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An ode to OverDrive

While I rarely wax poetic on non-reads, I’ll make an exception for OverDrive, an American-based distributor of digital content like ebooks and music. I credit OverDrive and its partnership with over 27,000 public libraries and schools (the Los Angeles Public Library, in my case) for increasing my access to ebooks at the low cost of…

A holiday trio of reads

In time for the holidays, Reads beat writers Katherine Silk, Claire Francis and Shana Hadi discuss several recommendations for winter break. Katherine Silk, Contributing Writer “Airborn” by Kenneth Oppel: If you’re looking for a fun, adventurous story to enrapture you over winter break, I’d joyfully recommend “Airborn.” The novel is set in an alternate past,…

Reads of gratefulness

In the week leading up to Thanksgiving break, Reads beat writers gathered together to share a read they are grateful for having in their lives and to reflect on its significance.   Sofia Schlozman, Contributing Writer (sschloz ‘at’ stanford.edu) “If I Should Have a Daughter” by Sarah Kay: For a long time, I thought that…

Literary bites

When an author describes glistening plates of tender beef en daube or a beautifully arranged fruit bowl, we instinctively pay closer attention. References to food and other mundane needs are sparse in most texts. Since readers understand the act of eating, and texts can only hold oh-so-many words, why waste your words as an author…