Put Another Book on the Shelf: Five Aussie Writers You Should Know

Put Another Book on the Shelf: Five Aussie Writers You Should Know

by Marissa Price We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home. – Indigenous Australian Proverb. Australian literature is as varied as the country itself. Australia is a melting pot of cultures and backgrounds that lends itself to great storytelling. The traditional custodians of the land, the many Australian indigenous tribes, passed down their stories through cave carvings…

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Good Taste and Bad Food: In Search of Comfort in the 1980s

Good Taste and Bad Food: In Search of Comfort in the 1980s

by Leslie Pietrzyk While I was coming of age in the 80s, Tab was comfort food. The pink can of diet soda was practically an accessory for the girls on my Midwestern university campus. Even if you weren’t in a sorority, you wanted to give the impression that you could be, that you were the one who sniffed, no thanks, not them. It was comforting that one pink can allowed a girl like me to appear to fit in. I…

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Hepatitis B: Living with a Mystery

Hepatitis B: Living with a Mystery

by Katherine Clarke So often, when I tell people I have chronic Hepatitis B, they become very serious. Of course they do — it’s a serious disease. But I know without asking them that they are really thinking of Hepatitis C. (The confusion is understandable. The names differ by one letter, but the illnesses are very different.) And when they ask, “but don’t they have a cure for that, now?” I sigh, because there are 800,000-1.4 million people in the United…

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Think You Are Too Old for Young Adult Novels? Think Again!

Think You Are Too Old for Young Adult Novels? Think Again!

by Annie Sullivan I can’t remember when I started reading Young Adult (YA) books. Even though I am in my thirties, I can still relate to the stories of characters who are constantly trying to discover and define who they are—whether that’s in an abusive relationship or on an alien planet. Young characters take on challenges related to relationships, identity, grief, and yes, even saving the world. They do it all while making profound discoveries about themselves and the worlds in…

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