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Author On The Bookcase: Emily Gray Tedrowe, author of Commuters

Author On the Bookcase

Emily Gray Tedrowe

Emily ray TedroweWith pleasure, I welcome Emily Gray Tedrowe, author of Commuters. Emily's novel traces a year in the life of two families thrown together by the sudden marriage of their oldest members. Commuters is a tale of love, family dynamics, money, and surprising alliances. And food! Emily writes about her character Avery's obsession with food, how it  guides his some of his decisions, and how memorable meals can define one's life. 

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Author On the Bookcase: Eloisa James, author of A Kiss at Midnight

Author On the Bookcase

Eloisa James
(Mary Bly Vettori) 

Eloisa JamesI'm thrilled to welcome Eloisa James to On the Bookcase.

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Author On the Bookcase: Ayelet Waldman, author of Red Hook Road

Author On the Bookcase

Ayelet Waldman

Ayelet WaldmanAyelet Waldman, author of a new book Red Hook Road, writes about questions that readers asks of authors.  And, the one answer she is too embarrassed to tell.  

 

 

 

"There comes a moment at every literary event, a moment every author dreads, when the lights go up and the Q&A starts. The vast majority of the Q is fine (I can’t speak for the A, you’ll have to be the judge). What book am I reading now, when did I first want to become a writer, how do my children feel about the title of my last book. I like those Qs. I like especially the Qs that haven’t been asked before, the ones that give me a chance to depart from my practiced answers.

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Author On the Bookcase: Aimee Bender, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

Author On the Bookcase

Aimee Bender

Aimee BernderWelcome, Aimee Bender, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake! Aimee tell us about her book group of over 10 years. The first book discussion was Thomas Pynchon’s book Gravity’s Rainbow. Now, that's a heavy book, both in weight and subject! Learn how her book group broke down the 700+ page book. They definitely had a theme -- they went dancing in Gravity's Rainbow t-shirts!

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Author On the Bookcase: Heather Barbieri, author of The Lace Makers of Glenmara

Author On the Bookcase

Heather Barbieri

Heather BarbieriI'm thrilled to welcome Heather Barbieri, author of The Lace Makers of Glenmara. to On the Bookcase. Heather tells the story of her grandmother, Esther, and her mother, Michelle, and the joy of reading they shared with her. As a result, Heather's childhood was filled with books as Heather read from "quiet corners—behind the Christmas tree (the lights were particularly magical to read by) or the sofa (not on the sofa, behind it, right by the heat register)"

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, Heather!

"Who instilled a love of reading in you? A teacher? A parent?

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First Day of Summer and Winner of SUMMER AT TIFFANY Giveaway

First Day of Summer  -- and the feeling is easy!

 

 

Do you remember the best summer of your life? The winner of a copy of SUMMER AT TIFFANY by Marjorie Hart and the pink "diamond" keychain is                      

                     REBECCA B.

Congrats, Rebecca! I have emailed you. Once I have your address, I will send the goodies. 

Happy First Summer Day and here is Rebecca's comment of her "best summer." And, Rebecca has mentioned one of my favorite book series in her piece -- go, Nancy Drew!

"My best Summer Vacation was at Long Beach, North Carolina, when I was 16 or 17 years old.

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Wondrous Words Wednesday: Pareidolia from The Nobodies Album

Wondrous Words WednesdayWondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme by BermudaOnion's Book Blog where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. 

I only have one word today from The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst.

"Milo's band is called Pareidolia, and they've had a fair bit of success, though whether they're here to stay or are simply the taste of the moment remains to be seen."

pareidolia -- a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant.

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New Novel by Michael Cunningham: By Nightfall

I got the ARC of By Nighfall, the new Michael Cunningham novel, in the mail! It will be released in October 2010. The Hours by Cunningham was a favorite reading group pick.

Here's the scoop from the publisher.

Peter and Rebecca Harris: mid-forties denizens of Manhattan’s SoHo, nearing the apogee of committed careers in the arts—he a dealer, she an editor. With a spacious loft, a college-age daughter in Boston, and lively friends, they are admirable, enviable contemporary urbanites with every reason, it seems, to be happy. Then Rebecca’s much younger look-alike brother, Ethan (known in thefamily as Mizzy, “the mistake”), shows up for a visit. A beautiful, beguiling twenty-three-year-old with a history of drug problems, Mizzy is wayward, at loose ends, looking for direction. And in his presence, Peter finds himself questioning his artists, their work, his career—the entire world he has so carefully constructed.

Like his legendary, Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, The Hours, Michael Cunningham’s masterly new novel is a heartbreaking look at the way we live now.

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Teaser Tuesdays June 15: Great House by Nicole Krauss

I've been on vacation so my blog has been on vacation, too! Corolla, NC -- great weather and a good time.

Back to the book business. BEA(BookExpoAmerica) has afforded me some great galleys to look over. Amy from W. W. Norton gave me one that I'm excited to read -- Great House by Nicole Krauss. Krauss' previous novel, The History of Love, is one of my favorite books. Great story and lots of reading group topics to discuss.

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Teaser Tuesdays June 8: My Hollywood by Mona Simpson

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

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  1. Grab your current read
  2. Open to a random page
  3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
    BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  4. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here is mine, today.

Teaser Tuesdays 6/8 My Hollywood by Mona Simpson "My employer, she says when a baby comes home from the hospital, a Filipina should arrive with him. That, for her, would make a perfect world."
-- p.32 Uncorrected Proof of My Hollywood by Mona Simpson (August 2010)

See previous post about My Hollywood.

What's your teaser of the week?

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