Archive for November, 2010

Rowan Somerville Has Bad Sex in Hand
By November 30, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Rowan Somerville Has Bad Sex in Hand

In London last night, the Bad Sex in Fiction Award was presented to Rowan Somerville for a passage in his novel, The Shape of Her. Guess what he’s describing when he writes of the “nose of the loveliest nocturnal animal, sniffing in the night”? If you guessed “nipple,” you’re right–and maybe you should nominate yourself […]

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A Family Affair
By November 29, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

A Family Affair

The next year will bring a torrent of arresting literary memoirs, memoirs by writers about literary parents or husbands or near-relatives. Joyce Carol Oates remembers her late editor husband, Raymond Smith, in A Widow’s Story. Anne Roiphe chronicles her stint as muse to her unstable first husband in a forthcoming memoir. Gail Godwin sheds light […]

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The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie by Tanya Lee Stone

The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie by Tanya Lee Stone

Cindy: Full disclosure. I consider myself a pretty strong feminist and also a Barbie fan so I was intrigued by Stone’s latest nonfiction offering, The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: A Doll’s History and Her Impact on Us (Viking, 2010). She begins the book with basic biographical information about Ruth Handler, Barbie’s “creator,” and readers who […]

My Best of 2010
By November 27, 2010 1 Comments Read More →

My Best of 2010

As Neil mentioned, it’s that time of year when lists of the best books of the year start to crop up everywhere. The New York Times has 100 Notable Books of 2010 and their reviewers have named their top 10. The Guardian has a list of writer’s favorites from 2010, most of which I haven’t […]

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South Pole Adventure
By November 27, 2010 1 Comments Read More →

South Pole Adventure

On this weekend of frenzied shopping, all eyes are on goods that will purportedly come from the North Pole. I recommend Black Friday counterprogramming for readers, who will find much more pleasure going the other direction, tracing the adventures of the Antarctic explorers. The key event is the race to be the first team to reach the […]

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Reading the Screen: World War Z
By November 27, 2010 1 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: World War Z

Unless you’ve been dead the last few months, you probably know that Max Brooks’ rather brilliant novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (2006) is being made into a movie. Directed by Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, Stranger than Fiction, and the unfairly maligned Quantum of Solace), the movie stars Brad Pitt […]

Posted in: Books and Movies
Blame it on the Tryptophan

Blame it on the Tryptophan

Cindy and Lynn: Okay, we know the turkey tryptophan is really just an excuse, but Bookends just ate too much yesterday to adequately blog today. We have taken two anti-acid tablets (each) and are recovering on our respective couches with a towering stack of books to tell you about in upcoming weeks…but first…perhaps a nap. […]

Jane keeps biting

Jane keeps biting

Had your fill of holiday turkey? How about a little more from the Austen cookpot? Perennial book group darling, Jane Austen, just can’t seem to stop churning out the books. It’s like she never died. Which is what the publishers would have us believe. I have a couple of book groups members who are die-hard […]

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Compiling the Best Books of 2010
By November 24, 2010 1 Comments Read More →

Compiling the Best Books of 2010

As I’ve done for three years now, I’ve begun to compile all of those Best Books of the Year choices into one spreadsheet. When I’m done, you’ll be able to see how many awards and best of the year votes all of your 2010 favorites have received. This year, I’m adding a note after each […]

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Weeklings: Literary Elephantiasis, Stefhaufmannchen, Forbidden Books, Bad Sex, and Tintin as You've Never Seen Him Before
By November 24, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Weeklings: Literary Elephantiasis, Stefhaufmannchen, Forbidden Books, Bad Sex, and Tintin as You've Never Seen Him Before

A quick roundup of the last week and a half before I don my camouflage coverall, smear my face with dirt, and go hunting for wild turkeys with my bare hands. Just kidding–who am I, Ted Nugent? Good old cranky Robert McCrum–why, he even scowls in his headshot! Last week, took books to task for ballooning […]