Archive for November, 2013

Shanghai Girls
By November 22, 2013 1 Comments Read More →

Shanghai Girls

The fall Greendale Reads title we selected was Shanghai Girls by Lisa See.  Years ago every book club seemed to be reading See’s earlier novel, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2005).  Shanghai Girls, published in 2009, was popular but did not garner the attention that Snow Flower did.  I am not sure why,  as the […]

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The Secret History of My Magnificent Obsession with Novels about the Assassination of JFK
By November 22, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

The Secret History of My Magnificent Obsession with Novels about the Assassination of JFK

One of the perks of working at Booklist is the abundance of publishers reviewer’s galleys that litter our hallways, making our workplace more than just a fire hazard, but instead, a book-lover’s paradise. And while many of the galleys ultimately end up in the recycling bin, a number of them find their way onto precarious […]

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Web Crush of the Week:  Shelf Awareness
By November 22, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Web Crush of the Week: Shelf Awareness

ShelfAwareness: Daily Enlightenment for the Book Trade. OK, so this isn’t technically a website or a blog, it’s a daily e-newsletter, but hey, if you don’t want to bother subscribing to it, you can go to the site and just treat it like a blog by reading the daily issues. ShelfAwareness is meant for the […]

Posted in: Backlist
Book Trailer Thursday:11/22/63
By November 21, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday:11/22/63

On the day before the fiftieth anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination, today’s book trailer borrows from the past–two years ago, to be precise–to feature Stephen King’s time-traveling novel of the event, 11/22/63. There’s no shortage of promo material online for readers who might have missed the lauded bestseller in 2011, or those who […]

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National Book Award Winners
By November 21, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

National Book Award Winners

The National Book Award winners were announced last night, at a gala, star-studded ceremony in—where, else?—New York. Once the cheering had died down, the smoke from the fireworks had cleared, and the rowdy hooligans had been dispersed by baton-wielding mounted police (some literary groupies just don’t take it very well when the authors whose names […]

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Word for Word: Good-Bye Alligators & Overcrowded Stilettos
By November 21, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Word for Word: Good-Bye Alligators & Overcrowded Stilettos

Behold! Here at last we reveal the identity of our mystery author, who dared to play mad libs with her own prose. The results, I think, speak for themselves! Truck drivers go missing every day. They slip out of bedroom feather dusters and into repulsive cars. The leave good-bye alligators or don’t get a chance […]

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The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata

The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata

Lynn:  Close your eyes and picture this scene in your mind:  The setting sun is shading from golden to purple, back-lighting a vast field of golden grain and from our somewhat elevated perspective we see five huge combines in a slightly staggered formation sailing toward us, a great wave of golden haze behind them.  It […]

Remembering Charlotte Zolotow
By November 20, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Remembering Charlotte Zolotow

I first met the legendary editor/publisher/author Charlotte Zolotow, who has died at the age of 98, sometime in the late 1980s, when she was a guest on the cable television author interview program “In Print,” which I was hosting and co-producing at the time. I was all-a-tremble at the prospect, since I held her in […]

The Story of Slavery

The Story of Slavery

One hundred and fifty year after the Gettsyburg Address, Americans are still struggling to gain a better understanding of this difficult time in our nation’s history. At the box office, Twelve Years a Slave (based on the book by Solomon Northup) is getting rave reviews and in book groups across the country, readers can’t stop […]

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"The President Has Been Shot!" by James L. Swanson

"The President Has Been Shot!" by James L. Swanson

Lynn:  This week our nation will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy and, even all these years later, speculation and controversy still surrounds this tragic event.  James Swanson’s excellent new book, “The President Has Been Shot!:  the Assassination of John F. Kennedy, (Scholastic 2013), provides a detailed step-by-step account of […]