Archive for October, 2008

MEN ALWAYS FLOAT FACE DOWN
By October 23, 2008 1 Comments Read More →

MEN ALWAYS FLOAT FACE DOWN

  Finn by Jon Clinch.  Random House, 2007. This novel begins with a body floating down the Mississippi River, skinned and bloated, face up in the water until discovered by some boys.  “I’ll bet it is old Finn,” says one of them until another, with superior knowledge of the ways of the world, announces that […]

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Blue Pills
By October 22, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Blue Pills

Blue Pills: a positive love story is a memoir by Swiss comic artist Frederik Peeters. Frederik tells the story about how he meets the love of his life, Cati, years before at a party. She was vivacious, full of life, and beautiful. But it wasn’t until years later, after she married, had a child, and divorced, that […]

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Seattle Reads 2009
By October 22, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Seattle Reads 2009

The Seattle Public Library has just announced its 2009 selection for the Seattle Reads program: My Jim by Nancy Rawles. Some of you might recall that I wrote about My Jim in a previous post. At the time, I was assisting in the selection process, and as soon as I read Rawles’ powerful book, I […]

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A Likely Story
By October 22, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

A Likely Story

It’s been a quiet week here at Lake Wobegon–er, Likely Stories. Behind the scenes, though, I’ve been rushing around, getting the November 1 issue up on Booklist Online, helping guest editor Mary Ellen Quinn put the finishing touches on the new REaD ALERT (hitting your in-box soon), and getting ready for a quick trip to […]

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Good Books for Bad Times
By October 22, 2008 1 Comments Read More →

Good Books for Bad Times

When times are tough, we turn to books for help. In Slate, Erica S. Perl suggests books to read to your children during a financial crisis: Many of the books I discovered during the late ’70s featured themes of economic hardship that made my circumstances seem manageable by comparison—a happy coincidence, I thought at the […]

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A Partisan Book Group
By October 21, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

A Partisan Book Group

Four years ago, when Bush won reelection, I was crushed; I was an emotional zombie for weeks. A friend of mine who was similarly effected decided to start a book group so that progressives could get together and emotionally and intellectually cope with four more years of the Bush administration. The object of the group […]

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News about ALA's News Source
By October 20, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

News about ALA's News Source

Three things you need to know about American Libraries. First, they now have their own blog! Called Inside Scoop, here’s how it’s described by editor-in-chief Leonard Kniffel (A Polish Son in the Motherland, 2005): While I don’t expect to blow the ALA website out of the water with Inside Scoop, I do expect to offer up-to-date […]

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Book Group Guide

Book Group Guide

Barbara Mead of Reading Group Choices tells us that Reading Group Choices 2009: Selections for Lively Books Discussions is ready. This guide, whichis marking its fifteenth anniversary, has over 75 new titles, among them works by Leif Enger, Barbara Kingsolver, Sue Miller, and Ann Patchett. To order, visit Reading Group Choices or call 1-866-643-6883.

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Wanting to Like a Mozambique Epic That’s Almost Good

Wanting to Like a Mozambique Epic That’s Almost Good

  I began reading The Train of Salt and Sugar convinced I would like it, and I was almost right. It has all the ingredients of a thrilling epic movie. Based on a true incident that occurred in 1987, it opens in the midst of the savagely brutal Mozambique civil war, in which no passenger […]

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The Transformation

The Transformation

Has anyone ever walked into a book group meeting expecting to be wildly bored? You didn’t select the reading, it didn’t thrill you, and you’d rather be at home reading something else, except you need to lead tonight’s discussion. That’s how I felt at the start of the evening. Last night I attended one of the […]

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