Archive for August, 2012

New Release with Heart and Soul: “The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving”
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New Release with Heart and Soul: “The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving”

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of hosting a Stewart O’Nan reading. A young man in the audience wearing a rakish hat asked the first question of the evening and it turned out to be Washington author Jonathan Evison. I will forever regret that my colleague Linda and I did not go out for […]

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Web Crush of the Week: Columbia University’s Graphic Novels Page

Web Crush of the Week: Columbia University’s Graphic Novels Page

Columbia University’s Graphic Novels E-Guide is an essential “what to know” and “where go” guide for fans, collection development specialists, and anyone just wanting to learn more about the medium. Columbia University librarian Karen Green’s well-organized subject guide links to awards, publishers, journals, academic collections, exhibits, conventions, guides, blogs, general interest sites, and organizations. A […]

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Staycation reading

Staycation reading

August is American Adventures Month, celebrating vacationing in the Americas (North, South, Central) no matter how you get there: walking, biking, train, plane, automobile. Readers know there’s more than one way to travel without leaving your own backyard, through a good travelogue. Consider adding one of these titles to the discussable list for next year. […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: The Other Woman

Book Trailer Thursday: The Other Woman

Today’s trailer is for The Other Woman, a starred review from our freshly minted September 1st issue. Combining author brain-picking and footage of the thriller’s actual Boston locales, this trailer is a great vehicle for TV journalist and author Ryan’s latest. The 48 Hours-style soundtrack makes you almost worry that Hank herself could get trounced […]

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Got Audiobook Talent Pt. 5
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Got Audiobook Talent Pt. 5

Today’s guest is Robin Miles: narrator, audiobook director and founder of Voxpertise, a resource for expertise in the art of audiobook narration. Robin joins Paul Ruben, Johnny Heller, Pat Fraley, and Bettye Zoller Seitz  in my series on how audiobook narrators learn skills that lead to success. Here’s what this Audie-award winning powerhouse has to say… Who is the audience for your […]

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Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

Cindy: When Lynn thrust this book at me and said, “You’re going to love this!,” all I had to do was look at the cover and page count and knew I’d agree. Liar & Spy (Random/Wendy Lamb 2012) didn’t resemble a dystopian novel and at 180 pages it was a third of the size of […]

Do you know The BookScore?

Do you know The BookScore?

In two July posts, I made the case for a better review aggregation site for the book world, a site like Rotten Tomatoes for books that collects links to reviews from several major sources, provides a blurb from those reviews, and then compiles some kind of composite score to give readers and book culture a […]

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Romney’s Debate Prep Stand-in Mastered Obama’s Voice With Audiobooks
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Romney’s Debate Prep Stand-in Mastered Obama’s Voice With Audiobooks

Gotta share this quick link to a New York Magazine article by Brett Smiley about the senator from my home state and his use of audiobooks. Who knew! Here’s a quote: Books on tape work for Ohio Senator Rob Portman…“I read his book. I did the audiotape because I wanted to hear his voice. I listened to […]

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Tag, Toss & Run by Paul Tukey & Victoria Rowell

Tag, Toss & Run by Paul Tukey & Victoria Rowell

Lynn:  Summer is winding down (sob) but there’s still plenty of days ahead that are ideal for outside play.  Tag, Toss & Run: 40 Classic Lawn Games (Storey 2012) is another ALA conference find that is sure to be helpful for entertaining your own kids or grandkids, or running excess energy off active little ones […]

One Small Step for Man

One Small Step for Man

The death of American astronaut Neil Armstrong reminds us all of how much the world has changed in the last 50 years. Once exclusively the realm of science fiction, the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission was something that many never expected to see in their lifetime. And others, myself included, have never lived in a […]

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