Archive for May, 2009

Biography Blitz

Biography Blitz

Our staff book group at Williamsburg Regional Library made biographies our theme this month. Reading on themes is perfect for a staff group, as it exposes us to a variety of different titles which we can then share with the public. Biographies work well in this format: It’s fascinating to get highlights of a dozen different lives […]

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Book Group Saddles Up

Book Group Saddles Up

The lunchtime book group, Downtowners, at The Kansas City Public Library, met recently to discuss Hellfire Canyon by Max McCoy. While the Spur Award-winning paperback prompted plenty of conversation, no six-guns were drawn between conversatin’ readers.   I started the discussion by asking attendees what they thought was meant by ‘western novel’ since none of […]

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Let's Do Nothing by Tony Fucile

Let's Do Nothing by Tony Fucile

Cindy: I’ve been lusting after this book, since hearing the title, Let’s Do Nothing (Candlewick, 2009) announced at ALA Midwinter in Denver! Like most adults, my days are over-filled with responsibilities and chores and I long for time to “do nothing.” My teen daughter gave me a quote card this year that says “Doing nothing […]

Webcomics and the art of avoiding work

Webcomics and the art of avoiding work

So I was perusing the list of the 2009 Eisner Awards nominations this morning (I’m most invested in seeing the results for this category: Best Publication for Teens/Tweens Coraline, by Neil Gaiman, adapted by P. Craig Russell (HarperCollins Children’s Books) Crogan’s Vengeance, by Chris Schweizer (Oni) The Good Neighbors, Book 1: Kin, by Holly Black and Ted […]

So When Does the Bloodsucking Begin?

So When Does the Bloodsucking Begin?

The always-worthy Jacket Whys brings to light a potentially ruinous jacket similarity. Just imagine the horrific scenario: Grandma and Grandpa are birthday shopping for young Kayleigh, they stumble into a Borders with a fuzzy mental picture of the book they’re supposed to buy, and they end up bringing home . . . inspiring words of […]

Posted in: Young Adult
Pack the Sunscreen and the Tome

Pack the Sunscreen and the Tome

  Though when we think of summer and books the term “beach read” generally comes to mind,  New York magazine  recently proposed a mix of  nonfiction and “a few realistic novels” in “What to Read This Summer.”  Here are the suggestions:       May The Food of a Younger Land by Mark Kurlansky Dark Places by […]

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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

Lynn: Sometimes you just fall in love with a book and that is the case with The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (Holt, May 2009) for me. I read it under trying circumstances too. I was suffering from a really horrendous case of poison ivy. (Yes, yes, I know about shiny leaves of three but who […]

What Bluebirds Do by Pamela F. Kirby

What Bluebirds Do by Pamela F. Kirby

Lynn: “Bluebirds rock,” says award-winning photographer/author Pamela Kirby and it takes only a few pages of her glorious intimate pictures to agree with her. Kirby’s stunning photographs chronicle a pair of Eastern bluebirds as they raise five chicks in the nesting box in her backyard. Simple clear text provides fascinating information that is ideal for […]

Contest news from Playaway

Contest news from Playaway

Audiobook contests seem to be a new trend – so much so that I’ve added a “Contests” tag to my posts! Playaway has a great contest running through July 10th – the Playaway $100,000 Givaway Stimulating America’s Libraries. Any public library employee over the age of 18 can enter. On June 1st, Playaway will begin […]

Posted in: Audiobooks
And When Do We Eat?

And When Do We Eat?

Check out the May 25 New Yorker Shouts & Murmurs column, “Book Club,”  by Ann Hodgman, providing discussion questions for book group members who have not read the book.

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