Is YA fiction too dark?

We read with interest this Wall St. Journal article on young adult (YA) fiction about how (distressingly, for many parents) today’s YA fiction seems to be getting darker and darker. According to the selection in many bookstores, today’s avidly reading teens can find themselves “immersed in ugliness.” The part of the article that stands out …

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Meet the Monkey Puzzle Tree: Ashland Tree of the Year 1990

When I first heard of a tree called the Monkey Puzzle, I went straight to Wikipedia. Thanks to Wikipedia, I now know that this tree is native to western Argentina and central and southern Chile (and is the national tree of Chile). It’s a very old species of tree, referred to as a “living fossil.” And its scientific name …

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Amazon now sells more ebooks than print books

Amazon announced today that for every 100 print books it sells, it now sells 105 ebooks. In other words, the ebook “train” has left the station. There is no going back. As someone with a few thousand old-fashioned print books lining the walls of his house, the success of ebooks is bittersweet. The paperbacks sitting …

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Ashland’s First Tree of the Year

A few weeks ago I profiled a Monterey Cypress from another part of Ashland. But I neglected to highlight this Monterey Cypress, which was actually the very first “Ashland Tree of the Year.” If you’re headed into Ashland from the north, traveling along Main Street, you’ll see this tree on your right on the front …

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