Archive for December, 2007

Write Your Own Headline
By December 19, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Write Your Own Headline

From the Department of I Am Shocked, Shocked (“Lynne Spears’ Book Delayed Indefinitely,” Associated Press): NEW YORK (AP) – Lynne Spears’ book about parenting has been delayed indefinitely, her publisher said Wednesday. Lindsey Nobles, a spokeswoman for Christian book publisher Thomas Nelson Inc., said Wednesday that the memoir by the mother of Britney Spears was […]

Posted in: Book News
In Case You've Forgotten What You Can Find inside the Library
By December 19, 2007 4 Comments Read More →

In Case You've Forgotten What You Can Find inside the Library

I like books, and I like libraries–and I think parking garages definitely need a makeover–but this still didn’t work for me. A little theme park-y, maybe?   It’s the parking garage for the Kansas City Public Library, as photographed by Jonathan Moreau. (Spotted by Ben Segedin, Booklist’s Production Director.)

Posted in: Libraries
Women Readers and THE BAD GIRL
By December 19, 2007 1 Comments Read More →

Women Readers and THE BAD GIRL

I’ve had a rollicking good time with Mario Vargas Llosa’s new novel, The Bad Girl. There’s something about this spirited, beautiful life-wrecker (whatever her real name is) with her spellbinding sexiness and heart of ice and the poor doomed narrator who’s so hopelessly in love with her that strikes a chord of recognition in me. […]

Posted in: Book Groups, Book News
Try a Graphic Novel: Persepolis
By December 17, 2007 2 Comments Read More →

Try a Graphic Novel: Persepolis

Okay, I must have memoirs on the brain. But the film version of Marjane Satrapi’s powerful graphic novel memoir (or “graphic memoir”—a more apt term must exist or be created) is coming out shortly and is already generating critical acclaim. In 2006, The Seattle Public Library chose Persepolis (1 & 2) as our “Seattle Reads” […]

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Websites with Book Discussion Questions for Kids’ Books

Websites with Book Discussion Questions for Kids’ Books

It can be hard to find discussion guides for children’s books on the web.  With more and more parents taking on the leading of children’s book groups or parent/child book clubs, there is an increasing desire for discussion guides for kids’ books.  Luckily, librarians, publishers and booklovers are making more guides available online. Here are […]

Philosophical Self-Help with Trivial Stocking Stuffers
By December 17, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Philosophical Self-Help with Trivial Stocking Stuffers

We had the Booklist holiday party this afternoon, about which I will report only two things: 1) Bill Ott mixes a mean cup of nog 2) I was the recipient of the Don Chatham Spilled Drink Award About #2, let me just say that it was nothing to do with the egg nog–it was a previous event. […]

Posted in: Books and Authors
Talking about Reading: Flyboys

Talking about Reading: Flyboys

On Thursday, I promised the title of the book all the NEFLINers said was a successful book group read. Flyboys: A True Story of Courage by James Bradley spurred plenty of heated debate for a few of northeast Florida’s library-sponsored reading circles.  Bradley is also the author of another book group favorite, Flags of Our Fathers. […]

Posted in: Book Groups
There's an Amazon Reference Here, Too
By December 14, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

There's an Amazon Reference Here, Too

Before there was Radiohead, there was Jeff Kinney (“Crossover Dreams: Turning Free Web Work Into Real Book Sales,” by Motoko Rich, New York Times): That a book derived from free online content has sold so well may allay some fears that giving something away means nobody will want to pay for it. It also encourages […]

(Offer Not Valid in France)
By December 14, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

(Offer Not Valid in France)

More news about Amazon. The French have found a distinctly un-American way of protecting small bookstores (“Amazon Ordered to End Free Delivery on Books in France,” by Peter Sayer, IDG News Service): Amazon.com may not offer free delivery on books in France, the high court in Versailles has ruled. The action, brought in January 2004 […]

Posted in: Book News
£1.95 Million Includes Free Two-Day Shipping
By December 14, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

£1.95 Million Includes Free Two-Day Shipping

So, if you’re curious about where that handwritten J. K. Rowling book ended up, now the truth can be told: it’s on Amazon. Naturally.