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  • Are cupcakes on the food pyramid?

    My colleague had the new display of cookery books and food writing well under way this morning. At some point, two different labels suggested themselves: "Just Desserts" or "Getting Your Just desserts". I concurred that "Just Desserts" was the less risky option. What if...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-03-2010
  • The thrill of victory...

    If you immediately added "...and the agony of defeat", you're dating yourself. You're in good company, however. Olympic Games spectatorship has evolved from grainy black-and-white to glorious panoramic digital color, but no one has encapsulated TV viewers' perception of the experience...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-27-2010
  • Our stormy relationship: it's over

    We knew it couldn't last. A library and its community-wide reading choice eventually have to part ways. Isaac's Storm: a Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History is a thing of the past. I'm on the Round Rock Reads! committee and will admit that we have a roving eye; we'll soon...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-20-2010
  • And now, a word from the football game...

    Super Bowl XLIV doesn't happen until February this year, but it already registers on the household radar screen. My husband, an old school Cowboys fan, entertains the dare-I-hope possibility that this really might be Dallas' year. My thoughts center on more practical matters, such as not touching...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-16-2010
  • 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
  • Galveston, Texas: September 8, 1900: Over 6,000 men, women, and children dead

    "A rocking horse stood by itself on a low rise, no house in sight. 'And so help me,' Sterret said, 'I would have rather seen all the vessels of the earth stranded high and dry than to have seen this child's toy standing right out on the prairie, masterless.'" A reporter's...
    Posted to Round Rock Reads! (Weblog) by Rebecca Schreiner on 01-08-2010
  • 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
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