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  • The ghost who got a warm reception

    In Valerie Martin's new The Ghost of the Mary Celeste, famed British author and Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle is touring the United States. Though gracious among his fans, Doyle finds every dinner, interview, lecture, or appearance to be wearyingly predictable: the American penchant...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-14-2014
  • Over there and back again

    For this significant anniversary, choose when you wish to observe it. (Don't try this at home; a wedding date is a wedding date.) With World War I's centenary , the approach makes sense. Nations entered into the conflict over time, and some locales are noted for one definitive event. The city...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-31-2014
  • A tale of two

    Jennifer Lawrence and I face different challenges. I worry about income tax filing and furry rooftop intruders at home and maxed-out Fiction shelving at work. Poor Jennifer, on the other hand, is tasked with maintaining her ever-increasing trove of award statuettes, determining which enviable film roles...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-17-2014
  • In all likelihood

    As of this writing, IRS' Facebook page has been "Liked" 17,878 times. Surely it's OK to express surprise. Noting that Round Rock Public Library has 1,687 Likes and we're SO much nicer wouldn't be quite as appropriate. And of course further speculation (e.g., how improbable it...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-03-2014
  • How the Grinch Stole the One Ring to Rule Them All

    Thankfully, this malady is easier to cure than flu. I refer to CPF (Cookie Press Fixation, sometimes diagnosed as SCPA--Spritz Cookie Production Addiction). Having achieved nifty results with the dough-filled cookie gun, no baker can stop with a single batch. The affected individual is driven to mix...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-19-2013
  • Just when you think you've heard it all

    ...someone writes another version of that classic holiday poem. This one celebrates downtown Round Rock ( don't forget Christmas Family Night on Dec. 6) and Rocksssanne , the library's beloved (and intrepid) snake mascot. *** Rocksssanne's Christmas Eve Ramble *** ‘Tis the night before Christmas...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-04-2013
  • Now you see it...

    What do you get when you mix a trendy (once upon a time) yellow and chrome dinette, sleek-fronted white cabinets, your grandmother's canister set, and gaudy, what-were-they-thinking wallpaper? It was simultaneously a kitchen and a Sparkling Sixties time capsule. But the restaurant-grade stove had...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-21-2013
  • Cape ability

    If two people in your workplace showed up outfitted in superhero costumes (it's not Halloween) how surprised would you be? My sighting at the library did occur within a few days of trick-or-treat time. But the main point is that when I observed two Youth Services librarians thus attired, what first...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-07-2013
  • Second looks encouraged

    "You were right!" I told my husband Monday evening. "You're not the only person in the world who thinks Buckaroo Bonzai is a great movie. I met the other guy today." That would be Ernest Cline , author of the acclaimed R eady Player One , October's discussion choice for the...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-25-2013
  • Haunting, but not like Halloween

    No disrespect implied, but I've left witches and pumpkins behind, forging ahead to Thanksgiving mode this week. It's all due to Daniel Woodrell. The Maid's Version , his brief but masterfully done novel, was on my Don't Return Home Without It list at Book Expo last spring. Alas, I came...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-11-2013
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