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  • 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
  • When it's OK to cook the books

    This week's insightful Online Recipe Finders post from Betsey reminded me that generations can be bridged by shared inadequacies. Years of culinary advice directed my way have failed to cultivate a cookery style inspired by anything more than luck and necessity. Oh, I can successfully replicate most...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-04-2010
  • Mr. Reliable he isn't

    After I've invested time reading a book for group discussion, the conversation had better include more than just plot. That's why the La Frontera Barnes & Noble literary bunch ( Round Rock New Neighbors ) merits regular attendance. Our latest meet centered on Jim Thompson's now-classic...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 07-28-2010
  • 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
  • Where have all the phone booths gone?

    Belonging to four different book clubs isn't a sane lifestyle choice for everyone, but I find it empowering. Along with obvious socialization benefits comes the potential for quadruple rewards in the "wouldn't have picked it on my own" department. Completing all the assigned books and...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 07-14-2010
  • Safety in numbers for Tiger pursuit

    Today is adult book club day for July ( The White Tiger ). We'll have to see how the 7:00 discussion at the library goes, but the 2:00 Star Co. session could be accurately rated as a love fest for Aravind Adiga's memorable story of modern India. I first encountered the Tiger back in 2008 and...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 07-06-2010
  • 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
  • Gambling on the perfect book

    For someone who's not a big risk-taker, I venture possible rejection and failure on a daily basis. I can't decide which is the more serious gamble--recommending books to total strangers, or assuring friends and family that I have just the title for them. People near and dear to you generally...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-22-2010
  • Technological scene-stealing at the library

    Here's one for the life-is-unjust archive. Library staffers devoted an entire week (and then some) to applying thousands of RFID tags in our books, DVDs, and CDs--and what is our reward? We are constantly upstaged by four square devices with touch screens, flashing lights, and multiple-item checkout...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-14-2010
  • Crying fowl at the box office

    Do we agree that "cult classic film" is frequently euphemistic for "awful movie"? And that dreadful flicks can be wonderfully entertaining? Take Plan Nine from Outer Space , so uproariously unfortunate that my family felt we had to own it on DVD. If you haven't added that one...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-07-2010
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