Monthly Archives: May 2008

I hope it’s as good as the title.

As a woman of a certain age, and struggling to keep fitting into the clothes I own, the title of the collection of short stories by Elizabeth Berg caught my eye. “The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted, And Other … Continue reading

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Book sales expected to stay flat

While publishers pray for a new children’s series as popular as Harry Potter and anxiously await Dan Brown’s follow-up to “The Da Vinci Code,” a report released today predicts a tight market for at least the next few years.

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Sometimes old is good …

Those of you of a certain age (and you know who you are) who are members of AARP will want to check out Borders’ latest promotion. Just go to and click on “Exclusive offer for AARP members.” You can … Continue reading

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Readers prefer paper

Readers would rather curl up with a printed book than go online or read an e-book, a new Random House/Zogby poll finds.

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Harry Potter prequel to be auctioned

An 800-word Harry Potter prequel is one of 13 card-sized works to be sold at a charity auction in London.

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Art, history and mystery

“The Taking of Christ,” a painting by the Italian Baroque artist Caravaggio, has been missing for centuries. Could it possibly be hanging above the fireplace in an obscure residence for Jesuit priests in Dublin?

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Amish family history

Ervin R. Stutzman, author of ” Emma: A Widow among the Amish,” will speak at Metzler Mennonite Church in Ephrata at 7 p.m. June 2 in a free program sponsored by the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society.

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BookExpo America not too green 

While all major book publishers have announced environmental goals, such as using recycled paper, they haven’t completely arrived, according to the Associated Press. For this week’s BookExpo America, about 30,000 event guides, just over 40 pages long, will be distributed … Continue reading

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Double play for Gingrich

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s latest book, “Days of Infamy,” written with historian William Forstchen, debuted at No. 11 on the New York Times Fiction Best-seller list this week. This comes on the heels of the success of Gingrich’s non-fiction … Continue reading

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Book vs Movie, Part 2

OK-I’ve seen the movie version of Then She Found Me, starring Helen Hunt and Bette Midler. We saw a screener copy, meaning that it had an unfinished look. The color was off in several scenes-sometimes everything had a greenish tinge. … Continue reading

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