Archive for March, 2011

Top 10 Books on Motherhood

Top 10 Books on Motherhood

This recent Guardian article (yes, I get all of my good ideas from Guardian these days) on one writer’s top 10 books on motherhood got me thinking–which books would I place in that category? Some of my favorite fictional mothers appear in Maggie O’Farrell’s The Hand that First Held Mine and Eliza Minot’s The Brambles. […]

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Return of the Dapper Men by Jim McCann

Return of the Dapper Men by Jim McCann

Cindy: Wow. Lynn saw Return of the Dapper Men (Archaia 2010) on Booklist’s Top Ten Graphic Novels for Youth: 2011 list and tracked it down. We had missed seeing this when it published in November. This is an intriguing story, with philosophical themes to explore (or not) and exquisite artwork…all of which will prompt many rereadings. In […]

The Making of a Marchioness

The Making of a Marchioness

Frances Hodgson Burnett is most well known for her beloved children’s classics The Secret Garden and A Little Princess. That she also wrote adult fiction is less well known. So I confess that I was surprised when I saw that Persephone Books had reprinted an adult novel by Burnett called The Making of a Marchioness. […]

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Could you say that again?

Could you say that again?

As a book discussion leader, it does fall to me every once in awhile to lead a discussion on a title that I have previously done.  Last night, at our spring Greendale Reads book discussion, I had a similar experience.  After leading a book discussion on The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (see my October […]

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Birth Year Bash

Birth Year Bash

Here’s a fun theme for an upcoming meeting: Ask each reader in your group to select a book that represents the year of his or her birth. For added fun, bring food or drinks that were typical of the era, memorabilia, a copy of the bestseller list, or a list of events that occurred during […]

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What Would You Nominate?

What Would You Nominate?

What books do you think should be read by the next generation? Which books should be designated contemporary ‘classics’? The Guardian asked some authors to name the books they thought deserved recognition and a continued readership. I think that I would want to see the next generation read William Maxwell’s They Came Like Swallows or […]

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Move over Bill & Ag

Move over Bill & Ag

William Shakespeare and Agatha Christie will probably never lose their crowns as two of England’s most favorite authors. But the Costa Book Awards is making sure there are others waiting in the wings. The Costa Book Awards began as the Whitbread Literary Awards in 1971 but changed over in 2006 when Costa Coffee took over […]

Energy Island by Allan Drummond

Energy Island by Allan Drummond

Lynn: Energy is a topic on everyone’s minds these days and finding a way to talk about this complex issue with children is more important than ever.  So I am especially happy to write about Energy Island:  How One Community Harnessed the Wind and Changed Their World (Farrar/Frances Foster 2011) which is the first of […]

Bonnets off, dukes up: Jane v. Jane

Bonnets off, dukes up: Jane v. Jane

In this corner, Team Austen. Also known as Janeites, Jane-iacs, and Janesters; with six novels to her name, two of them published posthumously. In that corner, Team Bronte. Also known as Charlottans, Eyre-heads, and Brontophiles; three writers with a total of seven novels, only one posthumous. These two perennial and classic book group faves are […]

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Fond book group memories

Fond book group memories

What a lovely way to remember a faithful discussion group facilitator and member. Loveland Public Library has a special area called Priscilla’s Bookshelf which features collections of 32 novels specially packaged for use by area book clubs. Priscilla Beal started a book club in her home in 1965 and kept it going for 35 years. […]

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