Archive for January, 2008

Book Group Helpers
By January 31, 2008 1 Comments Read More →

Book Group Helpers

Barbara Mead, president of Reading Group Choices, got in touch with us this week  to tell us how much she likes Book Group Buzz.  If you don’t know Reading Group Choices it’s an organization that develops “resources that enhance the reading group experience.” Their Web site  is a great source for recommendations of  discussable books and discussion topics.  For featured titles, you can […]

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A Poet with a Doctor's Handwriting
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A Poet with a Doctor's Handwriting

I’m a little slow getting around to this story (“Editing of Frost Notebooks in Dispute,” by Motoko Rich, New York Times), but I can’t resist it: last January, Harvard University Press published The Notebooks of Robert Frost, by Robert Faggen (not to be confused with Mr. Dickens’ Mr. Fagin). The hefty tome, which provided transcriptions of 47 notebooks […]

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The Power of O
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The Power of O

There’s no denying the influence Oprah’s Book Club has had on books and reading.  Those book groups that make a point of avoiding Oprah selections can now avoid her latest,  just-announced pick: A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, by Eckhart Tolle.  In a new Book Club twist, Oprah and Eckhart will be teaching a 10-week […]

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A Very, Very Small Book Club Meeting
By January 30, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

A Very, Very Small Book Club Meeting

Thoughts come to a guy sitting alone in a restaurant, knowing no one is going to join him for his book club discussion. Why did I have to choose such a thick, difficult book? Why couldn’t I choose something shorter and more fun? Night Train to Lisbon is rich and toothsome and full of thoughts, […]

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And a Round of Applause for the Audience
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And a Round of Applause for the Audience

If there’s anyone who questions the enthusiasm of librarians for their line of work–and it sure ain’t me–show them this. Could writers and readers have any better friends? (Further reading.)

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That Story Is So Four Months Ago
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That Story Is So Four Months Ago

Hello, New York Times. Nice to have you with us. “Thumbs Race as Japan’s Best Sellers Go Cellular,” by Norimitsu Onishi (January 20, 2008) “Cell Phones’ Latest Plot Twist,” by Stevenson Swanson (Chicago Tribune, November 12, 2007) “Ring! Ring! Ring! In Japan, Novelists Find a New Medium,” by Yukari Iwatani Kane (Wall Street Journal, September […]

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A Bibliophile’s Dilemma
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A Bibliophile’s Dilemma

Food is a contentious issue in book groups. There are books and chapters of books devoted to enhancing book discussion through food. Dinner parties have, like book groups, become the in thing. But food can really distract from discussion. (Please correct me if I am wrong—I would love to hear stories from groups who have […]

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The Nabokov Exception
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The Nabokov Exception

Also in the Guardian‘s theblogbooks, Kathryn Hughes considers Dmitri Nabokov’s dilemma: However, there’s something about the way in which Vladimir Nabokov and his son Dimitri have conducted themselves over this business that makes me think that none of these normal considerations apply. Nabokov père was the most extraordinary trickster, playing games not just with language […]

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Will shorter books save reading?
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Will shorter books save reading?

In the Guardian‘s theblogbooks, Jean Hannah Edelstein attacks “sizeism” in fiction and suggests that novellas might be the perfect antidote to the reading public’s (supposedly) declining attention span: And then I had an epiphany: could it be that we should look to classics like Ethan Frome to find the key to saving fiction from the […]

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Now That's the Oprah We Know
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Now That's the Oprah We Know

Oprah just announced her new pick–perhaps a pick-me-up for any lingering hangovers from reading The Road? Best-selling author and spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle has been inspiring readers since his first book, The Power of Now. In A New Earth, Eckhart provides practical teachings for waking up to a new, enlightened mind-set. If you’re seeking a […]

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