Archive for July, 2010

Minority Report: "The New Jim Crow;" Sparking a Social Movement?

Minority Report: "The New Jim Crow;" Sparking a Social Movement?

First day on her job as the director of the Racial Justice Project of the American Civil Liberties Union in Northern California,  Michelle Alexander saw a bright yellow poster declaring: “The drug war is the new Jim Crow.” Skeptical, she went on to work. But within ten years she would accept the declaration on that […]

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Bartender, a Dubonnet and a Dumas, with a twist!

Bartender, a Dubonnet and a Dumas, with a twist!

In Nagykovacsi, Hungary the denizens of Gyopar, a Communist-era watering hole, don’t cry in their beer, they read over it. Over at NPR, someone noticed. They debate, compare, analyze, fact-check, and explicate using the many books on the shelves of the Gyopar. Owner Peter Maurer had a lot of books sitting around and decided his […]

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Reading the Screen: Lee Child's Jack Reacher

Reading the Screen: Lee Child's Jack Reacher

According to this story at the Hollywood Reporter, Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote The Usual Suspects and Valkyrie, is writing, and maybe even directing, an adaptation of One Shot (2005), one of Lee Child’s novels about Jack Reacher, the former military policeman who keeps winding up knee-deep in trouble. This is very good news. The Reacher […]

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Women’s Fic Pick:  Bird in Hand

Women’s Fic Pick: Bird in Hand

Bird in Hand by Christina Baker Kline is the story of two couples, friends since college, who find their marriages crumbling.  Allison and Charlie have been struggling to keep up appearances  in their marriage, but when Allison is involved in a car crash that kills a young child, she discovers she cannot count on her […]

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Lincoln Tells a Joke by Kathleen Krull & Paul Brewer

Lincoln Tells a Joke by Kathleen Krull & Paul Brewer

Lynn: Kathleen Krull is known for her humorous and innovative biographies and she and husband Paul Brewer have brought that approach to one of our most important and well-spoken presidents. The number of biographies of Lincoln is mind-boggling but here is a fresh and funny approach that is also smartly written and will give young […]

Sunday Smirk #51

Sunday Smirk #51

The Tonbridge Wells Metropolitan Ladies’ Reading and Expoxy Society honors the best in discussable books since the society’s formation in 1897. The sculpture sits in the lobby of Digby’s Laser Tag Showdown.

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Today’s Video Break QBook

Today’s Video Break QBook

On display at the Hong Kong Book Fair: iPad app QBook from Kiwi Media – another transmedia app with text-to-speech read-aloud storybooks, this time with a color-me-in, multi-language twist: Thanks to TeleRead for the link!

Posted in: audiobooks
Weeklings: Tess Gerritsen, Orlando Figes, Patrick Bateman, Shirley Jackson, and Nancy Pearl

Weeklings: Tess Gerritsen, Orlando Figes, Patrick Bateman, Shirley Jackson, and Nancy Pearl

On Murderati, Tess Gerritsen asks, “Why the hell won’t they review my book?!!!” and pretty much answers her own question. My visit to the Inquirer was a sobering look at how tough newspapers have it these days, trying to keep up with all they have to cover.  Every author wants attention, but one look at […]

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Cindy: There are so many bad YA books by authors of adult fiction who try to cross over, that I rejoice when someone nails it. Paolo Bacigalupi, welcome to the fold! Ship Breaker (Little Brown, 2010) is not only a great cross over for this author, it’s one of the best books of the year […]

Our Town: Connecting Your Book Group to Your Community

Our Town: Connecting Your Book Group to Your Community

In this cyber age, we often forget how much more centered we can feel if we develop a sense of place. When you ground your group in its local setting, then participants will develop that strong sense of community. What may have been mere meetings have a better chance of becoming life events. In that spirit, here […]

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