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Four or five years prior to September 11, I created a small web page reviewing English-language children's books with Middle Eastern themes. As I recall there weren't more than two dozen such books at the time, once I'd weeded out the ones featuring mummies and pyramids, but it was a fun project anyway and I enjoyed working...

They will tell you you can't sleep alone in a strange place
Then they'll tell you you can't sleep with somebody else
Oh but sooner or later you sleep in your own space
Either way it's okay, you wake up with yourself
~ Billy Joel
 
Back when my...

I had a biopsy this morning. Only a small one; a piece of skin sliced off my face, just below the left eye. The doctor complimented my nice scars - so faded, so flat. We chatted about treatment options and the research studies and the fact that new drugs are often promoted by doctors employed by pharmeceutical companies....

Recent high school graduate Zoe Trope is the precocious author of a critically lauded memoir. Hip Mama asked one of our own expert teenage staff members to read the book and interview the writer.
 
Mina: I know this work started out as a zine, but how did it become a book?
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The George W. Bush Coloring Book is the brainchild of G.K. Darby. Finding material on Dubya is the easy part. Sifting through the heap and narrowing it down to a small number of quotes that say it best, is the hard part. On the record quotes that Darby selected, like "I know the human being and the fish can coexist...

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