Archive for November, 2012

The Giant and How He Humbugged America by Jim Murphy

The Giant and How He Humbugged America by Jim Murphy

Cindy: When I was perhaps 10 years old, I saw the Cardiff Giant on display at the Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown, New York. I was rebelling against my father driving out of our way to take my brother to the Baseball Hall of Fame when he was never willing to drive out of the way […]

Hook ‘em then book ‘em

Hook ‘em then book ‘em

We’re starting a new book group for teens at The Kansas City Public Library. It’s called Hooks and Books; it’s a teen book and fiber arts club. Teens gather monthly to chat over young adult books and graphic novels from a monthly list and learn how to crochet Japanese amigurumi. The facilitator offers a weekly […]

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Look at All the Money I Saved!

Look at All the Money I Saved!

You had a good run old-fashioned Thanksgiving. I enjoyed the day off work and large platters of carbohydrates. If you look at the headlines from the past week, though, it looks like the traditions of  family, food and football have been replaced by doorbusters, deals and discounts.  If you’d rather read about retail than join […]

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Book Group Toolbox #103: Read On…Graphic Novels

Book Group Toolbox #103: Read On…Graphic Novels

“Graphic novels are not the junk food of the literature world.” What a great one line summary for this useful addition to the book group toolbox. One of the most recent additions to the Read On… series from Libraries Unlimited, book groups looking for discussable titles to add to the next year’s roster will find […]

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The End of Your Life Book Club
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The End of Your Life Book Club

Will Schwalbe’s The End of Your Life Book Club is a touching memoir about a mother and son and the books they read together before she died. But somehow any way that I try to describe this gem of a book comes off as much more maudlin or schmaltzy than the book ever is and […]

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Web Crush of the Week: Large Hearted Boy: Online “Best of 2012″ Booklists

Web Crush of the Week: Large Hearted Boy: Online “Best of 2012″ Booklists

The Holiday Season is all about tradition. So I feel no remorse in once againg directing you to Largehearted Boy’s wonderfully comprehensive and compulsivley updated list of Online “Best of 2012″ Booklists. (He’s so largehearted, that he also puts together a music list. What a giver!) So, if your Black Friday shopping includes a trip […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: The 4-Hour Chef
By November 22, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: The 4-Hour Chef

By the time you’re watching this trailer, it’s probably too late to learn to cook a turkey in time for Thanksgiving dinner, even if said learning would only take four hours. Luckily, The 4-Hour Chef author Tim Ferriss wants you to know how to do a bunch of other stuff, too–use knives! memorize things! speak […]

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Bad Sex Shortlist
By November 21, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Bad Sex Shortlist

It’s my favorite time of year again. Thanksgiving? Not on your life. I’m referring to the titillating and tantalizing twittering and tittering that precedes the awarding of the Bad Sex prize. Yes, on December 4, Britain’s best-loved literary magazine will offer Britain’s most-dreaded literary award to the writer who best embodies “crude, badly written, often perfunctory use of redundant […]

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Mapplethorpe and Smith: Just Kids
By November 21, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Mapplethorpe and Smith: Just Kids

We’ve written about this one before on Book Group Buzz, but it’s a great choice for book groups, so it’s worth revisiting. It’s Patti Smith’s memoir about her development as an artist, particularly the connection she had with Robert Mapplethorpe. Why is Just Kids a great choice? Patti Smith is a godmother of punk and […]

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Hostile Questions: Laini Taylor
By November 21, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Hostile Questions: Laini Taylor

Laini Taylor is perhaps best known for Lips Touch: Three Times and the trilogy beginning with Daughter of Smoke and Bone and the newly released Days of Blood and Starlight. Well, that and the pink hair. Pink hair is hard to pull off. Just ask those authors who have tried and failed: R.L. Stine, Agatha […]

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