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  • Yet another approach to smart eating

    I'm savvy enough to know two important things about zombies: (1) They don't specifically feast on gray matter or shuffle around chanting, "Brains! Braaaaaains!". That's an unfair (and fun) stereotype based on one of those .... Living Dead films. (2) Zombies have now officially topped...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-06-2010
  • Opting for the bare bones approach

    In a neighborhood festooned with 8-foot inflatable jack-o-lanterns, tree-borne fabric ghosts, and polystyrene tombstones, our house looks like the abode of the Halloween Grinch. Our yard is unadorned, bereft of its customary display, a life-sized bendable skeleton who would normally lounge on our front...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-29-2010
  • TBF or not TBF?

    Last weekend's Texas Book Festival was, in the words of local Barnes & Noble public relations manager Frank Campbell, "the perfect storm". Owing to ideal weather, immediate follow-up to ACL, and over 200 notable authors on site, TBF 2010 was pleasantly swarming. I've heard that...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-20-2010
  • How green was my novel

    Those of you waiting for a library copy of Jonathan Franzen's new Freedom should know that I finished and returned it early. Nice though it would be to attribute this haste to virtue/consideration, credit goes to the author. As with The Corrections , Franzen's contemporary family epic delivers...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-05-2010
  • The ones that got away

    Sometimes it's easy to predict Future Success Stories--like the determined teen scanning the shelves for AP reading list titles a couple of days ago. She was heading out with only one; I asked whether she wouldn't like to consider taking another choice or two. That way, she'd have a backup...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-02-2010
  • Better than comfort food: comfort information

    We knew the risks when we picked up that puppy from the Scottie rescue place four years ago. She'd been found wandering the streets of Fort Worth with no collar or tag. On the ride home, she licked all the sunscreen off my face, ran several figure-eight laps inside the car, and claimed our hearts...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-19-2010
  • Love that book? Keep it to yourself!

    I volunteered to be "nominator" for the Barnes & Noble (RRNN) book group next week. The job description: bring in three promising books for consideration, after which one is voted in as the October selection. No pressure, right? Well, advising this gang on reading is rather like offering...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-12-2010
  • What do you mean, the library promotes ADULT reading?

    In my previous job, I never figured out how to suitably explain my duties. People understood the "reference librarian" part, but their eyes would narrow ever so slightly when I added that other responsibilities included "selecting adult DVDs". See? Whatever you just thought, they...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 07-21-2010
  • Shortlisted in the stacks

    Following up on last week's admission that not all my book advice is golden, I resorted to my favorite source of literary expertise: co-workers. I polled library staffers, requesting names of books they've recommended and later heard described as someone's new favorite, "best book ever"...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-29-2010
  • Sense and Similarities

    Certain phrases always catch my eye as I'm scanning book reviews: "debut author", "projected series", "only die-hard fans", "shortlisted", for example. This spring, "beach read" has been much in evidence. That's a loaded term, isn't it? Sure...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 05-31-2010
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