Daily Archives for: March 1st, 2015

Nobody’s Family is Going to Change by Louise Fitzhugh (1974)

Nobody’s Family is Going to Change (1974) was the last book by Louise Fitzhugh to be published, just before her untimely death. The acclaimed author of Harriet the Spy was said to be distraught over mixed reviews of the book, and died at the age of forty-six, not long after its publication. 

Today, with many more Black authors in the Middle Grade space, it’s unlikely that a white author would undertake such a foray into the life of an upper-middle-class African-American family. But at the time, Louise Fitzhugh’s novel seemed a bold and fresh stereotype-busting story dealing with race and gender. Read More→

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10 Quotes by Agatha Christie on Writing

Agatha Christie (1890 – 1976) drew on her observations of the world and people surrounding her to become the literary world’s “Queen of Crime.” Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920)was written as a dare from her sister. This was the book that introduced the iconic detective character, Hercule Poirot.

Though she earned a place in The Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling novelist in the world with sales of over four billion books, writing didn’t come easily to Dame Agatha. In his post on The Writing Habits of Agatha Christie, Tony Riches explains: Read More→

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