Archive for December, 2009

Alcott on PBS
By December 28, 2009 1 Comments Read More →

Alcott on PBS

Enter to win the audiobook here: bit.ly/4rdpwa. Booklist’s Top Video of 2009, Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women , will be shown on December 28th on PBS’s American Masters. Learn more about this film and Harriet Reisen’s companion biography in my Inside the Audiobook Studio interview with Reisen. Once you’ve decided on the […]

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Free audiobook: Sherlock Holmes
By December 27, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Free audiobook: Sherlock Holmes

New MP3 player + current movie = perfect listening choice! If you are looking for a great freebie, there’s only two days left for the downloads offered on AudioFile magazine’s Listeners’ Guide to Sherlock Holmes web page. I highlighted Naxos AudioBooks marvelous recordings of  The Complete Sherlock Holmes in this Inside the Audiobook Studio interview […]

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Finding Common Grounds in reading

Finding Common Grounds in reading

The Common Grounds reading gang at The Kansas City Public Library narrowed their choices down and it wasn’t easy. Since this group only meets every other month, selections are halved. We’re opening with a mystery in January to keep with the KCPL Winter Reading Program theme mentioned earlier. Hard Revolution by George Pelecanos will start […]

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ONE CHRISTMAS TRADITION MY FAMILY DID NOT HAVE
By December 24, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

ONE CHRISTMAS TRADITION MY FAMILY DID NOT HAVE

If you are inclined to celebrate Christmas based on Victorian England’s standards, you need to find a nice cozy ghost story to read around the fire. While initially this may seem a bit strange, remember the basic elements of A Christmas Carol by Dickens.  Any tradition that gives humanity a work of fiction like The […]

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Crossing Stones by Helen Frost

Crossing Stones by Helen Frost

Lynn: I have confessed here before about the flaw in my character – I am not a huge fan of poetry and I mostly dislike verse novels. Therefore I hope, gentle readers, that you will pay special attention to a verse novel that I love. Crossing Stones (Farrar/Frances Foster 2009) is extraordinary. First of all […]

A Blue Highways Christmas
By December 24, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

A Blue Highways Christmas

I’ve been wandering with William Least Heat-Moon for the last couple of months. Normally, a book that takes me that long to get through is not something to celebrate, but something about Blue Highways defied quick reading, even though I loved it. It just didn’t seem right to race through the towns any faster than […]

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Year of Reading with The Downtowners

Year of Reading with The Downtowners

I facilitate three book groups and last week was spent in a furious round of picking titles for discussion next year and trying very hard not to overlap selections. Avoiding duplication is great for participants, but can be a little rough on the facilitator (namely, moi). I don’t read as quickly as I used to […]

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Inside the Audiobook Studio: Katherine Kellgren
By December 23, 2009 3 Comments Read More →

Inside the Audiobook Studio: Katherine Kellgren

Neil Gaiman kicked off the Twitter audiobook that Katherine Kellgren reads in today’s peek inside BBC Audiobooks America’s recording of  Hearts, Keys, and Puppetry – available as a free download. The BBCAA’s Twitterverse audiobook creation was one of the Top Audiobook Stories of 2009, as reported by GalleyCat. BBCAA’s Facebook fans were the first to […]

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Joining in the Reindeer Games
By December 22, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Joining in the Reindeer Games

My science fiction/fantasy group held its 6th annual Christmas Party and Reindeer Games last week. It was the first year we’d moved the party out of the library and into my house. (We were tired of vacating the premises at 9 p.m.)  The 27 people who attended filled every nook and cranny of the four […]

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Where in the Wild?:  Camouflaged Creatures Concealed…and Revealed by David M. Schwartz and Yael Schy

Where in the Wild?: Camouflaged Creatures Concealed…and Revealed by David M. Schwartz and Yael Schy

Lynn: There are so many wonderful elements in Where in the Wild (Tricycle Press 2007) and this year’s follow up Where Else in the Wild (Tricycle Press 2009) that it is hard to know where to start! Lovely poetry, gorgeous photography, skillful book design and well done factual material combine to make books that are […]