Archive for April, 2014

Crazy Cars Books…and Crazier Sounds

Crazy Cars Books…and Crazier Sounds

Lynn:  Many preschoolers love books about cars and 3-year-old Henry from our focus group must have 90%  of them.  I think he and I have read through them so many times that we both have them memorized.  So I think I can be forgiven for not getting too excited when I open a new book […]

Don’t Supersize Me

Don’t Supersize Me

Overlook, if you will, the title of this book, which plays on women’s deepest fears.  Picking up where the French Women Don’t Get Fat trend left off, Naomi Moriyama takes us to her native Japan, where women get neither fat nor old.  What, do they not get uninteresting or senile either?  Well, probably not.  Lay your skepticism aside […]

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Dusty Book:  Watch By Moonlight by Kate Hawks

Dusty Book: Watch By Moonlight by Kate Hawks

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not a big romance reader. Sure, I enjoy them when I come across them, but they aren’t the first thing I pick to read, and I tend towards contemporary romance if at all. So if I was weepy over Kate Hawks’ Watch By Moonlight, I think just about anyone […]

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The Scraps Book: Notes From a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert

The Scraps Book: Notes From a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert

Cindy: Books that encourage creativity are always a favorite of mine and I’ve been a fan of Lois Ehlert since I read Planting a Rainbow again and again when my children were little. My father used to pass the winter months planning his garden and looking at seed catalogs and I spend mine looking at […]

Population 485

Population 485

Once, at a party, I was chatting with a therapist who told me he recommended Michael Perry’s Truck to several patients (he had also recommended Eat, Pray, Love, because he felt his patients needed to read about someone who knew how to “let it all hang out”).  I was instantly in line with his books-as-medicine approach. […]

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Building Better Book Talks

Building Better Book Talks

In any group where participants have not read the same title, particularly in thematic book groups, the paramount skill for a successful meeting is the ability of readers to describe what they read in an intriguing way. While most readers pick up this skill through the model of others over time, early efforts can be […]

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Web Crush of the Week: Pinkindle

Web Crush of the Week: Pinkindle

Pinkindle is the personal book blog of 23-year old voracious reader Angie, who is a “New Adult” (gah, does anyone else hate that term?) – so if you’re trying to get in the head of this “new” group of potential patrons, be sure to check out what she’s reading and what she thinks of the […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Going Over

Book Trailer Thursday: Going Over

Starred, as well as a Top Ten Historical Fiction for Youth title, Beth Kephart’s Going Over (Chronicle) tells the story of starcrossed teen lovers in early 1980s, divided Berlin. Teens are sure to devour rebel Ada’s intricate tale, set in a not too distant, but complex and seldom written about, time in the world’s history.

Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci

Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci

Lynn:  As a life-long science fiction reader I’m always begging for science fiction that is accessible, inviting, thrilling, something other than dystopia and shorter than door-stop length.  Cecil Castellucci has galloped to the rescue.  Tin Star (Roaring Brook 2014) is exactly what I have been looking for!  Strap on your phase gun and step aboard […]

Race in America: Americanah by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie

Race in America: Americanah by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie

Nigerian born author Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie has written a powerful, politically-charged novel in Americanah, and book groups should take note. Americanah is the story of a Nigerian woman, Ifemelu, who moves to the United States to further her education and spends her years abroad analyzing and processing what it means to be a “Non-American Black.” […]

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