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Jill Biden: The Power of a Story
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Jill Biden: The Power of a Story

by Terri Barnes

Jill Biden believes in the difference books make. Her mother and grandmother taught her to love books and library visits. As a girl, she often read late into the night, and now Biden encourages her students to be readers and writers. In addition to serving as the US’s Second Lady, Biden is the author of a children’s book, community college English teacher, military mom, and military family advocate who recognizes the power of a story to enrich the lives of children. […]

Gary Mazzone: Matchmaking Books & Bulk Buyers
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Gary Mazzone: Matchmaking Books & Bulk Buyers

by Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito

There was a point a few months ago when Gary Mazzone couldn’t see his fireplace. A stack of books, mostly advance reader copies (ARCs) from hopeful publishers, filled his living room. It is a recurring theme, but the literary clutter doesn’t last long. For the past two years, Gary has made it his mission to build and create partnerships within his community by helping organizations buy meaningful books in bulk. […]

Nancy Saltzman: A Radical Survivor
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Nancy Saltzman: A Radical Survivor

by Meagan Frank

Nancy Saltzman’s husband and their two sons were killed in a small plane crash. For ten years, Nancy got up every day and went to work as an elementary school principal, where her children had been students. Her initial job was to support her staff and students through their grief. When she decided to retire to write her memoir, Nancy had to face her story and the pain she endured while living as a Radical Survivor. […]