Archive for March, 2009

Lady of the Snakes

Lady of the Snakes

Lady of the Snakes by Rachel Pastan poses the question that many women have been asking themselves in the modern age–can women manage to successfully juggle their career, motherhood and marriage? Jane Levitsky is a young, determined academic who had an unplanned pregnancy along the way to her pursuit of tenure. She did marry the […]

Cassette tape as art

Cassette tape as art

In these times of tight budgets, I try to reuse/repurpose as much as possible – such as saving CD audiobook clamshell boxes from titles I’ve removed from the collection due to low circulation, to replace the worn boxes of the high circulating items and sending the discarded CDs to the art teacher for recycled craft […]

Posted in: Audiobooker
Swim the Fly by Don Calame

Swim the Fly by Don Calame

Cindy and Lynn: We first wrote about Swim the Fly (Candlewick, April 2009) back in November at our original blog site, and you can read the complete comments here. But this funny book has done laps in our brains since then and we wanted to reprise our enthusiasm for it now that its pub date […]

Hero Attacks Girlfriend, Ruins Novel (spoiler alert!)
By March 23, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Hero Attacks Girlfriend, Ruins Novel (spoiler alert!)

Lest anyone read Red April because of my enthusiastic blog yesterday, let me warn you what I stumbled into, totally unprepared, late last night. Maybe this is a cultural difference. Am I being too sensitive, too feminist here? But it’s the most unlikeable thing a central character has done in a novel for a long […]

Prizewinner from Peru is Compulsive Reading
By March 22, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Prizewinner from Peru is Compulsive Reading

I lucked out! It’s what every reading addict hopes and prays will happen – the book you bring home for the weekend turns out to be the perfect choice as it takes over your life. I’ve only got 60 pages left, and I’m just making myself stop long enough to jot down this blog before […]

Joining the Other Book Club in Town
By March 21, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Joining the Other Book Club in Town

I’ve just come home from being a member of another book club. I’d been waiting for the third Saturday of the month to make my two-bus pilgrimage up to Capitol Hill to attend a meeting of the “other” gay book club in Seattle, Q-Squared Book Group. The #49 bus dropped me off on Broadway a […]

A Dark and Stormy Afternoon: Round 4
By March 20, 2009 1 Comments Read More →

A Dark and Stormy Afternoon: Round 4

(Previously on Nerd vs. Nerd.) Category: Novels, 1950-Present I went back to the Devon School not long ago, and found it looking oddly newer than when I was a student there fifteen years before. “Sounds like A Separate Peace,” I said, “except that it wasn’t Devon . . . ” “Do you want a clue?” […]

Posted in: Likely Stories
This Month’s Book Sucked (Blood)

This Month’s Book Sucked (Blood)

At the library, my co-workers and I just have to laugh when we see yet another vampire book hit the shelves. They really are everywhere anymore. If there were as many vampires in the world as there are vampire books, the rest of us would be in big trouble! But there really is something for […]

Seamus Heaney Wins David Cohen Prize…

Seamus Heaney Wins David Cohen Prize…

…And £40,000 for a lifetime of excellence in literature and being awesome. David Cohen Prize Judges’ Chair Andrew Motion said it better: “[Heaney's work has] crystallised the story of our times, in language which has bravely and memorably continued to extend its imaginative reach”, and for his critical writing, his translations and his lecturing, which […]

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Google celebrates The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Google celebrates The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Google’s home page today features this tribute to the 40th Anniversary of the publication of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We at Bookends beat them to the celebration a few weeks ago. If you missed our post about the new pop-up version of this children’s classic, you can catch up here. Happy Birthday VHC!