Archive for August, 2009

The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupdendous Life of Showman P. T. Barnum by Candace Fleming

The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupdendous Life of Showman P. T. Barnum by Candace Fleming

Cindy: Ladies and gentlemen, Children Of All Ages, with delightful derring-do and glitzy grammatical garnishing, Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan, in conjunction with the superior cyberspectacular known as www.Ringling.com are proud to present the following fabulous book review! (this website will Barnumize your email or text!) Where to start in describing the wealth of interesting […]

THAT OLD CAPE MAGIC

THAT OLD CAPE MAGIC

On a recent vacation with my wife, I came across a sign in a flower shop that said “Put on your Big Boy pants and get over it.” I was reminded of that sage philosophy while reading That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo.  In this book, we meet Jack Griffin, a former L. A. screenwriter […]

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Today’s Video Break: Aharrr!
By August 29, 2009 1 Comments Read More →

Today’s Video Break: Aharrr!

Hilarious look behind-the-mic of a 10-second voice-over recording session: Ahaarrrr! from Steve Skinner via Proxima UK (where the title is spelled two ways) Click this link for a marvelous look at the 8 minute film written by & starring Jonathan Kydd and directed by Steven Skinner: http://www.promax-uk.org/result/promaxvideo2col/440.jsp?v=81&n=10023 Thanks to Audiobook DJ for the link!

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Dominick Dunne, R.I.P.

Dominick Dunne, R.I.P.

Some reviewers and readers may find this hard to believe, but I will miss Dominick Dunne (“Dominick Dunne, Chronicler of Crime, Dies at 83,” by Enid Nemy, New York Times). He has always been a favored writer on my reading list. I would call him a guilty pleasure author except his writing and storytelling were […]

Why One English Teacher Values the Audiobook
By August 28, 2009 4 Comments Read More →

Why One English Teacher Values the Audiobook

Author Amy Huntley shares her thoughts on the “reading or cheating” audiobook debate. What a wonderful boost for educators who integrate audiobooks in their reading & language arts instruction! I’m printing this out to add to my file of audiobook research and forwarding to those who need ammunition in combating resistance to listing to literature. […]

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A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck

A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck

Lynn: “I tried to make August last because September, and school, didn’t look good. We were not only newcomers, but we were P.K.’s – preacher’s kids. So everybody’d be gunning for us, and we’d be living in a fishbowl.” 11-year old Bob has a lot to worry about. Not only is his family new in […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Rose & the Bald-Headed Elephant

Book Trailer Thursday: Rose & the Bald-Headed Elephant

Picture-book trailers usually adhere to one formula: artwork  /  zooms   x  pans  +  music = trailer. There’s something soulless about this approach; by removing both the effort of reading as well as the interaction of parent and child, we’re left with a simulacrum of an experience, a readaloud as interpreted by a robot. However! Occasionally […]

Inside the Audiobook Studio Amy Huntley and Josh Adams
By August 26, 2009 3 Comments Read More →

Inside the Audiobook Studio Amy Huntley and Josh Adams

I hope you’re enjoying meeting members of the audiobook community here every Wednesday. The whole idea for “Inside the Audiobook Studio” was triggered by a great event hosted by Brilliance Audio at their studio in Grand Haven, MI. Tim Ditlow, Brilliance VP & Young Adult and Children’s Acquisition Editor, invited a few audiobook aficionados to […]

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A Book Club for the Homeless
By August 26, 2009 6 Comments Read More →

A Book Club for the Homeless

Last Sunday I watched the CBS television program Sunday Morning and caught an interesting piece on an unusual book club.  Steve Hartman, the reporter, told about Peter, a successful lawyer, who regularly took a morning stroll on the Boston Commons, where he often encountered a homeless man named Rob.  The two men engaged in conversation, and after they’d exhausted the […]

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Solitaire for Groups

Solitaire for Groups

In the late 1950s, Edward Abbey spent summers working in Utah’s Arches National Park, performing a variety of park services and sometimes escaping for backcountry hiking and rafting adventures or side work for local ranchers. The result is his 1968 book Desert Solitaire. Over 40 years later, his book is still relevant, poignant, and laced […]

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