Archive for November, 2013

Muckers by Sandra Neil Wallace

Muckers by Sandra Neil Wallace

Lynn:  There’s nothing I love more than an underdog story and Sandra Neil Wallace has given us a terrific one in Muckers (Random/Knopf 2013).  While researching another story about Jerome, Arizona, Wallace came across a box containing, among other things, letters from past students to Lewis McDonald, the much-loved principal of the Jerome high school.  […]

Little Bird of Heaven
By November 29, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Little Bird of Heaven

This year’s overall arc to our crime book discussion at my library is “duck and cover.”  My idea was that we would read novels wherein the characters would be better served to avoid plunging into a crime investigation rather than what occurs in a typical mystery where we expect the protagonist to jump in feet […]

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Web Crush of the Week: Cookbooks for Dinner

Web Crush of the Week: Cookbooks for Dinner

Are you ready to think about food again? Well, if you’re not up to eating, maybe you can stomach a little food-related reading. T. Susan Chang’s Cookbooks for Dinner is perfect purusing for those wanting to know what’s worth reading in the ever-growing world of cookbooks. Chang has been a food writer and cookbook reviewer since 2001. […]

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Book Trailer Thanksgiving: Mast Brothers Chocolate
By November 28, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thanksgiving: Mast Brothers Chocolate

Can’t think of eating another thing, right? Wrong! Happy Thanksgiving! And, why, hello, Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook. I’d love this trailer even if it weren’t for a book about chocolate, (in part because I see a bearded Adrian Grenier every time I look in the mirror, too, and now I feel less weird […]

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All for the Love of Nick
By November 28, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

All for the Love of Nick

If Nick Hornby would just answer my calls, then I could propose. We both have spouses, but perhaps some accommodation can be made. This man has written three of my favorite novels (High Fidelity, About and Boy and Juliet, Naked) and the screenplay to An Education.  This embarrassment of riches would all be enough for me, BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE. Each month […]

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Holiday Freebies
By November 27, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Holiday Freebies

Travel plans? Shiny new devices ready to load? Grab these four free audiobooks from publishers sharing the holiday spirit of giving! Nothing with Strings by Bailey White, narrated by Lorna Raver, is the perfect listen for the holiday season – a compilation of over a decade of White’s Thanksgiving stories on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. […]

Posted in: Audiobooks
Thank You with a Cherry on Top!

Thank You with a Cherry on Top!

Cindy: I know that I am supposed to be focusing on what I am thankful for this week, but a new book delivery has diverted my attention. A package on my porch revealed an interior gift box with a paper bow. I’m used to special packaging for books that publishers are excited to promote, but […]

Give Me a 001

Give Me a 001

Lynn and Cindy:  Readers – between us, we have a lot of years in middle school libraries!  And that means that we have had to pay attention to that crazy Dewey category 001!  Middle schoolers LOVE books about yetis and the Bermudua Triangle and UFO’s.  It just goes with the territory.  That section of the […]

Remembering Camelot

Remembering Camelot

As the nation reflects on the 5o-year anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, your 900s are probably already probably picked clean of all your Kennedy family biographies. Patrons who have been following the “Where were you when…” polls and videos might be inspiredl to look back at other events of the time. Fortunately, ShelfRenewal has a history […]

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Audiobooks in the News
By November 22, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Audiobooks in the News

Fantastic article in the New York Times: “Serious Listening” by John Schwartz. Sean Pratt, Oliver Wyman,  Jeannie Berlin, and Katherine Kellgren, Booklist “Voice of Choice” honoree, are the narrators mentioned in the article, which highlights the pleasures of delving into the joys of literary fiction via the  audiobook experience. Audiobook fans will all have their favorite story […]

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