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.

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It was inevitable.

Reading Recs for Roseanne and Dan Connor

Reading recommendations for the main characters of one of our favorite '90s sitcoms.

6 Things You Should Know if You’re Considering the Pulitzer Challenge

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CUBS WIN! Literary Goings-On in 1908: The Last Time They Were World Champs

What was happening in the world of literature the last time the Cubs won the series.

Harry Potter Dreams Come True: Magical Spells for Android Users

New Harry Potter features available on Android phones.

In Their Own Words: Narratives From Incarcerated Women

Stories from women in prison about their experiences.

100 Must-Read Books About Starting Over

100 excellent memoirs and novels about pressing the reset button.

Stop Asking Me What I Read for Fun

One man's trash is another man's fascinating literary fiction about rich people's problems.

Fiction About Addiction

Novels that nail the boring, mundane nature of alcohol and drug addiction instead of glamorizing it.

100 Must-Read Almost-Prize-Winning Books

Excellent books that were short-listed for major literary awards (but didn't win)