Archive for March, 2008

FICTION FOR AND ABOUT THE PARANOID

FICTION FOR AND ABOUT THE PARANOID

        NOW YOU SEE HIM by Eli Gottlieb    Nick Framingham has spent his entire life believing he is the shadow of his childhood best friend, Rob Castor.  Obsessed might be the optimum word.  When Rob murders his girlfriend, Kate Pierce, and then disappears, Nick’s entire life disintegrates as he tries to justify the actions of […]

Entering Through the Flaw
By March 29, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Entering Through the Flaw

Here’s a great technique for kicking off a provocative conversation about a book. I’ve used it often enough now that I know it works. I got the idea from Rumi and a sex addict. The two lines out of Rumi that triggered this idea would run something like: Keep looking at the bandaged place. That’s […]

Seattle Reads: The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

Seattle Reads: The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

This year the Seattle Reads program, originally titled “What if Seattle Read the Same Book?” when Nandy Pearl and Chris Higashi started it in 1998, celebrates 10 years. Ten years of community discussions and events around amazing books or author’s works from Russell Banks to Isabel Allende to Marjane Satrapi to Jhumpa Lahiri, to name […]

Interesting Not All That Interesting
By March 27, 2008 2 Comments Read More →

Interesting Not All That Interesting

At dinner with some Booklisters on Tuesday night, we enjoyed a discussion of words and phrases (“interesting,” “well-written”) that shouldn’t appear in book reviews. The topic must be in the zeitgeist. Joyce Saricks, who was at the table, forwarded me this post from Paper Cuts: “Seven Deadly Words of Book Reviewing.” Their picks are poignant, compelling, […]

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REaD ALERT!
By March 27, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

REaD ALERT!

If it’s been quiet at Likely Stories lately, that’s because I’ve been away–first for a few days off with my family, and now I’m at the Public Library Association conference in Minneapolis, talking with librarians and demonstrating Booklist Online. Contributing editor Ian Chipman is holding down the fort in my absence, which reminds me…REaD ALERT!  

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The Ultimate Noir Tale

The Ultimate Noir Tale

  Detective Story by Imre Kertész From his prison cell, we receive the rationalization of an interrogator.  Do not call this a confession because the narrator makes it clear he had little to do with the sad affair that he relates.  Yet, he will receive the ultimate punishment.  Antonio Martens was a police officer in the […]

DISCUSSING NONFICTION
By March 25, 2008 2 Comments Read More →

DISCUSSING NONFICTION

Book group leaders who usually focus their discussions on novels may be hesitant about trying a nonfiction title.  At first glance, it may seem as if the preparation process will need to be very different and therefore more difficult.  However, even though you won’t be dealing with a typical plot and cast of characters as […]

Science Fiction Choices for Literary Book Groups

Science Fiction Choices for Literary Book Groups

Think that science fiction is for teenage boys and adults who like to wear costumes? That it requires a degree in astrophysics to understand? That the characters are thinner than cardboard cutouts?  Think again. Here are some science fiction choices that should go down well with literary book groups. These are choices with compelling, complex […]

Books and Docents

Books and Docents

Ted’s post not too long ago about taking his book group to the museum reminded me that I’m about to embark on another book group adventure. I am fortunate enough to live in a big enough city where everyone working in or with the arts and humanities knows everyone else. The world class Nelson-Atkins Museum […]

One Book, One Chicago: a genre pick!

One Book, One Chicago: a genre pick!

My colleague, David Wright, could not wait to share the news yesterday that the “One Book, One Chicago” pick this year is Raymond Chandler’s classic crime thriller, “The Long Goodbye.”  When I saw this I couldn’t help but think of Neil’s last post on genrephobia.  Now an entire city worth of book groups gets to […]