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Oprah Makes Her “Boldest Choice”

Oprah Makes Her “Boldest Choice” – 1/30/2008 9:27:00 AM – Publishers Weekly Oprah’s going all out with this book club choice, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle: Saying she was “over the moon excited” about the book, Oprah described it as an extension of her life’s mission, “to lead people …

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50 States of Literatue: Next Stop, Michigan | Columbia Spectator

50 States of Literatue: Next Stop, Michigan | Columbia Spectator The Columbia Spectator offers up the second in its series of the 50 states in literature with its entry for Michigan: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. I’ve not read this one, although Eugenides’s Middlesex was very popular with my book group. Spectator praises Virgin …

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Fifty States of Literature, Starting With Alabama

Fifty States of Literature, Starting With Alabama | Columbia Spectator The Spectator here supplies you, free of charge, the first of a list of 50 books that we think capture the essence of each state, all while telling a great story along the way. The Spectator, the campus publication of Columbia University in New York …

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NPR : A New Batch of Under-the-Radar Books

NPR : A New Batch of Under-the-Radar Books Seattle librarian Nancy Pearl returns with another set of what she calls “under-the-radar” books — titles you really, really should be reading but haven’t (yet). The latest batch features the story of three royal cousins, tales of wild animal adventures and a pun-filled picture book for younger …

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Amazon.com: Best of 2007: Books

Amazon.com: Best of 2007: Books Sorry to be so late with this, but here’s one of those year-end lists that I missed.  In fact, there are several lists here, broken down by subject matter. There are readers’ favorites as well as editors’ picks included, so you can get a feel for what books other ordinary …

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Booking through Thursday: Anticipation

Recently I did a little search to see what else was out there in the biblioblogosphere. I found more challenges (“read X number of books about such-and-such topic in the next Y number of months”) than I could believe. As a full-time student, I don’t have the time for that. But I did find something …

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Best Books I Read in 2007

My favorite end-of-the-year activity is compiling my annual list of the best books I read during the year. Making this list is both pleasurable and painful: pleasurable because it allows me to revisit and remember each book; painful because I have to cut some books I really enjoyed to get the list down to the …

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Critics’ Picks: Favorite Books of 2007 – New York Times

Critics’ Picks: Favorite Books of 2007 – New York Times New York Times’s reviewers Janet Maslin, Michiko Kakutani, and William Grimes each offer their list of the 10 favorite books they reviewed during 2007. These are not 10-best lists, the article points out. Rather, each reviewer “picked the 10 books we covered most avidly.” The …

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One Critic’s List of Best Books Read in 2007

An instant classic about a little-known NW place tops book list John Marshall, book critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, lists the 10 best books he read in 2007. Some folks love these lists, some folks loathe them. This critic believes that compiling such lists requires valuable side-by-side assessment and brings added attention to fine books …

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Books of 2007: Science

THIRD CULTURE HOLIDAY READING 2007 This is the season for year-end lists of books in which the mainstream review media steer literate culture away from deep questions about how our world works and who we are and toward celebrations of narcissism, celebrity gossip, and literary cliques. John Brockman, editor and publisher at Edge, laments “that …

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