Archive for February, 2012

The Sniffles for Bear by Bonny Becker

The Sniffles for Bear by Bonny Becker

Cindy: It’s that time of year…if you don’t have a cold yourself, there’s someone nearby ready to sneeze on you to be sure you get one soon. The Sniffles for Bear (Candlewick 2011) will make you smile no matter how sick you are. Bear was sick, very, very sick. His eyes were red. His snout […]

If you could reprint your favorite Dusty…
By February 29, 2012 6 Comments Read More →

If you could reprint your favorite Dusty…

Surely by now you’ve all heard that Nancy Pearl is teaming with Amazon to reprint some of her favorite out-of-print books.  I won’t get into the backlash and controversy here, because I can see both sides—and other people have made their arguments, no need for me to step into the fray.  What I’d like to […]

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Serendipity in the Stacks #67: Set Me Free

Serendipity in the Stacks #67: Set Me Free

Here’s another of those under-the-radar books I found while wandering about the fiction stacks. I must admit to being a fan of Miranda Beverly-Whittemore’s debut novel, The Effects Of Light, another good choice for book groups. Her second effort, Set Me Free, is just as suitable. Loosely using Shakespeare’s The Tempest as a frame, this […]

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Reading the Screen: The Adjustment Bureau
By February 29, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: The Adjustment Bureau

Have you seen The Adjustment Bureau, the recent movie based on Philip K. Dick’s 1954 short story “Adjustment Team”? It’s a good movie, with a mind-bending premise and a rather touching love story, but oh boy is it different from its source material. In the movie, a politician (Matt Damon) stumbles onto a secret organization […]

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Closing the Book on 2012 Oscar Winners
By February 27, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Closing the Book on 2012 Oscar Winners

When the 2012 Oscar nominations were announced, many people noted how many of the nominess had been inspired by books and short stories—surely a feel-good testament to the power of the printed page. But the winners tell a different story: not even the magic of Harry Potter could keep the literary A-list from being largely shut out. […]

Franklin and Winston by Douglas Wood

Franklin and Winston by Douglas Wood

Lynn: Growing up, I was fascinated by my parent’s stories of WWII.  My father could always be coaxed into talking about the history and politics of the time and I’ve never lost my interest in the period.  There was always high demand for books on WWII in my middle school library.  However when I saw […]

Reading for a Flat World

Reading for a Flat World

In her nonfiction bestseller Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, Katherine Boo uses her journalistic talents to bring India’s poorest outposts to life. Readers driven to learn more about similar situations worldwide may enjoy: The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba Half […]

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Just for fun: Obama’s Young Adult Novel Plan
By February 25, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Just for fun: Obama’s Young Adult Novel Plan

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Book Group Toolbox #67: How Literature Works

Book Group Toolbox #67: How Literature Works

I’m always prowling the new fiction and nonfiction shelves looking for “the next big book group thing”. Since I’m usually looking for narrative non-fiction, I tend to focus on the 300s, 600s, and 900s. But when I remind myself to browse the 400s and 800s, I’m always pleasantly surprised by what’s on the shelf. My […]

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Analyzing the ABBC: 2011 Literary Fiction, Pt. 1
By February 25, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Analyzing the ABBC: 2011 Literary Fiction, Pt. 1

The version 4.0 spreadsheet of the All-the-Best-Books Compilation (ABBC) is available for download at my other blogging home at Williamsburg Regional Library. There will be one more release in March before the most complete best-of-the-year collection you’ll find anywhere is complete for another year. Here at Book Group Buzz, I’ve been highlighting the most mentioned […]

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