Books in 2011: What Are You Looking Forward To Reading?

January 7, 2011 • 28 Comments

The Millions, one of our favorite literary blogs, has an excellent post on killer books coming down the pike–“Most Anticipated: The Great 2011 Book Preview.” We now have a ridiculously long list of titles we’re…


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Censor Huck Finn? Opinion Piece by Tayari Jones

2 Comments January 6, 2011 • 2 Comments

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, the NewSouth is publishing an updated version of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn that omits racially sensitive words. We consider this completely backwards and can’t help but imagine…


January 5, 2011

Water for Wednesdays

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The release date of the Water for Elephants movie is set at April 22. (107 days away! I mean . . . not that I have a countdown clock on my desk or anything .…


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What We’re Reading: Columbine by Dave Cullen

5 Comments January 3, 2011 • 5 Comments

When I first read the reviews of Dave Cullen’s nonfiction book, Columbine, I was impressed, but something held me back from picking up a copy. Do I really want to read an account of the Columbine…


December 30, 2010

Nailing the New Year’s Resolution by Caroline Leavitt

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First let me say that a New Year’s resolution was my absolute last resort.  For years I’d been trying to stop biting my nails, a habit that seemed encoded in my DNA since childhood. I…


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Jewish Christmas Eve Lasagna by Lauren Grodstein

1 Comment December 29, 2010 • 1 Comment

Because nobody thought to tell me otherwise, I believed in Santa Claus until I was eleven. This is not because I was a particularly gullible child, I don’t think – it’s just that nobody ever…


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Another Late Christmas by Joseph Skibell

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Last week in group therapy, people were complaining about the upcoming holidays. It was the seventh day of Hanukkah – that night, we’d be lighting the menorah for the last night – so I wasn’t…


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O Christmas Tree by Jill McCorkle

No Comments December 27, 2010 • No Comments

It’s the week between Christmas and New Years. The joy and excitement (and stress) of Christmas are over, but the decorations can still be left alone. For now, at least. The New Year is just…


December 21, 2010

What We’re Reading: At Home: A History of Private Life

3 Comments December 21, 2010 • 3 Comments

I am the unlikeliest person to be reading this book, for three reasons: 1) as anyone who knows me well can report, I have a certain deficiency in the housekeeping department; 2) I’m more inclined…


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Booksellers Rock! Rob Dougherty, Clinton Book Shop

No Comments December 20, 2010 • No Comments

What books recently rocked my world: Nothing Left To Burn by Jay Varner (suck-up alert), Room by Emma Donoghue, Innocent Monster by Reed Farrel Coleman, and Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King.