brutally murdered, his parents write a book   about their son and their grief.

On February 21st, a photo book about the January 21st world-wide Women’s March will be available for purchase.

Learn more about Frederick “Amazing Job” Douglass and his first book,  “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.”

More than science fiction, today’s high school students see Orwell’s “1984” as a reflection of today’s society and culture.

Patton Oswalt reveals what caused the death of his wife, true crime-writer Michelle McNamara.

I think I need to read this book.

What is “hybrid publishing” and why are so many authors turning to it?

Have at least $75 to spend? The Shorewood, Wisconsin library is selling a diorama of the book “Goodnight Moon.”

Fun and creative ways to improve your writing.

Writer’s Block

I only read five books last weekHello, my faithful and patient readers. I am so sorry about not updating this blog in nearly two weeks, but real life off-line has kept me very busy with a few things. Furthermore, I had my yearly January cold, which pretty much kept me out of commission for a few days. I still feel a few lingering effects of this cold but hopefully I’m on the road to a full recovery.

I hope to have a book review up by the end of the week or early next week. Then I’m going to begin to read a novel, which I will also review. I will also update blog this with any book and writer related news shortly.

Also, I might have some exciting developments regarding another blog towards the end of this month. But right now I’m keeping that development to myself until further notice.

Take care, and look for my latest review shortly.

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Book recommendations courtesy of President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama and what books mean to him.

Book on civil rights hero Congressman John Lewis to be donated to needy schools.

In honor of tomorrow’s worldwide women’s march, here is a list of inspirational books about global women game changers.

Speaking of inspiring women, I find much inspiration in writer Mary Pipher. Here books are a must read.

Pulitzer-Prize winning fashion critic, Robin Givhan, on First Lady Michelle Obama’s fashion choices and sense of style.

Ten rules of writing opinion pieces according to Writer’s Digest.

This blog is a treasure trove of the best presidential biographies.

And let’s not forget the First Ladies.

One of my favorite presidential memoirs, Dreams From My Father.