Archive for April, 2010

LMNO Peas by Keith Baker

LMNO Peas by Keith Baker

Lynn: LMNO Peas (S&S/Beach Lane 2010) had me laughing before I even saw the book. Countless small children have sung this section of the alphabet song just this way, including my own sons and grandsons. I kept right on laughing when I read the book because the execution is just as much fun as the […]

2010 Orange Prize Shortlist Announced

2010 Orange Prize Shortlist Announced

The Orange shortlist has been announced: Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel The Very Thought of You, by Rosie Alison The Lacuna,by Barbara Kingsolver Black Water Rising, by Attica Locke A Gate at the Stairs, by Lorrie Moore The White Woman on the Green Bicycle,by Monique Roffey

Posted in: Awards, Likely Stories
Stocking School Libraries

Stocking School Libraries

Colleen Mondor is one of Booklist’s many ardent, expert, and versatile freelance reviewers. I rely on Colleen to cover all kinds of topical nonfiction, with a strong emphasis on books about nature and environmental concerns and Alaska, where she lived for a decade or so after college. Colleen grew up in Florida, not far from […]

Posted in: Kidlit, Likely Stories, YA
Women’s Fic Picks:  Allison Winn Scotch

Women’s Fic Picks: Allison Winn Scotch

Any of Allison Winn Scotch’s novels would be a great choice for a lighter women’s fiction book discussion.  She has an easygoing writing style, a fabulous sense of humor, and writes about very realistic characters going through some very unrealistic challenges. For example, in my personal favorite,  Time of My Life, Jillian is tired.  Tired […]

Minority Report: "Sisters" Cross Paths in Congo

Minority Report: "Sisters" Cross Paths in Congo

Despite the grim subject matter, I smiled when I read A Thousand Sisters: My Journey Into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman, when the author, Lisa Shannon wrote of meeting Alice Walker in the Congo when they were both visiting Women for Women International. Weeks before I’d read Walker’s book, Overcoming Speechlessness: […]

If Stones Could Speak:  Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge by Marc Aronson with Mike Parker Pearson

If Stones Could Speak: Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge by Marc Aronson with Mike Parker Pearson

Lynn: If Stones Could Speak (National Geographic 2010) is the best nonfiction book I’ve read so far this year! I really loved this book for lots of reasons. First, it has almost instant appeal. Like so many people I am fascinated by Stonehenge. The mysteries about its origins and purpose are irresistible. Who built it, […]

Brother, I’m Dying

Brother, I’m Dying

I just finished Edwidge Danticat‘s Brother, I’m Dying, her memoir about her father, the uncle who raised her and her homeland, Haiti, and I am literally breathless. This is one powerful story, told with a level-headed elegance that belies the heartbreak it must have been for Danticat to experience and write. From the very first […]

Reading the Screen: The Shocking Tooth About Vampire Movies, Part Two
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Reading the Screen: The Shocking Tooth About Vampire Movies, Part Two

In part one we talked about some of the big- and small-screen adaptations of Dracula. But you vampire fans out there know Bram Stoker’s famous fiend isn’t the only literary bloodsucker. In Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire (1976), a vampire tells his story — two centuries’ worth of love, hatred, life, death, and pulse-pounding excitement […]

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Saturday Smirk #47

Saturday Smirk #47

The Tower Mews Literary, Reading and Discourse Society is a tad particular regarding whom they allow to enter their hallowed halls of biblio-discussery. Unworthy novices may be crushed upon entry by the amount of reading expected.

RA for All and Summer Reads from EW

RA for All and Summer Reads from EW

One of my regular stops for useful book news is RA for All. Becky at Berwyn Library in Illinois puts together one of the finest one-person reading blogs I’ve seen, with regular updates, diverse content, and a nose for information that’s both timely and practical. Today she pointed to another site–Entertainment Weekly‘ s list of […]