Archive for July, 2014

Secrets, Lies, Forgetting

Secrets, Lies, Forgetting

One college summer, in a 20th Century American Literature class, I was pleasantly surprised to find the reading list included Anne Tyler’s The Accidental Tourist. The professor said, “People enjoy reading her, so naturally, the critics are suspicious.”  It must be so awful to be a critic.  Think of all the reading material they are forced to consume on the sly. […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Rumble

Book Trailer Thursday: Rumble

Ellen Hopkins, author of wildly popular novels in verse for teens, focuses in her latest, Rumble (Simon & Schuster), on faith and spirituality. The book’s dramatic trailer shows glimpes of the troubled protagonist and his brother’s suicide. Booklist reviewer Debbie Carton writes, “Hopkins’ novel taps into common themes of contemporary teen life, with dialogue and […]

Today-only Free Audiobooks!

Today-only Free Audiobooks!

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde + Headstrong. Two terrific FREE audiobook titles perfect for classroom or commute! Here’s the link: http://www.audiobooksync.com/2014/07/24/in-sync-week-11-we-go-inside-the-mind/ Grab Headstrong by Patrick Link, read by Deidrie Henry, Ernie Hudson, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, & Scott Wolf and published by L.A. Theatre Works. In the wake of increasing concern over brain trauma in professional […]

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Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

Lynn:  Masterpieces, museums and Manhattan all feature in Fitzgerald’s intriguing mystery debut Under the Egg (Penguin/Dial 2014).  Theodora has never had things easy but after her artist/museum guard grandfather’s death in a pedestrian accident, the situation gets overwhelming for the thirteen-year-old girl.  Theo’s mom lives more inside her head than in the real world and […]

A French Kiss in the Woods

A French Kiss in the Woods

I have a new writer crush on Tana French. Although other mystery writers have worked the angle of writing different books in a series from the perspective of different detectives in the same police department, her Dublin Murder Squad series uses the device to brilliant effect, creating unanswered questions that leave one dying to read […]

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National Geographic Super Readers

National Geographic Super Readers

What child isn’t curious about their world?  Books about nature and science are always popular with young readers and for librarians and teachers, there is an endless demand for books about bugs, birds, animals and our physical world.  With the addition of CCSS, that demand is even higher.  National Geographic has a relatively new leveled […]

Satisfaction in One Year: Jeff Vandermeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy

Satisfaction in One Year: Jeff Vandermeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy

If you read trilogies, then you are used to waiting. Sometimes you only have to wait a year between books and other times it’s six or ten (not naming any authors here, I promise!). So it is with distinct pleasure and awe that I learned that Jeff Vandermeer planned to release all three of the […]

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Web Crush of the Week: Bustle

Web Crush of the Week: Bustle

Bustle is a pretty great website/brand/online presence that is, as they say, “for and by women who are moving forward as fast as you are.” Less snark than Jezebel more meat than The Mary Sue (both of which I love, BTW) this is a great great site for a quick fix of pop culture, lifestyle, and current events. […]

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Next Life Might Be Kinder

Next Life Might Be Kinder

Ever have that experience where you read a “new” author and exclaim, “Who is this guy and why hasn’t anybody told me about him?”  Howard Norman’s Next Life Might Be Kinder is that kind of book. I love the fact that this novel is summarized by the first line of the book: “After my wife, […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing

Book Trailer Thursday: The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing

Meet Zakir; he loves books. He’s also five years old, and maybe likes penguins. His interview style is…refreshingly offbeat. That’s pretty much all I know about him, though I’d certainly like to learn more. Here he is talking to author Mira Jacob about her debut novel The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing (Random).

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