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An old-school book lover in praise of the audiobook Brian Howe admits, “I don’t always take easily to new technology.” He still doesn’t use an e-reader—not, he explains, as an ethical matter but because texts for his obscure reading tastes, like small-press poetry, are generally not available as e-books. But, Howe says, he has become …

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Monday Miscellany

Ranking Cormac McCarthy’s Greatest Books I’m a week behind with this, but I include it here because Cormac McCarthy is an author I haven’t yet worked on, and I’m glad to have the suggestions offered here: Trailing Philip Roth by a few months and Toni Morrison by two years, Cormac McCarthy (who turns 81 this …

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Celebrate International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day. And here, once again courtesy of the folks at The Scout Report, are some informative sites. WomenWatch: UN Information and Resources on Gender Equality and Empowerment The WomenWatch website is dedicated to providing “information and resources on gender equality and empowerment of women.” It is an initiative of the United …

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“Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

Related Post: “Gone Girl”: Forging a Life Story Flynn, Gillian. Gone Girl (2012)   Crown Publishing   Ebook ISBN 0307588386 Highly Recommended On a July morning in North Carthage, Missouri, Amy Dunne has disappeared. Today is their fifth anniversary, husband Nick tells us. Nick is an unemployed writer who brought his beautiful and brilliant wife …

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Harlan Coben in St. Louis: Part I

If you ever get a chance to see Harlan Coben in person, go for it. He was in St. Louis last weekend for Boucheron 2011.  As part of the book tour promoting his new book, Shelter, the introductory volume for his YA series featuring Mickey Bolitar, Coben spoke at St. Louis County Library. He began …

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Book Review: Three new novels extend the beloved stories of Jane Austen

Book Review: Three new novels extend the beloved stories of Jane Austen – washingtonpost.com: Fifteen years ago the name Jane Austen resonated mainly with earnest high school students and any of their elders who remembered the 1940 black-and-white ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ adapted by Aldous Huxley and starring Laurence Olivier. Then the literary tectonic plates shifted. …

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Book review: ‘This Book Is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All’

Book review: ‘This Book Is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All,’ by Marilyn Johnson – washingtonpost.com: In researching her previous book, ‘The Dead Beat,’ which celebrates the pleasures of obituaries, Marilyn Johnson discovered that, with few exceptions, ‘the most engaging obit subjects were librarians.’ Motivated by ‘the idea that libraries were where …

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Most Literate Cities in the U. S.

Central Connecticut State University (CCSU): AMLC Home: This study focuses on six key indicators of literacy: newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment, and Internet resources. Seattle, Washington DC, and Minneapolis head the list. My hometown of nearly 40 years, St. Louis, came in at #11.

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