January 2010

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Flap Copy -- Important to You?

(Booking Through Thursdays is hosted at the BTT blog).


Today’s Booking Through Thursday question (suggested by Prairie Progressive) asks:

Do you read the inside flaps that describe a book before or while reading it?

I always read flaps an

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Put Your British On!

There are lots of book challenges hosted by book bloggers. I read for work or I work to read or my work is to read -- whatever. So, I can't participate in very many of them, though I wish I could do all.

But I have to do this one --Typically British Challenge hosted by Book Chick City! Besides my immediate family, all of my relatives live in England -- my parents came across the pond in the 50s.

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Sensitive and Graceful -- The Spare Room

With all the praise and awards, I can't wait to read The Spare Room.

"A powerful, witty, and taut novel about a complex friendship between two women—one dying, the other called to care for her—from an internationally acclaimed and award-winning author.

spareroom

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Adriana Trigiani Wins RUSA Award!

Adriana Trigiana wins the RUSA Award for genre fiction in the women's fiction category at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. She wins and immediately calls her mother, a librarian. What a hoot!

 

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Teaser Tuesday 1/19 Every Day in Tuscany

I love Frances Mayes'  (Under the Tuscany Sun) description of Italian life so I was jazzed that she wrote another one coming out in March. A celebration of her two-decades-long love affair with Tuscany.

My teaser today is the first two sentences of her new book. 

In winter-cold blue light, the bells of Cortona ring louder.

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World War II, Paris, and The Art World

I love historical fiction. Sara Houghteling’s sweeping debut novel, Pictures at an Exhibition, draws on the real-life stories of France’s pre-eminent art-dealing familes and the forgotten biography of the only French woman to work as a double agent inside the Nazis’ looted art stronghold.

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Friday Finds 1/22

friday findsFriday is Findsday! What books did you find this week? Old or new, fiction or nonfiction, adult or children's -- anything goes.

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Great Resources to Enhance Discussion

Reading groups and books club have always known that discussing books allows thems to share their joy of reading and to discover what others think and feel about the book.

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NBCC Award Finalists -- Good Discussible Books?

Does the National Book Critics Circle select great reading group picks? You decide!

The National Book Critics Circle Awards nominees were announced on Saturday.

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Teaser Tuesday 1/26 Bloodroot

My teaser for Tuesday, January 26 comes from Bloodroot by Amy Greene. great reading group/book club pick!

I didn't say anything, but I hated the thought of Clint in a dead boy's clothes. I wondered which ones belonged to Louise's son.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.