Archive for November, 2011

"For the Woman I Love"
By November 30, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

"For the Woman I Love"

“That woman” was how the British establishment referred to Wallis Simpson, the American divorcee who swept King Edward VIII off his throne in 1936, and together, as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, they led aimless, frivolous lives thereafter. A new biography called That Woman, by Anne Sebba (St. Martin’s, $27.99), will be published in […]

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The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Lynn: It is only fair to warn you – if you have deadlines, important obligations or responsibilities, don’t start The Name of the Star (Penguin/Putnam 2011)!  I guarantee that once you start reading, you will set aside everything else.  Damn the deadlines, full speed ahead!  I won’t disclose all the major tasks I ignored but […]

Kate Morton on Book Groups
By November 30, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Kate Morton on Book Groups

I have read all three of Kate Morton’s spellbinding Gothic novels now, and just read her first, The House at Riverton, last. Morton knows how to write parallel stories that draw you in. She tells a good story well and entices with atmosphere, period detail and suspense. But when I finished The House at Riverton, […]

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Pickin’
By November 29, 2011 1 Comments Read More →

Pickin’

Full disclosure:  I am a picker.  Can’t help myself, can’t stop myself.  However, I am not a hoarder because I actually use my precious stuff in found object mixed media assemblages.  Please ignore the fact that in my basement I have more crap stuff then I could possible make into art if I started today […]

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The Mind’s Ear
By November 28, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

The Mind’s Ear

Article in the NYT on the power of audiobooks – James Parker, Entertainment columnist for The Atlantic has a great article, The Mind’s Ear, in the Sunday Book Review section of The New York Times, pondering the impact of the narrator’s voice in interpreting literature. Here’s a great quote from the piece: And where do […]

Posted in: Audiobooks
Mary Karr’s Lit: One Book, Two Groups
By November 28, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Mary Karr’s Lit: One Book, Two Groups

Last week I had the opportunity to facilitate my colleague’s book group’s discussion of Mary Karr’s third memoir, Lit. My book group had discussed Lit earlier in the year. I was especially interested in how the reception of the book might differ between groups. And differ it did. Karr’s no-holds-barred memoir dives into her alcoholic […]

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Heart and Soul by Kadir Nelson

Heart and Soul by Kadir Nelson

Cindy: “Most folks my age and complexion don’t speak much about the past. Sometimes it’s just too hard to talk about…So it’s important that you pay attention, honey, because I’m only going to tell you this story but once.” Fortunately for us, the story has been captured in a gorgeous book so we can read […]

Score! Tina Fey’s Bossypants free on Audible
By November 26, 2011 3 Comments Read More →

Score! Tina Fey’s Bossypants free on Audible

Click here quick for this A+ audio. Who knows how long these holiday shopping deals will last? Fey’s narration on this Hachette production is first rate – Bossypants is certainly one of the best author-read audios ever. Do yourself a favor and grab this one FAST!

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Book Trailer Thanksgiving: Why We Broke Up
By November 24, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thanksgiving: Why We Broke Up

This week’s BTT doesn’t quite qualify as a trailer, but I’d argue that it has the same intented result as one: what better way to drum up excitement for a new book than by inviting the blogosphere to step right up and share hilarious and heartbreaking tales of their own? The Why We Broke Up […]

A Reader’s Thanksgiving
By November 24, 2011 3 Comments Read More →

A Reader’s Thanksgiving

The book world is a whirl right now, full of new developments and unsure futures for the familiar components of its culture. On bad days it can induce insomnia and terror in a book lover, especially those of us who have tied our careers to books. But as we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States, […]

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