Tag: pop culture

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Patrick Rothfuss: A Match Made in Nerd Heaven
By December 2, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Patrick Rothfuss: A Match Made in Nerd Heaven

Praise Tehlu! Earlier this week, creative powerhouses Lin-Manuel Miranda and Patrick Rothfuss announced that they are teaming up to adapt Rothfuss’s The Kingkiller Chronicle trilogy (The Name of the Wind, The Wise Man’s Fear, and the forthcoming The Doors of Stone) into film and television. (And “other media.” Is it too much to hope for […]

Discussable Duets: Pairing fiction and nonfiction

Discussable Duets: Pairing fiction and nonfiction

It may be the height of summer, but the F season is right around the corner. I’m not talking about FALL, I’m talking about FOOTBALL. If you’re group plans their reading only a few months in advance, why not try to grab that elusive demographic–the male reader–and answer a pertinent question posed by many American […]

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Elementary, Dear Reader!

Elementary, Dear Reader!

Thanks to the popular Sherlock series on Masterpiece, there’s been renewed interest in the Baker Street detective.  Of course,  Arthur Conan Doyle’s timeless stories will sell themselves. Here’s what you can recommend to readers wanting even more: The Italian Secretary by Caleb Carr When two workers are killed while renovating Queen Victoria’s Royal Palace of Holyrood, […]

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Web Crush of the Week:  Brain Pickings
By January 31, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Web Crush of the Week: Brain Pickings

This week’s crush is a weekly web digest, Brain Pickings. The brain child of Maria Popova, “an interestingness hunter-gatherer and curious mind at large,” we particularly love the book and literary coverage, which can be accessed via a virtual bookshelf or explored by the generous use of post tags. The site also features a link to […]

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Web Crush of the Week:  EW’s Shelf Life
By September 27, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Web Crush of the Week: EW’s Shelf Life

ShelfLife is Entertainment Weekly’s one stop blog shop for book news, in EW’s famous snarky, snappy style. Great for brief, trendy tidbits of info.  This is where you are going to learn all about the pop culture stuff your patrons may be talking about, so head over and get schooled.  Don’t worry, they cover the big […]

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Graphic Novel suggestions

Graphic Novel suggestions

We try to keep our posts here on Shelf Renewal original content, but we’re also big believers in the mantra, “Don’t reinvent the wheel.”  So when our friend Brad Brooks posted a fantastic list of graphic novel suggestions for the Oak Park Public Library over on their GenreX site, I couldn’t help but make sure […]

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Mother’s Day Scouting Report

Mother’s Day Scouting Report

There are only so many picture frames that one woman can fill. Come Mother’s Day, considerate gift givers try and supplement the perfume and bubble bath sets with something mom can dig into right away–like a thoughtfully selected book. The new shelves are teeming with titles sure to tempt a variety of maternal interests. Suspense […]

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Web Crush of the Week: Chick Lit is not Dead

Web Crush of the Week: Chick Lit is not Dead

Like all the best bloggers, blonde moms and authors Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke love what they do. So it’s awesome that what they love is reading chick lit and gushing about it. (Oh, and they love their kids and occasionally gush about mommy stuff, too.) Chick Lit is Not Dead features lots of giveaways, […]

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With friends like these…watch your men

With friends like these…watch your men

The March 15, 2013 issue of Booklist features a special Spotlight on Women’s Fiction, and in honor of that, most of my posts for the next 2 weeks will follow that theme. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin is chick lit with a bit of a twist—the chick cheating with her best friend’s fiancé is actually […]

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The Twenties are the New Sixties

The Twenties are the New Sixties

Whether it’s the Downton Abbey effect, worries about an uncertain economy, or a hike in spring hemlines. the 1920s are all the rage. Don’t believe me? A book about Calvin Coolidge is on the New York Times Bestseller list! I rest my case. (But if I needed to persuade you more I’d remind you that […]

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