How a Little Fiction Can Help You in Your Real Life

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve received this response when speaking about my favorite novels to nonfiction-lovers. While it’s true that Sherlock Holmes may not really be around to solve crimes and Hogwarts might not actually exist, that doesn’t make the worlds in which they exist any less relevant to us real folk. Continue reading

Let’s Judge a Book by its Cover

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I’m sure you’re familiar with the age-old saying, “Never judge a book by its cover.” A common expression distilled into many of us at a young age. Not only because it’s true with books – a mere glance isn’t sufficient enough to formulate a fair assessment – the saying is applicable to people, places, objects, etc.

The other day, while perusing the New York Times’ best seller list, that saying hit me like a ton of bricks. I couldn’t help but notice how every book on the fictional hardcover best seller list was plastered with the author’s name in letters bigger and bolder than the book’s own title. It appears you could put just about anything on a book’s cover, so long as the names “Stephen King” or “James Patterson” are prominently affixed to it in big bold letters.

But what happens when you strip away the author’s name, and in some cases that “#1 New York Times Best Seller” label? What does a book’s cover actually tell you about the book when all you’re left with is the title and a graphic? Continue reading