Nina Ansary’s Jewels of Allah Featured on The New York Times

Nina Ansary’s Jewels of Allah Featured on The New York Times

Excerpt: “The following is adapted from a chapter in Nina Ansary’s new book Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran due out later this month: The historical narrative of the “woman question” in Iran is an intricate labyrinth, not a story that can be accurately recounted by portraying women as either “oppressed” or “liberated” during a particular historical period. In fact, that audacious history winds through unexpected twists and turns, gains and losses, triumphs and defeats. Yet the complexity of this story is often lost amid misperceptions.” To read the full article, click...
Excerpt from Relax, It’s Just God: How and Why to Talk to Kids About Religion When You’re Not Religious Featured on the Baltimore Post Examiner

Excerpt from Relax, It’s Just God: How and Why to Talk to Kids About Religion When You’re Not Religious Featured on the Baltimore Post Examiner

Summary: A rapidly growing demographic cohort in America, non-religious parents are at the forefront of a major and unprecedented cultural shift. Unable to fall back on what they were taught as children, many of these parents are struggling — or simply failing — to address complicated religious questions and issues with their children in ways that promote curiosity, kindness, and independence. Russell sifts through hard data-including the results of her own survey of 1,000 nonreligious parents-and delivers gentle but straightforward advice to this often-overlooked segment of the American population. With a thoughtful voice infused with humor, Russell seamlessly merges scientific thought, scholarly research, and everyday experience with respect for a full range of ways to view the world. Relax, It’s Just God goes beyond the numbers to give nonreligious parents a toolkit to assist with their unique and complex issues and to usher in a more compassionate generation. Relax, It’s Just God aims to help nonreligious parents struggling to find the right time place, tone and language with which to talk about God. It encourages parents to promote religious curiosity, communication and diversity by lightening up and opening up about religion with their kids. By supporting  kids as they explore religion on their own, we ensure that they make up their own minds about what to believe, or not believe — and that they extend love and respect to those who may not agree with...

Excerpt of The Cause, by Roderick Vincent on TNB Fiction

Excerpt: “Chapter Four “Sure the fight was fixed. I fixed it with a right hand.”  -George Foreman Seee’s chest was scared. Jagged lacerations. The vaporizer pen burns. Near the ribs there were a couple of patchy bullet wounds. Tribal scars were scraped into his biceps, crisscrossing patterns, tic-tac-toe where the scratches seemed to be etched out with a sharp rock or arrowhead. His hands were callused, dirt scratched into his fingernails. Part of his pectoral was cut out, a teaspoon lump of flesh removed. He stuck his finger in the hole and when he removed it, a black ant crawled up his finger before he sucked it off the back of his hand.” To read the full excerpt and to buy vape online, click here:...