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  • 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
  • Remedial cooking lessons

    People who think laughter is the best medicine apparently have never had morphine . The pile of get-well cards my husband received offers more nuggets of humor, but that's my favorite. Its brevity also typifies the extent of my concentration lately. We've moved furniture to make way for orthopedic...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-22-2011
  • Light but not lite

    Technically, it isn’t eavesdropping if you’ve attempted to tune it out, right? The hospital waiting room was quiet, though, and one point of the conversation behind me definitely registered. While I’d brought a novel to occupy the hours I’d be sitting there; the ladies stationed behind me had opted for...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-15-2011
  • Read 'em and weep

    Call them "tearjerkers " or " weepers ", but you know what I mean--books that make you cry. Even if you don't admit to enjoying a good three-hankie read, you'll find one of your favorites on someone's shortlist. Anything from A Child Called It to Gone with the Wind to...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-08-2011
  • Stories that turn you inside out

    One should be careful what to wish for this week. Only infrequently do I fondly remember Midwestern weather, but those snowed-in days were wonderful (as long as the power stayed on). A pile-up of the white stuff invites cocooning and simmering vats of soup on the stove. Best of all, one is absolved from...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-31-2011
  • Whether you have one subject or millions

    The King's Speech could be one of the best horror movies ever. King George VI, forced to address audiences of millions despite having a noticeable stutter , surely experienced unimaginable dread before such occasions. The film conveys the terror of the king's predicament; he could clearly foresee...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-23-2011
  • Well, what did you expect?

    Ikea does it again! Their cleverly designed tier of wire document trays sitting to my left has just yielded the answer to an unavoidable question. Amid household receipts and insurance papers awaiting pre-income tax filing, I dredged up a snapshot of a popular book display from years ago. This feature...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-17-2011
  • And you thought matchmaking was obsolete

    Just for the record, the book towers on second floor of the library featured Gems from Nancy Pearl even before Library Journal named Pearl 2011 Librarian of the Year . LJ rightfully praises Pearl's innovative training and advocacy for books and libraries. What I appreciate most is the uncanny knack...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-10-2011
  • A case of disorganized crime

    If I were a better person, I'd have completely finished Go Down Together: The True Untold Story of Bonnie & Clyde in time for Tuesday's Round Rock Reads! kickoff . As it is, events this weekend meandered out of control in true Bonnie & Clyde fashion. First, the process of un-holidaying...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-03-2011
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