Archive for March, 2010

Minority Report: Black Church Women and Other Ordinary People

Minority Report: Black Church Women and Other Ordinary People

In my twenties, not long out of college, I was approached by a middle-aged black woman about joining the National Council of Negro Women. Proud of myself as a young black woman, I wasn’t interested in joining a group of middle-aged Negro women. I’d forgotten that particular bit of callowness until I read Jesus, Jobs, […]

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Shake, Rattle & Turn That Noise Down!:  How Elvis Shook Up Music, Me and Mom by Mark Alan Stamaty

Shake, Rattle & Turn That Noise Down!: How Elvis Shook Up Music, Me and Mom by Mark Alan Stamaty

Lynn: Tell a teenager that you grew up in a house that for years had one TV and one radio and they will look at you as if you have tree roots growing out of your nose. Mark Stamaty tells it like it really was and this bright musical memoir really struck a chord with […]

Reading the Screen: Will the Real Alice Please Stand Up?
By March 22, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: Will the Real Alice Please Stand Up?

If you haven’t seen Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, do it right away. Seriously: turn off your computer and go see the movie. And then come right back, because I have a few things to say about it. A lot of us fondly remember Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass as children’s stories. But […]

EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE

EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE

I recently read the book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.  This book is not only a literary masterpiece for its deft handling of the plot but if there is a better book to reveal the emotional impact of September 11th, I would like to know about it. Foer manages to use multiple viewpoints […]

Reading the Screen: A Ghost You Want to See
By March 21, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: A Ghost You Want to See

The Ghost Writer, the new Roman Polanski-directed movie, is getting some pretty good reviews. It currently rates 82% on the Tomatometer, which is really quite excellent. The movie is based on Robert Harris’s 2007 novel The Ghost, the gripping story of a professional ghostwriter who’s hired to co-write the autobiography of a former British prime minister, […]

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Join Me at PLA

Join Me at PLA

For the librarians who read Book Group Buzz, I’d like to publicize two programs at the Public Libraries Association conference coming up next week in Portland, Oregon. On Thursday, March 25th, at 10:30 a.m. in Room A108-109 of the Convention Center, I’ll be leading  a discussion on “Building a Reader’s Advisory Team” with my excellent […]

Reading the Screen: A Different Kind of Repo Man
By March 20, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: A Different Kind of Repo Man

Repo Men, the new movie starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker, is based on a novel by Eric Garcia. You might be familiar with his series of books about a dinosaur private eye, the first being 1999′s Anonymous Rex. He also wrote Matchstick Men (2002), which Ridley Scott made into a movie. Repo Men is a gritty […]

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Not New, But Still Worth Talking About
By March 19, 2010 2 Comments Read More →

Not New, But Still Worth Talking About

My book group came late to Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Susan Vreeland’s luminous novel about a Vermeer painting and its various owners from the time of its creation to the present day. It was a giant bestseller when it was originally published back in 1999,  but we don’t usually discuss books when they first appear, instead waiting […]

The Power of Voice

The Power of Voice

Father reads to daughter more than one thousand nights. What a lovely story from the NYT by Michael Winerip: A Father-Daughter Bond, Page by Page. Winerip knows about great books for kids – he’s the author of the Adam Canfield series – ably translated into audio, read byPatrick Lawlor. Thanks for this heart-warming story, Michael!

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Last Weeklings: Late Edition
By March 19, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Last Weeklings: Late Edition

Whoops. So I forgot to hit “publish” on this edition of Weeklings last Friday. Lucky thing, though, because this week I’ve been far too busy to compile a new one. Portland, Oregon, here I come! A government poisoning its own people — sounds like Iraq under Saddam Hussein, right? How about the U.S. in the […]

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