Archive for July, 2012

Today’s Video Break

Today’s Video Break

A feel-good remix from Bob Ross on the joys of painting. I believe every day’s a good day – this will bring a lot of good to your heart! Thanks for the link Karen Perry!

Posted in: Audiobooker, Video
Serendipity in the Stacks #70: Miss Black America

Serendipity in the Stacks #70: Miss Black America

Odds are very good that most book groups haven’t discovered this little gem from Veronica Chambers. Originally published under the title When Did You Stop Loving Me? in 2004, Chambers’ debut novel was reissued as Miss Black America in 2005. Set in late ’70s Brooklyn, the young narrator, Angela, is happy growing up with her […]

R.I.P. Maeve Binchy

R.I.P. Maeve Binchy

As you may already know, women’s fiction is my thing. And in general, the books I choose to read need to be entertaining and unpretentious.  Enter Maeve Binchy, who passed away 7/30/2012.  Binchy’s gentle stories of family and friends, set in Ireland,  rank high on my list of comfort reads– likely because, as Binchy told […]

Winifred Holtby: “South Riding” and more

Winifred Holtby: “South Riding” and more

I just love reprints, especially books by British women authors in the early 20th century. So when PBS aired its “South Riding” mini-series, I was thrilled to discover the author Winifred Holtby. The series was popular on PBS and the Guardian chronicled how Holtby’s own mother tried to halt the publication of the novel. It […]

I’ve Never Been to Me

I’ve Never Been to Me

Oprah’s latest book pick joins a long list of “I took a trip or commited to doing something for a period of time and learned something about myself” memoirs. I have no clever sub-genre title for this, although I have heard it called, “How-nice-for-YOU-lit.”  Fortunately, we don’t have to name the beast to feed it. […]

Hostile Questions: Anne Elizabeth Moore

Hostile Questions: Anne Elizabeth Moore

Typically I start these things by listing a few accomplishments of the so-called “author.” Y’know, like: Anne Elizabeth Moore was co-editor and publisher of Punk Planet, founding editor of The Best American Comics, and is the author of Cambodian Grrrl. But, really, do you think I have all day for typing and hotlinking and whatnot? […]

Master of Deceit by Marc Aronson

Master of Deceit by Marc Aronson

Cindy: Pair the subject of a secretive, powerful government figure with the skillful research, intriguing questions and suppositions of author and historian Marc Aronson and you are sure to have another book that will provide much to debate and discuss with high school students. Master of Deceit: J.Edgar Hoover and America in the Age of Lies (Candlewick 2012) uncovers […]

There Ain’t No Cure for the Summertime Blues

There Ain’t No Cure for the Summertime Blues

I’m a summertime scrooge. The climate here in Williamsburg is brutal this time of year, all humidity, bugs, and thunderstorms, but the weather isn’t really my issue. What really gets me steamed is the annual campaign for “beach books” and “light summer reading.” With the high glare, sand and moisture, I’ve never thought of the […]

The Best of #CheeseLit

The Best of #CheeseLit

Last Friday, we amused ourselves by coming up with the cheesiest book titles ever. It was both a lot of fun and a sobering reminder of the havoc Twitter can wreak on an otherwise productive workplace—fortunately, the meme was book-related so we can claim that it was, however marginally, in support of the work we do here […]

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Audiobook Freebie Friday

Audiobook Freebie Friday

Olympic sports to family-friendly classics, teen favorites plus a Playboy short story – these 8 freebies have something for everyone. Enjoy but remember: these are limited time offers that may disappear at any time, so download now to build your audio library! Two short podcasts from Naxos Audiobooks: Olympic Memories Podcast (MP3) British broadcaster John Goodbody recalls […]

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