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Wed, May 16th, 2012
Power of the Word: “Leaders, read this!”
Posted by: Donna Seaman

Summer is the season for exploration and discovery, and readers of all ages, interests, and tastes would love to visit the American Writers Museum—if only such a place existed. Although we have national museums celebrating the luminaries of baseball, rock and roll, the visual arts, various ethnic traditions, and science and technology, to categorize but […]


Mon, July 11th, 2011
Trending: Dog Books
Posted by: Keir Graff

For some reason, the other day I did a subject search on general-interest nonfiction dog books. There sure are a lot of them. Holy cats! (If you subscribe to Booklist Online, you can do your own search and read the reviews, too.) You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness […]


Wed, April 20th, 2011
Slippery Anniversary
Posted by: Donna Seaman

It’s been a year–a very, very rough year in many, many ways, since the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 men, injured 17 others, and resulted in millions of gallons of oil geysering into the sea over the course of a 3-month tragicomedy of corporate error and outrages. We’ve […]


Tue, February 22nd, 2011
Keir’s Reading List: The Director’s Cut
Posted by: Keir Graff

In last week’s REaD ALERT, I offered an update on my resolution to read more widely (or wildly) in 2011 and shared my shortlist–the books I plan to start with. Given my reviewing schedule, I may get no farther than that, although I hope to. If I do get farther, I’ll have no shortage of […]


Tue, January 26th, 2010
What to Read at Work
Posted by: Keir Graff

On the Guardian‘s Books Blog, Toby Lichtig bemoans bad weather’s effect on workday reading: when you can’t go outside at lunch, just where and how are you supposed to get any reading done? He also identifies five books not to read on your lunch break – because they bring with them “a horrible sense of deja vu”: […]


Sun, January 17th, 2010
From Android Karenina to Huckleberry Fang
Posted by: Keir Graff

And to think it all started with a plucky little mash-up called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. In her review, Mary Ellen Quinn asked, with tongue firmly in cheek, “What’s next? Wuthering Heights and Werewolves?” Not a bad guess, but the next offering was actually Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. Since the public’s appetite for good […]


Thu, January 14th, 2010
Visions of Haiti Past
Posted by: Donna Seaman

Many of us feel helpless in the face of catastrophes, especially one as devastating as the earthquake that hit Haiti Tuesday, January 12. We can make donations to humanitarian efforts, and we can channel our compassion by learning more about a place we perhaps know little about.  Stories help us connect with the “common humanity” President Obama reminds us of, […]


Fri, October 30th, 2009
Let’s Get Romantic
Posted by: Donna Seaman

I have a confession to make. I was among the many who thought romance novels were silly. Formulaic, pure fluff. Damsels in distress. Ladies in long dresses and painful bodices. Men in puffy shirts. Then I became Booklist‘s romance editor. I scrutinized the wonderfully varied array of romance novels that arrived in the mail. I attended a Romance Writers of America […]


Tue, September 29th, 2009
True Confessions and Funny Books
Posted by: Keir Graff

I have a confession to make: I read Parade. Every week, after I work my way through the Sunday paper, or what’s left of it, I turn to this slim little tabloid knowing that I’ve truly saved the best for last. No, I am not particularly interested in learning What America Earns, nor do I […]


Thu, May 28th, 2009
Pre-Atomic Post-Apocalypse
Posted by: Keir Graff

Great list on Listverse: “15 Influential Early Works of Apocalyptic Fiction” (via American Libraries Direct). It’s somewhat similar to the “End of the World Literature List” from AbeBooks, with the distinction that THESE post-apocalyptic works were all written pre-Atomic Age; both lists include earlier works than my “Core Collection: Before and After The Road” (although I was the only […]





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