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If the shoe fits is bestselling author Julie Murphy’s first foray into the world of adult romance. With several great successes including Ramona Blue, Side effects may vary, and Dumplin ‘ which is now a Netflix movie, this first step into the adult romance genre is proof that the magic of Murphy’s writing transcends genres. …

University Press of Kentucky / “Silas House: Exploring an Appalachian Writer’s Work” “SILAS HOUSE: EXPLORING AN APPALACHIAN WRITER’S WORK” edited by Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt (University Press of Kentucky, 208 pages, $ 33). “Storytelling is in our blood, as Appalachians,” says Silas House in an interview included in “Silas House: Exploring an Appalachian Writer’s Work”. “It’s …

In 1949, Ernest Hemingway took journalist Lillian Ross on a whirlwind tour of New York. “You want to go to the Bronx Zoo, the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, natural history ditto, and see a fight,” Hemingway insisted. “I want to see the good Breughel at the Met.” In fact, they haven’t been …

I read my copy of Seashell seekers so many times that eventually the pages gave up and they literally fell apart in my hands. Stepping back and forward in time, the novel tells the story of Penelope Keeling, the daughter of unconventional parents and her three grown children. It’s a comfortable, but at times heartbreaking, …

Summer can be a great time to explore your inner activist. There are many ways to make change, whether you’re looking for a quiet revolution or witnessing marches in the streets. As of this writing, Juneteenth, celebrated by African Americans since the late 1800s, has just been honored by becoming a federal holiday. It’s a …

WashU students don’t necessarily wait until they finish school to make their mark in the world, and the story of author Victoria “VE” Schwab’s undergraduate experience is a tremendous example. Schwab, BFA ’09, arrived on campus in August 2005 determined to become an astrophysicist, but fell in love with WashU’s variety of courses, from set …