Archive for March, 2013

Dusty Book: To Be Someone by Louise Voss

Dusty Book: To Be Someone by Louise Voss

Here’s a book I recommend time and time again, because I really loved it and I don’t know that anyone else was ever aware of it.  As far as I can tell, British author Voss hasn’t had any of her other titles published in the U.S., unfortunately. She has however had some success putting herself […]

Posted in: Backlist
Construction Kitties by Judy Sue Goodwin Sturges

Construction Kitties by Judy Sue Goodwin Sturges

Lynn:  I took one look at Construction Kitties (Henry Holt 2013) and knew that it had the youngest member of our focus group, Henry’s, name ALL over it!  The only thing Henry loves more than books about monkeys, are books about trucks, cars and big machines!  I can’t imagine a little reader who wouldn’t like […]

Women’s Fiction: Brit Lit

Women’s Fiction: Brit Lit

In the late 1990s, right after Bridget Jones took the world by storm, it seemed everywhere you looked, her pals were crowding the bookshelves as well. Here are some of my personal favorites from the backlist. If you’ve still got some on the shelf, why not dig them out of your fiction collection for a […]

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Read, Eat, Repeat

Read, Eat, Repeat

Of late, I have flitted restively from book to book, unable to alight anywhere for long. This happens to me sometimes. If only there were a blog I could consult for book suggestions…hmm…well, never mind.  In the meantime I have my old standby: cookbooks. I need to consult them anyway during the course of each week, so […]

Posted in: Book Groups
Dusty Books: African American Women’s Fiction

Dusty Books: African American Women’s Fiction

In Connie Briscoe’s soapy P.G. County, Barbara reigns supreme over a group of affluent neighbors including the sexy Jolene, hippie Candice, and hairdresser Pearl. When a runaway teenager, looking for her unknown father, enters the scene, drama ensues. Singing in the Comeback Choir by Bebe Moore Campbell is the story of Maxine, a successful TV […]

Posted in: Backlist, Libraries
After Dinner Reading

After Dinner Reading

One of the exhilerating and exhausting parts of readers’ advisory is when those special “one of a kind” books come along. Exhilerating because everyone’s abuzz about a book. Exhausting because you can’t readily hand your readers something “just like it.” Fortunately for fans of Herman Koch’s deliciously twisty novel The Dinner, there are enough tension-filled […]

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Look Up! by Annette LeBlanc Cate

Look Up! by Annette LeBlanc Cate

Lynn:  In an age of expensive entertainment, the opening sentence of Look Up!:  Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard (Candlewick 2013) has a refreshing simplicity: “You don’t have to go anywhere fancy to watch birds!” In fact, Cate goes on to assure young readers that all they really need to do is learn to keep quiet […]

Hostile Questions: John Green

Hostile Questions: John Green

It’s a red-letter day: Hostile Questions’ 1st birthday and our 50th interview. And if there’s a man begging to be brought up charges of Un-Author-like Conduct over past year, it’s none other than John Green. John Green. John Green. (I keep repeating his name cuz that’s what you’re supposed to do with John Green, right? […]

Posted in: Books and Authors
Black Dog by Levi Pinfold

Black Dog by Levi Pinfold

Lynn:  Fear is a huge issue in the lives of children and it is a frequent subject of picture books.  Levi Pinfold’s approach to the subject is highly original yet imbues a sense of classic timelessness that is as reassuring as it is engaging.  Black Dog (Candlewick/Templar 2012) is a book that was high on […]

Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title

Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title

It’s Friday afternoon, the perfect time for looking at  cat pictures, discussing weekend plans, and eating doughnuts for lunch while counting down the minutes until quitting time. You’ve got a while until you can skedaddle, though, so how about spending the  next 5-10 minutes chuckling over the winner of this year’s Diagram Prize for Oddest […]

Posted in: Book Awards