“Afghanistan is considered to be the worst place on earth to be a woman, according to the U.N. It’s also the most dangerous place to be a woman. Why is that?”

A bacha posh (literally translated from Dari as “dressed up like a boy”) is a third kind of child – a girl temporarily raised as a boy and presented as such to the outside world.

Jenny Nordberg, the reporter who broke the story of this phenomenon for the New York Times, constructs a powerful and moving account of those secretly living on the other side of a deeply segregated society where women have almost no rights and little freedom.

“The first time I heard the name Cacciamani I was five years old. My father said it, and then he spit.”

So begins Jeanne Ray’s Julie and Romeo. Romeo Cacciamani and Julie Roseman are rival florists whose families have hated each other for as long as anyone can remember, yet no one can remember why. When the two meet at a small business owners’ seminar, an intense and unwavering attraction blooms between them.

Unsure of what fate has in store, but deeply in love, Julie and Romeo are not about to let something as silly as a generations-long feud stand in their way.

Always begin with “Once Upon a Time,” and finish with “The End.”

“I’ll never forget all the impromptu stories my father told me at bedtime,” says Nicole Sprinkle. “When my daughter was a toddler, I tried to keep this tradition alive in our house.

At first, I felt nervous. How was I going to make up something interesting and fun on the fly? My dad revealed a few helpful tips—passed down from his own father—and they never fail me.”

I wish I had nothing to say on the matter of loss, but I do. Because one day I encouraged my two kids to go out and play in the rain, and only one came home. . . .

On an ordinary September day, twelve-year-old Jack is swept away in a freak neighborhood flood. His parents and younger sister are left to wrestle with the awful questions: How could God let this happen? And, Can we ever be happy again? They each fall into the abyss of grief in different ways. And in the days and months to come, they each find their faltering way toward peace. Watch the book trailer to learn more about this heartbreaking, inspiring memoir.

Adam Carolla takes us back and reveals all the stories behind how he came to be the angry middle-aged man he is today.

Organized by the myriad “dumps” Adam Carolla called home as a child to the flophouse apartments he rented in his twenties, up to the homes he personally renovated after achieving success in Hollywood, the anecdotes here follow Adam’s journey and the hilarious pitfalls along the way.

Dive into this excerpt and see why Jimmy Kimmel says, “Adam Carolla is a genius. And no, I’m not kidding.”

“The fact is, I’m in the process of panicking in front of Dan Briggs.”

So begins What Comes After Crazy, the funny/sad novel by Sandi Kahn Shelton.

Having grown up as the daughter of Madame Lucille, “Fortune Teller to the Stars,” traveling from town to town, wondering which of the many men her mother brought home would become her next stepfather, Maz Lombard just wants a nice, quiet life. But now her soon-to-be ex-husband wants her back, her daughter thinks he’s inherited the “seeing” gene, and everything gets crazy….