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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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