Whenever some exciting news regarding one (or, in this case, three) of our books gets released, we kind of look like that scene from The Office. And while we're having some trouble staying calm, we think it's totally justified--we just got news that three of our books have been selected as part of Amazon's Best Books of 2014!
In Emma, Jane Austen writes, “I condition for nothing else; but without music, life would be a blank to me.” A musician herself, Austen was known to play anything from romantic ballads to nursery rhymes to entertain herself and her family.
But Austen’s musical influence isn’t limited to her family’s parlor. Musicians today have taken characters and themes from her novels to write book report-style raps, scat jazz-influenced love letters, and compose beautiful instrumental ballads. These musicians are naming their bands and their songs after her characters. And one’s even named their band after her.
So grab a pair of headphones and give these Austen-influenced musicians a listen. I’m sure Jane would be nodding to the beat along with you.
I'm not a golfer. I find golf to be one of the most supremely boring sports, and when my uncle flips the channel during a holiday party and puts on golf, it's all I can do to keep from falling asleep on the couch. But when I found out what kind of animals can be (and, in most cases, are) lurking around a golf course, I was horrified. So, to protect all of you who are interested in golf, I'm delving into The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Golf's "Dangerous Animals" section. (It's worth noting that "How to Disarm an Irate Golfer" is listed under this category.)
published by Eric Smith on November 11, 2014 - 1:43pm
Veteran's Day holds a special place in my heart. My Dad's a veteran and my fiancee is a veteran who spends her days trying to help other veterans as a social worker. They are both amazing.
Over the years, several of my closest hometown friends served overseas. I loved, LOVED sending them care packages whenever I could, and these boxes were always full of books.
Today is Veteran's Day, and while I don't know anyone serving abroad this year, there are many veterans in my life. And chances are, in yours too. I've rounded up some simple ways you can donate books today. Some of these are for sending books to soldiers far away, others might send books to a veteran at your local VA.
One even lets you send books to children of military members, through Reach Out and Read. Check them out.