Monthly Archives: January 2008

After oil, what?

Lisa Margonelli, an award-winning writer on global culture and the economy of energy, will discuss her new book, “Oil on the Brain,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 in Leedy Theater of the Mund College Center at Lebanon Valley College, 101 … Continue reading

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A ‘Weight’ to carry

Jeanette Winterson’s “Weight” is the smartest, most thought provoking entry in Canongate’s myth series that I’ve read so far (see the other reviews here and here). Her book is based on the myth of Atlas and Heracles (aka Hercules), in … Continue reading

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Local authors: Cartoons from the Civil War

The book: “Lines of Contention: Political Cartoons of the Civil War” (HarperCollins under the Smithsonian imprint, $19.95) The authors: Pam Huff and Jim Lewin of Hellam Township are the owners of the York Emporium used-book store, 343 W. Market St., … Continue reading

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Reader review

Here’s a review from one of our readers, Scott Mokris, 15, of West Manchester Township: I’m an American! That’s what Bill O’Reilly’s new book “Kids Are Americans Too” says. “Kids Are Americans Too” is an excellent book that tells kids … Continue reading

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This belongs on your bookshelf

Click on over to YDR’s Explorer’s Backpack blog to find out why this book is sucking much of my time lately and making me nearly laugh out loud.

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Newbery goes to Baltimore librarian

A Baltimore librarian’s classroom project is now part of publishing history. “Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices From a Medieval Village,” first conceived a decade ago by Laura Amy Schlitz, is this year’s winner of the John Newbery Medal for best … Continue reading

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Dallastown grad called one of ‘most influential’

Marlena Bittner sounds genuinely excited when she talks about her job. The notes of her voice border on giddy as she sums up what it is like to work for a major New York book publisher. “I get so excited … Continue reading

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“The Music Lesson” by Katherine Weber

What do art historians and radical Irish political groups have in common? A stolen Vermeer painting owned by the Queen of England. Historical art expert Patricia Dolan has never fully recovered from the death of her daughter that eventually led … Continue reading

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Bhutto memoir to be published

On Feb. 12, HarperCollins will publish a memoir and policy book by former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, finished only a week before her assassination. According to the Associated Press: The publication of “Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West” has … Continue reading

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