The Romance Writers Group or the R.W.A., have lost eight board members and the former president. They have resigned their positions due to their reaction and treatment of a member after that member criticized another member’s book. The member, Courtney Milan, who was a former board member and on the ethics committee, accused another member, Kathryn Lynn Davis, of using racist language in her novel,Somewhere Lies the Moon. Milan went on Twitter to vent her frustrations with the novel.
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Milan, who is Chinese-American, took offense to the way Davis described a 19th Century Chinese women in the book. According to Milan, the woman was described as having slanted almond eyes and she was also described as being not only quiet but quiet because that’s how she was raised. Milan believes those descriptions are stereotypes that promote violence against women. Davis, of course, disagreed with Milan and argued that her words were historically accurate based on the years of research she did. So, she complained to the ethics department of the R.W.A, that she is also a member of. According to Milan, the R.W.A doesn’t have an ethics code for social media, especially if it’s not from the R.W.A’s account. Regardless, due to Davis’s complaint, Milan has been suspended from the R.W.A and banned from for life from holding a leadership position of any kind.
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Milan, and her friend and fellow R.W.A. member, Alyssa Cole, went to Twitter to vent their frustrations with the group. Milan felt betrayed by their actions towards her. Other romance authors, like Nora Roberts and Cynthia Eden, voiced their opinions in favor of Milan on social media as well. After that, the R.W.A. took back what actions were taken towards Milan, which resulted in the resignation of the eight board members and the former president. Davis even came to Milan’s defense and said the group’s actions exceed the expectations of her complaint. Now, with all the backlash, they are trying to hire members outside of the committee, and are working towards being better in the future.
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Today, we’ll be recommending five of the best wildlife nonfiction books to give your motivation to explore the natural world!
5. ‘The Animal Dialogues’ by Craig Childs
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The Animal Dialoguesby Craig Childs is a thrilling book about the author Craig Childs and his various encounters with grizzly bears, sharks, porcupines, elks, bighorn sheep, and many others. Captured with chilling, intimate descriptions and wry humor, this book is a must read for wildlife fans who want to see tons of varied encounters with dozens of different creatures.
4. ‘Field Guide to the natural world of New York City’ by Leslie Day
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Field Guide to the Natural World of New York Cityby Leslie Day showcases the wild world of a place you’d not normally think to look at for diverse wildlife: New York City! The book explores three islands full of different kinds of wildlife at its three rich islands: Manhattan, Long Island, and Staten Island. Written by a real life naturalist, this book sheds light on the real wild side of New York with tips of identifying different animals, plants, and more among the urban sprawl.
3. ‘Unlikely Friendships’ by Jennifer s. Holland
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Unlikely Friendships documents one heartwarming tale after another of animals who, with nothing else in common, bond in the most unexpected ways. A cat and a bird. A mare and a fawn. An elephant and a sheep. A snake and a hamster. The well-documented stories of Koko the gorilla and All Ball the kitten; and the hippo Owen and the tortoise Mzee. And almost inexplicable stories of predators befriending prey—an Indian leopard slips into a village every night to sleep with a calf. A lionness mothers a baby oryx.
Ms. Holland narrates the details and arc of each story, and also offers insights into why—how the young leopard, probably motherless, sought maternal comfort with the calf, and how a baby oryx inspired the same mothering instinct in the lionness. Or, in the story of Kizzy, a nervous retired Greyhound, and Murphy, a red tabby, how cats and dogs actually understand each other’s body language. Your heart will expand at seeing this unlikely friendships come to life.
2. ‘Wild Justice’ by Marc Bekoff
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Wild Justiceby Marc Bekoff tells about the morality animals. Are animals capable of complex emotions such as a understanding of justice?
With this book, the author answers yes and showcases many examples to support their argument: a female Gorilla who mourned the death of her beloved child, a rat who refused to push a lever for food when he saw doing so electrocuted his friend, or a wild elephant who paused to care for a younger one after it was injured. This book shows us that, whether we like it or not, animals are more like us than we think.
1. ‘Winter World’ by Bernd Heinrich
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Winter Worldby Bernd Heinrich is all about how animals survive the harsh winters and the process of hibernation. From flying squirrels to grizzly bears, and from torpid turtles to insects with antifreeze, the animal kingdom relies on some staggering evolutionary innovations to survive winter.
Unlike their human counterparts, who must alter the environment to accommodate physical limitations, animals are adaptable to an amazing range of conditions. Examining everything from food sources in the extremely barren winter land-scape to the chemical composition that allows certain creatures to survive, Heinrich’s Winter World awakens the largely undiscovered mysteries by which nature sustains herself through winter’s harsh, cruel exigencies.
