Archive for February, 2012

Reading the Screen: The Woman in Black
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Reading the Screen: The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black, the new movie starring Daniel Radcliffe as a young British solicitor who comes to a small market town to tidy up the affairs of a deceased client and gets a bit more excitement than he bargained for, is based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Susan Hill. If […]

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LA Times Book Award Finalists!
By February 21, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

LA Times Book Award Finalists!

The finalists in each of the 10 categories for the LA Times Book Prizes were announced today. The judges (one of whom is our own Donna Seaman!) will select one winner from each category to be announced on April 20th, so mark your calendars! Here are the finalists and and links to Booklist reviews where […]

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Could Coming Apart Pull Together Social Policy on Poor?
By February 21, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Could Coming Apart Pull Together Social Policy on Poor?

I’ve been listening with keen interest to interviews with Charles Murray, author of Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010. In the last few weeks, he’s been interviewed by Robert Siegel of All Things Considered and Tom Ashbrook of On Point, both on NPR. In Coming Apart, Murray observes that the current generation of […]

Introverts Rising

Introverts Rising

With Quiet:The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain enjoying its second month on the New York Times Bestseller list, I got to thinking about where some of literature’s most infamous inventions would land on a Myers-Briggs test. Leopold Bloom. Introvert. Did not mind his own company. Nick Carraway. Definite introvert tendencies. Small group of friends, but […]

2012 Audies Finalists announced
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2012 Audies Finalists announced

The Audio Publishers Association will award the “Oscars” of audiobooks, the Audies, on June 5, 2012. Today the APA announced the finalists for this year’s honors. Take a look at all the nominees below for a fantastic list to add to my compilation of 2011 audiobook “Bests.” This announcement is perfect timing for library A/V […]

The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont by Victoria Griffith

The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont by Victoria Griffith

Lynn: Excuse me while I hop in my dirigible and zip down to the coffee shop.  This was Alberto Santos-Dumont’s preferred method of getting around Paris and the doormen were used to tying his airship to posts while Alberto shopped or visited with friends.  In the Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont (Abrams 2011) readers […]

Small Demons: How would you use this?
By February 20, 2012 1 Comments Read More →

Small Demons: How would you use this?

How many times have you taken note of fleeting details in a book you’re reading? I know when I read The Girl who Played with Fire, I found myself chuckling every time Billy’s Pan Pizza was mentioned, and simply laughed out loud at the details of Liz Salander’s IKEA furnishings—at one point, I thought I […]

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Listening to Books by Maggie Gram
By February 17, 2012 1 Comments Read More →

Listening to Books by Maggie Gram

The n+1 literary magazine’s blog features a wonderful reflection on all things audiobook in this February 9 post, written by Maggie Gram. What audiobooker hasn’t experienced something just like this: At the end of the book, when the novel breaks the fourth wall and transforms the narrator into a character in the genealogical story (“The […]

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Ask a Book: Poker Night and Nothingness
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Ask a Book: Poker Night and Nothingness

Have a burning question about etiquette or literature? Ask a book! Dear Being and Nothingness, by Jean-Paul Sartre, Every Thursday night, I get together with some old high-school buddies. We play poker and have some beer and pizza and blow off some steam. My wife hates these nights. She says we’re all living in the […]

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Analyzing the ABBC: Crime Fiction & Thrillers 2011
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Analyzing the ABBC: Crime Fiction & Thrillers 2011

Here’s the next installment analyzing the results in the 2011 ABBC, the All-the-Best Books Compilation. Today, I’ll look at the four mysteries and thrillers that have received the most mentions by reputable commentators. In fourth place to date, with eight mentions, is Donald Ray Pollock’s The Devil All the Time, a blunt, pitch-black reflection on […]