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Read Two Books and Call Me in the Morning
By January 31, 2014 1 Comments Read More →

Read Two Books and Call Me in the Morning

Experienced readers know that books are good for the soul, and that can translate into improved psychological and even physical health. The Novel Cure by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin takes that extra step made by some bibliotherapists, and suggests that particular books can be used to treat specific ailments. As their subtitle notes, they […]

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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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Read This!
By October 30, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Read This!

One of the ways to identify a true book lover is to find the person who secretly enjoys building up a much longer “to-read” list than time will possibly allow one to read. I know I’m talking to a fellow bibliophile when someone confesses loving the hunt for good books almost as much as the […]

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Tea & Conversation: Talking about Jane Austen
By October 28, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Tea & Conversation: Talking about Jane Austen

There are certain books that will never lose interest for book groups and Jane Austen’s works easily fall into that category. The beloved and layered characters, the intricate plots revolving around the social conventions of the times, the attention to detail regarding the differences in the classes, the witty dialogue which can deftly hide what […]

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Read for what ails you
By October 20, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Read for what ails you

Every reader understands the concept of picking up a book in times of stress, sadness, anxiety, and sleeplessness. Sometimes it’s far more convenient to reach for a book than the aspirin. Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin have a firm grasp on bibliotherapy in all forms and they’ve written a 420 page prescription, The Novel Cure: […]

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National Reading Group Month
By September 18, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

National Reading Group Month

In case you are not already aware, October is National Reading Group Month. This program of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) was launched in 2007 “to promote reading groups and to celebrate the joy of shared reading.” Once again, Book Group Buzz is delighted to be chosen by WNBA as a National Reading Group Month partner and […]

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Book Group Ideas from ALA

Book Group Ideas from ALA

While I didn’t see any programs that were solely about book groups on the agenda at the recent ALA conference, there were many ideas that book groups could incorporate brought up in sessions I attended. These ideas come from my favorite program at the conference, a session called “Leading Readers to Water… Guerrilla Marketing for […]

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Digging into the Lives of the Novelists

Digging into the Lives of the Novelists

This morning, I finished a six-month toddle through most of the great novels in history. OK, not the novels themselves, but John Sutherland’s Lives of the Novelists, which allots three to six pages each  to the lives of 294 novelists. At over 800 large-format pages, this is not a light read, but I dipped into […]

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James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon

James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon

I recently read a biography that has stayed with me, thundering through my thoughts with a swirl of questions and emotions. Sometimes reading about a remarkable life can do that to you–a person can become so alive, their facets and quirks so intimately felt, that you feel enriched when you enter their world and bereft […]

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Following the Clues–Links for Mystery Lovers

Following the Clues–Links for Mystery Lovers

In honor of Mystery Month, I’ve been out strolling the internet in search of new websites for the avid mystery lover. I’m going to assume that you are already familiar with the pleasures of sites like Stop You’re Killing Me, the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association, Deadly Pleasures, and Mystery Scene Magazine. Here are a few […]

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