Archive for September, 2013

Terry McMillan Read-Alikes

Terry McMillan Read-Alikes

It’s been three years since Terry McMillan’s last book (Getting to Happy, 2010). So, it’s nice to see her back on the bestseller list this week with Who Asked You? Fans of McMillan’s compelling storytelling and exploration of the complexities of African American women’s lives may enjoy these other contemporary authors. Venise T. Berry Ernessa Carter […]

Middle Age Crisis
By September 29, 2013 2 Comments Read More →

Middle Age Crisis

What if we had the capability to travel back in time to see what life was trulylike in distant eras? Pretty exciting, huh? Wouldn’t it be great to be a witness to history? Well, maybe not. Connie Willis’s classic The Doomsday Book was published in 1992. It’s a work of science fiction, but is written […]

Booklist “Voice of Choice” Graham in NYT Freebie
By September 28, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Booklist “Voice of Choice” Graham in NYT Freebie

Congratulations to Booklist “Voice of Choice” Dion Graham – for the 1st time the NY Times Magazine has a fiction piece, along with the complete audio online, on its cover: “We Like You So Much and Want to Know You Better,” an adaptation from The Circle the new novel by Dave Eggers. I spoke with Dion […]

Posted in: Audiobooker, Audiobooks
2013 Bouchercon Awards Roundup
By September 27, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

2013 Bouchercon Awards Roundup

Over the past weekend, Albany, New York was home to the 44th annual Bouchercon World Mystery Convention. Bringing together all members of the mystery and crime fiction community, this year’s attendees decided upon winners of the prestigious Anthony Awards. In addition, members of Mystery Readers International and subscribers to Mystery Readers Journal nominated and voted for […]

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The 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge: 2013
By September 27, 2013 2 Comments Read More →

The 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge: 2013

In 2012, you poured acid on it and sizzled its face off. In 2011, you made it go kablooey in a microwave. In 2010, you stabbed it with a knife taped to the end of your trombone. In 2009 (aka, the Year For Which There Is No Link), you simply told it you didn’t believe […]

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Squirrely Selections

Squirrely Selections

Lynn:  Ol’ Mama Squirrel (Penguin/Nancy Paulsen 2013) has a big job!  She has babies to protect and there are dangers everywhere.  Fortunately she is more than up to the job.  “Chook Chook Chook!”  Mama squirrel scolds everything that comes along including cats, dogs, owls, stuck kites and low-flying airplanes.  But when a “great growling grizzly […]

Web Crush of the Week:  EW’s Shelf Life
By September 27, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Web Crush of the Week: EW’s Shelf Life

ShelfLife is Entertainment Weekly’s one stop blog shop for book news, in EW’s famous snarky, snappy style. Great for brief, trendy tidbits of info.  This is where you are going to learn all about the pop culture stuff your patrons may be talking about, so head over and get schooled.  Don’t worry, they cover the big […]

Freebie Friday
By September 27, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Freebie Friday

A Banned Books Week free CD, with clips from award-winning audios plus an interview with Judy Blume, a strong advocate for reading freely. Does the impact of the spoken word affect a listener’s reaction? Are audiobooks the next battleground for censors? Dr. Teri S. Lesesne, past Chair of the Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Jim Henson
By September 26, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: Jim Henson

Looking to get lost in a YouTube spiral today? Start here, with the sweet little trailer for Brian Jay Jones’s stellar new biography of a man who changed imaginations forever, Jim Henson. When you’re done, just try not to get sucked into one of the related videos. For starters, there’s this gem from 1969, this […]

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Mysteries: One Book or Many?
By September 26, 2013 1 Comments Read More →

Mysteries: One Book or Many?

The mystery genre has some books that can support a discussion on their own, some that will leave the group without much to say after a too-brief conversation. How do you tell the difference? For instance, I just read my first of Craig Johnson’s delightful Longmire mysteries. Junkyard Dogs was a fast moving, clever read […]