Monthly Archives: August 2011

Cheney’s ‘In My Time’ controversy heats up

From the Associated Press “There are gonna be heads exploding all over Washington,” Dick Cheney told NBC Monday night. The subject in question — The former vice president’s book “In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir.” The book officially … Continue reading

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“Noah’s Compass” by Anne Tyler

  I have read all of Anne Tyler’s books, so I am used to her odd characters and plot-less stories. But even so, I was underwhelmed by her latest work, “Noah’s Compass.” It seemed to end too soon, with not … Continue reading

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Rekindling my love for reading

It pains me to say it, but I’m not a reader. That wasn’t always the case. As a kid, I loved to read. But the days of polishing off Pizza Hut after completing my BOOK IT! goals are long gone. … Continue reading

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Last week’s best-sellers

Best-sellers nationwide as reported by Publishers Weekly for the week ending Aug. 20: Fiction: 1. “The Omen Machine” by Terry Goodkind. 2. “A Dance with Dragons” by George R.R. Martin. 3. “Full Black” by Brad Thor. 4. “Cold Vengeance” by … Continue reading

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One Book, One Community events for ‘The Help’

The 2011 “One Book, One Community” programming includes the following. For details, and more events, go to www.oboc.org. Cooks ’n’ Books discussion on southern cooking, 6 p.m. Aug. 31 at Village Library, 35 N. Main St., Jacobus. Call 428-1034 for … Continue reading

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‘Early Bird: A Memoir of Premature Retirement’ by Rodney Rothman

One morning  a few weeks ago when I was running (surprisingly) early for work, I stopped in to Irvin’s Books in West Manchester Township. I’d read about the store in a column from Mike Argento, who talked with owners Terry … Continue reading

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‘The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay’ by Michael Chabon

This is a superb book. Sammy Clay is living at home in New York, working for a novelty company, but dreaming of writing comic books, when his cousin, Joe Kavalier, arrives from Czechoslovakia one night in 1939. Joe is an … Continue reading

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‘The Help’ is this year’s One Book, One Community pick

The One Book, One Community program has selected Kathryn Stockett’s “The Help” as this year’s book. The program hand picks one book each year to recommend to the community. “The Help,” already a national bestseller, is about the lives of … Continue reading

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Soundtrack, meet the BookTrack

I have been resisting an e-reader for as long as I possibly can, mostly because I am a hopeless, nostalgia-obsessed romantic. I dream of owning a home with an entire room dedicated to (real, actual) books — shelves upon shelves … Continue reading

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“Walk Out Walk On” by Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze

This review was sent in by reader Kate Knaub: “Walk Out Walk On (A Learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now)” by Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze Overall, I loved this book and the idea behind it. … Continue reading

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