Archive for January, 2012

A Shopping-Cart Traffic Jam on "The Road"
By January 31, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

A Shopping-Cart Traffic Jam on "The Road"

“It would be like ‘The Road,’ ” one publishing executive in New York said, half-jokingly, referring to the Cormac McCarthy novel. “The post-apocalyptic world of publishing, with publishers pushing shopping carts down Broadway.” This quote in a recent New York Times article (“The Bookstore’s Last Stand,” by Julie Bosman) reminded me of a short story […]

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Discussing “Cutting for Stone”
By January 30, 2012 2 Comments Read More →

Discussing “Cutting for Stone”

Has your book group discussed Abraham Verghese’s big, drama-stuffed novel, Cutting for Stone, yet?  From what I’ve been hearing, it’s currently a very popular choice with book clubs, even though it weighs in at well over 600 pages.  Because of the book’s length, I assigned it to my group in November for our January selection […]

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Book It: World Book Night
By January 30, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Book It: World Book Night

Last year, the first-ever World Book Night was held in the UK and Ireland—not quite “the world” but, here at Likely Stories, we certainly applaud the lofty ambition. The stated goal was to give away one million books to “light or non-readers” and, by most accounts, the night was a resounding success. This year, WBN will add two more countries to its efforts at […]

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Worst of Friends by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain

Worst of Friends by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain

Lynn: Jurmain opens her charming book, Worst of Friends:  Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the True Story of an American Feud (Penguin/Dutton 2011) by asking a most intriguing question, “Can Presidents be pals?”  In many cases the answer was no.  “Theodore Roosevelt thought McKinley had the backbone of a chocolate eclair.”  But sometimes the answer was […]

Odyssey fun fact
By January 30, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Odyssey fun fact

Narrators Kirby Heyborne & Lincoln Hoppe are a comedy duo?? The pair voiced two Odyssey audiobook titles recognized during the recent Youth Media Awards of the American Library Association. Heyborne narrated Rotters, Listening Library’s Odyssey-Award-winning title, and Hoppe narrated Listening Library’s Odyssey Honor title Okay for Now. It seems the two were presentient, as this video […]

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Stewart O’Nan’s “The Odds”
By January 29, 2012 1 Comments Read More →

Stewart O’Nan’s “The Odds”

Some writers manage to capture our present in a timeless way and one such writer is Stewart O’Nan.  Last Night at the Lobster envisioned America’s economic collapse and celebrated the quiet, unsung struggle of so many to make their way in a time of uncertainty before the recession really hit. Stewart O’Nan’s latest novel, The Odds, is […]

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Gaudy Night
By January 29, 2012 1 Comments Read More →

Gaudy Night

Knowing that many readers today have been trained by our societal clock to never luxuriate in any enterprise, I almost hesitate to recommend a book for discussion that took me a week to read. But when the book is Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers, it is easy.  The basic plot of this murderless detective […]

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Is It Time for Some Drama?
By January 28, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Is It Time for Some Drama?

John Lithgow’s memoir, Drama: an Actor’s Education, is a refreshingly frank and focused take on the familiar actor biography. While there are a few tidbits here about the many famous people he’s shared a stage or screen with, and a little bit of backstage gossip, the bulk of Lithgow’s book is not about name dropping […]

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Sneak Preview—The Booklist Printz Interview
By January 27, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Sneak Preview—The Booklist Printz Interview

[Here’s an early look at Ilene Cooper’s interview with John Corey Whaley, winner of both the 2012 Michael L. Printz and  William C. Morris awards, announced earlier this week at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting. The full interview will appear in the March 1, 2012, issue of Booklist.] On January 23, 2012, at the Youth Media Awards […]

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Free audiobook download: Her Royal Spyness
By January 27, 2012 2 Comments Read More →

Free audiobook download: Her Royal Spyness

Katherine Kellgren reads this cozy mystery written by Rhys Bowen, a limited time freebie from Audible. Grab this 2011 Audies Award nominee for “Best Mystery/Suspense Audiobook” – pure fun narrated by Booklist‘s “Voice of Choice” Kellgren. No doubt they’ve decided to offer this introduction to the  Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie series to hook you on the […]

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