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The only Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum in the country is located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and it’s a must-visit!

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When I was in college, I always looked forward to getting the reading lists for my literature classes and heading to the bookstore. So, now that it’s September, I’ve put together a list of required reading for you. And you don’t even have to go back to school!  [Read more…]

Love in the Time of Amazon.com

Midge Raymond is not only one of our favorite authors — if you haven’t read her amazing collection of short stories, Forgetting English, do yourself a favor and buy it now — but she’s one of our favorite people ever. So, when she sent us the hilarious and timely trailer she and hubby John Yunker created for their books (he wrote the literary thriller, The Tourist Trail), we had to share it with you.

Now, this is our kind of modern love story!

midge raymond talks about “forgetting english”

Midge Raymond

Even if you’re staying home this summer, Midge Raymond’s Forgetting English will make you feel like you’ve been on an amazing journey around the world while, miraculously, keeping you grounded on familiar emotional terrain. These universal stories are so beautifully written, you’ll want to read them slowly and savor every word. Here’s my conversation with Midge, who has turned me into a short story aficionado — and who I’m now proud to call my friend.  [Read more…]