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  • The advantages of being two-faced

    The second day after Christmas--time for two annual post-Yule pursuits: eating cookies and confronting my holiday hypocrisy. I have no qualms about scooping up epic post-season markdowns mere hours after The Day, yet I choose to be deeply offended by the sight of a discarded tree consigned to the curb...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-27-2011
  • 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
  • Don't cry for me, Athelhampton

    I still own a copy of Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure . I didn't burn mine--unlike a number of Victorian readers who vehemently disapproved of it back in 1896. Jude still incites controversy, as proven by today's Round Rock New Neighbors book discussion (at the La Frontera Barnes & Noble...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-15-2010
  • Good news: no recalls for reading acceleration

    I'm living on the edge these days. And I'm not referring to the 2009 Toyota that awaits me in the library parking lot. The book bag on the front seat bulging with selections from five different reading discussions--that's what triggers my panic attacks. Yesterday, for example, I showed up...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-10-2010
  • 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
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