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  • Star-crossed and blindsided

    Describing Romeo and Juliet's attraction as "star-crossed" sounds romantic, but Shakespeare was just calling the situation as he saw it. If you check the origins of the word "disaster", you'll find that it amounts to something like "against the stars or fate". Attendees...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-11-2010
  • Families! Can't live with 'em...

    Leila Meacham's well-publicized new novel comes out later this week. If you've already heard that it's primarily set on an East Texas cotton plantation, the title may surprise you-- Roses. Explained early on, the flowers symbolize a unique tradition among the community founders. For me, this...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-04-2010
  • Welcome to Organizers Anonymous

    Not everyone arranges their spices in alphabetical order, I'm told. I do, but not owing to OCD or having too much time on my hands. Quite the contrary. When you're in the throes of cooking, knowing exactly where to reach for that ingredient saves both moments and frustration. Organizing is cheaper...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-28-2009
  • Friends, Romans, moviegoers...

    It's not the ultimate movie--no car chases or dialogue about playing a song again or wearing badges (stinking or otherwise). However, when I saw Me and Orson Welles this week, I thought it came close. The film offers a stellar ensemble cast, evocative period (1937) sets and costumes, and a charming...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-18-2009
  • Somewhere under the radar

    I shouldn't be telling you this. Now there'll be more of you with whom to share. But it's only fair to alert you that Booklist recently published its list of Top 10 First Novels: 2009 . When rankings like this appear in the journals, I scurry to check our catalog, hoping that we purchased...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-12-2009
  • Visa, Discover, or library card?

    You may have stowed your shopping bags in the car before entering the library, but we know where you've been. The signs are evident: posture wilted from hauling around your purchases, eyes glazed by an overabundance of merchandise. And your countenance clearly registers second-guessing on some of...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-09-2009
  • 'Twas the month before Christmas..

    ...and my brain's in a fog, Just pondering topics For the library blog. Actually, a few tense moments spent wrestling a bulky wreath onto my banister last night reminded me how many opportunities we have to regard December as an ordeal. Regardless of one's religious orientation, festivals and...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-03-2009
  • Don't say we didn't warn you

    Library patrons who are placing holds on popular, checked-out titles tend to comment, "I'll bet this comes in either when I don't have time to read it, or when all my other requests do." And we both laugh, recognizing this to be prophecy, pure and simple. When my reserved copy of Diana...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-30-2009
  • Food for thought

    We 21st-century Americans celebrate our capacity for assimilating new ideas and techniques. We upgrade phones at the drop of a hat, endlessly tweak our Facebook pages, and investigate any number of eco-friendly home improvements. Adapatibility, flexibility, innovation--these are our watchwords. Just...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-23-2009
  • New York minutes

    Just back from my second-ever visit to New York City, I am suffering from mass-transit withdrawal and humming "Avenue Q" and "Billy Elliot" tunes. We are blessed to have my husband's brother and sister-in-law (they'd attract hordes of visitors even if they lived somewhere...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-16-2009
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