Howard Norman http://nwpr.org en Living With Tragedy And Fright In A 'Beautiful Place' http://nwpr.org/post/living-tragedy-and-fright-beautiful-place Howard Norman's memories of the strange incidents of his life compose his memoir. In 2003, his family rented their house to a poet, who killed her son and then herself in the Normans' home. Sun, 21 Jul 2013 23:02:00 +0000 editor 31414 at http://nwpr.org Living With Tragedy And Fright In A 'Beautiful Place' A Memoir About Finding One's Place In The Natural World http://nwpr.org/post/memoir-about-finding-ones-place-natural-world The latest addition to a body of work that includes six novels, a short story collection, and editorship of several folk tale anthologies, <em>I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place</em> is just the right sort of read for those who usually take in non-fiction with a grim reluctance, as if it were cod liver oil. I was drawn by its promise of a memoir structured around five "incidents of arresting strangeness" in the author's life. I was not disappointed. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Helen Oyeyemi 30987 at http://nwpr.org Book News: Reading And Writing Slow Dementia, Study Says http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-reading-and-writing-slow-dementia-study-says <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>A <a href="http://neurology.org/content/early/2013/07/03/WNL.0b013e31829c5e8a">study</a> published in the scholarly journal <em>Neurology </em>[subscription only] says that, although there is no cure for dementia, "reading, writing, and playing games" can slow the disease's progress. The scientists, led by Robert S. Wilson, asked 294 patients about their reading habits over the course of about 6 years, and then tested their brains for dementia after their deaths. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:01:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 30565 at http://nwpr.org