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Archive for March, 2006

Wed, March 29th, 2006
I Am That Woman
Posted by: Keir Graff

Riding the bus downtown this morning, I saw a woman reading Lisa See’s Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (you’ll have to be a Booklist Online subscriber to follow that link, I’m afraid). The woman, wearing a turquoise knit pant suit, sneakers, purple glasses, and gold jewelry, had a tight perm and a pursed-lips expression […]

Wed, March 29th, 2006
Blood Trail, Volume Two
Posted by: Keir Graff

Most of the books we review arrive as Advance Readers’ Copies (ARCs), which are basically paperback versions of the final book that have yet to be proofread. Some ARCs have glossy covers with the art that will be on the finished book, and some have plain cardstock covers with a few salient pieces of information. […]

Tue, March 28th, 2006
Blood Trail, or An End to Digression
Posted by: Keir Graff

I know I promised to digress just a little bit more-though I also promised that I’d promise to stop digressing-but I just can’t take it anymore. I have to stop digressing now. I had a good reason for digressing, though: I was stalling for time. This is supposed to be a book reviewer’s journal, but […]

Mon, March 27th, 2006
But I Digress
Posted by: Keir Graff

Well, we’re back home from PLA (the Public Library Association conference in Boston), where we launched Booklist Online. We’re not activating our first subscribers until April 1, but as you’ve no doubt noticed, Booklist Online is live at, and the Review of the Day is changing every day (well, every weekday-more about that later). […]

Fri, March 24th, 2006
What I Think I’m Doing
Posted by: Keir Graff

I’m glad that’s over with. But, as I said, my confessional-mode entry does pertain to the project at hand. I may have mentioned that this is going to be a blog about book reviewing. In the last year and a half, as we’ve developed Booklist Online, my idea of the blog was always that it […]

Thu, March 23rd, 2006
You Mean I Have to Do This Every Day?
Posted by: Keir Graff

I was kidding, of course, when I said I’d have a story about my schoolyard origins as a literary critic-at least I thought I was. I was definitely kidding about the use of the words literary critic, because I am a book reviewer, not a literary critic. But then it occurred to me that I […]

Wed, March 22nd, 2006
A Likely Story
Posted by: Keir Graff

My name is Keir, and I’m a book reviewer. Also, as of today-the day Booklist Online goes live-I’m a blogger. I hope my mom isn’t reading this. I know she had bigger plans for her son. But sometimes life doesn’t go exactly as planned. So, mom? I’m a blogger. Deal with it. What will this […]

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