Archive for April, 2011

Food for Thought

Food for Thought

A new crop of memoirs has emerged this spring that will leave book groups with mouths watering, especially if foodies are among their numbers. Grant Achatz is the chef at Alinea, the highly praised Chicago restaurant that has done so much to popularize the science fair meets inside joke approach of molecular gastronomy. In his memoir,  Life, on […]

Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Cindy: I have to admit that when Lynn suggested Bird in a Box (Little, Brown 2011) for our blog schedule, I was less than enthusiastic. I’m not a boxing or fight fan of any sort and was not eager to read about the fascination with the Brown Bomber, Joe Louis. But to pass on this […]

2011 Edgar Winners Announced
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2011 Edgar Winners Announced

Mystery Writers of America announced the winners of the 2011 Edgar Allan Poe Awards last night at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. As I wasn’t there, I’ll rely on their press release. Follow the links below to read Booklist reviews—for free! And did you know that Booklist‘s Mystery Month starts on Sunday? […]

Posted in: Awards, Likely Stories
Emily, Alone

Emily, Alone

Stewart O’Nan’s Emily, Alone is a moving yet unsentimental look at aging, memory and the simple pleasures of life. It is a follow-up to his novel, Wish You Were Here, which you needn’t have read to enjoy this one. Or, as someone who hasn’t as yet read its predecessor, I have no idea what I […]

Back to the Future!

Back to the Future!

This near-20-years-old video perfectly predicts today’s electronic newspapers. In fact, it’s so eerily prescient I fear it will be exposed as a hoax filmed last week as a YouTube prank! But then, where would they find those awesome 1990s shoulder-pad power-suits on the women in the video? Didn’t we all ritualistic burn those along with […]

Posted in: Audiobooker, Audiobooks
The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman

The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman

Lynn: One of the frequently heard laments from our book club teens is, “Why doesn’t anyone ever write about NORMAL teens?”  Pete Hautman must have been listening because his new book, The Big Crunch (Scholastic 2011) is exactly that.  No one is a vampire or werewolf, no one is dead, struggling with a deadly disease […]

A Double Dose of Belonging

A Double Dose of Belonging

A new study that is scheduled to appear in the journal Psychological Science found that reading about a fictional community gives readers a sense of connection to that community, satisfying a crucial psychological need for belonging that improves well-being. The effect is especially strong in individuals who are more socially oriented in their everyday lives. […]

The Forgotten Garden

The Forgotten Garden

I just got lost in a book that is, cliche as it sounds, rather enchanting and beguiling. Kate Morton’s The Forgotten Garden is exactly the kind of book you can lose yourself in if you like complex family secrets, brooding English estates, craven and cursed aristocratic families and plucky young heroines. In 1913, a 4-year-old […]

Audies Award Update

Audies Award Update

Finalists for the most prestigious audiobook awards were announced today by the Audio Publishers Association. The three titles in the running for Audiobook of the Year, distinguished by excellence in production as well as by their ability to create new interest in the audiobook format through creative and innovative marketing,  are: * Life, by Keith […]

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New source for author info/discussion starters

New source for author info/discussion starters

Okay, so it’s from the corporate behemoth Amazon.. but I still wanted to point it out as potentially very useful to book clubs. They’ve launched a new part of the site, The Backstory. The Backstory features exclusive author interviews and essays, guest reviews, and more.  I know my book club participants always love it when […]