Levi Asher explains why he considers Walden by Henry David Thoreau the greatest of all American books.
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, to see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when it came time to die, to discover that I had not lived.
-- Henry David Thoreau, Walden
1. Author T. K. Kenyon (Rabid) is auctioning off the right to name a character in his next novel. It's a benefit for the Polaris Project, an intriguing organization I've never heard of before. Kenyon's auction is already up to $76.00, which seems like a bargain with two days left to go.
Like Son by Felicia Luna Lemus
If there's a war on (and, these days, there's usually a war on), I want to be reading about it. I appreciate first person accounts, either fictionalized or not, and Kristen Tsetsi's Homefront, an emotional novel about a young married couple's separation when husband Jake is shipped to Iraq, is a worthy new entry in this category.