Archive for January, 2008

How Far Will Group Members Stretch?
By January 25, 2008 2 Comments Read More →

How Far Will Group Members Stretch?

Every group has its comfort zone. The delight of a group after reading a book they truly enjoy is addicting. There’s a temptation to keep choosing those same kinds of books that become easy favorites, the kind you know your book group will thoroughly enjoy. And, of course, that’s basically a good idea. In both […]

Wait a few years and this won't be satire anymore
By January 25, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Wait a few years and this won't be satire anymore

And, because it’s Friday, The Onion: Area Eccentric Reads Entire Book GREENWOOD, IN – Sitting in a quiet downtown diner, local hospital administrator Philip Meyer looks as normal and well-adjusted as can be. Yet, there’s more to this 27-year-old than first meets the eye: Meyer has recently finished reading a book. Yes, the whole thing. […]

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Embossed Foil Dragon vs. Booker Prize Badge
By January 25, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Embossed Foil Dragon vs. Booker Prize Badge

In Wired, Clive Thompson calls science fiction–or, if you prefer, speculative fiction–”the last great literature of ideas.” And he makes his case in a language appropriate to the venue: Here’s my overly reductive, incredibly nerdy way of thinking about the novel: Consider it a simulation, kind of like The Sims. If you run a realistic […]

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I believe Don Imus is what they refer to as a "wild card"
By January 25, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

I believe Don Imus is what they refer to as a "wild card"

From the Department of Really, What Did You Expect? NEW YORK (Reuters) – A book publisher that bought an ad on Don Imus’s radio show is suing the shock jock and his former bosses at CBS Radio for more than $4 million, saying Imus insulted the book he was paid to promote. (“Advertiser sues Don […]

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Cartographical Errors in Long Way Gone?
By January 25, 2008 1 Comments Read More →

Cartographical Errors in Long Way Gone?

More on the Ishmael Beah controversy in The Australian. Another former child soldier, Kabba Williams, has questioned Beah’s account of events (“Child soldier questions Beah’s tale,” by Peter Wilson): “That is not true … 1995 was the period when Ishmael got involved in the conflict,” Mr Williams told The Australian in a telephone interview yesterday. However: […]

Thanks a lot, C. J. Box
By January 25, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Thanks a lot, C. J. Box

I’m on deadline today for my review of the new C. J. Box novel, Blood Trail (Putnam). A couple of years ago, I complained that Mr. Box had deprived me of a good night’s sleep. At the time, I’d just returned from spending three months at home with my first son, and the readjustment to […]

You Go, Girl
By January 24, 2008 2 Comments Read More →

You Go, Girl

 Two more Web sites that are good book group resources:  “Dedicated to sharing great books, news and tips with book club girls everywhere” is how the year-old Book Club Girl describes its mission.  Jennifer Hart (who works at HarperCollins) blogs about discussable books and other book-group matters, and also  provides links to reading guides, book club resources, and author sites. At […]

A Terrific Game of Critic Kong
By January 24, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

A Terrific Game of Critic Kong

Check out the critical conversation in the new Time Out Chicago (“Critical Condition,” by Kris Vire), featuring Booklist‘s very own “books critic,” Donna Seaman (the accidental title makes it seem as if we also have food, TV, and automotive critics). An excerpt: Kris Vire: Is passion more important than education? Donna Seaman: Initially, but passion […]

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The Australian: Beah's Statement "Seriously Flawed"
By January 24, 2008 1 Comments Read More →

The Australian: Beah's Statement "Seriously Flawed"

Peter Wilson and Shelley Gare of The Australian have published a point-by-point rebuttal (“Response to author, publisher claims“) to Ishmael Beah’s rebuttal: Author Ishmael Beah and his publisher Farrar Straus & Giroux have attempted to refute The Australian’s disclosure of major factual errors in his best-selling book “A Long Way Gone.” But a statement issued by […]

Ishmael Beah: "my story is all true"
By January 23, 2008 4 Comments Read More →

Ishmael Beah: "my story is all true"

As an update on yesterday’s post about Ishmael Beah, the author has unequivocally declared that his facts are correct. Publishers Weekly (“Ishmael Beah Takes Public Stand,” by Michael Coffey) reprints the full press release from his publisher, Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The war in Sierra Leone began in 1991. My story, as I remember it and wrote it, […]