Archive for December, 2008

Child’s-eye Perspective
By December 31, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Child’s-eye Perspective

I happen to love a good coming-of-age novel. A bildungsroman, as the German call it. Coming-of-age novels can also be wonderful for discussion. But I got to thinking why I love them so much. For one, there is nothing so transformational in life as the journey from childhood to adulthood. So much can happen, so […]

Audiobook Listening Challenge
By December 31, 2008 5 Comments Read More →

Audiobook Listening Challenge

J.Kaye’s Book Blog is hosting an audiobook listening challenge for 2009. Think you can listen to 12 titles next year? Make it a New Year’s Resolution. Join in – and use the suggestions in my Audiobooker’s Choice part 1, part 2, and part 3 to get started! Or leave a comment with your suggestions of […]

Posted in: Audiobooker, Audiobooks
Today’s Video Break: Tough times? Use the library!
By December 30, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Today’s Video Break: Tough times? Use the library!

The Upper Arlington Public Library, one of my local libraries, posted this on their home page. Wish the story had mentioned the 24/7 availability of library services such as audiobook downloads! Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

Posted in: Audiobooker, Video
Anywhere and Here

Anywhere and Here

My friends in book groups always ask me for something thought-provoking, contemporary, and discussable. The next time I’m prodded for a suggestion for a group that wants a story that will keep conversation flowing and offer a quick pace, I will be suggesting Anita Shreve’s latest novel, Testimony. Anita Shreve had been a book group […]

The Eternal Question: to Re-Read or to Review?
By December 28, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

The Eternal Question: to Re-Read or to Review?

Hands down, the most frustrating aspect of reading groups is the gradual dimming of memory. Specifically, mine! In order to choose a book as the monthly pick, I need to read it at least a month in advance. The moment I sense I’m reading a book I may want to be discussing a couple months […]

New iPod for the holidays?
By December 27, 2008 1 Comments Read More →

New iPod for the holidays?

Did you find a new shiny toy in your stocking? Packing up your old iPod ready to ship to the Island of Misfit Toys? Give it a second chance! If you are like me, you just might have at least one old iPod languishing at the bottom of the technology drawer, nested in a bundle […]

Posted in: Audiobooker, Audiobooks
Will Hosting Two Book Clubs Snow Me Under?
By December 24, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Will Hosting Two Book Clubs Snow Me Under?

  I’m not looking out the window. I don’t see anything white happening. I’m thinking about book clubs. Yes, book clubs. I’m thinking realistically, how many book clubs can I keep going at the same time?   I’ve been snowed in for three days. The power went out twice this morning. The guy I’m infatuated […]

The Way to a Reader’s Heart is Through Her Book Group

The Way to a Reader’s Heart is Through Her Book Group

It’s not the newest marketing trend out there, but it’s certainly one of the most inexpensive. I have a sense that many other authors and publishers will be taking note of Joshua Henkin’s “so simple why didn’t I think of that” method for promoting his titles. Henkin contacts book groups and readers directly and offers […]

See you next year!
By December 23, 2008 1 Comments Read More →

See you next year!

Well, I’ll be headed out the door shortly for nice, long Christmas vacation. Likely Stories will be dark until I return on Monday, January 5th. Thanks for reading in 2008–there will be some exciting changes around here in 2009. Happy Holidays and a very Merry New Year! I’ll leave you in the capable hands of Brian […]

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David Foster Wallace's "Richard Taylor's 'Fatalism'"
By December 23, 2008 1 Comments Read More →

David Foster Wallace's "Richard Taylor's 'Fatalism'"

In the New York Times Magazine (“Consider the Philosopher“), James Ryerson reviews David Foster Wallace’s undergraduate thesis, which remains unpublished and largely unknown. There is, however, a reason that it may never receive wide readership, as you’ll see below: Given his considerable intellectual gifts and large cult following, it may come as a surprise to […]