Archive for September, 2009

Had a Condo Made of Stone-ah
By September 28, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Had a Condo Made of Stone-ah

James Patterson’s The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King comes out today, and of course, you don’t have enough copies for your patrons. Or perhaps, when they’ve read it, their interest is piqued. Here are some more titles on the Boy King. Fiction: The Lord Mehren Series by Lynda S. […]

Posted in: Backlist
I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous and Obscure

I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous and Obscure

Cindy and Lynn: The best-selling first six-word memoir book, Not Quite What I Was Planning, has spawned the publication of this all-teen entry collection. When that first book published, we started thinking about six-word booktalks, but never got around to writing more than a few of them: “We have more ideas than time” (6 words!) […]

New Niffenegger
By September 25, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

New Niffenegger

Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife was a favorite  book group choice, and her newest novel, Her Fearful Symmetry, should be popular as well.  It’s a ghost story involving twins who inherit a London flat which happens to be located next to the historic Highgate Cemetery. Booklist reviewer Donna Seaman praises Niffenegger’s “discerning eye and slyly gothic […]

Posted in: Book Groups, Book News
Sunny Boy!:  The Life and Times of a Tortoise by Candace Fleming

Sunny Boy!: The Life and Times of a Tortoise by Candace Fleming

Lynn: I have a woeful gap in my picture book knowledge, having spent most of my working years focusing on YA literature. Having grandsons and writing this blog is helping me to fill in the blanks and one of many delightful surprises is how many great YA authors also write wonderful picture books. In my […]

Awards Round-Up
By September 24, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Awards Round-Up

Over the last week quite a number of books received awards. Here’s the best of best: The 2009 NAIBA Books of the Year Prize winners are: Fiction   A Reliable Wife, by Robert Goolrick Nonfiction Hurry Down Sunshine, by Michael Greenberg Trade Paperback Original Buffalo Lockjaw, by Greg Ames Picture Book The Curious Garden, by […]

Posted in: Book Awards
Book Trailer Thursday Gets Interrogated
By September 24, 2009 2 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday Gets Interrogated

When I started Book Trailer Thursday back in 1986, I was just a lad with an Apple IIe and a dream. Who could’ve guessed that 1,825 posts later, BTT would be the revered institution that it is today? Okay, so I’ve only been doing BTT for a few months, but the response has still been […]

Book Group Research, Part 4: Associated Content
By September 24, 2009 1 Comments Read More →

Book Group Research, Part 4: Associated Content

In the first three posts in this series, I looked at how to research author information, reviews, and publisher and book seller content, then use these resources in your book group. These basics of book research, however, are just the most obvious resources. A creative book grouper can find dozens of other items to enhance […]

Posted in: Book Groups
Webcomics Wednesday: Gunnerkrigg Court
By September 23, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Webcomics Wednesday: Gunnerkrigg Court

Short post today, but I’d like to point you to one of my favorite webcomics, and one that made me unhate the color purple in one fell swoop (bad Northwestern grad!)–Gunnerkrigg Court. Earlier this year, the first 14 chapters were printed into a beautiful book comic by Archaia Studios with Orientation. If this panel from the […]

Posted in: Graphic Novels
Consumerism
By September 23, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Consumerism

Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture by Ellen Ruppel Shell is getting a lot of press these days.  It’s a frank discussion of why we buy junk we don’t need, how prices affect us psychologically, what happened in the past to send us down this path, and how it’s affecting our future.  When a […]

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Escape Under the Forever Sky by Eve Yohalem

Escape Under the Forever Sky by Eve Yohalem

Lynn: You could not ask for a better book to booktalk than Escape Under the Forever Sky (Chronicle, 2009)! Sit back and picture this: the Ethiopian wilderness, a thirteen-year-old American girl who has been kidnapped, escapes and with her captors right behind her, runs barefooted straight into a hidden pride of lions. After a heart-stopping […]