Archive for April, 2010

Trend chasing and the future of the book

Trend chasing and the future of the book

A couple of interesting articles this week share a common theme. At the Huffington Post, Jason Pinter argues that publishers shouldn’t create a self-fulfilling prophecy by refusing to publish and market books for men because the common wisdom is that “men don’t read.” Meanwhile, at the online magazine Guernica, Jay Baron Nicorvo argues that publishers […]

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The Books on the Bus Go Round and Round
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The Books on the Bus Go Round and Round

Here’s a story about a different kind of book group. If you watched the NBC Nightly News last night, you probably saw the Making a Difference segment about Miss Kookyi’s Book Club. Miss Kookyi is a Florida school bus driver who has come up with an interesting solution to the problem of kids acting up on her […]

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Numbers by Rachel Ward

Numbers by Rachel Ward

Cindy: Our teens nabbed our advance reader copy of Numbers (Scholastic/Chicken House, 2010) and wouldn’t give it up, so after hearing them rave about it at book club week after week, I got my hands on the audio version (Brilliance, 2010) and I can understand their enthusiasm. Jem sees numbers when she looks into people’s […]

Reading the Screen: Truer Grit?
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Reading the Screen: Truer Grit?

Joel and Ethan Coen, as you probably know, are the talented writing-directing team behind such great movies as Blood Simple, Fargo, No Country for Old Men (based on the Cormac McCarthy novel), and Burn After Reading. If you’re one of the millions who didn’t see that last one, by the way,  go out and rent it immediately […]

Posted in: Books and Movies
Tuesday Chortle

Tuesday Chortle

The Crestwood Reading and Handcrafts Circle memorializes longtime member and facilitator Hortense Pageworthy with a sculpture of all the books Hortense read.

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Robin Hood Audiobook – For Free!

Robin Hood Audiobook – For Free!

Before the new movie, listen to Pyle’s classic The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood narrated by Simon Vance, Booklist Magazine’s “Voice of Choice.” You can download the 9 hour, 30 minute title for FREE for a limited time from Tantor Media. Click here for all the details. You just have to sign up for a […]

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L.A. Times Announces 2010 Book Prize Winners

L.A. Times Announces 2010 Book Prize Winners

Ten titles, in ten categories, have been named as winners of the L.A. Times Book Prize: Biography Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits, by Linda Gordon Current Interest Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers Fiction A Happy Marriage,by Rafael Yglesias Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction American Rust,by Philipp Meyer  Graphic Novel Asterios Polyp,by David Mazzucchelli History Golden […]

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Losing Season by Jack Ridl

Losing Season by Jack Ridl

Cindy: Every April I lament the end of March Madness and my college basketball tv habit. It gives me more time to read again, but I miss the game. Do I have a treat for those of you in my hightop shoes! Losing Season (CavanKerry Press, 2009) is a collection of basketball poems by poet […]

Minority Report: Remembering Dorothy Height

Minority Report: Remembering Dorothy Height

The news last week of the death of 98-year-old Dorothy Height, president of the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years, recalled for me the March 22 blog “Black Church Women and Other Ordinary People.” I meant the title to be ironic, still, Height was anything but ordinary. The NCNW, with more than 4 […]

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Women’s Fic Picks:  Katherine Center

Women’s Fic Picks: Katherine Center

Similar in style to my last Women’s Fic Picks author, Allison Winn Scotch, Katherine Center writes lighthearted women’s fiction that packs an emotional punch while making you laugh out loud. Center’s first novel, The Bright Side of Disaster, was one of those books that made me think, “OK, I need to follow this new author […]

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