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  • 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
  • If you can't be honest, hope you're photogenic

    If Sam Bass had resolved to change his ways on New Year's Day back in 1878, giving up his bank- and train-robbing habit, he might have lived past his 27 th birthday. Then, Round Rock probably wouldn't have been elected as his final destination . Perhaps it was already too late for Sam. A couple...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-27-2010
  • Trash talk about overachievers

    Driving to work today, I smilingly observed my subdivision's latest décor upgrade. Even amid the holiday displays, my gaze was drawn to the symmetry, precision, and pleasing arrangement of--the trash cans. It's not just that they all match now; City of Round Rock crews replace those brown containers...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-20-2010
  • Thinking beyond our two front teeth

    For enduring satisfaction (on both sides), few gift options match the perfect book. However, after recently purchasing for this holiday season, I know how difficult it can be to find the right choice among thousands of offerings. So, I asked library co-workers for ideas, suggesting that they confide...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-13-2010
  • Want some fries with that book?

    We've just added a new magazine subscription: Living Without . It's designed for those with special dietary needs and provides gluten-free, diary-free, and allergy-appropriate recipes and advice. The food-sensitive demographic has only recently merited significant concern from publishers, at...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-06-2010
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