Archive for July, 2008

Summer, Love — and a Good Book
By July 25, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Summer, Love — and a Good Book

What’s happening to me? Usually I read a couple novels a week. Now I’m lucky to finish even one. I haven’t turned in any book reviews to Shelf Awareness. I missed my last blog on Book Group Buzz. My pick-of-the-month for University Book Store was supposed to be announced last Monday, and hasn’t even been […]

Talking Apocalypse at Disneyland

Talking Apocalypse at Disneyland

The inestimable Dan Kraus has worked his video magic yet again, with this digest of the Booklist Adult Books Readers’ Advisory Forum: Post-9/11 Fiction: Thanks, Dan!

Brideshead Again
By July 24, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Brideshead Again

  I’m eagerly anticipating this week’s release of the new film version of Brideshead Revisited.  By all accounts, it is just as successful as the 11-part series that aired on  Masterpiece Theatre almost 30 years ago (who would sit still for an 11-part series these days?). For book groups, there’s a short Brideshead Revisited discussion guide […]

Time for a “Board” Meeting?

Time for a “Board” Meeting?

Some fascinating nonfiction on top level play in two brainy boardgames would be good selections for your next book group meeting. Paul Hoffman’s The King’s Gambit: A Son, A Father, and the World’s Most Dangerous Game mixes the author’s memoir of his relationship with his dishonest father with a tale of returning to competitive chess […]

Crossovers
By July 22, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Crossovers

Do you ever consider using  novels that are marketed as YA in your book group? Interesting essay in The New York Times the other day about the fine line between adult and YA novels.  Among the authors the essay mentions is Peter Cameron, who has written several adult novels and thought he was writing Someday This Pain […]

Reviewers Reviewed

Reviewers Reviewed

I somehow missed this last week when I was home with the kid. Fortunately, my buddy Frank brought it to my attention: in exchange for a 50% pay cut, Publishers Weekly reviewers now have their names printed in the issues where their reviews appear (“The Reviewers Come in from the Cold,” by Leon Neyfakh, New York […]

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War and Peace in Pieces

War and Peace in Pieces

Way back on February 27, I poked fun at the idea of reading War and Peace via e-mail. A little while later, I thought, what the hell, you never know until you try. This morning I read installment 91 of 675, so I guess I’m sticking with it. It’s not the best reading experience in […]

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Taking Stock of Book Covers

Taking Stock of Book Covers

Galleycat links to a Slate piece (“Everyone Will Be Lonely Eight Months from Now,” by Seth Stevenson), whose exploration of “the weird science of stock photography” mentions a different kind of book-jacket trend: the ubiquity of Jennifer Anderson. Of course, it is possible for an image to become too popular. A few years ago, a model/actress living […]

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Pacifist Cellist at War with Novelist

Pacifist Cellist at War with Novelist

Vedran Smailovic, the “Cellist of Sarajevo,” wants money from Steven Galloway, the Canadian author of The Cellist of Sarajevo, for his role in the book (“Famous cellist claims story stolen by Canadian author,” CBC): With a stool and his cello, Smailovic once played on top of the rubble from a deadly mortar attack in Sarajevo. In […]

Fact-Checking His Own Memoir

Fact-Checking His Own Memoir

You don’t see this every day: a memoirist questioning his own veracity (“Times Columnist Uncovers His Darkest Story,” by Howard Kurtz, Washington Post). The author is David Carr and the book is The Night of the Gun. But recounting exactly what happened is another story, which is why he uses the approach of interviewing people from […]