December 2009

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Teaser Tuesday Two

Just got Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian in the mail. I loved Midwives and The Double Bind so I'm very excited to start reading this. So, my teaser today:

"In theory, I knew a very great deal about prayer, so praying shouldn't have been all that difficult. I had studied it at seminary, I had read all the right books."

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

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Robert's Reflections

Everyone has a mentor -- whether it is a family member, teacher, boss, fellow colleague. Robert Segedy, veteran bookseller, was/is mine. His knowledge and experience of the book world has assisting me though my bookseller days and beyond. His dry,and sometimes acerbic, humor saved me through many situations! Every so often, Robert will be adding his thoughts and ideas to this book blog. Thanks so much, Robert!

When I first started bookselling, there was no such thing as computer databases or the Internet; everything was done by hand or memory.

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Inquiring Minds Want to Know

Every so often, I get email and/or comments on OTB that I would like to share with you. Sometimes, more cooks in the kitchen can produce a great meal!

Karen runs a “Movie Discussion Group” at her local community center.   “Are there any resources with “suggested questions” for use when discussing movies? Thanks.”


Bonnie asks: “Any ideas for the December meeting? Christmas/holiday themes. One year we went to a play - the Christmas Carol. Last year we all brought in our favorite holiday book.

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Anne Tyler's New Book

Anne Tyler's new novel is coming out in January! This is her eighteenth.

Noah's Compass is a story about Liam Pennywell, a schoolteacher, who is forced to retire at sixty-one and has to come to terms with the final phase of his life.

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Strout's Emotionism in Fiction

I found this post online -- a review of Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout"s novel, by Rebecca Wells Jopling

Jopling expresses the incredible way Strout using emotion to develop and portray her characters.

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Teaser Tuesday 12/8

My 12/8 Tuesday Teaser!.

One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (February 2010)

"The dark was full of women's voices, keening in a language he did not know, so that at first he thought he was back in the war. The thought sucked the air from his lungs and left him choking."

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

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Chris Bohjalian's Secrets of Eden

Publishers Weekly's starred review of Chris Bohjalian's Secrets of Eden (February 2010):

"Bohjalian (Law of Similars) has built a reputation on his rich characters and immersing readers in diverse s

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Classics are Alive and Well

Classics are Back! yea! I love the classics -- Austen, Dickens, Tolstoy, Twain, Shakespeare, Sinclair, Melville, Steinbeck, Bronte's sisters, Stegner, Dostoyevsky, Stoker, Wilkes. I could go on -- so many are my faves. Many reading groups read only classics or pick a classic once a year to discuss.

Now, there is a great way to enhance your reading and discussion of the classics. Penguin Classics on Air, a half-hour radio series devoted to some of the more than 1,500 classics titles, makes its debut this week on Sirius XM Book Radio (Sirius #117, XM #163).

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Christmas Meows

Time to get out the cats! The Christmas cats, I mean. I collect Christmas picture books with cats as the main characters!

So, every Christmas, I get them out, read all of them again, and then decorate my house with them. The book covers are so festive with the reds, greens, blues, silvers.

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Gesine's Reading Group Whoopie!

In August 2004, Gesine Bullock-Prado left behind a high-powered life in Hollywood, where she had run a production company with her sister, actress Sandra Bullock. Celebrating a long held wish, Gesine started her own bakery, Gesine Confectionary, in the small town of Montpelier,Vermont.