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When I Love an Author’s Books, I Want to Read about Their Life

From articles to interviews and even diaries, there’s much more to an author than just their famous works.

“When you find an author you love, sometimes reading their latest novel is not enough,” says Rachel Goldberg.

“For superfans and voracious readers alike, absorbing an author not just for their works but also for who they were as a person is endlessly fascinating. It’s the reason why so many authors have diaries published posthumously, and also why authors have a built-in following when they write a quick post for The Huffington Post or an op-ed in the New York Times.”

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The Book that Made Me Sleep with the Light On for a Week

When it comes to horror, I prefer the creeping sense of unease to an avalanche of gore and blood – I can handle vampires, zombies and chain-clanking ghosts without flinching, but give me something that goes bump in the night and I turn into a gibbering wreck.

The Red Tree is a tense, literary horror that echoes Steinbeck as much as it does Stephen King or Shirley Jackson,” says Kaite Welsh. “At the end, you’re never quite sure if the real terrors emanated from the tree or from Sarah’s own imagination – both are such unnerving prospects that I’m not sure which I prefer.”

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Winners Announced: Raising My Rainbow

Congrats to Kala D., Dena F., Jason M., Cherish B., Whitney J., and 95 other members of the Read It Forward community!

Their entries were selected at random to win a paperback copy of Raising My Rainbow by Lori Duron.

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Help Me! I’m a Backseat Reader

Backseat reading goes something like this: “Are you done yet? Now are you done? When will you finish? C’mon, read faster!”

A colleague at work (the fabulous Kate Rados) recently told me about how she was anxiously waiting for Alana (another talented member of Team RIF) to finish reading Gone Girl so they could talk about the ending. Kate’s friendly visits to Alana’s desk were becoming more frequent.

Kate sighed as she told me the story. “This backseat reading is torture!”

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12 Things Every Gender-Nonconforming Child Wants You to Know

If everybody in the world were the same or “expected” to be the same, this would be a very boring world. People like me give the world color.

Raising My Rainbow is Lori Duron’s frank, heartfelt, and brutally funny account of her and her family’s adventures of distress and happiness raising a gender-creative son. Whereas her older son, Chase, is a Lego-loving, sports-playing boy’s boy, her younger son, C.J., would much rather twirl around in a pink sparkly tutu, with a Disney Princess in each hand while singing Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi.”

C.J. is not all pink and not all blue. He’s a muddled mess or a rainbow creation. Lori and her family choose to see the rainbow.

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The Pleasure (and the Pain) of Reading Out Loud

Who needs Lunesta or Ambien when you can just have a friend read you an essay on the mating habits of frogs?

Some pieces are made stronger by their very sound. Take, for example, the work of David Sedaris. I giggle when I read his short stories recounting his troubled (albeit hilarious) childhood; yet I full on guffaw when I hear David Sedaris read his work out loud.

Other works are not so lucky.

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While Writing My Book, I Stopped Reading Altogether

It was hard to do, but I was worried that I’d take on the voice of another author.

“Because of my memoir’s sensitive and controversial subject matter – raising a boy who is a girl at heart – I had to convey my most authentic voice,” explains author Lori Duron.

“I couldn’t take the chance of sounding like somebody else. Even though I wasn’t reading any of their works at the time, there were five authors who kept popping into my head as I wrote, keeping me company and providing inspiration and strength.”

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Winners Announced:
The Funeral Dress

Congrats to Christie S., Ellen S., Norma W., Abraham W., Alison K., and 45 other members of the Read It Forward community!

Their entries were selected at random to win a paperback copy of The Funeral Dress by Susan Gregg Gilmore.

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