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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. […]

CJ Lyons takes learning about her craft seriously. As a crime novelist, she learns what it's like to handle guns.
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Dedicated Readers Help Crime Novelist Give Back

by Erin Simpson

Inspired in part by the brutal murder of a fellow intern, bestselling crime novelist CJ Lyons left her medical career to write full time. With both traditional and self-published books, CJ engages her devoted readers to propel her books up the bestseller charts and ultimately give back to her community. Selling over 2 million copies of her 27 books, CJ and her readers have donated $100,000 to deserving charities and helped 70 police departments receive specialized training to solve crimes. […]

Create Good Memories with Holiday Baking
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Create Good Memories with Holiday Baking

by Amy Houts

With the holiday season comes the tastes, smells, and merriment of holiday baking. For many, holiday baking is a communal activity. Traditions are passed down through the generations. There’s nothing quite like a family cookie exchange party to get in the holiday spirit. In the center of it all, sometimes worn and dog-eared, sometimes sprinkled with flour or smeared with a smidge of butter, sometimes brand new and brimming with new recipes to try, is the cookbook.
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