Archive for February, 2009

The Twins' Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down Rating

The Twins' Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down Rating

Lynn: In the early days of Bookends we posted about picture books that my grandsons and I read together and loved. But now that we are with Booklist I’ve been thinking I need to sound more serious and less like a doting grandmother. Cindy and I talked about calling the boys our focus group which […]

A Cuban Novelist’s Heartfelt New Work
By February 23, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

A Cuban Novelist’s Heartfelt New Work

The life-numbing poverty of Cuba never ceases to be appalling. Achy Obejas, who translated Junot Diaz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel into Spanish, doesn’t flinch from recording her country’s misery in her deeply compassionate new novel, Ruins. She depicts an island world where a man’s pride and integrity are constantly tested, because anyone will do anything for […]

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Young Lions Finalists Announced
By February 23, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Young Lions Finalists Announced

The NYPL announced five finalists for the Young Lions Fiction Award honoring young (35 years of age and under) writers. And the nominees are: The Unpossessed City by Jon Fasman Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen One More Year by Sana Krasikov The Lost Books of the Odyssey by Zachary Mason The End by Salvatore Scibona The winner will […]

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Almost Astronauts:  13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone

Lynn: I am one of those people who needs a good dose of indignation now and then but even if you are hard-wired for calmness the story told in Almost Astronauts (Candlewick, Feb. 2009) is guaranteed to hit a ten on anyone’s IQ (indignation quotient) scale. While working on another book, Stone came across an […]

Playaway’s blog – take a look!
By February 22, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Playaway’s blog – take a look!

There’s a new audiobook blog: Just Press Play, from Playaway’s Senior Manager for Content Strategy David Perrotta. Stop by to see which titles from the ALA Media Awards are available on Playaway. And Perrotta isn’t afraid to delve into librarian-talk, such as his post on MARC: Is Playaway a Sound Recording or an Electronic Resource? […]

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Waltz with Bashir
By February 22, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Waltz with Bashir

No book of 2009 has been as stunning and exhilarating as Waltz with Bashir, and our book club will be reading it next month. This is keeping in mind that two excellent new novels come out in March, and either one would make a fine March book club selection for University Book Store in Seattle. […]

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An Appropriate Gift
By February 22, 2009 2 Comments Read More →

An Appropriate Gift

My wife gave me an interesting gift for Christmas, and I thought you book discussion lovers might like to know about it.  It’s a collection of questions on little white cards, contained in an attractive lucite box.  This product is called Table Topics; Questions to Start Great Conversations, and it’s one of a series — this one being […]

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Listen Up!
By February 22, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Listen Up!

Do you listen to audiobooks? I do.  In fact, I’m addicted to them.  I particularly listen to them in the car, whenever I’m driving somewhere.  I started doing it when I was still working and spent two hours every day commuting.  I’m retired now, but I can’t break the habit because I really enjoy listening […]

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Little Bee
By February 21, 2009 4 Comments Read More →

Little Bee

Chris Cleave’s Little Bee begins with a perfect first line: “Most days I wish I was a British pound coin instead of an African girl.” Thus begins the story of Little Bee, a Nigerian girl in a detention center in England who escaped Nigeria by the skin of her teeth after oil companies came in […]

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Basketball Showdown

Basketball Showdown

Cindy: How do arch rivals survive together? Very carefully. Lynn is a dyed in the (black and gold) wool Purdue Boilermaker while I am an Indiana Hoosier fanatic. Big Ten Basketball season tests our friendship every winter. When we worked in the same library we used to threaten to put a line down the middle […]