May’s Why-I-Love-Books Roundup

May 31, 2010 • 4 Comments

May is a fantastic month. Not like cold February or boring September: it’s got spunk. The weather turns warm and the flowers bloom and the mosquitoes start breeding . . .  Here in America, we…


May 27, 2010

Algonquin-Approved Summer Reading

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Show of hands: who secretly loved those summer reading assignments in grade school? As your classmates groaned while the reading lists were passed out, you rubbed your hands in glee, picturing long days spent inhaling…


May 26, 2010

Excerpt: Far Bright Star

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Today we have an excerpt form Robert Olmstead‘s Far Bright Star. This novel, which came out last year and is new in paperback, has gleaned some high praise and won the Western Writers of America…


May 25, 2010


1 Comment May 25, 2010 • 1 Comment

I came to work today in my “Reading Is Sexy” T-shirt, dragon knee-socks, and USA sweatband. I led the office in some stretches and then we laid out the buffalo wings and the guacamole. Why,…


May 24, 2010

Peep Show: Sneak Peep

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A little about Joshua Braff‘s new book, Peep Show:
David Arbus will be graduating from high school in the spring of 1975. His divorced parents offer two options: embrace his mother’s Hasidic sect or go…


May 21, 2010

Ask Dr. Bleedingheart

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Dear Dr. Bleedingheart,
I have recently adopted some pet snails.  Now they are having snail babies! The soil in the terrarium has little tiny bugs in it; I think they might have come from a…


May 20, 2010

Author Q&A: Heather Lende

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Heather Lende is many things: wife, mother, obit writer, Alaska spokesperson, radio personality, all-around-inspiration, and author of If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name. Now she’s back with a new memoir, Take Good Care…


May 19, 2010

Week 4: 2 Loaves (2 Lessons)

1 Comment May 19, 2010 • 1 Comment

My 4th week of following the advice and recipes from William Alexander‘s fabulous book, 52 LOAVES: One Man’s Relentless Pursuit of Truth, Meaning and a Perfect Crust, was the week my levain became bread. Well.…


May 18, 2010

Coffee, Books, Deals, and Chapter 9.

1 Comment May 18, 2010 • 1 Comment

As the title of this post indicates, today is comparable to Christmas, July 4th, and the birth of your first child, all rolled into one. This week we’re launching Heather Lende‘s new book, Take Good…


May 14, 2010


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1. Gearing Up. Admit it: half the fun of every hobby is getting the tricked-out gear. And just when you thought you had the latest in clippable LED book-illuminating technology–Check out this glowing nightlight/bookmark for…