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I’m back!

I’m thrilled to be back to writing a newsletter and talking directly to you, my friends. I missed you! I’m like a baby giraffe, wobbling around on my writing sea…
Book Reviews

Michael Arceneaux finally bought some Jordans

This was first published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette March 16, 2024 Longtime readers will be thrilled After 12 crushing years paying off six-figure-plus-interest student-loan debt, Michael Arceneaux treated himself to…
Book Reviews

Magnolia Parks: Into the Dark

This review was first published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette February 11, 2024 Magnolia Parks: Into the Dark” is so packed with unexpected plot twists that reading it is like dashing…
A mosaic of an eagle wrestling a snake on the cover of Emperor of Rome by Mary Beard
Book Reviews

The decadence of Roman emperors

Emperors of Rome: Ruling Ancient Rome, by Mary Beard This review was first published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Oct. 20, 2023 There’s an old joke: What did the Roman say…
Cool Summer Beach Reads
Book Reviews

Cool Summer Beach Reads

Fourth of July weekend is the best time to find a good beach towel, a nice grassy area and a big glass of water before settling in with a great read. Here are some old, new and classic titles our InReview contributors recommend!

What we mean when we say we miss newsrooms
Essays

What we mean when we say we miss newsrooms

If my former newsrooms were people I would be attending many funerals. 2,500 newspapers in the United States have closed since 2005. The country will lose one-third of its newspapers by 2025.

Book Reviews

Finding her Happy Place

This review originally appeared in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette April 30, 2023 A reader would be wise to get the name of a therapist before they pick up the latest novel…
Isabel and I pose in front of Ruby, the red Volvo, before our first cross-country drive from Alabama to Los Angeles, July, 2015.
Essays

Shifting gears: Teaching my autistic daughter to drive

I can tell you the day I discovered freedom because I remember every intoxicating detail of the moment I drove alone for the first time after getting my driver’s license. Now, in what seems like a single heartbeat of time, my daughter is learning to drive.

Author Eileen Brill
Book Reviews

Reading between the cracks

First Published August 21, 2022, 6:37am in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website. “A LETTER IN THE WALL” book review By Eileen Brill, Sparkpress ($16.95) It’s 1971 and Joan Dumann is in…
The first time I held my daughter, hours after she was born, I was getting blood transfusions.
Opinions

The Alabama Mothers We Lost in 2018

The first time I held my daughter, hours after she was born, I was getting blood transfusions. If anyone wants to know what it feels like to bleed to death,…
News/Features

Recovery and Resilience

This article was originally published on March 11, 2016 in Alabama Alumni Magazine. In those immediate hours of shock, Mayor Walter Maddox remembers one of the first phone calls he…
Opinions

Here’s to you, YouTube

This article was originally published on December 15, 2015 on Quill, a magazine by the Society of Professional Journalists. Educators use YouTube for education videos (think Kahn Academy), and media…
News/Features

Rejuvenating Retreat

This article was originally published in the winter of 2014 in Lookout Alabama Magazine. DeSoto State Park offers a wide range of lodging options, giving guests of all stripes –…