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Current Events: Europe, Women, and Study Drugs

By ContributorJune 14, 2012
Hello everyone, and a happy summer to all! The sun is shining, birds are singing—and of course, there is news to discuss. Before jumping in, I’d like to note some news close to home: it’s Book Week here on SparkLife! So, before beginning,... More  →
Current Events: Europe, Women, and Study Drugs

Father's Day Gifts for Dads That Are Hard to Shop For

By ElodieJune 14, 2012
If you’re anything like me, Father’s Day is just another day (on top of Christmas and his birthday) during which you realize your dad is some kind of superhuman without material wants or needs. You’ll think long and hard, and you’ll scour the stores, and... More  →
Father's Day Gifts for Dads That Are Hard to Shop For

Books or eBooks? We say: Yes, Please!

By Beth MishlerJune 14, 2012
Writer Jonathan Franzen made headlines awhile back when he dissed eBooks, saying they don’t have the same degree of permanence as plain ol’ books. When books are in electronic format, he said, it “always feels like we could delete that, change that, move it around...”... More  →
Books or eBooks? We say: Yes, Please!

The Mystery of the Blank Page

By ContributorJune 14, 2012
You know when you’re nearing the end of a really good book and you think you have lots left to read, only to discover a heap of blank pages instead? Yeah, we’ve all been mercilessly tricked by the Flyleaves (code name for blank pages) at... More  →
The Mystery of the Blank Page

Just in Time for Books Week: A New Intro and Awesome Excerpt from THE HOST!

By Chelsea DaggerJune 14, 2012
DUDES: I have a sneaking suspicion that Stephenie Meyer has hacked into the SparkLife mainframe (which is actually just a cardboard box painted to look like a computer and filled with Snickers wrappers, Harry Potter stickers, and my various failed attempts at hand-whittled wands) and... More  →
Just in Time for Books Week: A New Intro and Awesome Excerpt from THE HOST!

The Best-Sellers of All Time

By Brandon SpecktorJune 14, 2012
If you Google "best-selling books of all time" (as I did before writing this post) you will discover a frustrating lack of hard data or consistency, and soon find yourself (as I did) flicking spoonfuls of sausage gravy at your monitor. Why is it so hard... More  →
The Best-Sellers of All Time

Auntie SparkNotes: Can a Teenager's Hair Go Gray?

By kat_rosenfieldJune 14, 2012
Dear Auntie, My problem isn't serious, but it's still freaking me out, and I can't go to my mom because she'll just freak out too and ultimately not help me. It all started a few weeks ago when I found a yellowish hair in my bed.... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: Can a Teenager's Hair Go Gray?

Blogging My AP Euro Class

By ContributorJune 14, 2012
Mademoiselle History Buff here, reporting from my AP Euro class at my girls’ high school. This is the kind of class where I was freaked out before we started, because, hey, isn’t Euro the impossible AP? Especially when you’re a sophomore? And well, ummm……. 9:15—I walk... More  →
Blogging My AP Euro Class

The Book That Changed My Life: A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears

By Brandon SpecktorJune 14, 2012
Jules Feiffer titled his 1995 masterpiece of madcap fantasy all too perfectly. In "The Night of the Frogs"—the book's fake fifth chapter, which is slipped discretely into the narrative to trick a shady hunter who "refused to leave this book when he should have" at the... More  →
The Book That Changed My Life: A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears