Archive for April, 2013

Manly Men reading Manly Books

Manly Men reading Manly Books

When I give workshops about book groups the #1 conundrum presented during the Q&A is “how do we get more men to attend?” My stock answer is always, “Men are reading. But most of the men I know don’t want to schedule a time to talk about what they’re reading. The book conversation is happening […]

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Stay Gold

Stay Gold

A heads-up that today, four classic titles by S.E. Hinton are being re-released in e-book format by Diversion Books. The Outsiders isn’t one of them (alas, poor Pony Boy!) but Tex, Taming the Star Runner, Some of Tim’s Stories and Rumble Fish made the lineup. I’m fascinated by the thought that I read these, um, […]

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Mother’s Day Scouting Report

Mother’s Day Scouting Report

There are only so many picture frames that one woman can fill. Come Mother’s Day, considerate gift givers try and supplement the perfume and bubble bath sets with something mom can dig into right away–like a thoughtfully selected book. The new shelves are teeming with titles sure to tempt a variety of maternal interests. Suspense […]

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You're the Chef Series – Lerner

You're the Chef Series – Lerner

Lynn:  Cooking is a hot topic these days.  I remember the days when cooking was the stay-at-home-mom’s sole province but not only has American cooking changed markedly from the Campbell’s soup and casseroles days but men are often the major cooks in the family.  My oldest son is a far better cook than I am […]

News You Can Use

News You Can Use

Audiobooks everywhere! Zombies, celebrities, and media icons – in print, out loud & on video. A round-up of audio awesomeness: I am a HUGE fan on the 2007 abridged audiobook version of Max Brooks’ World War Z, and CANNOT wait for the new & improved unabridged production – here’s some insider info from Brooks himself: […]

Book Group Toolbox #36: Practical Classics

Book Group Toolbox #36: Practical Classics

There are lots of books in my Book Group Toolbox, but this one, Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven’t Touches Since High School, is going to be the source I consult when the group wants to read a classic. Author Kevin Smokler understands why and how classics can become shoved aside […]

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Serendipity in the Stacks #4: Jackie by Josie

Serendipity in the Stacks #4: Jackie by Josie

Most readers will be familiar with Caroline Preston’s latest novel, The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt. However, don’t let her first novel, Jackie by Josie, slip past your reading radar. Book groups looking for a discussable summer selection will enjoy this light-hearted look at the business of biography. Jackie is a doctoral student suffering a bout […]

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The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman

The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman

Lynn:  Count me as one who never tires of immigration stories!  They are the heart and soul of who we are as a nation and each one brings a new version of the experience.  There are so many good ones but Paul Fleischman and Bagram Ibatoulline have teamed up to give us something special in […]

Alif in Wonderland

Alif in Wonderland

G. Willow Wilson’s debut novel Alif the Unseen is an unusual and appealing blend of political thriller, Arabian Nights fantasy, and literary fiction. The protagonist is the title character, a young Arab-Indian man living in an unnamed Persian Gulf state. He makes his living as a hacker, but for the most part, instead of trying […]

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Web Crush of the Week: (Library Lass) Adventures in Reading

Web Crush of the Week: (Library Lass) Adventures in Reading

(Library Lass) Adventures in Reading is the blog of Debra, a librarian in Idaho. She reads all over the map (recent posts reviewed 2012′s The Song of Achilles as well as Elizabeth Peter’s The Seventh Sinner from 1972)  and posts her reviews and news tidbits on her blog.  One notable thing is that she  includes […]

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