Archive for January, 2013

I’m All at Sea
By January 26, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

I’m All at Sea

My reading life began with trips to the library with my father, and one of his favorite subject matters were books about events on the ocean. As I begin to reach the age that he was back then, my own nonfiction reading takes me more often out to sea with books that capture the excitement […]

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Web Crush of the Week: Pub Rants

Web Crush of the Week: Pub Rants

For a chatty, behind-the-scenes look at the publishing industry, check out Pub Rants, in which “a very nice literary agent indulges in polite rants about queries, writers, and the publishing industry.” (She doesn’t exaggerate. Her rants are very polite.) Every wondered what goes through an agent’s mind as he or she is whittling through a stack […]

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Serendipity in the Stacks #71: Map of Ireland

Serendipity in the Stacks #71: Map of Ireland

With a cover as incendiary as its subject matter, Map of Ireland by Stephanie Grant is a novel that brings an historical event of national significance to the insular world of 1974 South Boston. High school junior Ann Ahearn can’t find a comfortable place to fit in at her school, in her family, on the […]

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Cindy and Lynn's Best of 2012

Cindy and Lynn's Best of 2012

Cindy: Judging from the towering to-read stack still to be conquered, I feel like I should be making a list of Best Books I Didn’t Get Read in 2012, but I did read plenty of fabulous and fun books. Here are the ones that won my respect or won my heart or that kept me […]

Best Audiobooks of 2012
By January 22, 2013 4 Comments Read More →

Best Audiobooks of 2012

Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults, a list of top teen audios from the American Library Association’s YALSA division, will be finalized during the upcoming Midwinter conference. I’ve copied the (huge!) list of nominations below, plus you’ll want to check out the past lists on the Amazing Audiobooks website:  http://www.ala.org/yalsa/amazing-audiobooks. And here are more  than a […]

Book Group Toolbox #42: Read On…Biography

Book Group Toolbox #42: Read On…Biography

Rick Roche just can’t stop talking about people. He talked about them a great deal in his last book, Real Lives Revealed: A Guide to Reading Interests in Biography. Read the Book Group Buzz post from March 2010 here. And he continues the conversation in his latest book, Read On…Biography: Reading Lists for Every Taste. […]

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Hostile Questions: Paolo Bacigalupi
By January 22, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Hostile Questions: Paolo Bacigalupi

Paolo Bacigalupi really knows how to draw the hostility out of a questioner. Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Printz, and a National Book Award finalist, he’s got just the kind of medal-laden shelf that I live to upend. So it’s freaking killing me that I can’t quite do it. Y’all read The Drowned Cities? […]

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Two Bears – Picture Book Bears, That Is

Two Bears – Picture Book Bears, That Is

Lynn:  When I looked back over our posts, I noticed that we seem to be drawn to bears – picture book bears anyway.  From bears with sniffles to baby panda bear kindergarten, we’ve got bears everywhere.  I’m not sure if that says something about us or about picture book illustrators but we’re adding to our […]

Super Bowl Settings

Super Bowl Settings

The Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers will battle it out in Super Bowl XLVII on February 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. You couldn’t get a more geographically diverse match-up. Help your patrons get the lay of the land with these description-rich titles.  Baltimore Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman (and subsequent Tess Monaghan […]

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People of the Book: Ben McFall of The Strand Bookstore

People of the Book: Ben McFall of The Strand Bookstore

He knows fiction, he knows poetry, and he knows when a customer has garbled the name of an author. He’s Ben McFall, Fiction Manager at The Strand Bookstore in New York City, a biblio-mecca for many librarians, and especially readers’ advisory librarians. Mr. McFall is profiled in today’s New York Times. Library staff will appreciate […]

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