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  • 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 concluding that you wandered into a children's...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-09-2011
  • 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 America 2011, it's generating the most buzz. Despite...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 05-31-2011
  • 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, and not just because the precipitation is more...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 05-23-2011
  • 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", he predicted I'd love the quotation cited...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 05-10-2011
  • 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 same title. Honestly, we believed that Outlander's...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 05-03-2011
  • 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-profit business, actually any venture whose success...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 04-19-2011
  • 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 thousands of resources for your convenience...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 04-12-2011
  • 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 you can expect multiple installments starring your...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 04-04-2011
  • 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 Douglas Brinkley ", presented by Texas Book Festival...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-29-2011
  • 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". Compare it to this OxFord English Dictionary characterization...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-22-2011
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