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This Song: No Muse

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No Muse by Wild Moccasins

YA Pioneers: Lael Littke

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YA may have blown up over the past decade, but it used to be a small section of the bookstore.  In the early nineties, it consisted mostly of "teen thrillers," which mostly featured dark mysteries and serial killers, although there was some supernatural fare as well.  The authors of those books were ahead of their time and built an audience in teenagers, and paved the way for the YA that is beloved by so many today.

YA Pioneers
Lael Littke was born on December 2, 1929, and worked secretarial jobs between 1952 and 1963.  She was Mormon, attending The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Denver, Colorado, where she would meet her husband, before moving to New York, and finally to California to settle down with their daughter.  Littke began her education by diving into journalism, but changed her focus, majoring in English and taking every writing course available at Utah State University (and eventually City College of New York).

While in New York, she began to sell s…

This Song: Married Young

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Married Young by Elise Davis