Archive for February, 2011

Peter Pan
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Peter Pan

Every month our staff meets to discuss a book from one of many genres that are on our reader’s advisory book discussion outline.  This month the topic was classic fiction and our youth librarian was the leader.  She selected Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie. In discussing a title like this, one of the issues […]

Women’s Fic Pick:  The Last Girls by Lee Smith
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Women’s Fic Pick: The Last Girls by Lee Smith

In Lee Smith’s The Last Girls, a group of college co-eds take a river rafting trip down the Mississippi  River in 1965. Nearly thirty-five years later, four of them gather together for another trip, this time on a luxury riverboat instead of a raft. The women tell each other what’s happened in their lives since […]

Reading the Screen: Atlas Shrugging
By February 24, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: Atlas Shrugging

Last June — right here, as a matter of fact — I mentioned that Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand’s 1957 doorstop-sized novel, was being made into a two-part feature film. The trailer is now online: I have to say — ouch, this hurts — I think I might have been wrong. I called the novel “utterly […]

Posted in: Likely Stories, Movies
Best of 2010 Megalist: Top Ten Biographies and Memoirs
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Best of 2010 Megalist: Top Ten Biographies and Memoirs

Last week I listed the top ten other narrative nonfiction titles in my 2010 Megalist. Today, let’s take a look at the biographies and memoirs that have received the most mentions in best-of-the-year lists and awards. 1. Just Kids, by Patti Smith (34 votes to date) We know them as a rock goddess and a […]

L.A. Times Book Prizes – YA Lit

L.A. Times Book Prizes – YA Lit

Cindy: As Courtney Jones reported over at the Likely Stories Booklist Blog earlier today, the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes shortlists were announced today, including the adult novel category judged by Booklist’s own Donna Seaman. As one of the judges for the YA Lit jury, I’ve been chewing my fingernails waiting for our list to […]

Posted in: Bookends, Kidlit, News
Awards RoundUp: Finalists Edition
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Awards RoundUp: Finalists Edition

The 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize judges have announced finalists and two winners. Beverly Cleary is to receive the Robert Kirsch award and Powell’s Books will get the Innovator’s award. As for finalists, the novel category, for which our own Donna Seaman served as a judge, will be a close one: Fiction Nashville Chrome, by Rick Bass […]

Posted in: Awards, Likely Stories
Martin Amis Draws Colorful Response from Children's Book Illustrator
By February 22, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Martin Amis Draws Colorful Response from Children's Book Illustrator

Actually, that should read, Children’s Book Illustrator Draws Colorful Response to Martin Amis. Amis’ remark last week that “If I had a serious brain injury I might well write a children’s book” has drawn a firestorm of criticism (including one verbal slap from a children’s author who does have brain damage), but few as entertaining as […]

Posted in: Kidlit, Likely Stories
Keir's Reading List: The Director's Cut
By February 22, 2011 8 Comments Read More →

Keir's Reading List: The Director's Cut

In last week’s REaD ALERT, I offered an update on my resolution to read more widely (or wildly) in 2011 and shared my shortlist–the books I plan to start with. Given my reviewing schedule, I may get no farther than that, although I hope to. If I do get farther, I’ll have no shortage of […]

How They Croaked by Georgia Bragg

How They Croaked by Georgia Bragg

Lynn: If “ewww gross” is your idea of high praise then How They Croaked:  The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous (Walker, March 2011) is the book for you!  The opening pages issue this warning: Warning: If You Don’t Have the Guts for Gore, Do Not Read This Book I’d advise the squeamish among us […]

Read it/Watch it: The Handmaid’s Tale

Read it/Watch it: The Handmaid’s Tale

Recently The Kansas City Public Library held the first in this year’s Read it/Watch it book and film series. We opened with The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, which was also a featured title in the KCPL Winter Reading Program, Altered States. After a very lively discussion of the book on a Tuesday night, the […]