Archive for December, 2012

Listening to Christmas
By December 24, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Listening to Christmas

  Love Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery? Read about real-life cloistered nuns whose CD release story echoes that of Penny’s most recent Three Pines mystery series novel. I’m a huge fan of Penny and Ralph Cosham, the narrator of the series’ audiobooks – essential listening for every audio fan. I couldn’t help but connect Penny’s […]

Dusty Book: The World According to Mr. Rogers

Dusty Book: The World According to Mr. Rogers

If you need a little help keeping your spirits up in the last leg of holiday season, there is no better guide than Mr. Rogers. The World According to Mr. Rogers: Important Things to Remember includes pieces taken from speeches, interviews, letters, and transcripts from his beloved show. This slender book is as warm and cozy as the […]

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More Thoughts on Book Selection
By December 22, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

More Thoughts on Book Selection

I’ve been working on the selection committee for a community theater in Williamsburg, trying to select next year’s season, and I’m struck by how similar the task is to selecting a roster of books for a book group. In both cases, the goal is to make choices that attract participants and in both cases, the […]

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Web Crush of the Week: Land of Lost Books

Web Crush of the Week: Land of Lost Books

As fellow lovers of dusty tomes, how could we not crush on Land of Lost Books: For Those Who Love Getting Lost in a Good Story. Creators Lynne and Ryann wonder “…what about those others stories that made a splash, then disappeared? Or never made a big impact, but should have? How about the books that […]

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Kel Gilligan's Daredevil Stunt Show by Michael Buckley

Kel Gilligan's Daredevil Stunt Show by Michael Buckley

Lynn:  Our focus group has a wide age range with two 9-year-olds, an 8-year-old and a 2-year-old and I am continually reminded that an important component of reviewing books is in, at least occasionally, sharing books with the audiences they are intended for.  A case in point is Kel Gilligan’s Daredevil Stunt Show (Abrams 2012).  […]

Freebie Friday: Healing thoughts for children, Christmas classics, and the Jefferson Bible
By December 21, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Freebie Friday: Healing thoughts for children, Christmas classics, and the Jefferson Bible

Grab these audio treats ASAP, as holiday give-aways can disappear quickly! For those with an Apple product, download the free app of Audrey Penn’s The Kissing Hand, from Oceanhouse Media: In support of the 1,600 copies of “The Kissing Hand” physical book being donated to the children of Newtown by Tanglewood Press, we are offering […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Making Peg Dolls
By December 20, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: Making Peg Dolls

Need a little inspiration for last-minute gifts? (Or, if you’re me, first-minute ones.) Check out this trailer for Margaret Bloom’s craft book Making Peg Dolls, and whistle while you work. I’m curious as to why the knight isn’t either running from the dragon faster or perhaps attacking him, but attempting to explain the many adorable […]

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Number One with a Ballot
By December 19, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Number One with a Ballot

This is the time of year when my science fiction and fantasy book group, which uses themes instead of a single shared book, decides what it will read in the upcoming year. Because this is a library group, I prefer to construct an entire year’s calendar at one time. It makes it easier to publicize […]

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The Second Life of Abigail Walker by Frances O'Roark Dowell

The Second Life of Abigail Walker by Frances O'Roark Dowell

Cindy: When Lynn handed over her latest public library find,  (Atheneum 2012), I wasn’t quite sure where the story was going to lead me when I read the opening page: The fox had been stepping into stories since the beginning of time. Important stories, everyday stories, stories that only mattered to one or two people. […]

Booklist Editors’ Choice: The Year’s Top Audiobooks
By December 18, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Booklist Editors’ Choice: The Year’s Top Audiobooks

The American Library Association’s review journal selects best media of 2012. Check out the complete list & linked reviews of 36 titles for children, adults, and teens – audiobooks, video, drama, children’s music, and storytelling: Video   Bag It. 2012. 78min. Docurama, DVD, $29.95 (1-4229-9577-1).If plastic is recyclable, why is it filling our oceans and landfills? Packed with […]