Archive for January, 2014

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

Lynn:  Poor Lieutenant Selim!  All he really wants is a good cup of tea and a quiet life.  But any hope of that disappears when he delivers his report on that “heathen” in Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant (First Second $15.99) “Oh jailer,” she calls, “I’m escaping.”  And when she does just that, the […]

Web Crush of the Week:  Brain Pickings
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Web Crush of the Week: Brain Pickings

This week’s crush is a weekly web digest, Brain Pickings. The brain child of Maria Popova, “an interestingness hunter-gatherer and curious mind at large,” we particularly love the book and literary coverage, which can be accessed via a virtual bookshelf or explored by the generous use of post tags. The site also features a link to […]

Read Two Books and Call Me in the Morning
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Read Two Books and Call Me in the Morning

Experienced readers know that books are good for the soul, and that can translate into improved psychological and even physical health. The Novel Cure by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin takes that extra step made by some bibliotherapists, and suggests that particular books can be used to treat specific ailments. As their subtitle notes, they […]

American Library Association’s top audiobooks of 2013
By January 30, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

American Library Association’s top audiobooks of 2013

The best audios of 2013 for children, teens, and adults were announced at the ALA  Midwinter conference. The 2014 Notable Children’s Recordings list contains 30 titles recommended for listeners ages birth through age 14 – readalong book & CD sets, beginning readers, novels, nonfiction and a bit of music. You can see this ALSC committee’s larger […]

Book Trailer Thursday: One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

Book Trailer Thursday: One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

I’m abandoning my tireless coverage of James Franco’s frightening march toward world domination to alert you, dear reader, to this triumphant release by a different funny person we like a little more. B.J. Novak writer/ actor of TV’s “The Office” and BTT curator favorite “The Mindy Project”, has released a delightful, clever trailer featuring fellow […]

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Discussing an SF Classic: Alfred Bester’s The Stars My Destination
By January 30, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Discussing an SF Classic: Alfred Bester’s The Stars My Destination

Alfred Bester’s 1957 classic The Stars My Destination is an influential work. Many science fiction greats credit it as one of the best in the field. William Gibson says that it blew his mind and Neil Gaiman, in his introduction, calls it “the perfect cyberpunk novel.” Most of the members of my group had not […]

2014 ALA Youth Media Awards
By January 29, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

2014 ALA Youth Media Awards

Eight a.m., Monday morning and ALA’s 2014 Youth Media Awards were being announced to an overflow crowd of enthralled librarians and book lovers in Philadelphia. And where was I? I was in Philadelphia, too—in my hotel room, watching the proceedings on a frequently failing feed, tweeting my fingers off, trying to keep @Booklist_Keir separate from […]

Poser

Poser

Ever since I read Champion Dog, Prince Tom in second grade, I have been besotted with books. I became partial to fiction during the week I spent following the progress of Prince from frisky pup to disciplined show dog, but it’s not just fiction I delight in. I remain in awe of a writer’s ability – in fiction, non-fiction […]

Locomotive by Brian Floca

Locomotive by Brian Floca

Cindy: This is another one of those times that I am kicking myself for leaving Lynn in the lurch on the blog. She wrote the draft for this book on December 12th and has been waiting for me to write my part. Here is her post written six weeks BEFORE this book won the 2014 Caldecott Medal […]

Fascinating First Ladies

Fascinating First Ladies

Jennifer Chiaverini follows up her bestselling Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker with Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival (#13 on this week’s NYT Best Sellers list.) With Presidents’ Day and Valentines Day just around the corner, there couldn’t be a better time to talk about some powerful (and, yes, even passionate!) presidential partnerships. My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams […]