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  • 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
  • Studying the T chromosome

    The KUT news story about Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum's upcoming oral/visual history project caught my attention this morning. By way of accounting for Texans' deep and abiding interest in their state and in its stories, the spokesperson mentioned a book that's familiar here in...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-04-2009
  • Defining moments

    Reading first novels isn't just rewarding; it's practical. Unless the author inspires a media frenzy on his/her debut, you're certain to snag a copy of that as yet undiscovered gem. And consider the joy of recommending someone whom your friends haven't read yet. As with dispensing choice...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-03-2009
  • What not to miss at the festival

    What would induce someone to give up a day off to volunteer for Texas Book Festival? Probably not the official volunteer T-shirt. TBF uniforms feature a different classy color each year, along with, alas, the customary tubelike fit. Those of us who fall between the intended-for-guys sizes can select...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-01-2009
  • The accidental book blurb

    I can't be the only librarian who fears acting like a stereotype and so downplays my zeal for literature to avoid excessive conversational references to you-know-what. I suspect others do, too. No one wants to be a cliche, and we do have other interests. Besides all that, we were raised right. Good...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-26-2009
  • Drinking Coffee with the Stars

    Having moved back to Texas and to Round Rock in 2005, I don't qualify as a newcomer. Still, I only recently managed to discover the Round Rock New Neighbors book group. Yesterday's wonderful discussion featuring guest author Amanda Eyre Ward prompted me to get the word out: you, too, new resident...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-20-2009
  • Check, please

    Don't you admire those who can cleverly answer the "which three famous people, living or dead, you'd choose to have dinner with" question? Perhaps you have a boffo response yourself, but I've been stumped by the scope of potential invitees (i.e., everyone who's ever lived, out...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-06-2009
  • V is for...

    Vampire lit is fashionable (and marketable) these days--not just Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga, but all sorts of standalone titles, paranormal romance series, mysteries, and even humorous romance fiction. A quick survey of the library catalog--I entered "vampires" in the Quick Search...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-30-2009
  • Readin' westerns now

    Western novels don't rank high on my to-read list. They're too reliable. I can seek out the glamour of fiction debuts, bestsellers, etc,. knowing that Westerns (at least the ones that aren't checked out by more appreciative readers) will always be there for me. I've largely taken for...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-22-2009
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