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Robert Sward

“New and Selected Poems: Special Discount for Red Room members”
by Robert Sward

Ram Dass says, "Old age is about harvesting what one's life's work has been." Now in my 70s, I don't feel especially old, but my life's work has been and continues to be poetry, and, fifty years after my first publication, this is harvest time.

New & Selected Poems is off to a good start with a review from Publishers Weekly:

"...in different to fashion, terse at times, and trustworthy always, Sward has been coming up with clean, short poems that point straight out of his own experience for more than 50 years, as this twentieth book and retrospective attests."

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Andrew Q. Lam

“After Newtown, Teachers are the New Heroes”
by Andrew Q. Lam

Long ago in my native homeland, Vietnam, I used to bow. As a grade school student, with arms folded, and eyes staring at my sandaled feet, I would mumble, "Thua thay!" - Greetings Teacher! - whenever I'd run into a teacher in the hallway or enter a classroom.

Such was the Old World tradition that honored and paid respect to the teaching profession.

That habit quickly disappeared, however, when I joined 7th grade in America. My way was entirely out of sync with U.S. culture. American kids were rowdy, wore colorful clothes and sometimes even swore at their teachers. And teaching was not mere instruction in America, I found. It was part babysitting, dealing with the unruliness that was the result of a society that increasingly emphasized self-esteem and individualism over achievement itself.

Teaching is still a noble profession but it's a difficult and underpaid one, often with work overloads and a shrinking budget that results in classroom overcrowding.

With the tragedy of Sandy Hook, however, with 20 grade school students massacred by a madman and two teachers who died protecting them in Newtown, Conn., the image of the teacher in America has gone from an underappreciated chore to that of a hero.

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Sofia Diana Gabel

“New Genre"
by Sofia Diana Gabel

When researching agents and publishers, I came across a new genre that I hadn't heard of before. It's called New Adult. I've seen several agents' guidelines saying they represent New Adult so that got me curious about what it was. After doing a little snooping around, I found out that New Adult is a relatively new genre or category of fiction where the characters and especially the protagonist…

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Kaylees Ghost

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Rochelle Jewel Shapiro A note from author
Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

Yes, you've all seen them from the corner of your eyes—the people-shaped shadows or a scribble like a gesture drawing done with light. You might have convinced yourself that the whispering in your ear was just incipient tinnitus, or that the perfume you smelled must be from a hyacinth shrub even though it was winter. Maybe you think you haven't had a nanosecond where the scrim between this world and the hereafter lifted, but Charles Dickens said,” An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it explains itself."

In Kaylee's Ghost, a domestic drama involving five generations, the dead have plenty of ideas about how the living should live. And the living are just as strong-willed. Grandmothers, mothers, and grandchildren—and husbands and wives—are pitted against each other in the quest for their own identities.

Whatever your ideas about ghosts, you must admit, we're all haunted by something.


What We Saw at Night

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What We Saw at Night
by Jacquelyn Mitchard


Allie Kim suffers from Xeroderma Pigmentosum: a fatal allergy to sunlight that confines her and her two best friends, Rob and Juliet, to the night. When freewheeling Juliet takes up Parkour—the stunt-sport of scaling and leaping off tall buildings—Allie and Rob have no choice but to join her, if only to protect her. Though potentially deadly, Parkour after dark makes Allie feel truly alive, and for the first time equal to the “daytimers.”

On a random summer night, the trio catches a glimpse of what appears to be murder. Allie alone takes it upon herself to investigate, and the truth comes at an unthinkable price. Navigating the shadowy world of specialized XP care, extreme sports, and forbidden love, Allie ultimately uncovers a secret that upends everything she believes about the people she trusts the most.


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Our Daughters A Novella

Lori Lesko Lori Lesko

Her debut novella is set in a futuristic city that seems utopian—at first!
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Private London

James Patterson James Patterson

James Patterson continues his residency on The New York Times Best Seller list with this thriller about a young American trying to escape her past in London.
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Beautiful Anthology

Elizabeth Collins

There’s just a few more shopping days to share your recommendation for a holiday gift book!
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