Archive for September, 2013

Karen Russell is a genius
By September 25, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Karen Russell is a genius

This morning fiction writer Karen Russell was announced as one of 24 MacArthur “genius” fellows.  The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation bestows this annual, no-strings attached award to “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.” Booklist couldn’t find a better way […]

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Into the Muck with You
By September 24, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Into the Muck with You

Should your book group read sports books? Many would quickly say no, but I beg to differ. In the last ten years, I’ve become a much less regular watcher of sports, but I still read sports books. An individual game is mostly about the competition–the winner and the loser–but looked at in its broad sense, […]

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Frogs Everywhere

Frogs Everywhere

Lynn:  Frogs are high interest to kids and frequently populate picture books, leaping about in a wild variety of adventures.  So it is nice to review two excellent frog books  – this time nonfiction. The first is Frog Song (Henry Holt 2013) by Brenda Z. Guiberson.  In this stunning book, eleven species of frogs are […]

Something Like Someone

Something Like Someone

Critics just can’t say enough kind things about Alice McDermott’s new novel Someone. (And from its debut at number 9 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Bestseller list, it’s clear that book buyers are eager to see for themselves.) Sated readers who want to fall into another lovely, reflective novel may enjoy these other exquisitely written domestic tales. […]

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Jack Glass:  the Story of a Murderer
By September 23, 2013 1 Comments Read More →

Jack Glass: the Story of a Murderer

Adam Roberts’s new book, Jack Glass:  the Story of a Murderer, is a book that attempts to link the classic mystery pattern of the locked room puzzle with a space adventure with political overtones.  While science fiction is not normally what I read anymore, I was attracted to this title by the idea of, not […]

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Who Says Teens Don't Read?

Who Says Teens Don't Read?

Cindy: I love my job. Oh, sure, there are days….but truly, I love what I do. This week I had a booktalking first. Here’s the scoop: When I booktalk in my middle school it means six hours (classes of booktalking). I usually try to present mostly titles that I have multiple copies of and then […]

Freebie Friday
By September 20, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Freebie Friday

Request a FREE CD that includes audio clips from award-winning Civil Rights titles, just in time for The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 on TV. It’s been 50 years since the tumultuous events surrounding America’s struggles in the 1960s, and the included interviews with Watsons author Christopher Paul Curtis and narrator LeVar Burton highlight […]

2013 National Book Award Fiction Longlist
By September 20, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

2013 National Book Award Fiction Longlist

The 2013 National Book Award Fiction Longlist was announced yesterday by the National Book Foundation. Follow the links below to read Booklist reviews of each title. Bleeding Edge, by Thomas Pynchon A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, by Anthony Marra The End of the Point, by Elizabeth Graver The Flamethrowers, by Rachel Kushner Fools, by Joan […]

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Web Crush of the Week: Forever Young Adult

Web Crush of the Week: Forever Young Adult

I may never say this again, but thank you Stephenie Meyers. Thank you for making it ok for grown women to openly read YA books. We no longer have to pretend that we’re reading them for work or to keep up with a child or precocious niece. Which is why it is equally liberating to get lost […]

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The Novel is alive and well, thank you very much: How to Read a Novelist
By September 20, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

The Novel is alive and well, thank you very much: How to Read a Novelist

John Freeman is a passionate reader. John Freeman is also a champion of authors, books and reading. He has been a book critic for years, was president of the National Book Critics Circle and editor in chief at Granta. He has interviewed countless authors and he shares his insights and conversations with many of the […]

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