Archive for September, 2010

Minority Report: Disintegrating into Third World America
By September 27, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Minority Report: Disintegrating into Third World America

The term third world is generally applied to underdeveloped nations, which unfortunately are mostly populated by people with brown skin. So even though Arianna Huffington’s book Third World America: How Our Politicians are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream is about the US economy in general, some readers might not be able […]

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Room by Emma Donoghue
By September 26, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Room by Emma Donoghue

When I first heard about Room, I wasn’t sure if I had the stomach for it. It called to mind too many awful news stories that I mistakenly came across and stupidly read in the past few years–those true crime stories that you want to turn away from but simultaneously want to know about just […]

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Reading in the Netherland

Reading in the Netherland

Recently the joint book group of the Kansas City Star and the Kansas City Public Library met to discuss the latest selection, Netherland by Joseph O’Neill. There are occasions when readers feel they are putting as much effort into reading a novel as an author did in writing it. Such was the case with this […]

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Overlooked Books: Samuel Holt
By September 26, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Overlooked Books: Samuel Holt

In 1986 a new mystery writer, Samuel Holt, appeared on the scene. His first novel, One of Us is Wrong, starred a fictionalized version of the author, an actor called Sam Holt, who went from playing a criminology professor on a hit TV series to solving crimes in real life. You might not have heard of Samuel […]

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Book Group Toolbox #18: Integrated Advisory Service

Book Group Toolbox #18: Integrated Advisory Service

Just in time for making reading selections for the new year comes another resource facilitators will find useful, Integrated Advisory Service: Breaking Through the Book Boundary to Better Serve Library Users. Full disclosure now: Rebecca, Gary, and I all contributed to this book. Editor Jessica Moyer pulled together a crew of experts in specific genres […]

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Today’s Video Break: The Money Tree
By September 24, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Today’s Video Break: The Money Tree

Amy Krouse Rosenthal, author of Yes Day, created an amazing video documenting the day she tied 100 dollar bills to a tree – and then filmed the reactions: Thanks to Open Culture for the link!

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Weeklings: Author-Critic Creatures, Milton in the Headlines, a Supposed Stigma, the Present Tense, and Too-Easy Reading
By September 24, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Weeklings: Author-Critic Creatures, Milton in the Headlines, a Supposed Stigma, the Present Tense, and Too-Easy Reading

On the Guardian‘s Books Blog, Lesley McDowell writes about writers who are reviewers, and reviewers who are writers–and, honestly, I would have no idea what one of those looks like: It’s a strange hybrid, this author-critic creature. I can’t think of another art form where the “practitioner” and the critic overlap like this. Where are […]

Achebe wins Gish Prize
By September 24, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Achebe wins Gish Prize

Chinua Achebe won the $300,000 Dorothy and Lillian Gish prize, which is awarded to  “a man or woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind’s enjoyment and understanding of life.” The Nigerian author’s most celebrated work, Things Fall Apart (1958), has sold more than 10 million copies. […]

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Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee

Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee

Cindy: I can’t decide what I like more about this book, the text or the illustrations! Does it really matter? This is a delightful whole. I have said that my favorite kind of book is one that makes me laugh, cry, and think, and leaves me wondering what the characters are going to do next. […]

Me and Louisa May Alcott
By September 24, 2010 2 Comments Read More →

Me and Louisa May Alcott

Is a blog post by a man in his 40s about Little Women a bit weird, perhaps even a little creepy? Well, maybe so, but I’m reading about Jo, Beth, Meg, and Amy, and I’ve got to confess, I like them, I like ‘em a lot. This all got started a few months ago, when […]

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