Archive for May, 2011

Two Top-Notch Reads from Andrew Gross

Two Top-Notch Reads from Andrew Gross

Andrew Gross learned a lot about the writing craft by working with James Patterson, a process he has called “like a combination MFA and MBA rolled into one.” After coauthoring six books in seven years, he struck out on his own and has since made a name for himself with well-plotted, fast-moving thrillers such as Eyes Wide Open (which […]

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Middle Eastern Journeys, Pt. 2

Middle Eastern Journeys, Pt. 2

This is the second post about the books selected by readers for a recent meeting of the Williamsburg Regional Library’s staff book group. The theme for the meeting was books set in the Middle East or South Asia. Connie and Melissa read two of the works of Jean Sasson, which claim to be autobiographies “by […]

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2011 Audies Award Winners

2011 Audies Award Winners

Keith Richard’s Life (Hachette Audio) is Audiobook of the Year & Here in Harlem (Live Oak Media) Distinguished Achievement in Production – top honors among 28 other winners, as named by the Audio Publishers Association during the gala Audies Award ceremony held on May 24th at the The TimesCenter in New York City. From an […]

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How about a group tattoo?

How about a group tattoo?

This just made me grin – a collection of literary tattoos.  Perhaps your group could agree on a design, and all show their allegiance to book club by getting one? http://www.buzzfeed.com/melismashable/20-awesome-literary-tattoos

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Karin Slaughter Had One Big Problem with This Book: It Had to End

Karin Slaughter Had One Big Problem with This Book: It Had to End

In case you’re just joining us, May is Mystery Month at Booklist and, all month long, we’ve featured wonderful reading recommendations from some of the best mystery, crime fiction, espionage, and thriller writers currently working. Today we hear from Karin Slaughter, a number-one international bestselling author who just the other day received a starred Booklist review […]

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Minority Report: Gang Reflections

Minority Report: Gang Reflections

Some fifty years and nearly twenty miles from the site of operation of the notorious Chicago gang the Almighty Black P Stone Nation, nearly sixty people gathered recently to discuss the book of same title that examines the rise and fall of that gang and its leader. The setting was the main library in Oak […]

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Bug Butts by Dawn Cusick

Bug Butts by Dawn Cusick

Lynn: Cindy discovered Bug Butts (EarlyLight 2011), took one look and handed it off to me and the Focus Group straight away.  Let’s see, bugs with shooting butts, spinning butts, exploding butts, bubble butts – hmmm, need I say more about small boy appeal?  The EWWW Meter is pegged on this book and while the […]

John Lescroart Shares the Spotlight

John Lescroart Shares the Spotlight

Fans of legal thrillers will need no introduction to John Lescroart. The creator of the characters Dismas Hardy, Abe Glitsky, and Wes Farrell has sold more than 8.5 million books in the past decade; those books have been translated into 16 languages in more than 75 countries. His most recent book, Damage (2011), delivers what his many […]

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Possible Nonfiction Picks

Possible Nonfiction Picks

I’ve mentioned the wonderful nonfiction blog Citizen Reader here before, but I wanted to point out that she has a new post up specifically for book club possibilities.  Here in this recent post, she gives a list of memoirs and biographies that would make great discussion picks. I read much more fiction that nonfiction, so […]

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Tasha Alexander on a Book That Makes Even a Transatlantic Flight Fly By

Tasha Alexander on a Book That Makes Even a Transatlantic Flight Fly By

We’ve described Tasha Alexander‘s protagonist, Lady Emily Ashton, as “an irresistible Victorian iconoclast”; from the series debut, And Only to Deceive (2005), to the most recent installment, Dangerous to Know (2010), our reviewers have consistently complimented Alexander’s engaging blend of mystery, romance, and humor. But what does Alexander read for fun—does she like to take a break from […]

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