Archive for December, 2007

Austenmania
By December 28, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Austenmania

Here’s a treat for Jane Austen lovers. Beginning in January, Masterpiece (formerly known as Masterpiece Theatre) will be airing The Complete Jane Austen,  dramatizations of all six Austen novels. Two of the adaptations we’ve seen before (one is the A&E version of Pride and Prejudice with a smoldering Colin Firth; the other is the version of […]

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No Questions—Don’t Panic!
By December 27, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

No Questions—Don’t Panic!

These days most publishers include discussion questions for a lot of their books.  You can find them either on their web sites or printed at the back of books.  But what do you do when your web searching has come up with nothing and you have no time to make up questions of your own?  […]

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Eat, Pray, Love
By December 27, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Eat, Pray, Love

My book group relies on the Washington Center for the Book’s Book Group Collection for our books each month.  This way group members don’t have to buy the book or get on a hold queue.  It’s a great list and a great service, no doubt about it.  But hundreds of other Seattle-area book groups are […]

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BOOSTING BOOK GROUP ATTENDANCE: GO TO ITALY
By December 22, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

BOOSTING BOOK GROUP ATTENDANCE: GO TO ITALY

Monthly attendance at my book group had dropped to two or three members. I was bussing back to the bookstore on book group night hoping someone would show up. I was ready to throw in the towel and consider that a five-year group had run its cycle and reached a dead end. Yesterday, however, when […]

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Don’t Go to the Book Group without…

Don’t Go to the Book Group without…

In a previous life, I taught the Great Literature to ungrateful, deadline-ignoring, homesick freshmen and sophomores. I loved encouraging them wrap their brains around the many meanings of the rose in “A Rose for Emily.” All that short story/play/poetry explication and analysis in my academic past paid off big time in my librarian future. Until I […]

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Holiday Reading
By December 21, 2007 3 Comments Read More →

Holiday Reading

If you’ve been thinking that I haven’t been posting as much as usual lately, you’re right. A combination of new initiatives (watch for a new newsletter, Booklist Online REaD ALERT, in early January) and sleep deprivation (I’ve been talking to my younger son about this) have taken a toll on my blogging. I’m hoping this […]

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Enjoy that time on the couch!
By December 21, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Enjoy that time on the couch!

As the new year approaches, it’s a good time for stock-taking. And with the holidays upon us, it’s a good time for thinking melancholy thoughts. So here you go: There’s no reason to think that reading and writing are about to become extinct, but some sociologists speculate that reading books for pleasure will one day be […]

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Book Group Links
By December 21, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Book Group Links

New York Times: Publisher Seek to Mine Circles Book clubs? Reading groups? Whatever you call them, they’re becoming an important part of the publishing world. Book groups can turn a book into a bestseller, and publishers are  turning to these groups to help create buzz.   

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Last Night at the Lobster
By December 21, 2007 2 Comments Read More →

Last Night at the Lobster

Stewart O’Nan’s Last Night at the Lobster is a book that’s spread like wildfire among my work group. Most everyone I know has also been reading Richard Russo’s Bridge of Sighs which depicts down-at-heel, small-town life. But Russo’s book is more like a doorstop, whereas this one, at 146 pages, is more like a love […]

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Web lunch

Web lunch

There are two things Librarians don’t do on the job. The first is read. Sorry. Gotta dispel that myth right now. And if you still believe that one, I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn tucked in the side pocket of my overcoat to sell you. The second thing Librarians don’t do is take a lunch. […]

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