Archive for August, 2010

Layla, Queen of Hearts by Glenda Millard

Layla, Queen of Hearts by Glenda Millard

Lynn: I have been clear that I really don’t like books that make me cry so the fact that this one did and I am recommending Layla, Queen of Hearts (Farrar 2010) anyway should send a loud message! Layla Elliot has a problem. Senior Citizen Day is approaching fast for her third grade class and […]

Reading the Screen: Christianna Brand
By August 26, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: Christianna Brand

Nanny McPhee Returns, the sequel to 2005’s Nanny McPhee, is in theaters. Emma Thompson, wearing some truly arresting makeup, stars as a sort of offbeat, uglified, funhouse-mirror-image of Mary Poppins who’s hired to care for a widower’s small army children. You might not know this — it wasn’t widely advertised — but Nanny McPhee was loosely based […]

Stieg Larsson & Women
By August 25, 2010 1 Comments Read More →

Stieg Larsson & Women

Ted wrote a post about how to discuss Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. How to talk about a book or a series so rife with violence and sexual violence in particular. I just finished reading Larsson’s Millennium trilogy and found myself just as engrossed as everyone else this summer. (Every other person […]

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Seattle Reads 2011: Little Bee
By August 25, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Seattle Reads 2011: Little Bee

I haven’t been this excited and eager to share some news in a long time. The 2011 Seattle Reads book was just announced: Little Bee by Chris Cleave. I raved about Little Bee a lot last year. I recently dropped in on our open-ended discussion group, Let’s Talk About Books, where two readers talked about […]

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Blahs in Bookville

Blahs in Bookville

It’s a tough time to be bookish. That’s especially true in library land, where daily we get news of another large system facing major cuts, closed branches, reduced hours, or chopped collection budgets. Now, this isn’t because libraries are unsuccessful: most of the systems I know still put up record numbers. Still, government budgets are in rotten shape […]

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Possible Pick:  Wonder When You’ll Miss Me

Possible Pick: Wonder When You’ll Miss Me

In Amanda Davis’ Wonder When You’ll Miss Me, teenage Faith is haunted by the fat girl she used to be. This alter ego follows her around in her mind,  giving advice and a running commentary.  Faith is also haunted by the memory of a brutal sexual assault and her subsequent suicide attempt.  Unable to cope […]

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More About “Hedgehog” — and Audiobooks
By August 24, 2010 1 Comments Read More →

More About “Hedgehog” — and Audiobooks

I read with interest Misha’s recent post about her discussion experience with Muriel Barbery’s exceptional novel, The Elegance of the Hedgehog.   Months ago, Misha wrote about discovering this book, and I thought then about someday using it in a discussion of my own.  Recently I was told by my supervisor that Hedgehog is a title […]

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Audiobooks as medicine?
By August 24, 2010 2 Comments Read More →

Audiobooks as medicine?

Scientific research on recovery after a stroke showed that audiobooks significantly improved sensory memory and resulted in higher cognitive function. I’d be interested to see this University of Helsinki study replicated with Alzheimer’s patients. The findings mirror much of the research done on the positive impact of audiobooks in literacy development of students. I know […]

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All Aboard! by Monica Kulling

All Aboard! by Monica Kulling

Cindy: Want to hook young readers on the genre of biography? Give them All Aboard! Elijah McCoy’s Steam Engine (Tundra, 2010). The opening scene shows a 6 year-old Elijah happily running to fix his father’s broken horse-drawn mower. His talent and love of working on machines started early. In 1866 Elijah returned to his ex-slave […]

Talking about Listening Redux

Talking about Listening Redux

Mary Burkey over at Audiobooker and other audio book aficionados will be pleased to welcome some new members to the audio book fan base. Along-established Kansas City book group have decided, “listening isn’t cheating” and are strongly encouraging members to explore this format for all reading group selections. Recently the Kansas City group took part […]

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