Monthly Archives: September 2008

Firehouse

Over the summer, I read David Halberstam’s “Firehouse.” Halberstam writes of Engine 40, Ladder 35, a fire company in Manhattan. On Sept. 11, 13 men from the firehouse responded to the World Trade Center. Only one of them made it … Continue reading

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Scieszka Named Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Jon Scieszka will receive the first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Medal from Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today in the Montpelier Room of the James Madison Building, as part of the National Book Festival celebration. Scieszka is … Continue reading

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Good Thief a good read

After I read the first chapter of Hannah Tinti’s “The Good Thief” on her Web site, I immediately went to amazon.com and ordered a copy. “The Good Thief” reads like a Dickens novel, but with fewer characters (something I really … Continue reading

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More vampires

This just in from the Associated Press: “Pan’s Labyrinth” director Guillermo del Toro is collaborating with crime author Chuck Hogan on a trilogy of vampire novels, starting next summer with “The Strain.”

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Calling all book groups

The Women’s National Book Association is celebrating National Reading Group Month in October. We’d like to celebrate by introducing our readers to your group. E-mail information about your book group to gfogal@ydr.com. Include a photo of your members formatted as … Continue reading

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“The Twilight Saga” by Stephenie Meyers

Here’s a review from one of our readers, Loretta Martin: “The Twilight Saga” by Stephenie Meyers I’m not one who would choose a novel about vampires or werewolves for reading. But if that’s the reason you’re not devouring “The Twilight … Continue reading

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Fourth ‘Odd’ book is not Dean’s finest hour

I’ve been reading Dean Koontz for more than 15 years. His books are like candy to me. I read “The Husband” twice, because I didn’t get enough the first time. I read “Intensity” standing up, in the middle of the … Continue reading

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Too much “Twilight”

I am dead tired today (please don’t tell my boss) because I stayed up past midnight reading “Breaking Dawn,” the fourth book in the “Twilight” series. I just don’t get it. I don’t understand why these books are so popular. … Continue reading

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“The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” and “Betrayed”

Here are two book reviews from one of our readers, Marti Ronemus: The two books I read this week couldn’t have been more different. Let’s start with everyone’s current favorite, “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,” by Mary … Continue reading

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“Story of Edgar Sawtelle” Oprah’s pick

Oprah Winfrey has chosen David Wroblewski’s “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” as her latest book club pick.

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