Tracy Shapley Towley

Tracy is a freelance copywriter, all-around ne’er do well, very-adult graduate of the University of Iowa, and occasional waterer of plants. Her hobbies include writing fiction, reading fiction, mixing together various flavors of soup, and typing letters to her friends on an old red typewriter that doesn't have a working period so all sentences must end in questions marks or exclamation points? She has read every Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and has a lot of thoughts on them. Her old Iowa farmhouse is shared by her husband Sean, a pair of cats, a pair of dogs, and the ghost of Kurt Vonnegut.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About James Baldwin

While there's been a lot written about James Baldwin, many interesting details of his life and career remain unknown by the general public.

10 Modern Animal Bookends to Perfect Your Bookish Space

Check out ten modern animal bookends to decorate your nursery, office, library, bedroom, and other bookish spaces.

The Center for Fiction 2022 First Novel Prize Longlist Announced

The Center for Fiction has announced its longlist for the 2022 First Novel Prize, celebrating the best debut authors of the year.

15 Comedy Audiobooks to Get Your Funny Bone in Shape

15 of the best comedy audiobooks to keep your funny bone and joke-appreciator muscles in great shape for years to come.

Does Reading Fiction Really Increase Empathy? The Science Says Yes . . . . and No

You've seen the studies suggesting that reading fiction increases empathy. Is it true? Yes . . . and no. Here's the story..

11 Happy Birthday Cards for Readers and Tons of Gift Suggestions

Wish a very merry birthday to your favorite fellow bookworm with these bookish birthday cards! Plus tons of gifting ideas as a bonus.

Had a Ruff Day? Cheer Up With These Bookish Dog Collars that Will Be the Bark of the Park

Book lovers and dog lovers unite! Accessorize your adorable doggo with these stylish, bookish dog collars that come in several sizes.

Books for Parents of Substance Abusers and Addicts

These books for parents of substance abusers can help you put on your own oxygen mask and then better understand your child's struggles.

A Brief History of and Books About the Pequot War

Check out one or more of the following books about the Pequot War to learn the true, bloody, and historic story of the Pequot War.

Break Your Overnight Fast with These Breakfast Cookbooks

The most mouthwatering, delicious breakfast cookbooks you can imagine — and you don't have to imagine them.