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Book Review Blog Connects Military Spouses & Writers
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Book Review Blog Connects Military Spouses & Writers

by Terri Barnes

Schooled by frequent moves, military spouses become adept at creating community for themselves. Navy wife and author Andria Williams finds connection through literature. With her first novel complete, Andria’s 4:30 a.m. writing discipline left her looking for another creative outlet. In the midst of searching for a publisher and preparing for her husband’s deployment, Andria created the Military Spouse Book Review, a blog featuring book reviews by military-connected women. She envisioned a blog for readers, but discovered a community of book-loving writers. […]

Armin Brott: Father of Fatherhood Movement
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Armin Brott: Father of Fatherhood Movement

by Meagan Frank

When Armin Brott was the expectant father of his first child, he wanted to know everything about his new role, but he was disappointed at the lack of information available for dads-to-be. He wrote his first book to fill a gap and soon discovered other gaps that needed closing. From dads-to-be to single fathers to deployed dads, Armin has been providing books and resources for fathers for nearly twenty years. Now with a radio show and almost 2 million of his books sold, he hopes to empower dads to be more involved in their kids’ lives and help dads—and society—realize how important dads are to their children. […]

Laura Bates: The Bard Is Still Saving Lives
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Laura Bates: The Bard Is Still Saving Lives

by Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito

Reading Shakespeare in prisons is not new, but doing so in solitary confinement, with those considered to be the most dangerous and hardened inmates, was unheard of—until Laura Bates gave it a try. Laura’s book Shakespeare Saved My Life shares the success of her Supermax program and the transformation of convicted killer Larry Newton. Though he’ll spend his life in prison with no chance of parole, Larry says he’s free. Laura’s book has prompted other prisons to set up similar programs. […]