Archive for November, 2009

Reading Women
By November 24, 2009 2 Comments Read More →

Reading Women

I was recently browsing through the new Libraries Unlimited catalog and came across an announcement for an upcoming book that sounds like it would interest many Buzz readers.  It’s called Reading Women: A Book Club Guide for Women’s Fiction, and it will be published in January. The publisher states that “the popularity of romance fiction has […]

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Short attention span audiobooks: 8 minute quickies from iMinds
By November 24, 2009 3 Comments Read More →

Short attention span audiobooks: 8 minute quickies from iMinds

Got a minute? Give a listen! The six-month-old Australian digital publisher iMinds enters the US via partnerships with Audible, iTunes, LearnOutLoud and OverDrive, with the goal of making your wait time more productive. Offering eight minute overviews of informational topics ranging from Flash Mobs to Behavioral Economics, the company is carving out a niche in […]

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Life-Size Zoo by Teruyuki Komiya

Life-Size Zoo by Teruyuki Komiya

Lynn: Most children love animal books and with Life-Sized Zoo (Seven Footer Kids, 2009) you can bring a zoo right into your lap. Komiya gives readers extraordinary photographs that are truly up close and personal. Subjects range from an elephants’ eye to an unnervingly close view of a tiger’s tongue – all life-size and all […]

Today’s video break: The decade in seven minutes
By November 23, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Today’s video break: The decade in seven minutes

Newsweek takes you down memory lane. Of note to audiobook listeners – the iPod, introduced in 2001.

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Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd

Cindy: Ok, so I don’t have a whole room in my house dedicated to my Star Wars collection like a certain friend’s husband does, but I have a lot of geek traits that prompted me to seek out Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd (Little, Brown, 2009). YA authors Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci spawned […]

People We Don’t Like
By November 21, 2009 3 Comments Read More →

People We Don’t Like

“Are we led to dislike these characters or feel compassion toward them?” This is a question I came across in some book discussion material I found on the Internet, and it has stayed with me as I have continued to read books for discussion programs and prepare for the meetings.  It has always seemed to […]

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Yuk Yuk Yuk
By November 21, 2009 1 Comments Read More →

Yuk Yuk Yuk

Rebecca’s entry on book chats is timely for me as our most recent mystery and crime fiction book discussion changed its normal format for this month. Normally, we all read the same book and operate as a typical one group, one book, discussion.  This month we changed two aspects of our normal procedure. First, we […]

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Today’s video break: Close encounters of the banjo kind
By November 20, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Today’s video break: Close encounters of the banjo kind

I can hear Truffaut laughing in his grave…. Close Encounters of the Redneck Kind from Marc Bullard on Vimeo. Thanks to Neatorama for the link!

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Weeklings: Blyton, Palin, F-Bombs, and Bad Sex
By November 20, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Weeklings: Blyton, Palin, F-Bombs, and Bad Sex

In regard to last week’s query, yes, I did forget something. I forgot flarf. So Enid Blyton, author of those fabulous Famous Five books I so adored as a callow youth, wasn’t much of a mum (“Why Enid Blyton’s greatest creation was herself,” by Garry Jenkins (Telegraph): The drama reveals how Enid exploited even her own […]

Is Memoir the New Literary Fiction?
By November 20, 2009 1 Comments Read More →

Is Memoir the New Literary Fiction?

I’ve been thinking about memoirs again while reading Rosalind Reisner’s new book, Read On… Life Stories. It’s a superb addition to the Read On… series, providing annotated lists of books selected from the best of memoir and biography, with each list focusing on a particular storyline, character type, setting, writing and language style, or mood. Reisner’s book […]

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