Archive for April, 2009

Invite a zombie to the Book Club

Invite a zombie to the Book Club

There’s not enough hijinks at books groups. We need more. I’m going to start with having one of my groups read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith Of course, we’ll pair that with the original Pride and Prejudice and then do a judicious comparison. We’ll look at changes in characters […]

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Wimpy wimpy wimpy . . .

Wimpy wimpy wimpy . . .

HEFTY HEFTY HEFTY! Diarist of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney lands a spot on TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world list (full list). Swish! I like to think of lists like this as the 100 people we would shoot into space if there was some sort of, I don’t know, deadly disease sweeping […]

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The Entomological Tales of Augustus T. Percival:  Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone by Dene Low

The Entomological Tales of Augustus T. Percival: Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone by Dene Low

Lynn: Do not be deceived by the saccharine sweet cover! This wonderful little gem is a wacky mix of Jane Austen, Sherlock Holmes and Jack Gantos at his bizarre best. Wealthy orphaned Petronella Arbuthnot is celebrating her sixteenth birthday with an assembly of friends. Her guardian, Augustus T. Percival, laughing widely at a joke, inadvertently […]

One Book, One Book Group

One Book, One Book Group

Community read programs can be a great source for identifying titles that might work for your book group. Here’s a rundown of some current community read programs. Fox Cities Reads (WI) is reading the novels of Wisconsin author Michael Perry. One Book, Everybody Reads at Wilmette and Kenilworth (IL) Public Libraries is reading The Man Who Loved China […]

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“YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT”

“YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT”

  Now that The Maltese Falcon is a Big Read title, more and more people may be asking themselves why Sam Spade was willing to say, “When a man’s partner is killed he’s supposed to do something about it. It doesn’t matter what you thought of him. He was your partner and you’re supposed to […]

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They Picked Who to Win What?!?

They Picked Who to Win What?!?

Perhaps you have a personal vendetta against Mo Willems. Maybe Melina Marchetta’s Jellicoe Road gives you the hives. Or maybe you’re the one person left on the planet not totally in love with Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. Whatever the reason, it’s hard not to have fun second-guessing the ALA Youth Media Awards. That’s why […]

Hint Hinton

Hint Hinton

S. E. Hinton made a relatively rare personal appearance at the L.A. Times Festival of Books this week, and made sure to drop plenty of juicy details during her Q&A (“S. E. Hinton, a.k.a. Your Majesty,” by Cecil Castellucci, Jacket Copy). Mostly Hinton was there to talk about her recent Some of Tim’s Stories, but […]

Booklist Mystery Showcase
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Booklist Mystery Showcase

The May 1 Booklist Mystery Showcase just went live on Booklist Online. As always, there’s a lot you can read for free, even if you aren’t a subscriber. And non-subscribers who want to see it all can always try a free trial. The subject of our mystery-loving editor Bill Ott’s Hard-Boiled Gazetteer is Latin America, and […]

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WorldCat for audiobook information

WorldCat for audiobook information

If you are ever trying to track down the availability of a title in audiobook format, don’t waste time on store sites such as Amazon or Barnes & Noble. You’ll miss titles published by Recorded Books, BBC Audio, or other major audiobook companies. Or you might find only the mass-market abridged version, and never realize […]

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Random Questions=Answers?

Random Questions=Answers?

Some random questions came to mind for which I would love some answers from the readers out there (just how many of you are there, anyway?).  The first question I pose as I am expecting a second child and will be taking maternity leave in the fall, which means I will need someone to fill […]

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