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  • Arriving shortly

    Pssssst! Have I got a reading group tip for you: at least an hour of animated give-and-take practically guaranteed, and it's less than thirty pages long. Leading a discussion for Ryunosuke Akutagawa's short story "Hell Screen" is a dream job. That text was June's topic for the Baca...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-16-2011
  • Poetic license--or learner's permit?

    Advance apologies go out to William Shakespeare (whose birthday it is this week) and all other real poets. In celebration of National Poetry Month , I borrowed some poetic forms to convey a few thoughts. Haiku: April Weather Verdant but brown-edged Summer larks behind Spring's mask We're not...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 04-25-2011
  • Remedial cooking lessons

    People who think laughter is the best medicine apparently have never had morphine . The pile of get-well cards my husband received offers more nuggets of humor, but that's my favorite. Its brevity also typifies the extent of my concentration lately. We've moved furniture to make way for orthopedic...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-22-2011
  • And you thought matchmaking was obsolete

    Just for the record, the book towers on second floor of the library featured Gems from Nancy Pearl even before Library Journal named Pearl 2011 Librarian of the Year . LJ rightfully praises Pearl's innovative training and advocacy for books and libraries. What I appreciate most is the uncanny knack...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-10-2011
  • A case of disorganized crime

    If I were a better person, I'd have completely finished Go Down Together: The True Untold Story of Bonnie & Clyde in time for Tuesday's Round Rock Reads! kickoff . As it is, events this weekend meandered out of control in true Bonnie & Clyde fashion. First, the process of un-holidaying...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-03-2011
  • You'd be surprised who reads steamy novels

    It's not the Nook's fault. At my house, we're creatures of habit; enjoyment of print books is a long-standing practice. Offered a chance to play with the trendy new e-book reader that I have on loan, we've thus far responded with a hearty "isn't that nice!", after which...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-29-2010
  • Ever been entertained and didn't know it?

    Since out-of-towners are coming to our place for Thanksgiving, we can safely state that we're having company. That potential assertion--that we'll be "entertaining" for the holiday--is sadly not a sure thing. We might overcook the vegetables, or choose activities for which our visitors...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-22-2010
  • The most exclusive book club ever

    If and when I write my novel (did you know that November is National Novel Writing Month ?) I'll be thrilled if even one person deems it a "page-turner". Speed reading, however, isn't the sole indicator of reader involvement. Call me eccentric, but I can suggest a more significant benchmark...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-13-2010
  • Read 'til you drop

    In hindsight, I view the inspiration as a convergence. That would technically be defined as a concurrence of ideas leading to a conclusion; however, personal experience teaches that it's really just the ability to recognize that notions I stumble across are better than the ones I'm trying for...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-27-2010
  • 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
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