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  • Desert island essentials

    We couldn't afford the kind of publicity that famed film director Werner Herzog offered for free a couple of days ago. In an NPR interview I heard while driving to work, Herzog advocated "Read, read, read." He further pronounced that "Those who watch television or are too much on the...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-17-2010
  • A genealogist, a rector, and a killer walk into a plot...

    You've surely heard those "what was I thinking?" confessions from publishers: the agent who rejected Gone With the Wind , the editor who judged Harry Potter too derivative, etc. I have one of those stories, and I'm not even in the publishing biz. Not long into my assignment as fiction...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-10-2010
  • 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
  • Do you hear what I hear?

    Like other large structures, the library represents a unique climate, with a couple of zones occasionally defying thermostatic control. When the admin. reception area develops tropical tendencies, Dora sets up a nostalgic corrective measure. The gently whirring blades of her fan restore a pleasant feel...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-26-2010
  • 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
  • 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
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