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  • 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
  • Poetic license--or learner's permit?

    Advance apologies go out to William Shakespeare (whose birthday it is this week) and all other real poets. In celebration of National Poetry Month , I borrowed some poetic forms to convey a few thoughts. Haiku: April Weather Verdant but brown-edged Summer larks behind Spring's mask We're not...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 04-25-2011
  • 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
  • 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. Creepy aggregates the GPS data encoded in...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-15-2011
  • 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 , these 10-volume packages consist of primarily...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-08-2011
  • Unless you're Anne Hathaway, selectivity is essential

    Lessons from this year's Academy Awards: (1) Announcing that the event is young and hip doesn't make it young and hip, and (2) Except for their fame and ownership of jewelry costing more than my house, film stars are just like the rest of us. Presented with a microphone and the object they've...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-01-2011
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