Archive for February, 2010

Minority Report: Secrets of the Noble Servant
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Minority Report: Secrets of the Noble Servant

The noble black woman servant who saves the dysfunctional white family is an iconic figure in American culture. It often brings to mind the 1988 movie Clara’s Heart, starring Whoopi Goldberg, with Kathleen Quinlan as the affluent but neglectful mother and Neil Patrick Harris as the emotionally needy son. What I really love about this […]

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Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalists  – Young Adult Literature

Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalists – Young Adult Literature

Lynn and Cindy: The Finalists for the 2009 LA Times Book Prize were announced Monday and we are really excited! Four of these were in Lynn’s Top Ten. Here are the finalists: James Cross Giblin. The Rise and Fall of Senator Joe McCarthy Frances Hardinge. The Lost Conspiracy Deborah Heiligman. Charles and Emma: The Darwin’s […]

LA Times Announces 2009 Book Prize Finalists
By February 23, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

LA Times Announces 2009 Book Prize Finalists

And the finalists are: Biography The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience, by Kirstin Downey    Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits, by Linda Gordon   Koestler: The Literary and Political Odyssey of a Twentieth Century Skeptic, by Michael Scammell   Louis D. […]

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2010 Washington Book Prize Announces Finalists
By February 23, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

2010 Washington Book Prize Announces Finalists

Three books are in line to receive the $50,000 Washington Book Prize: Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution, by Richard Beeman The Founding Fathers Reconsidered, by R.B. Bernstein  Abigail & John: Portrait of A Marriage, by Edith B. Gelles The winner will be announced May 20th.

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The Big Read: “The Help”
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The Big Read: “The Help”

Ten libraries in the western suburbs of Chicago are currently sponsoring a “Big Read” program focusing on Kathryn Stockett’s deeply involving bestseller about life in the South in 1962, The Help.  They are urging community members to read and discuss the book together with family and friends by checking out “Book Club in a Bag” kits.  […]

Mal-Adapted
By February 22, 2010 2 Comments Read More →

Mal-Adapted

Books adapted into films are always a great choice for book groups, but three recent films are good reminders of how difficult it is to adapt great books to another media form. As I watched Shutter Island, The Lovely Bones, and The Blind Side, I couldn’t help but think that I would be enjoying myself more if […]

2010 Nebula Award Finalists Announced
By February 22, 2010 1 Comments Read More →

2010 Nebula Award Finalists Announced

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America  have announced their Nebula finalists in six categories. For novels, the nominees are: The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi   The Love We Share Without Knowing, by Christopher Barzak Flesh and Fire, by Laura Anne Gilman The City & The City, by China Miéville Boneshaker, by Cherie […]

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Quirk Classics Unveils Android Karenina Cover
By February 22, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Quirk Classics Unveils Android Karenina Cover

You’ve got to hand it to Quirk Classics. The publishers of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters may be riding their one-trick pony into the ground, but they’re doing it with style. Bloggers, this one included, seem constitutionally incapable of not linking to every new development, from the announcement of the newest […]

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Mirror Mirror:  A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer

Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer

Lynn: If we were as clever as Marilyn Singer, we’d write this blog in reversible lines in honor of her wonderful new book, Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse (Penguin/Dutton, March 2010). There is a reason she is a writer and we are reviewers though so we won’t try. I’ll resort to saying that […]

Update: Aggregated Best of 2009 Megalist
By February 21, 2010 1 Comments Read More →

Update: Aggregated Best of 2009 Megalist

I continue to tally votes from as many authoritative sources as I can find to build my spreadsheet of the Best Books of 2009. So far, I’ve counted votes for 1,880 books published in the U.S. during 2009, as named by 112 sources. There are still a few important sources to add to the list, but I’m […]