From CNNto the Tennessean, the news that Dwayne ‘The Rock Johnson’ has gotten married with Lauren Hashian is all over the place. The two songbirds announced via Instagram their sudden marriage, which they’ve managed to keep (mostly) secret from the press.
Johnson and Hashian met on the set of the 2007 film The Game Plan and since then everyone from their mother to their number-neighbor has been wondering when they would tie the knot. Already they have two daughters together, Jasmine Lia, three years old, and Tiana Gia, who’s only one!
But you might be wondering how we’re going to tie this story into books. Well, since you clearly didn’t read the title, let’s walk you through it.
Dwayne Johnson is called “The Rock”
Dwayne Johnson is okay with being called “The Rock”. Proof below
3) Since The Rock likes to be called The Rock, we’re going to celebrate. Now The Rock might have written a book (The Rock Says), but this list is less about the best of the best, but more of instructive guide on the best books to learn about rocks, how to find rocks, how to befriend our rock, how to stick with our rock, how to eat our rock, and, finally, how to tie it all back into Harry Potter.
Are rocks pebbles? Are pebbles rocks? It seems out first step in uncovering all you need to knows about rocks is to learn about rocks. Thus, Meredith Hooper’s The Pebble in My Pocket: A History of Our Earth is our pick for how to learn about rocks.
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You can’t get a more epic beginning on earth than one that starts off with a fiery volcano! To show its massive scale we follow the story of a rock.
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From there spectacular paintings give texture, weight, and movement with a stroke of a brush, we enter the mind of a rock as it goes through time. We learn about the processes of rock formation and erosion, learning that, ultimately, while the rock does come before the pebble, the rock is most certainly pebble (well, a million of them but you get the gist).
Want to learn about the rocks? Well, this book is one you should definitely carve up some time for.
But now that we know a general history of rocks and pebbles, how can we find The Rock above all rocks? Well…
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Picture this: Mom tells you to go outside and so you go out the door, but there’s nothing outside but the blazing sun, grass, and dirt.
It’s a good thing you can read outside (unless it’s raining, but in that case why is Mom throwing you outside?) because this book has been helping kids of all ages since 1984!
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Targeted at a five to ten year old demographic, this simple geology book will show you the wonders just hiding above and below the dirt.
It’s a guide on how to start a rock collection, educating children on the formation of rocks and how to categorize and recognize igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks, but it also teaches the history of how rocks shaped culture. Did you know the Romans built roads out of rocks? Great information, stunning watercolors, and gorgeous line drawings, this book will keep anyone engaged.
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Want to dig below the dirt and see you can find that The Rock above all rocks? Well, this book will help you out! Check out its rockin’ ad below.
Now that we know about rocks and know how to find them, how do we care for our rock? Well…
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A twist on Dr. Seuss’ What Pet Should I Get, this children’s book introduces us to Charlotte, a lovely little girl who wants one thing in this world: a pet. Her parent thus bestow her with a rock on her birthday.
While rocks can’t cuddle, fetch, or help her eat her vegetables, Carlotte loves her rock anyway. Sadly, no matter how much Charlotte loves her rock she will never be sure that her Rock loves her back, unless…
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Beautiful on every page, this children’s book can warm those even with a heart of stone. Still, if you’re not sure you want to embark on this rocky road to friendship, then check out this awesome video below!
Now that we have a rock friend, how do we stick with our rock down this not-so-delicious rocky road of life? Well, given that stones are rocks, we present to you: Stick and Stone, a story of a friendship that will last the ages.
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A little backstory: We have a sentient stone named Stone who is all on his own. Sad, lonely, life is going too well for Stone. Then it all comes crashing down when a Pine Cone starts to harass, torment, and bully our dear Stone. Luckily, Stick comes to the rescue and the two strike up a close friendship. But how will Stone repay Stick?
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A story that teaches us that friendships can last through stick and thin, we, as well as Stone, will learn that sometimes just being there for our friend, be he a Stick or a Rock, is sometimes just enough.
Whether you call it the philosopher’s the sorcerer’s, either way a rock set off our first Harry Potter adventure. He-Who-Must-Not-Have-A-Nose is back! and he’s looking for that precious rock to keep him alive. But Harry doesn’t know, and he’s got his own plate full.
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He just found out he’s a wizard, he just met this big dude named Hagrid, he just met kid named Ron, he just met this girl named Hermione, he just met Draco, and now he’s the youngest Quddich Seeker in many-a-year in Hoggwarts long, very long, history. Despite all this, that stone will bring Harry and Lord Voldemort back on the track of destiny.
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See, I tied Dwayne Johnson into Harry Potter? Now, before we leave, let me give you one bit of information.