Archive for November, 2010

More about the ‘Hedgehog’

More about the ‘Hedgehog’

One of the things I like best about reading this blog is the different perspectives our book groups will have when discussing the same books.   Last August, Misha’s group gathered to chat about The Elegance of the Hedgehog, the French bestseller from Muriel Barbery. Recently, one of my groups did the same and as […]

An Attitude of Gratitude

An Attitude of Gratitude

Cindy and Lynn: As many families gather together and are reminded to give thanks for the good things in their lives, we at Bookends would like to offer our list of things we are grateful for and wish to celebrate.  In our rushed and harried world it is easy to focus on complaints and we […]

Posted in: Bookends, Kidlit, News
Don't Be Messin' with My Hardy Boys
By November 23, 2010 8 Comments Read More →

Don't Be Messin' with My Hardy Boys

I really don’t have anything against mash-ups. I loved Classic Comics as a kid, and only a few years ago I saw a version of King Lear at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre that was set in an unnamed Balkan country. Lear, played by Stacey Keach, was portrayed as a Slobodan Milosevic-like dictator ready to retire and […]

Women’s Fic Pick: The Ten-Year Nap
By November 23, 2010 1 Comments Read More →

Women’s Fic Pick: The Ten-Year Nap

The Ten-Year Nap, by Meg Wolitzer, gives a glimpse into the lives of different mothers who gave up their careers to have children. Amy’s feminist mother is constantly nagging her to go back to being a lawyer; reserved and wealthy Karen goes on multiple interviews every month but can’t see the need to work; while […]

Reading the Screen: Novelizations
By November 23, 2010 1 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: Novelizations

Morning Glory, the new movie starring Rachel McAdams as a television producer, is getting solid reviews. There is, rather predictably, a tie-in novelization, but here’s the surprise: it’s a good book. “Novelization” is a sort of literary dirty word, used to describe books written from screenplays. As a general rule they’re badly written, with paper-thin […]

Posted in: Likely Stories, Movies
A cautionary tale
By November 22, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

A cautionary tale

For those of you who fear the end of physical formats… HarperCollins has discontinued its e-audio & e-book store. Those who purchased titles have just 30 days to realize that materials that they have paid for but were stored on the company’s servers must be downloaded and archived. Harper Audio was one of the first […]

Posted in: Audiobooker, Audiobooks
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
By November 22, 2010 2 Comments Read More →

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

It has become a Holiday tradition in my Crime Fiction Book Discussion Group that I lighten up for the month of November.  This might be even more important this year as our overall theme is Youth is Wasted on the Young which might bring up images of the tortured deaths of young children being read […]

A Plethora of Pop-Ups

A Plethora of Pop-Ups

Lynn: Occasionally our focus group takes the editorial reins in their hands and dictates the subject of our post.  That is the case with today’s post.  Generous publishers have sent us a number of wonderful pop-up books this year that the boys have especially enjoyed.  They’ve gone from asking politely if we’ve blogged about these […]

A conference for Book Lovers and Book Groups

A conference for Book Lovers and Book Groups

A few weekends ago I had the pleasure of attending the Second Annual Book Lovers and Book Clubs Conference in Kansas City. In its inaugural year, conference founder and organizer, Kim Riley, brought the gathering to a small community center and was overwhelmed with the positive response and number of attendees. This year, Kim looked […]

National Book Award Winner: Just Kids
By November 20, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

National Book Award Winner: Just Kids

I am so excited that Patti Smith’s Just Kids won the National Book Award. For one, it will get the recognition and the readership that it deserves. It can be hard to tell people who only see Patti Smith as a rock musician to take her seriously as writer as well. But Just Kids is […]