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Terri Barnes: Messages From Military Life
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Terri Barnes: Messages From Military Life

by Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito

Third-generation military wife Terri Barnes writes transparent, personal, and emotionally universal messages that have made her weekly Stars and Stripes column, Spouse Calls, the newspaper’s longest-running military life column. The relevance of her writing to both military and civilian readers led to her first book, and Terri is both humbled and excited by the effect her book is having in diverse communities to stir conversation and increase understanding of military life. […]

James Patterson visits Oblong Books in Millerton, NY as part of his $1 million personal donation to independent bookstores across the US.
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James Patterson: Generous Collaborator Promotes Reading

by Terri Barnes

Bestselling author James Patterson doesn’t just make millions. He also gives away millions, in scholarships for teachers, grants to independent bookstores, and programs for young readers. In this exclusive interview, he talks about the influence of his advertising career, his preference for collaborative writing, why he feels it’s important we have “really good bookstores,” and why getting kids to read is a “bit of an obsession” for him. […]

Judy Davis: Military Life Right Side Up
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Judy Davis: Military Life Right Side Up

by Terri Barnes

Army wife Judy Davis has become acquainted with various states in her mobile lifestyle, states like Colorado, Texas, and Missouri. The one she’s been in lately is particularly familiar: a state of flux. When her husband received unexpected orders for a move coinciding with the release of her first book, Right Side Up: Find Your Way When Military Life Turns You Upside Down, the chaos of relocation became an opportunity for Judy to live out the principles in her book. […]