Archive for August, 2010

Minority Report: Witnessing the Backlash

Minority Report: Witnessing the Backlash

If I hadn’t read Will Bunch’s The Backlash: Right-Wing Radicals, High-Def Hucksters and Paranoid Politics in the Age of Obama, I might have been more mystified by several recent developments. Monday, NBC’s Brian Williams, in an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama, asked for a response to charges that the president is not a native-born […]

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Dusty Book: Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins

Dusty Book: Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins

Sadly, many of my favorite lines from this book are unquotable. Robbins’ irreverent sense of humor is in full force in this 1976 road novel. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues star Sissy Hankshaw was born to hitchhike. (Literally. Her thumbs are the size of watermelons. She has to wear a jumpsuit so that she can […]

Posted in: Backlist
Book Blogger Appreciation Week coming soon

Book Blogger Appreciation Week coming soon

The third annual Book Blogger Appreciation Week is coming up, September 13-17.  Why am I noting this here? Because book blogs can be a wonderful way to enhance your book discussions. I often find myself adding titles I never would have considered before to my reading list,  thanks to recommendations from the 25+ book blogs […]

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The last days of the holiday…

The last days of the holiday…

Cindy: For those of us heading back to school jobs, summer is quickly drawing to a close, or has already. I start a week of 8-4 professional development tomorrow morning and am reminded today of my favorite end-of-summer quote. It’s posted below and hails from Hilary McKay’s fiction book, The Exiles. We posted about this […]

A Garden of Books. Srsly.

A Garden of Books. Srsly.

The Gardening Society of Swallowdalehillcrestville’s book group finds a way to repurpose the past decade’s reading selections.

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Kindle 3 text-to-speech vs. Audiobook

Kindle 3 text-to-speech vs. Audiobook

A perfect example of fluent vs. non-fluent reading – that’s what I thought when testing out my brand-new Kindle 3 and the text-to-speech function. Amazon is rightfully lauded by the National Federation for the Blind for incorporating demands for accessibility features in the newest Kindle, with voice menus that allow those with print disabilities to […]

Posted in: audiobooks
Relocation Reads

Relocation Reads

The staff book group at Williamsburg Regional Library met yesterday to discuss books with the theme of relocation. As usual, the choices were diverse and fascinating. Gail got us started with The Best of Covered Wagon Women. Edited by Kenneth L.  Holmes, this is a selection of the best pioneer women’s narratives–letter and diaries–from a previously […]

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I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Lynn: Unless you are one of those irritating people who read it overnight, you are probably immersed in Mockingjay right now. I am reading it as fast as I can and trying to avoid the spoilers on the listservs. What IS it with those people? They can’t wait till Monday to start discussing? Some of […]

Community Reads for Fall
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Community Reads for Fall

The Chicago Public Library has announced the selection for the next installment of its One Book One Chicago program:  Toni Morrison’s A Mercy. Morrison will come to town for a reading and talk in October. This is One Book One Chicago’s 19th selection.  Some other community reads coming up in the few months: Nashua, NH is reading We Are […]

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Dazzle them with science

Dazzle them with science

Anyone looking for some different nonfiction to stir things up in a reading group should look n further than the Royal Society Prize for Science Books. The shortlist was announced yesterday and these titles were chosen for their relevance to topics of interest in the news, accessibility, and quality of writing. I see this list […]

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