Archive for February, 2013

Book Trailer Thursday: Salt Sugar Fat
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Book Trailer Thursday: Salt Sugar Fat

If the title of today’s book trailer is your answer to the question “What are your favorite food groups?” you are not alone. If the title of today’s book trailer is your answer to the question “What’s the name of that book by the Pulitzer prize-winning Michael Moss about how the food industry made us […]

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Too Tall Houses by Gianna Marino

Too Tall Houses by Gianna Marino

Cindy: Competition can be good but when it gets out of control, disaster strikes. Too Tall Houses ( Viking 2012) features Rabbit and Owl, two friends who live in two small houses on top of a hill. Rabbit tends a garden to grow his favorite foods and owl likes to sit on his roof to […]

ABBC: Best Short Stories of the Year
By February 27, 2013 2 Comments Read More →

ABBC: Best Short Stories of the Year

Short story collections can work well for book groups. They’re rich in content, but most often quick to read. Even if participants don’t finish the entire book, they can still talk about the stories they did complete. There are plenty of good options for approaching discussion: assign each reader to introduce a different story in […]

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Reading the Screen: Hannibal trailer
By February 26, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: Hannibal trailer

Months and months ago I talked about the forthcoming NBC series, Hannibal, based on the characters created by Thomas Harris. The series takes place before the events in Red Dragon, the first of the novels featuring Hannibal Lecter, and the only one featuring Will Graham, the FBI profiler who’s the star of the NBC series. […]

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A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke

A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke

Lynn:  Here is the challenge should you chose to accept it.  Describe A Little Book of Sloth (S&S March 2013) without using the word cute or dissolving into a puddle of goo over the adorable pictures.  I’m sorry but even the indefatigable Mr. Phelps would find that a total impossible mission.  It simply can’t be […]

Hostile Questions: Zoe Archer
By February 25, 2013 2 Comments Read More →

Hostile Questions: Zoe Archer

Zoe Archer knows how to mix it up. This ain’t plain old la-la romance she’s writing. We’re talking paranormal historical romance (Hellraisers series). We’re talking steampunk adventure romance (Esther Chronicles). We’re talking magical Victorian romance (Blades of the Rose series). We’re talking spaceship science-fiction romance (Collision Course). In fact, I’m betting you could put any […]

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Maeve Binchy Read-Alikes

Maeve Binchy Read-Alikes

Maeve Binchy’s final book, A Week in Winter, debuted on the top of the New York Times Bestseller List this week. Fans of her heartwarming, women’s fiction will be delighted to meet another group of Binchy’s charming Irish characters. And, of course, they’ll be sad that this will be their last visit together. (Binchy, whose books […]

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Wishful Drinking
By February 25, 2013 2 Comments Read More →

Wishful Drinking

From what I can see of the people like me, we get better but we never get well.  – Paul Simon Well, maybe; maybe not. Star Wars was the first movie I saw in a theater. I was six years old, and didn’t understand much of it, except that Princess Leia had the best hair […]

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Book Lust Rediscoveries: Elizabeth Savage’s “The Last Night at the Ritz”
By February 24, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Book Lust Rediscoveries: Elizabeth Savage’s “The Last Night at the Ritz”

I just read a book from Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust Rediscoveries imprint and fell in love with it, hook, line and sinker. Elizabeth Savage’s short novel, The Last Night at the Ritz, is, as Nancy attests, full of great lines, but it’s also full of witty observations and wonderfully intimate thoughts and stories that shed […]

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All-the-Best-Books Compilation for 2012
By February 23, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

All-the-Best-Books Compilation for 2012

I’ve released the first edition of my All-the-Best-Books Compilation (ABBC) for 2012. It compiles mentions of books in best-of-the-year lists and awards from 66 different sources into one spreadsheet with 12 different fiction and nonfiction categories, showing how many times each book was mentioned and which sources mentioned each. You can learn more about the […]

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