Archive for April, 2008

TALKING ABOUT DIVERSITY
By April 21, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

TALKING ABOUT DIVERSITY

Arlington Heights, Illinois, the community where I live and lead book discussions, has never conducted a “One Book, One City” reading program.  However, the public library does participate in a regional program organized by The Daily Herald, the newspaper that serves Arlington Heights and the surrounding towns.  It’s called “Suburban Mosaic,” and focuses on books […]

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What's next–a children's book explaining daddy's issues with the size of his manhood?
By April 21, 2008 4 Comments Read More →

What's next–a children's book explaining daddy's issues with the size of his manhood?

Once in a while I read something that just seems so, well, I don’t know what, but my opinion of it would seem so obvious that writing a caustic (or, less often, constructive) comment just seems redundant. But duty compels me, and so I persevere. The use of children’s books as educational tools isn’t new, of course. And […]

Pinsky Answers Pesky Questions
By April 21, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Pinsky Answers Pesky Questions

Q. Why isn’t there an FAQ for modern poetry? A. There is. From Salon (“Why Don’t Modern Poems Rhyme, Etc.” by Robert Pinsky): 9. Well, I like poetry that is amusing, that maybe makes me chuckle a little. I’d rather read something reassuring and light than something complicated or gloomy. Is that bad? Does that mean […]

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Romance Writer's Relationship Ends Badly
By April 21, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Romance Writer's Relationship Ends Badly

Signet is so over Cassie Edwards. From the Boston Globe (“Romance writer, publisher split up over plagiarism claims,” by Hillel Italie): NEW YORK—Romance writer Cassie Edwards and publisher Signet Books have decided to break up after allegations emerged in January that in she lifted passages in several of her books from other sources. “Signet has […]

Ships at a Distance Have Every Man’s Wish on Board

Ships at a Distance Have Every Man’s Wish on Board

I have failed to get my whole community behind a book.  Our efforts are definitely more one library, one read than the alternative.  However, knowing that we are too small to pull this off does not keep us from doing one spring and one fall session called Greendale Reads. Well, this time around we were […]

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The Friday Laziness of Keir Graff
By April 18, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

The Friday Laziness of Keir Graff

Over at Under the Covers, Lisa Chellman is trendspotting (and I’m reproducing her list, with links to the books we’ve reviewed): The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney The Puzzling World of Winston Breen The Daring Adventures of Penhaligon Brush The Very Ordered Existence of Merilee Marvelous The Extraordinary Adventures […]

Top Picks
By April 17, 2008 2 Comments Read More →

Top Picks

A couple of lists of top books for book discussions have popped up recently. This list of the top ten book group choices in 2007 was posted on Reading Group Choices. It was selected with the help of book group leaders representing more than 50,000 book group members. 1. Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen 2. The […]

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Lonely Planet Thinks Travel Writer Is from Hell
By April 17, 2008 2 Comments Read More →

Lonely Planet Thinks Travel Writer Is from Hell

Remember Thomas Kohnstamm? Well, he’s in the news again. His claims that Lonely Planet guides are not entirely trustworthy have irked a number of people, including, er, Lonely Planet. On their site, they address his charges, although they respond to one of his biggest complaints in a fairly vague manner: 5. Thomas claims he was […]

Billionaire Versus Thousandaire
By April 17, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Billionaire Versus Thousandaire

I’ve avoided mentioning the latest Harry Potter news–primarily because my fingers fight back when I try to type “J. K. Rowling”–but I must force them to obey. If you haven’t been following it, Rowling and Warner Brothers are suing tiny publisher RDR Books for RDR’s plan to publish Steven Vander Ark’s book, The Harry Potter […]

And Everyone Says Blog Software is Bulletproof
By April 17, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

And Everyone Says Blog Software is Bulletproof

Another day, another apology for another day without posting. Having recovered from my malicious bot attack, I’m now trying to recover from a software update. Careful readers will have noticed that, while the blog’s search function started working again yesterday, an error message was appearing, and now many archived posts seem to be colonized with […]

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