Archive for March, 2006

I Am That Woman
By March 29, 2006 0 Comments Read More →

I Am That Woman

Riding the bus downtown this morning, I saw a woman reading Lisa See’s Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (you’ll have to be a Booklist Online subscriber to follow that link, I’m afraid). The woman, wearing a turquoise knit pant suit, sneakers, purple glasses, and gold jewelry, had a tight perm and a pursed-lips expression […]

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Blood Trail, Volume Two
By March 29, 2006 4 Comments Read More →

Blood Trail, Volume Two

Most of the books we review arrive as Advance Readers’ Copies (ARCs), which are basically paperback versions of the final book that have yet to be proofread. Some ARCs have glossy covers with the art that will be on the finished book, and some have plain cardstock covers with a few salient pieces of information. […]

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Blood Trail, or An End to Digression
By March 28, 2006 3 Comments Read More →

Blood Trail, or An End to Digression

I know I promised to digress just a little bit more-though I also promised that I’d promise to stop digressing-but I just can’t take it anymore. I have to stop digressing now. I had a good reason for digressing, though: I was stalling for time. This is supposed to be a book reviewer’s journal, but […]

But I Digress
By March 27, 2006 0 Comments Read More →

But I Digress

Well, we’re back home from PLA (the Public Library Association conference in Boston), where we launched Booklist Online. We’re not activating our first subscribers until April 1, but as you’ve no doubt noticed, Booklist Online is live at www.booklistonline.com, and the Review of the Day is changing every day (well, every weekday-more about that later). […]

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What I Think I’m Doing
By March 24, 2006 2 Comments Read More →

What I Think I’m Doing

I’m glad that’s over with. But, as I said, my confessional-mode entry does pertain to the project at hand. I may have mentioned that this is going to be a blog about book reviewing. In the last year and a half, as we’ve developed Booklist Online, my idea of the blog was always that it […]

You Mean I Have to Do This Every Day?
By March 23, 2006 2 Comments Read More →

You Mean I Have to Do This Every Day?

I was kidding, of course, when I said I’d have a story about my schoolyard origins as a literary critic-at least I thought I was. I was definitely kidding about the use of the words literary critic, because I am a book reviewer, not a literary critic. But then it occurred to me that I […]

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A Likely Story
By March 22, 2006 5 Comments Read More →

A Likely Story

My name is Keir, and I’m a book reviewer. Also, as of today-the day Booklist Online goes live-I’m a blogger. I hope my mom isn’t reading this. I know she had bigger plans for her son. But sometimes life doesn’t go exactly as planned. So, mom? I’m a blogger. Deal with it. What will this […]

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