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A laughing matter, and one that isn't
Not to give away secrets of our cul-de-sac, but I bet ours is not the only House Divided. I refer, naturally, to lawn maintenance. My husband selects the crew cut style, resulting in a sleeker look and ensuring the longest possible interval between sessions...
Why the green stuff is so important
Today's shuttle launch coverage echoes back thirty years; the first space shuttle flight headed skyward in April 1981. We know what NASA was doing then, but what about the rest of us? Flashdance didn't screen until 1983, so we weren't sporting...
Surprising alternative to sand castles*
Earlier this week, a library patron stopped by the reference desk to execute the perfect 30-second book review. He displayed the actual product, cover facing out (good for us visual learners) and swiftly encapsulated its appeal: it's a mystery that...
Here, mystery novels are the killer apps
Remember your first visit to Round Rock Public Library? If it occurred during the summer, you might have wondered, as some folks do, where the "library for grownups" is. There you are, surrounded by hordes of young folks and their parents, possibly...
Please don't send in the clowns
The Big Top reigns as a big draw. With Water for Elephants filling theater seats, more great circus-themed entertainment awaits: Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus , due out in September. Of all the "forthcomings" promoted at Book Expo...
Cloudy with a chance of spaceships
Another chilly, rainy day--in New York City, at least. This evening, the 51 st floor view reveals Manhattan towers disappearing into lowering clouds. Three neighboring skyscrapers equipped with illuminated spikes glow eerily in the mist. I'm fascinated...
He who laughs last probably answered first
Write a blog long enough, and your family and friends will become content scouts. My husband handed me his May 3 issue of The Christian Century (respected, but not generally regarded as a laugh riot). Indicating the item "Preliminary Thoughts"...
Everything we need to know about book groups we learned in high school
Things could have gotten ugly. The book club choice for Saturday evening fell short of unanimous favor, to say the least. Diana Gabaldon's Outlander represents the first time in this group's history that three members (I was one) nominated the...
Should the library get real?
You may consider yourself a major borrower, but you won't top library staffers. We don't confine ourselves to the New Fiction shelf or even the entire contents of the library. We appropriate ideas from other libraries, government agencies, for...
NLW fever: catch it!
Sounds like a sports event, right? I hoped to suggest a more stupendous thrill ride than National Library Week . On the other hand, what's more electrifying than self-discovery and hundreds of products for pennies per day? Libraries collect and arrange...
Skeleton crew
Scanning today’s fiction reviews, I still observe zombies, vampires, and all sorts of urban paranormal characters clamoring for your attention. If you find a shape-shifting, blood-seeking, or undead protagonist who strikes your fancy, chances are that...
This public display of passion drew applause
Lamberts Downtown Barbecue is now officially a hangout for "bookies". At least, that was the featured author's affectionate designation for those assembled in Lamberts' second floor venue for last Tuesday's "An Evening with...
Have no fear: the underdogs are here
When we root for the underdog , are we all cheering for the same idea? Besides the cartoon character , I can offer two other models. First, Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines "underdog": loser or predicted loser in a struggle or contest"...
Beware the Ides of March--and creepy geography
Today is March 15. If Julius Caesar were around, he'd have a new concern of which to beware. It's illustrated by Creepy , which, according to the interview I caught on KUT this past weekend, is a program that anyone could use to track your movements...
I bet Walt Disney never had storage issues
We recently set up a project meant to achieve blockbuster/bestseller status. In reality, it's more like a fairy tale--and not in a good way. Long story short: We bought and assembled special sets for book discussion groups. Named Book Club Carryouts...
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