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Baltimore Author Dan Fesperman Reading and Book Signing at the Ivy


Former Baltimore Sun reporter and author of nine literary thrillers Dan Fesperman comes to the Ivy Bookshop Friday, September 7 at 7 p.m. to read from and sign his latest book, The Double Game.

In the book, Fesperman weaves a tale of spies and their secrets, fathers and sons, lovers and fate, duplicity and loyalty. The Double Game ingeniously taps the espionage classics of the Cold War to build a maze of intrigue.

“A spy novel about spy novels, calculated to deliver a maximum dose of fun for the genre fan…Breezing through The Double Game is like encountering 30 spy classics …Fesperman’s book is a triple, quadruple, quintuple game, thrilling and fun,” writes The Daily Beast.

Local Writer Pens Inventive Mystery Novel Inspired by Three Masters of the Genre

The Ivy holds a reading and book signing Thursday, Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m. for Ariel Winter, author of The Twenty Year Death

Do you love a good mystery? If so, the new acclaimed book by local writer Ariel Winter may be just the title you’ve been looking for. Former bookseller Winter’s debut novel, The Twenty-Year Death, was inspired by three of mystery’s literary greats: George Simenon, Raymond Chandler and Jim Thompson. In three parts, he writes the book in each writer’s style.

Actress Rose McGowan was the model for the book’s cover.

Inspired Habitat: “Leave No Trace” Camping Tips


With the end of summer here, and Labor Day looming, thoughts turn to quick weekend getaways. Camping is an end-of-summer tradition for many, and it’s a perfect chance to get away from all the hustle and bustle, and electronics, of city life. Done right, it’s one of the most eco-friendly ways to take a vacation.

Inspired Habitat: The Benefits of a Green Home


Green is the big buzzword in homes right now. From renovations to new construction, everyone is talking sustainability. A cynic could say it’s all about marketing, and in truth, the wise consumer should be on the lookout for greenwashing. But that’s not the whole picture. The fact is, going green is not only good for the environment, it’s good for you as well.

Inspired Habitat: The Three R’s in Green Back-to-School Planning – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,


Get some green in your kids! No, we don’t mean getting them to eat their kale, though that’s a great idea. We mean changing up your back-to-school plans to make them just a little more green. It’s still hot outside and kids are enjoying the last days of summer before they have to start packing bags and hitting the books. Send them back to school in eco style with a few tips.

Inspired Habitat: Should We Salvage That?


Many people are choosing to renovate their old homes rather than sell and build new. The reasons are different for everyone. Some want to save money and a renovation is less expensive than a rebuild. Others want to preserve some historic element in their existing home. Still others love their home, their yard and their neighborhood but find the home’s interior design no longer suits their lifestyle.

Inspired Habitat: Going Green Before You Go Away


The day has finally arrived! After all the planning, and scheduling, and shuffling of schedules, it’s finally time to head out on vacation. You’ve got the standard checklist of last-minute things; you’ve already put your mail on hold, arranged for the neighbors to keep an eye on the house and for your sister to take the pet bird. Before you hit the road though, add a few more things to your checklist to help keep your home green while you’re gone.

Inspired Habitat: Eco-Tourism…Get the basics of the hot new travel trend


Inspired Habitat is written by local environmentally-conscious lifestyle website Bambeco, a company committed to advancing a more sustainable world.

Summer vacation is upon us. It’s a time when many families are headed to the beach to beat the heat. Summer is a time for cookouts and campouts and lazy days in a hammock in the shade. But what if you want a little more adventure? Sure, you could take a trip just about anywhere. Summer is also a busy time for all the hot tourist destinations. How about something a little off the beaten path? Something a little more green?

Get Invisalign and Get Straightened out for Good


Being a teenager is tough enough without crooked teeth or bulky braces. What’s worse, the pain of a crooked smile doesn’t fade with age. Countless middle-age moms cringe when they see their adolescent children reliving the same painful smile that’s plagued them for years. The rest of the world notices, too: A new study confirms that straight teeth make people seem happier, friendlier, healthier — even more popular and trustworthy. (See the results in the graphic below.) If you’ve got a crooked smile, don’t despair. Now there’s a new way to straighten out your smile permanently with an FDA-approved method that’s nearly invisible and comparable to braces.

Invisalign uses clear, nearly invisible braces (called aligners) to straighten teeth — without any clunky metal or wires. (Remember the days when kids called a braces-wearer metal mouth? Thank goodness, your kids won’t have to hear it.) Using Invisalign, you can expect to straighten teeth in about a year if you suffer from overly crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, crossbite, overbite, or underbite. Of course, total time varies, depending on the severity of the case.

Inspired Habitat: The Dirty Dozen of Produce vs. The Clean Fifteen


Welcome to Inspired Habitat, a column by local environmentally-conscious lifestyle website Bambeco, a company committed to advancing a more sustainable world.

By now, we’re all used to seeing it. The annual list of the “Dirty Dozen” has its impact. Conscientious shoppers memorize the list and switch to buying those items from the organic section to minimize their exposure to pesticide contamination.

The flipside of the Dirty Dozen is a little less well known. The “Clean 15” are those fruits and veggies that carry a lower risk of pesticide load, whether organic or not.Still, that’s only 25 different fruits and vegetables. What about all the other wonderful, healthy foods populating the produce section?